Jen Hatmaker’s Revision of Truth

Jen Hatmaker’s Revision of Truth

If we don’t like parts of the Bible can we simply decide they aren’t agreeable to us and refuse to believe them? Jen Hatmaker believes she can and she does. Here are a few of her quotes from a recent article:

She was asked: “You took a stand last fall saying LGBT relationships can be holy, and it got your books banned from LifeWay stores. Why was that important to you?”

Jen replied, “I just sort of have this dream for the church where it is safe and it is wide and it is generous and it includes all of our voices. For the longest time, the church has essentially had one voice — sort of the white, male voice. I’m starting to realize how much the church is missing when we silence whole people groups, like you’re either not welcome at all, or you’re welcome but not your voice, not your experience, not your life, and I saw that with the LGBTQ community.”

The Church isn’t wide and this is why we are told to walk on the narrow path and are warned that few will want to go on it. Many would rather take the broad path that Jen is talking about that leads to destruction. The only voice that matters is God’s Word, not “all of our voices,” for in it is Truth and God’s perfect will for our lives.

She bemoans that the church is only “the white, male voice.” I know some great male black preachers/teachers and other races, but to tell you the truth, race doesn’t matter to me so the color of one’s skin makes no difference. What matters is that whatever skin color they have they are speaking the truth. God did ordain men to be the leaders and teachers of the Word contrary to popular opinion and I respect this since women are absolutely more open to deception than men, as Jen proves so clearly and many like her.

I’m not sure when the Church has silenced “whole people groups.” The Church shouldn’t speak against any people, but against all sin, or it is a weak Church and this is the kind of Church Jen is promoting. “Live and let live” and forget about God’s Word since it speaks against sin and calls us to repent of it, she falsely believes. LGBTQs need to hear about the hope they have in Christ. They don’t need to be encouraged in their sin, but given a way out into true freedom from sin and condemnation, JEN!

We must never celebrate sin, any kind of sin; for sin is what Christ died to free us from. This is why I try to speak out about all sin, not trying to normalize it and make what God calls sin “holy.” The gravest problem today is that many “Christian” women do not know the Word of God. Their morning devotional is Jesus Calling instead of the Bible. Therefore, they are easily deceived and led astray by a number of these women “preachers” who aren’t teaching the truth at all.

Jen goes on to say, “All of a sudden in our time we have a lot of powerful women who lead enormous spaces and have built and earned and garnered a lot of influence, and I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s fabulous. Back to my last point, it has brought in an important voice to the body of Christ — that’s the feminine voice and women who are smart and capable and godly. I think both in and out of credentials, so to speak, God is empowering and anointing women just en masse right now. You cannot deny it. You cannot look at the fruit of the ministry of women right now and claim we are in crisis. I think it’s the absolute opposite. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.”

I think it’s horrible that powerful women are leading “enormous space and have built and earned and garnered a lot of influence” because it’s mostly the wrong influence and the wrong teachings. If they were like Priscilla who helped a man, along with her husband, to know the truth of God’s Word, that would be great!

Or if they were like Queen Esther who was willing to sacrifice her own life in order to save her own people, that would be great, too. Or how about Mary who was obedient to her God even when life seemed very scary as a young virgin who was pregnant. What about the Proverbs 31 woman who wasn’t known for having any big influence on anybody except for her husband and children and looked well to the ways of her household? None of these women had the goal of “leading enormous space and have built and garnered a lot of influence.” Their only goal was to live in obedience to the Lord.

God states something entirely different for women than being leaders and garnering a lot of influence through preaching and teaching in the Church. His will is that men are to be the preachers and teachers in the Church because they were created first and women are easily deceived as we can see that Jen Hatmaker is deeply deceived and many others like her. Anyone, male or female, who twists the Word of God to tickle people’s ears is in danger of eternal damnation. It’s a scary place to be to teach others; for we are going to be held accountable for every word we write and speak.

Women, please beware of these young and beautiful women with great personalities and writing styles that are leading others astray in droves. You don’t need your ears tickled. It would be better for you to listen to an old man who was rather dry in his speaking ability but spoke the Word of God in truth than one of these false teachers. In the end, the only thing that matter is God’s Word and His will. Nothing we can make up will be able to hold a candle to the Creator of everything. He gets to set the rules, not us, so we best listen and learn from Him; for He alone is worthy, not me and certainly not Jen Hatmaker. Be like the Bereans who went to the Word to make sure that what they were hearing was truthful or not.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:15

33 thoughts on “Jen Hatmaker’s Revision of Truth

  1. People like Jen Hatmaker make me so angry! There is a woman who calls herself a “pastor” of a very liberal Mennonite church brags about performing same sex weddings. I’ve tried calling her out on the sin of homosexuality but she won’t approve my comments on her blog. It really irritates me when people put souls in danger.

    As my late mama would say “Those women need to be snatched bald headed and knocked into next week!”

  2. You know, I’ve always been deeply bothered by the entire premise of Jesus Calling. But, I didn’t realize the pedestal to which women have elevated it. In our church, there are MANY who women carry it around with their Bible to service, Sunday school, women’s Bible study, small groups, etc, like it is the Bible volume 2. Recently, a question was posed in our women’s group asking everyone what we do to grow in our relationship with God. About half the women there admitted that they weren’t consistent in setting aside quiet time for devotion and scripture reading, but of the other half, SEVERAL mentioned reading Jesus Calling every morning, and then if they had “extra” time after that reading some of the scripture references from that day’s “devotion. ” They are reading Jesus Calling INSTEAD OF the Bible. Sadly, the leader of our group is one who carries around her copy as though it is Bible Vol.2, so there was no mention of how not good that is. I pray for wisdom and opportunity that God may provide an opening for me to have some conversations about this….

    1. Maybe they will read the words of John MacArthur. There are many others who have spoken out against that book, Raven, so find one you like, print it out, and carry copies in your purse, then ask the Lord to give you opportunities to give it to some of these women. The Church needs to be promoting God’s Word, not some fake devotional from a woman pretending to be Jesus.

      1. I printed out a review of Jesus calling for a sis in law and friend. We have to be Bold these days! Too much deceiving going on. Thank you for this article! Great, as usual:)

  3. The only thing I disagree with in your article is the fact that LGBTQ can be reformed and forgiven, given Romans 1:18-32 clearly states they are turned reprobate. Another truth from God’s word we should be acknowledging.

    1. I disagree with you since even those with reprobate minds can repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, Stephanie. I know some homosexuals who have repented of their sin and believed, thus they are saved from the wrath to come. Read Emily Thomes testimony on Facebook and follow her. She lived a lesbian lifestyle but now is married and is pregnant with their first child. She is a powerful testimony and witness for the Lord.

      https://www.facebook.com/emmthomes

      No one is too far in sin that they can’t be saved if they believe. Unbelief is the only unpardonable sin.

      1. I agree that no one is too far in sin that they cannot be forgiven, but we must not forget that Baptism is also essential for salvation. Mark 16:16.

          1. If your theorys is right amber, then imagine this scenario, your in a bank and suddenly the bank is u der siege and you are held at gun point and they are threatening to kill you on he spot if money isnt handed over immediately, you are saved but not baptised. So if they shoot you, and you die, do you go to hell because you were never baptised? Or should they at least wait till someone has dumped a bucket of water over your head and say he ‘magic ‘ words before they can shoot you?

        1. The man beside the Lord on the cross never had a chance to be baptized, and he was promised, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

          1. The thief on the cross was pardoned by Jesus before He commanded us to baptize all nations in the name of the Trinity in His Great Commission. Also, the pardon of the thief came before the Holy Spirit descended on believers at Pentecost. Prior to The Great Commission and Pentecost, baptisms (as performed by John the baptizer) were symbolic of repentance and did not invoke the Trinity and were therefore not Christian baptisms. (See Acts 19:4)

      2. Thank you for the reply and the link.
        I read through her posts and testimony, and I didn’t see any testimony of salvation…
        She seems to believe in repent and believe (as in repent of sins not the biblical repentance of the change in mind), and she mentioned Jesus becoming Lord and saviour when she “became a Christian” which sounds like works salvation.

        Nothing to do with evidence of salvation but she also claimed to believe in the doctrines of Calvinism and did not believe the KJV was the inspired word of God, meaning she was quoting the NIV and other modern versions which clump homosexuality in the list of sins in 1Cor 6:9-11.
        The KJV does not list homosexuality but rather effeminate.
        Homosexuality is only mentioned as a result of people not wanting to retain God in his image and thus He turned them over and literally gets to the point where He rejects them.
        I know many Christians disagree on this but if God gives up on someone then why do we think we are better than Him?
        Obviously varying levels in people’s journeys, but the loud and proud I believe are the examples of those given up and given over, and being saved is too late for them:

        Proverbs 1: 24-29
        24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
        25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
        26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
        27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
        28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
        29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

      3. 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

        10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

        11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6)

          1. YES!!!! And praise the Lord for Jesus coming to wash us clean of these sins to walk in newness of life! Woo hoo!

    2. Hi Stephanie,

      I think it important to bring two things to the discussion of the reprobate minds spoken of in Romans 1:28.

      First, in this passage the acts of sin and homosexuality are the result of the reprobate mind, not a mind that becomes reprobate because of one’s sins. It is an important distinction not to put the cart before the horse. It may well be possible for one to commit acts of homosexuality and yet not be once and forever confirmed by God as a reprobate.

      Second, Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is speaking of a specific time(s) in history, perhaps pre-flood and the the times of Sodom, where mankind fell so badly into sin that he indeed confirmed them in it and destroyed them all.

      Based on the fact that we know homosexuals who have come to Christ and walked away from their sins, we must assume that not all acts of homosexuality create in a person all of what is spoken of in Romans 1, especially not their destruction. We do know this pattern of egregious sin against God and nature results in a depravity, and the sins keep coming worse and worse, UNLESS one finds Jesus.

      The entire next section of Romans is all about the fact that none of us is without excuse, we have all sinned and deserve death. Then Paul goes on to say that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-11, 13).

      Paul’s argument is that we all need a Savior and the first and foremost sin is denying his existence. Once someone goes down a regular and egregious sin there is no hope for them in themselves, but always hope when the Spirit comes knocking on their door. I will guess that apart from being born into the faith by a Christian family, most other conversions come when people have fallen headlong into sin and despair, many from prison accept him. So I believe that Paul would argue that it is never too late for the Spirit and the Word instilled in a person to bring them to the Lord and that God often allows people to fall headlong into sin before rescuing them by salvation.

      We are indeed running into a period where the US is falling headlong into depravity. Just like in Sodom the cry must go out for those who will hear the voice of God and repent, but soon the day is coming when our country too will find the wrath of God because of its sins.

      1. Thank you for taking the time to reply, both Lori and Ken.

        I agree 100% Ken that the act itself of homosexuality does not condemn you to become a reprobate, and there would be examples of this for e.g. If someone was black out drunk or forced.

        And I also acknowledge that romans 1 isn’t exclusively speaking about sodomites.
        Judas iscariot was a reprobate and he lived and spent time with Jesus…

        I disagree that being reprobate will cause one to now commit these sins based on;

        -God giving them up to their lusts to dishonor their own bodies
        -they then change the truth of God into a lie and worship the creature
        -god then gives them up to vile infections, for the women DID change their natural use and so did the men
        -then they did not like to retain God in their knowledge
        -God then gives them over to a reprobate mind

        This sequence seems like there definitely is a point where it’s too late.
        I’ve never ever seen, met or heard a testimony of a truely biblicaly saved former out and proud homosexual.

        Many Christians disagree on this concept, I was one until I got saved. My husband explained it to me, and the more I read the Bible the clearer it became.

        Stories such as Gen 19, preach? judges 19, ect make me question why God didn’t send a prophet to preach?

        Or 1kings 15:11-12
        And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.
        12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

        I just think that if being an open and proud homosexual is a mark or sign of a reprobate mind, I try to reach everyone else first. I am not more loving then God if Hes given up on them who am I to try.

        This is a big issue in Australia where I live where “marriage equality” is being brought up, and Australia is fast becoming a wicked nation!

  4. Is Hatmaker still banned from Lifeway? I saw her on a show promoting a new book last week. It is so hard to know who it is ok to allow to be a teacher in life. Who are some teachers you would trust to learn more from in the form of a Bible study? Commentaries? Thank you for alerting us.

        1. Shelia,

          Check out Rob Bell! He’s fantastic, engaging and loving! His new book “What is the Bible” is very eye-opening!!

      1. John Piper is traveling a dangerous road toward heresy himself. Piper promotes worldly, irreverent worship. He has close fellowship with false teachers, such as Rich Warren and Mark Driscoll, and even endorses their ministry. He believes in limited inerrancy of scripture, and he developed and is a proponent of “Christian Hedonism.” Be careful.

  5. I find it odd how people are parsing the souls of others here, seemingly condemning them for one thing or another, in the name of Christ. Who to follow, who to not. This person is good because women should stay home and cook and clean, this person is bad because the LGBTQ are accepted at her church.

    I was a soldier. People have died because of me. God loves me and I am saved, and I don’t need my salvation confirmed by you. I didn’t discern their sexual status. I didn’t need to. It didn’t matter. Who are you to determine who God loves. Jesus came to save us all. I don’t see anything exclusionary in that statement. Each of us must choose to walk that path. It is one we walk alone and some of us have been on this trail a lot longer than others.

    Many of you walk on high ground, looking down from above. That’s the problem. You’re looking down instead of up. You aren’t helping your fellow human to get farther up the mountain. You’re holding up a sign that says if you don’t think like us choose another way. Come walk in the jungle awhile, travel the forests of darkness where we seek to climb to the light and remember what its like when the only one who will help you with that climb are sinners like yourself, people you wouldn’t associate with today but would be willing to take a bullet for you.

    And I know you wouldn’t be willing to take a bullet for them. You are cowards in your faith, standing on high ground, throwing stones at defenseless people who just want to come to the light as they are, willing to receive God’s judgement, and His forgiveness. But you have forgotten that part haven’t you, for there is no forgiveness in your heart. But you have a stone in your hand…

    1. Hi Dereck,

      Please accept our sincere gratitude for your service to our country. If it were not for you, and men like you, evil would abound even more in this world as we have an enemy who seeks to kill and destroy us. What you have done must have been so hard, yet so necessary. Thank you!

      It seems that in your fight against the Taliban and ISIS the United States executed judgment on the people you killed. They may not have been evil souls themselves, but they are part of an evil machinery that wants to destroy us, and has so little appreciation for human life, their own and especially that of women and children. Judgment is not a bad thing if it is exercised righteously.

      We are told by Jesus “Do not to judge lest you be judged.” We will be judged in the manner that we judge others. But we are also told that “judgment must begin with the house of the Lord,” and that we are to avoid false teachers, rebuke them, and warn others against them.

      If your concern is the judgment against homosexuals I can better understand your concerns. Can we not agree that we are to stand firmly against all sexual sin just as God does in His Word hundreds of times? If we can’t trust God in this area and teach what He says, what can we believe and teach? The call to anyone who wants to teach the Bible is to be true to God’s Word. We are not to be judgmental Christians and to love and care for all people, especially those of the household of God and the lost sinner.

      Please allow us to follow God’s clear direction in discerning truth and teaching truth. We are generally not singling out individuals, but those who want to teach are held to a higher standard by God, and when one is in error they are to be corrected by the Word. To say that homosexuality is wrong is to agree with God, and so is porn, adultery and all forms of sexual sin. We can pray for and love the sinner and yet hate the sin as God commands us to do. Be strong in the Lord and do not allow the world and its ways to influence you, even as you care about the souls of sinners.

  6. I believe there have always been influential women. Being Australian, I look to our Queens (past and present) as great influencers. “The hand that rocks the cradle…” has the greatest influence of all. Thanks for your short article here. Bringing us back, in humility, to the Word of God is the greatest influence any woman can have.

    PS, I just asked my husband if I should have a blog and call it the “Reformed Wife”. He merely laughed. After all, I’m already a “reformed charismatic”.

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