Lauren Daigle, one of the most popular Christian artists today, just told an interviewer that she doesn't know if homosexuality is a sin. While on "The Domenick Nati Show" on iHeart radio earlier this week, Nati asked Daigle, “Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?”
“You know, I can’t honestly answer on that,” Daigle answered, explaining that she had “too many people that I love” that “are homosexuals.”
“I don’t know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it,” she continued. “I can’t say one way or the other. I’m not God. So, when people ask questions like that, that’s what my go to is. Like, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out, let me know because I’m learning too,’” Daigle said.
Daigle, a multi-award winning Christian singer of "You Say" and "How Can It Be" was recently on The Ellen Degeneres Show, for which she received some backlash from fans. They thought she shouldn't be supporting an openly gay entertainer.
But others pointed out that Daigle shared her faith through the powerful lyrics she sang during her performance of "Still Rolling Stones."
"Six feet under
I thought it was over
An answer to prayer
The voice of a Savior
Daigle brought up that source of contention during her interview. “It’s so sad that people think because Ellen’s gay she’s bad,” Daigle told Nati about the criticism she received.
Daigle's comments have brought major backlash from fans and have been widely reported in Christian publications. The Christian Post, for example, included some of the prominent verses on homosexuality in contrast to Daigle's "I don't know" statement.
Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination."
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
1 Timothy 1:9-10 also says, “Understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.”
One Christian blogger, John Wesley Reid wrote an empathetic open letter to Daigle, saying that he understood the pressure she was facing in the moment, but that her decision to placate the crowd would lead her to confuse many people.
"Lauren, you don’t have to be God to know what is and isn't sin. You're not God, but you know that as Christians we are called to reach the lost. How do you know this? Because it's written in the Bible– the same Bible that affirms your song 'You Say' speaking of Christ's love for us," wrote Reid.
"Why couldn’t you have said 'yes I do believe it’s a sin but I love them anyway' or even just blamed the Bible and say 'I do believe that the Bible teaches it to be a sin' without making it your personal opinion. Sugar coating the truth only paves the way to deceive a bigger crowd," Reid continued.
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