Jennifer Knapp, a Grammy and Dove Award winning Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artist, has admitted that she is gay and that she is in a special relationship with a woman. Having gone on hiatus seven years ago, Knapp is back and is openly living her life as a lesbian. Her new album isn’t a Christian album, but she continues to maintain that she is a Christian. According to the Baptist Press, Knapp credits the Bible with saving her life, but “remains unconvinced at the often-cited Bible verses condemning homosexuality.” According to Knapp, those are “clobber verses” (google it) and if you follow those, you should also follow the verses that say you shouldn’t eat shellfish or wear clothing with five different fabrics. It’s interesting to see the verses people will pull out of their arsenal to justify sin.
My view on this? With deception growing stronger by the day, is anyone surprised that a CCM artist would do this? It’s always heartbreaking to see someone reject the standard and truth of Scripture, but I don’t think this is the last artist we’ll see coming out of the proverbial closet. I’ve always heard there are many gay artists in the Christian music industry, the only difference now is the church climate is ripe for them to come out and still be accepted as Christian in many churches. That shows the state of the church now.
The seeker-sensitive, feel-good churches we have now shy away from preaching sin and repentance because they don’t want to offend anyone. As a result, their pews are full of sinners who are happy, content, and comfortable in their sin. They see no need for repentance because they don’t see that they are sinners. When a person becomes a believer, their life shows transformation, and while repentance grows stronger and more complete every day we walk in it, those who struggle with a besetting sin make an effort to turn away from it. Instead of doing this, Knapp has fully embraced her sin. She needs our prayers now more than ever.
To read an interview Knapp did with Christianity Today, please click here.
(HT: David T)