Amy Grant & LGBTQ Spiritual Infection


John R. Houk, Blog Editor

© December 23, 2022

On December 18 I posted, “A Sooooo Corrupt Society”. In the intro portions of that post I shared the sad state of corruption afflicting the U.S. Government and American Churches (sadly the full spectrum of Christianity in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Rite [Orthodox] and Protestantism). Looking at the Church aspect, Cultural Marxism is a devilish spiritual virus blinding Christians to the Word (essentially the Will) of God and Biblical Morality. Here’s a paragraph of note:

UNFORTUNATELY, the same corruption diluting the U.S. Constitution has also began to sway leadership in organized Christian Churches leading too many so-called Ministers of the Gospel to question the efficacy and validity of God’s very Word leading to such anti-God Marxism as Liberation Theology among Catholics and among Protestants the tenets of Critical Race Theory (HEREHEREHERE & HERE)  and Black Liberation Theology (HERE & HERE). Much of which cancels the Plan of Salvation in Christ and Biblical Morality leading only to forced acceptance of Humanist salvation and Humanist morality.

You might ask, “Why the rehash?”

I became a Christian in 1978. God knows I am not perfect and yet God also knows when I missed His Mark I strive to correct my path. In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of years between 1978 and 2022 (nearly 2023). I’ve had more course corrections than I’d like to share in a divided and “Sooooo Corrupt Society”. There are way too many “I’ll be the first to cast a stone” of condemnation than I wish to deal with.

It’s important for me to share my personal journey has hit the ditch a few times over the decades because I’m about to share a disappointment I have with a very public Christian figure I have admired as an inspiration in those so early years of my Born Again beginnings.

I have discovered on the WND news service that Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant is allowing the performance of a same-sex wedding of her niece on the family farm.

I understand trying to find supportive bonds among family, but it is disappointing to view a person of Grant’s stature choosing to ignore Biblical Morality in the name of family or possibly worse, selecting an anti-God Secular Humanist moral relativism as the justification for validating LGBTQ perversion. Amy Grant is quoted using God’s love by twisting it mean acceptance of sin, or at least it appears that way to me (quoted from WND):

When Amy was interviewed by PrideSource.com, she said, “I know the religious community has not been very welcoming … but with God everybody is welcome. Everybody!”

On Proud Radio she said, “It’s so important to set a welcoming table … you’re loved. Gay. Straight. It doesn’t matter. … It doesn’t matter how we behave. It doesn’t matter how we’re wired.”

Amy says, “God simply wants us to love Him and love each other.”

Somewhere along Grant’s journey she forgot or unlearned God’s Love brought God incarnated as a human to the pay the price redeeming humanity from sin to restore the God-human relationship in Believing in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus. God’s Love is Restoration NOT acceptance of God-separating sin.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (Bold Emphasis Blog Editor’s) –John 3: 18-21 NKJV

Too often people quote John 3: 16 failing to read what follows.

The Old Testament penalty for the LGBTQ lifestyle is quite harsh and involves a death penalty. The Redemptive work of Jesus the Son of God allows for Repentance and Restoration blotting out the sin and the penalty for sin. Redemption makes the Believer a New Creation in Christ Jesus. Your human spirit – my human spirit – became newly created the old man (or old person to the pronoun addicts) died and the new man or person is now a new human spirit. Romans 6: 6-7; 2 Corinthians 5: 17 NKJV:

Romans

knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been [b]freed from sin.

new

Footnotes

a. Romans 6:6 rendered inoperative

b. Romans 6:7 cleared

2 Corinthians

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  

In Christ we have a new human spirit residing in an unredeemed mortal body. It’s only by constantly inputting God’s Word (His Will) does our new creation spirit overcome the desires of our unredeemed bodies. In my case it was my measuring stick to answer why I strayed into a ditch off the straight and narrow. How does one get out of the ditch:

1 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. –1 John 1: 6-10 NKJV

My disappointment in Amy Grant is she has tossed decades of influential worship music to be blinded by the demonic virus that promotes acceptance of the ungodly and immoral LGBTQ lifestyle as if it is something God is okay with in the name of love. The problem is that LGBTQ love is NOT the God-kind of love in His Holy Word.

Below are two WND posts from December 20 and 21 reporting from a Biblical perspective on Amy Grant hosting her LGBTQ niece’s wedding on her farm.

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Amy Grant to host gay wedding: Does this honor God?

Larry Tomczak: ‘One’s music can inspire millions; one’s example can mislead multitudes’

Amy Grant (Video screenshot)

By Larry Tomczak

December 20, 2022 7:12pm

WND

“Honor marriage and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband.” – Hebrews 13:14 MSG

[Author’s note (Tomczak): I attempted to give this article to Amy prior to publishing. She declined to read it, saying, “Even if I am misrepresented; even if I am in the wrong, God knows my heart.” Having reviewed the article first with five senior leaders, including Dr. Michael Brown and one of Amy’s original pastors, we pray and entrust this to God.]

Months ago, Joe Biden hosted a gathering with gay icon Elton John and 2,000 LGBTQ celebrants on the White House lawn. If I had been invited, I would’ve attended to evangelize just as I have at 20-plus gay pride events.

In situations like this, it’s extremely important to discern God’s will. If I were a new convert, knew there’d be nudity, drugs and revelry, struggled with same-sex attraction or if I was younger and prohibited by my parents, I wouldn’t go.

Apart from a strategic LGBTQ outreach, could I envision ever hosting a homosexual/lesbian event at my church or on my property? I wouldn’t do it.

A news story recently stated that Christian music legend Amy Grant was hosting a niece’s gay wedding at her farm. I believe she’s doing this sincerely as a goodwill gesture, but it’s generating understandable concern about its appropriateness and what it communicates. Having ministered with Amy in the past at “Jesus Festival” events, I know she is a loving person.

What Would Jesus Do?

Iconic Christian leader Charles Spurgeon cautioned, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It’s knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

The Bible directs us to “examine all things, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and exhibit maturity, demonstrated by “discerning between good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

God wants our “love to abound more and more with knowledge and discernment so that we may approve what is the best” (Philippians 1:9-10).

Amy said recently, “There’s many things I don’t understand about God.” Perhaps the beauty of His holiness with His love is one of them.

The Back Story

A young man openly shared his sad story of being abused and later “coming out” as a homosexual. On Proud Radio, he explained how a “counselor told him it didn’t matter how he got to being gay and that there wasn’t a glory spout to turn on to make him straight … so he left the church that didn’t accept his lifestyle and went out into the world to be gay. …’and to hear Amy say that I am welcome at God’s table as a gay man is so affirming.'”

The young man with his new gay identity now prefers to refer to God as a female. “I call God ‘She’ to fight the patriarchy.”

When Amy was interviewed by PrideSource.com, she said, “I know the religious community has not been very welcoming … but with God everybody is welcome. Everybody!”

On Proud Radio she said, “It’s so important to set a welcoming table … you’re loved. Gay. Straight. It doesn’t matter. … It doesn’t matter how we behave. It doesn’t matter how we’re wired.”

Amy says, “God simply wants us to love Him and love each other.”

The Basics – ABC

A reasonable question: “Is this another ‘crossover’ move, similar to when Amy crossed over from “Contemporary Christian Music” (CCM) to a more “pop culture” genre? Let’s examine the situation from a purely biblical worldview, resolving not to accommodate culture but align with sacred Scripture.

A. Affirm God’s Design

The entire Bible unambiguously defines God’s design for marriage to be one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31).

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3–4).

B. Believe and Behave

A combination of charity and clarity is essential in communicating that a homosexual lifestyle is directly contradicting Scripture where there is not one verse that endorses it. God’s Word prohibits it plus conveys hope and transformation for those struggling in it (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). God’s help comes when those struggling admit their problem. A homosexual man asked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “What do I do with my problem?” He helped him to freedom because “he admitted he had a problem.” Only then could he help him with a solution (see Bullseye Challenge, chapters 18-20).

Jesus Christ stated unequivocally, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord and not do what I say?” (Luke 6.46). Loving God and obeying His Word are nonnegotiable. The Bible warns us of those who practice sinful homosexual/lesbian acts (Romans 1:25-28) and then “give hearty approval to those who practice them” (verse 32).

Jesus engaged compassionately with sinners but did not excuse sin (Samaritan woman, John 4:1-18, and the woman caught in adultery, John 8:1-11). He said, “Go and sin no more.” We’re called to do likewise, conveying acceptance of the person but not approving of his or her sin.

We affirm God’s unconditional acceptance (welcoming us into relationship when we “repent and believe”), but there is no unconditional approval of behavior contrary to what God prohibits. Jesus’ directive to Paul was “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).

C. Consider Example

“Be holy, blameless and above reproach” (Colossians 1:22), not without sin but not bringing shame on the Body of Christ or disgrace to the Name of Jesus. “Whoever misleads one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung about his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

“Not many of you should become teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater judgment” (James 3:1). This is serious stuff!

Billy Graham, one of Amy’s and my heroes, mentioned in his less mature years foolishly going into an English pub (drinking a nonalcoholic beverage), then seeing a photo of his visit prominently featured in England’s newspapers to discredit his reputation, impact the crusade plus possibly cause some to stumble.

Billy would never be seen alone in public with another woman other than his wife. When Hillary Clinton once requested a private meeting, he declined, asking her understanding so as not to ever adversely influence others.

When King Saul committed suicide, David lamented but took pains to handle the tragedy discreetly, directing women not to report the scandal in public to avoid bringing reproach on the Name of the Lord (2 Samuel 1:17-20).

We will give an account if we influence others wrongly. One’s music can inspire millions; one’s example can mislead multitudes. Youth are especially vulnerable to LGBTQ propagandists who “promise freedom while they themselves are slaves to depravity” (2 Peter 2:19).

Here’s the deal: As we humbly seek God’s guidance, may the Good Shepherd “lead us in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

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Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator with over 50 years in vocational ministry, an Intercessors for America board member, bestselling author and a public policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, “BULLSEYE,” develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com), and he has a variety of resources on his website (see www.larrytomczak.com). You can also hear his weekly podcast here.

© 2022 WND

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Amy Grant hosting same-sex wedding, now Christians schooling her on ‘sin’

Pop star coming under heavy fire from Franklin Graham, other believers

Amy Grant (Video screenshot)

By Bob Unruh

December 21, 2022 3:12pm

WND

Pop star Amy Grant, whose early years in the music industry had her focus on Christian music, recently announced that she is allowing a same-sex wedding, involving a family member, on her farm.

Which prompted noted evangelist Franklin Graham, the chief of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse, to remind her of something biblical.

“God defines what is sin, not us; and His Word is clear that homosexuality is sin,” he said in a social-media statement. “We have all sinned, and in order to have a relationship with God and spend eternity with Him in Heaven, we must turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus, Christ, who came to earth to die for our sins.”

Grant has adopted the secular concept that love is love and all love is the same. [Blog Editor Bold Emphasis: Example of anti-God Secular Humanist moral relativism.]

She said, “Jesus, you just narrowed it down to two things: Love God & love each other.”

In a new WND column, bestselling author Larry Tomczak said of the situation: “We will give an account if we influence others wrongly. One’s music can inspire millions; one’s example can mislead multitudes. Youth are especially vulnerable to LGBTQ propagandists who ‘promise freedom while they themselves are slaves to depravity'” (2 Peter 2:19).

The Western Journal also delivered a Bible lesson to Grant.

“God’s Word admonishes us many times that one cannot serve both God and man. … James 4:4 states, ‘You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.'”

The commentary charged, “Christian music icon Amy Grant should take this verse into serious consideration as she continues to use her vast platform to support godless perspectives.”

It cited her “announcement regarding her intent, along with her country music star husband Vince Gill, to co-host the same-sex wedding of her niece…”

The Western Journal noted, “According to ChurchLeaders.com, this is not the first time Grant has openly supported homosexuality and the LGBT community. … ChurchLeaders cited a 2013 interview Grant did with the pro-gay news site ‘PrideSource,’ in which she referred to Christians who abide by God’s Word with regard to homosexuality as ‘the religious community.'”

She said, “I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it’s really about one relationship. The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. And everybody is welcome. Everybody.”

And, the commentary noted, “ChurchLeaders cited an even more disturbing interview that Grant gave with ‘Proud Radio’ host Hunter Kelly in 2021. It ‘doesn’t matter how we behave. It doesn’t matter how we’re wired,’ Grant said. ‘We’re all our best selves when we believe to our core, ‘I’m loved.’ And then our creativity flourishes,’ stated Grant.”

The Western Journal said, “Grant is heavily implying here that people are born gay in how they are ‘wired’ and dangerously believes that our acts and behaviors have no impact on our standing with God. She is also implying that those afflicted with homosexual urges should not feel any kind of conviction to repent and turn from their sin so long as they believe that they are ‘loved.'”

The publication, like Graham, warned Grant, “Indeed, we are loved by a God who sent His only Son, while we were yet His enemies, to die for our sins so we might be reconciled with the Father. But God cannot tolerate sin and its deliberate practice under the twisted guise of ‘love.'”

Graham added, “If we love God, we will seek to obey His Word. Jesus told us, ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments’ (John 14:15). … The Bible says, ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,’ (Acts 3:19). For me, loving others also means caring about their souls and where they will spend eternity. It means loving people enough to tell them the truth from the Word of God. The authority of God’s Word is something we can never compromise on.”

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Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.

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