Should Christian Singer Lauren Daigle Be Condemned by the Christian Media for Not Calling Homosexuality a Sin: 7 Factors to Consider [Video/Audio]

Craig HueyCulture, Faith, God's Word11 Comments

I recently told you about the popular new Christian singing sensation Lauren Daigle appearing on The Ellen Show and singing her hit song “Still Rolling Stones” from her new album Look Up Child.

 

See the article here.

 

It was a powerful Christian testimony, not just to Ellen DeGeneres, but also to everyone in the studio audience … and to millions of viewers and fans of The Ellen Show.

 

Surprisingly, however, many Christians expressed shock and dismay on social media that a Christian performer would appear on a TV show hosted by someone who is openly gay.

 

In responding to the backlash of criticism Ms. Daigle had this to say in a radio interview:

 

“I think the second we start drawing lines around which people are able to be approached and which aren’t, we’ve already completely missed the heart of God, I don’t have all the answers in life, but one thing I know is that I can’t choose who I’m supposed to be kind to and who I’m not, because that’s the mission, right? Be who Christ was to everyone as well.”

 

Following this, Lauren was also interviewed by phone on celebrity publicist Domenick Nati’s radio program. Toward the end of the interview, he asked her point blank, “Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?”

 

Here’s how she responded: “You know, I can’t honestly answer on that … um, I don’t know … I can’t say one way or the other … I’m not God, so when people ask questions like that … I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself … and when you find out, let me know, ‘cause I’m learning too.’”

 

For this “weak” answer, she has been bashed by the Christian media … “publicly lynched,” according to one sympathetic Christian songwriter and worship leader.

 

Is this how Christians should treat other Christians who stumble while attempting to glorify the Lord and do the right thing?

 

Here are 7 factors those who are criticizing Lauren Daigle should consider before they “throw stones” at her:

 

  1. Lauren Daigle is 27 years old. She has never attended Bible school or had any kind of theological training. She may not be aware of the clear Biblical condemnation of homosexuality contained in Romans 1:18-32 and other Scripture passages.

 

Over the years I’ve written about pastors who have not been able to answer straightforward Biblical questions … and have either dodged issues or compromised. This is wrong because they are teachers and leaders.

 

If a Christian singer or entertainer is lifted up and looked to as a spiritual role model – as Lauren Daigle has been lifted up – one would hope that she would have enough spiritual grounding, maturity … and understanding of the Scriptures … to handle tough questions like this.

 

But apart from attending a formal apologetics training program, there is no way to prepare in advance to adequately answer yes-or-no-type questions that require more than a yes-or-no answer.

 

And the broadcast media – and social media – can be heartless, brutal … and cruel.

 

In today’s post-Christian culture – if you aren’t thoroughly grounded in Scripture – it’s very easy to get caught up in the tide of basing your views and opinions on feelings rather than on Biblical truth.

 

  1. Lauren Daigle shouldn’t be equated with Christian leaders such as Dr. Anthony (Tony) Campolo and Rob Bell, who used to speak out against homosexuality in the past, but more recently have watered down their views due to evolving cultural norms.

 

  1. There are many Christians who are also homosexuals, who wrongly justify their homosexuality on the grounds that their homosexuality isn’t the type of homosexuality condemned in Romans 1 and elsewhere.

 

Lauren admitted in her interview that she has friends whom she loves who are homosexuals. If some of those friends also say they love the Lord, their dichotomous lives could easily cause an immature Christian to become confused about whether or not homosexuality is a sin.

 

  1. All Christians are morally bankrupt – broken, sinful people in need of forgiveness and redemption. Homosexuality is just one of many sexual sins that Christians struggle with. Pornography, heterosexual relations outside of marriage, and adultery are some others.

 

Many Christians who have struggled with same-sex attraction or other sexual sins – and have succumbed to temptation and have fallen into an ongoing pattern of sinful behavior – have been delivered from their sinful lifestyle through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he writes, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

 

  1. The interviewer didn’t distinguish in his question between homosexual tendencies and/or desires, and homosexual activity or behavior. He merely asked, “Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?” He didn’t explain what he meant by the question … and Lauren Daigle didn’t think to ask for clarification. There IS a difference between temptation or desire to sin … and acting on those desires.

 

  1. The Christians who are sharply criticizing and condemning Ms. Daigle are not following the instructions in Galatians 6:1-2, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

 

  1. Instead of condemning her and accusing her of compromising her faith, Ms. Daigle’s Christian critics should be offering to teach her and help her understand Scripture. They could start by sharing Colossians 2:8 with her: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

 

And of course, they should teach her Romans 1 along with the prohibitions of homosexuality in Leviticus 18 and in other Old and New Testament passages.

 

Responses such as these to Lauren Daigle’s interview misstep would be much more edifying – and a much better Christian testimony – than the harsh criticism and condemnation they have been leveling at her.

 

Listen to Lauren Daigle’s complete interview with Domenick Nati here.

 

Also watch Dr. Michael Brown explain how a Christian should respond to homosexuality (2 ½ minutes).

 

Here is Lauren Daigle’s performance of “Still Rolling Stones” on The Ellen Show.

 

Lauren also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch below.

 

 

What do you think? Write me at [email protected]

 

 

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11 Comments on “Should Christian Singer Lauren Daigle Be Condemned by the Christian Media for Not Calling Homosexuality a Sin: 7 Factors to Consider [Video/Audio]”

  1. This whole article reeks of compromise, people need to know what the Bible says specifically about homosexuality. Yes we do need to treat homosexuals as fellow human beings and talk to them with respect and compassion. But Christians should be known for standing against homosexuality, and a host of other ungodly things, and do it with firmness. The elephant is in the room and believe me the LGBT agenda is not going to be as nice and compassionate about forcing their agenda on our families. Even Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the father but by me. He didn’t beat around the bush or tell the woman caught in adultery hey try to do your best and cut down on the sinning, no instead he said say no more . Homosexuality is one of those since that is particularly grievous against the Lord God and against our own body, since like this sexual sins are seen by God a little different than say theft or not walking in love. Homosexuality goes against the laws of nature and is particularly belligerent wants the person knows that he may be accountable to the Lord and his own conscious talks to him . This sin and many sexual sin seem to be in a separate category and need to be dealt with as such, so we as Christians need to buck up and call it as it is which means now we have to even live more holy and set apart lives in order to have the boldness to come up against these type of sins.

    1. Yes, there is compromise for sure. Especially when he said, “There are many Christians who are also homosexuals, who wrongly justify their homosexuality on the grounds that their homosexuality isn’t the type of homosexuality condemned in Romans 1 and elsewhere.”. And then he quotes, “In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he writes, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)” In this very passage, Paul states that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be a practicing homosexual, and a genuine follower of Christ! The passage explicitly says that people who practice the sins listed as a lifestyle, have NO INHERITANCE in the kingdom of God! You can be a genuine believer that STRUGGLES with the temptation of sin, as yes, you can and will sin, BUT to say that you can be a unrepentant person who willingly, knowingly openly practices sin, such as homosexuality, with no desire or intention to repent, and still be a true believer, is completely at odds with scripture! Yes, Lauren blew it and played the coward when she was asked this question. But we are in no place to judge her self-righteously like a modern day Pharisee. We are ALL capable of the same sin and compromise. Lauren needs our prayers, not our condemnation….

  2. Lauren is not an expert any more than I am. Do I believe in homosexuality? No. However, my understanding is that we are to love them and all of our brothers and sisters. Most of my homosexual friends believe in Jesus and who am I to judge them. Their lifestyle is something they will have to work out with Him.
    I do understand why others are confused with her response, but she will just have to deal with that. She is probably grateful for the opportunity to be on the show, but ……

  3. First of all, we as Christians need to stop idolizing people, just because they are in the spotlight and call themselves Christians. If you listen to the lyrics, they are very shallow and repeated over and over. Where is the gospel message? If there was a clear gospel message, do you think Ellen or Jimmy would be gushing over her? Also consider the amount of skin she is showing, does this represent a chaste , modest young woman? It is obvious that Lauren Daigle needs a lot more time in the Word, and some serious mentoring by a Godly Proverbs 31 woman. I will pray for her!

  4. Absolutely pray for her but iif your are going to reproove its with the Word of God which he has magnified above all his name (Psm 138:2) bear in mind that she has not been taught the Word encourage her to get with a knowlegable person in the bible. And do 2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself aproved unto God ( not anyone else) a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of truth Anne Kucklick

  5. This is way over complicating the Biblical truth. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Homosexuality is no different.

  6. I struggle with over eating. I eat more than just what my body needs when it needs it. I am not fat, but I am a glutton. In the Old Testament it says that gluttony is the same as drunkedness and that drunkards should be put to death. I thank God that my Christian sisters have not stoned me, but they love me. I love my sisters who are struggling with their sins.

  7. I cannot accept your 7-reasons on this because her appearance on The Ellen Show was in early November and you wrote this in late December. She has had plenty of time to think, counsel with pastors, and search the Bible since then, but instead of her providing an answer for herself, it is left to you (and other Christians) to guess her motive and thinking at the time. In today’s culture, the moment after any noted person says something “homophobic” or “racist” they are immediately held accountable for what they “should have known better” than to do (think Roseanne Barr, Mel Gibson, Paula Dean, etc.). News anchors get immediately dismissed, shows get canceled, and the media has a frenzy. In each of these cases there is almost an immediate apology and the person often says that they “have learned and grown” through the experience. In Lauren’s case, this has not happened and it has been six weeks so far. Instead of her offering an apology for not knowing the Bible or even stating such, it is left to outsiders like you to offer her excuses for her. Not all of your seven reasons can be right at the same time, so she really needs to speak for herself, but, I think she did that when when did her radio show. In my reading on it, it appears thought out with a show of coyness to make it look authentic. I do not buy that she did not know ahead of time how she was going to address that question, because she admits that she has homosexual friends, so her answer was well-thought out. And prior to going on The Ellen Show, she had to be prepared for the aftermath, which was shown in her radio interview. I am not convinced that prior to The Ellen Show that she was in total ignorance of the subject like you theorize. That is why she also has not offered an apology after this length of time.

  8. We are ambassadors for Christ, if we indeed are truly Christians. This means we represent His views, which are found in the Bible. Ms Daigle was well acquainted with these views, but chose not to stand for them. Why? Probably for the same reasons she stated she didn’t want to sing Christian music in the 1st place–it was”corny” to her. When something isn’t in your heart, you aren’t really that thing: in this case, a real Christian. Of course we love sinners, but we hate sin, as we are commanded to! I wonder what the 1st century Christians would think, who gave their lives, literally! For standing for what “thus sayeth the Lord”?!

  9. Lauren Daigle. Personally I enjoy her music and I feel she has a gift to reach this generation. I do not feel we should compromise our beliefs laid out in scripture, however, we should always ask ourselves, “What Would Jesus Do?” in every situation in life facing the tough questions. Jesus was good at making His disciples scratch their heads after they saw His approach at dealing with situations. Like coming to the defense of a prostitute about to be stoned, talking to a Samaritan woman at the well who had married five times, dining with a Jewish tax collector working for the enemy and more. Why, asked John. Is He the One or should we be looking for another? He was more upset with the so called religious leaders of that day, than the besetting sins of those who knew not God and in need of His saving grace. Though I do not agree with homosexuality and other sinful activities in the world around me, Jesus commands that I do as He did . . . Love them as Lauren Daigle does. God gave us all freedom of will to choose as we will. Respect that Right that God gave every man and woman. Lead by example as Jesus did, so that everyone that we come in contact with will see Him in us. The Light is better than a judgmental spirit of condemnation without Hope. What would you rather be; a Self-Righteous Pharisee or a Courageous Meek-Loving Christian shining His Love and bringing Hope to all that He sends along our path. We are His Light in this Dark World. Go for it Lauren.

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