LifeWay Stops Selling Jen Hatmaker Books Due to Her LGBT Support
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Oct 28
LifeWay Christian Stores will no longer carry Christian author Jen Hatmaker’s books, according to Christianity Today.
In a statement, the Christian business says it will be discontinuing Hatmaker’s books due to her stance on LGBT issues.
“In the past, LifeWay Christian Resources published several resources with Jen Hatmaker. In a recent interview, she voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage—changes which contradict LifeWay’s doctrinal guidelines,” read the statement.
Hatmaker declined to comment on LifeWay’s decision.
Hatmaker drew attention and criticism when she posted back in April about how the church needs to embrace members of the LGBT community.
“It is high time Christians opened wide their arms, wide their churches, wide their tables wide their homes to the LGBT community,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
In a recent interview, she went on to expound on her support of LGBT people.
“From a civil rights and civil liberties side and from just a human being side, any two adults have the right to choose who they want to love. And they should be afforded the same legal protections as any of us. I would never wish anything less for my gay friends,” she said.
“Not only are these our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ. They are adopted into the same family as the rest of us, and the church hasn’t treated the LGBT community like family. We have to do better,” she continued.
Hatmaker’s latest book, For the Love, is a New York Times bestseller.
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Publication date: October 28, 2016