I have long called for Christian worship artists, musicians and entertainers to disclose their doctrinal beliefs and this week we learned yet again
why theology matters. Jars of Clay front man Dan Haseltine is but another domino in the sequential fall of Christian entertainers and personalities that have caved on the issue of Biblical sexuality. The Tweet comes on the heels of the recent book by Matthew Vine’s new book with the oxymoronic title, God and the Gay Christian. The book was met with much needed criticism from Albert Mohler. Metro Weekly reported that Haseltine took to Twitter to support Homosexual “marriage” quoting Haseltine as saying:
“Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.”
He went on to write:
“I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”
“I don’t think scripture ‘clearly’ states much of anything regarding morality.”
He goes on to write:
“I think the vast interpretation has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don’t fit their guidelines” and that “I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.”
Not only does Haseltine’s post on Twitter reveal
his absolute and complete ignorance of the Christian faith, it also draws another line in the cultural (Christian) sand. This will only complicate and already complicated Christian culture particularly in the realm of Christian music and entertainment. To be perfectly clear, I believe that to deviate from Biblical sexuality is apostasy and a denial of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A person cannot have it both ways, we cannot claim to believe in Jesus and then not do what He commands (John 14.15; 15.10, 14). Sexual immorality and those that affirm it, on any level results in being put out of God’s church thus identifying someone with the world and not with the church (1 Cor. 5; 6.9; Mt. 18.15ff.; Heb. 13.4). Now other Christian artists, including film makers, churches and any other type of Christian ministry and organization that has promoted and support Jars of Clay before, must make a decision to stop their support of Jars of Clay, given their newly espoused world view. For anyone wanting to be faithful to the gospel, this is what must take place. This however only reveals another prophetic and perilous issue. I am referring to the seemingly inescapable reality that a “Christian civil war” of sorts is coming, and in many ways is already here. To what degree will it escalate and when will it fully arrive; God only knows. We do know however that this latest Tweet by Haseltine is yet another reason for faithful believers to “double down” on their commitment to the gospel.
The reality is that the Bible is crystal clear about the issue of homosexuality let alone not stating “much of anything regarding morality” as Haseltine falsely asserts (a baffling admission by a so-called Christian artist). Homosexuality is not only condemned in Scripture (1 Cor. 6.9; 1 Tim. 1.10) is it is also set forth as clear evidence that God has given a people over to reprobate thinking and living (Rom. 1.26ff.). But the real issue for Haseltine and those that think like him now or are on their way (maybe because of Heseltine’s opinions) to embracing his views in the future is found in Haseltines statement, “I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should
treat people.” This wrong-headed approach to Scripture is reductionistic, liberal and heretical. Most concerning of all is that Dan Haseltine has declared himself a heretic with more authority than Scripture and for this, he is on his way to perdition. The minute anyone says, they don’t care what Scripture says on any matter should alarm us in the gravest way. Haseltine has undone himself here and maybe this is what Jonathan Edwards was talking about when he stated, “A man may eternally undo himself in one though of his heart.” Let’s pray this will not be the case for Dan Haseltine.
The frightening thing for our day is that what we are seeing in our culture and even among those who would call themselves followers of Jesus Christ is a new “Roman Road” only this road leads to the judgment of God not His salvation. We can only describe our culture as decadent, depraved, and drowning in an ocean of sensual sin and pornographic thinking. Now more than ever, we need sobriety not capitulation, serious Biblical exposition not market driven ministries, prophetic voices not nostalgic reflection of days gone by. Above everything Christians must be consciously committed to the Word of God as the final authority for all matters, sexual or not. I remind us of this dire warning from Paul:
2 Timothy 4:3–4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.