The words were shocking. I had to read them over and over again on their Facebook page to really absorb the shock and disgust.
I am in disbelief that “Bible-Believing Christians” in the heart of the Bible-Belt in Texas wrote and believe such utter nonsense, today, just under an hour ago on the church’s Facebook page.
From Austin New Church, in Austin, Texas.
At ANC, we whole-heartedly affirm, celebrate and value LGBTQ+ individuals. They were welcome to their Creator’s table of love and freedom long before we or anyone else declared it so. But we lament that the Church has historically made itself a gatekeeper; inflicting lasting damage. Our LGBTQ+ siblings are created in God’s image and our church is undoubtedly richer through their participation, leadership and fellowship. What grace, that any of those who have suffered through our legacy of exclusion, would give church participation & community a second, third, twelfth chance. We do not take this responsibility lightly. On this historic day, we celebrate queer Christians who demonstrate faithfulness, freedom & truth that can draw all of us nearer to the heart of Jesus and His ministry for ALL.
Here are some of the comments from “Christians” on their FB page.
I had never even heard of this church in Austin, Texas until I saw this story on a well-known Christian author named Jen Hatmaker “celebrating” her daughter as a lesbian. She and her husband are pastors/teachers at Austin New Church.
“A moment of pride”: Jen Hatmaker reveals her daughter is gay
According to the Hatmakers, the family has known that Sydney is gay for a number of years now, and Sydney explained that it “just destroyed her” to learn Jen’s previous position that she “loved but did not affirm” the LGBT lifestyle.
In 2016 Jen Hatmaker controversially came out in full support of LGBT inclusion in the church.
The Christian Post, November 3, 2016
On Tuesday, Brandon Hatmaker took to Facebook to defend his wife from critics and opened up about how the couple has come to the opinion that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, as long as it is in the form of monogamous marriages.
Hatmaker explained that he and his wife have, over the past several years, been trying “to lead the Church to a better posture towards the LGBTQ community.” But as the couple continued to receive criticism and were pressured to state their beliefs on homosexuality, Hatmaker wrote that he and his wife came to the decision to “take a new and hard look inward to be able to explain our position with love.”
In doing so, Hatmaker explained that he and his wife committed themselves to “a season of study” on what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.
After conducting their study, Hatmaker said they came to the conclusion that the Bible’s position on homosexuality is “not as simple as traditionally taught.”
“Every verse in the Bible that is used to condemn a ‘homosexual’ act is written in the context of rape, prostitution, idolatry, pederasty, military dominance, an affair, or adultery. It was always a destructive act. It was always a sin committed against a person,” Hatmaker argues. “And each type of sexual interaction listed was an abuse of God’s gift of sex and completely against His dream for marriage to be a lifelong commitment of two individuals increasingly and completely giving themselves to one another as Christ did for the Church.”
Why have so many Christians abandoned God’s teaching, tradition, and 4,000 years of Jewish and Christian history and rejection of any type of homosexuality?
More on that subject in a another blog post.
But the church known as Austin New Church are not teaching and living the way Jesus wanted. It’s actually good that they call themselves “Austin’s church” because they definitely belong to that wicked city; and not to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.