Apologist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis commented this week on women’s speaker and author Jen Hatmaker’s recent podcast “in honor of Pride Month” in which she revealed that her daughter is lesbian, stating that she is “glad” her daughter is homosexual and that it is one of her “greatest regrets and sorrows” that she did not affirm same-sex relationships sooner.
“Hatmaker has abdicated her role as a Christian parent,” he wrote in a blog post on Monday. “Instead of training her child in the ways of the Lord, she is condoning her daughter doing whatever she wants with her sexuality, in direct conflict with what God’s Word teaches in places like Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4–5, and Romans 1:24–27. She’s ultimately condoning sin.”
“Certainly, Hatmaker needs to love her daughter, but condoning her sin is not love,” Ham added. “Love also means you share the truth of God’s Word in pointing out sin, but do it with gentleness.”
He outlined the gospel that Sydney, and others, needed to be told.
“She needed to know that, yes, our sin (any sin) condemns us to a life in eternity without Christ. We are all sinners — every last one of us — in desperate need of a Savior because we can’t save ourselves (Romans 3:10),” Ham explained.
“She needed to know that, yes, homosexual behavior is a sin against our Creator (Romans 1:24–27) who designed sexuality to be exclusively expressed in a marriage relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5).”
“She needed to know that Christ came and died on the cross in our place, taking the penalty of death that we deserve because of our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we repent and believe, we are welcomed into the family of God and clothed in the righteousness of Christ,” he continued.
“As believers, our sin was nailed to the cross of Christ, and God remembers it no more (Hebrews 8:12). If we are truly in Christ, there is no longer any condemnation (Romans 8:1) — even if we still struggle with sin, working to defeat it by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.”
Ham noted that God’s grace doesn’t give us a license to sin but the supernatural power to break free from it and walk in holiness.
“She needed to know that the grace and mercy our Lord so lavishly bestows on us does not give us a license to sin (Romans 6:1–2). God doesn’t ‘wink’ at our sin; rather, He disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6)!” he outlined. “She needed to know that the gospel and the indwelling of the Spirit in each believer give us new power and desire to defeat sin, live for Christ, and strive for holiness.”
“She needed to be pointed to the Word of God, which is our authority. Our feelings do not determine truth. Our desires do not determine truth. Our sin natures do not determine truth. Our culture does not determine truth. God determines truth, and he has revealed truth to us in his Word,” Ham said.
“We look to God’s Word for truth. And God’s Word teaches that ‘everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. But if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed’ (John 8:34–36).”