Another Christian Artist “Comes Out,” Promotes Gay Christianity

I’ll admit that I have never heard of Jennifer Knapp until today. Apparently she was a fairly successful Christian artist who took a seven year hiatus, recently returning with a secular album. Oh, and she’s gay.

You can read the Christianity Today interview with Knapp for yourself. I read it. She has the proper gay Christian talking points in her arsenal. When asked about her thoughts concerning what Scripture says on the topic of homosexuality, she answered:

Knapp: The Bible has literally saved my life. I find myself between a rock and a hard place—between the conservative evangelical who uses what most people refer to as the “clobber verses” to refer to this loving relationship as an abomination, while they’re eating shellfish and wearing clothes of five different fabrics, and various other Scriptures we could argue about. I’m not capable of getting into the theological argument as to whether or not we should or shouldn’t allow homosexuals within our church. There’s a spirit that overrides that for me, and what I’ve been gravitating to in Christ and why I became a Christian in the first place.

Knapp, who admits that she is “not capable of getting into the theological argument” concerning homosexuals being allowed in the church, refers to “clobber verse” and Levitical law about shellfish and clothing made of multiple fabrics. She’s able to refute the church’s interpretation of Levitical law. She is also able to imply hypocrisy on the part of Christians who do not affirm gays. But not capable of a theological discussion on the topic!

To trivialize the dire importance of the church’s stance on homosexuality by references to shellfish and multiple fabrics betrays less than a full grasp of the situation and confirms that indeed Knapp is not capable of leading the theological conversation. And yet, she is surely making a theological, doctrinal statement.

Jennifer Knapp Comes Out | Christianity Today.

3 replies »

  1. I can imagine being a Christian artist and having one foot in the culture you’re trying to reach and having the other foot also in the culture you’re trying to reach. I’m always listening to Christian music and commentary on these contemporary Christian stations. I rarely hear about the consequences of sinful behavior. Conversely, I hear a lot about reaching people with relationship, drug & alcohol, financial, physical and other conditions. They often, and correctly, speak about the healing and redemptive power of Jesus and the promise of a new life when trusting in Him. But I rarely hear about how once one accepts this new life, they should jettison their old life and all the sinful nature and baggage that may have caused their problems in the first place. Human sexuality is almost never mentioned.

    But I have several questions I would love to ask Jennifer Knapp and they would be:

    1- 1- When you call yourself a Christian, what exactly do you mean?

    2- 2 – Can you be a Christian and continue to willfully engage in sinful behavior?

    3- 3- Is there a sin that a Christian will do that would make you consider them delusional about their concept of what is means to be saved?

    4- 4 – And finally, what exact unequivocal language, if any, would you have liked to see in the bible that would convince you that engaging in a homosexual relationship is sinful.

    And when I am told that is God’s plan that my son/daughter be gay because they were born that way, I have to ask if your son/daughter was born with or was diagnosed with acquired leukemia, would you posit that it was God’s plan and leave it at that or desperately pray for healing while seeking medical advice. If your son/daughter became addicted to drugs and alcohol would you posit that it was God’s plan or would you aggressively try to help them not engage in that activity, no matter how hard the compulsion to do so. And finally, when your adult son tells you he can’t stop cheating on his wife, do you accept his propensity for extra martial affairs as the way God made him. Give me a break!

    • Wow! Excellent commentary Joe! I particularly like your fourth question, “What exact unequivocal language, if any, would you have liked to see in the bible that would convince you that engaging in a homosexual relationship is sinful?”

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