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Analysis. Ever since Christian recording artist Amy Grant said she would host her niece’s lesbian wedding at her farm, people have been perplexed that a professing Christian celebrity was acting to legitimize a homosexual union — something clearly condemned by God, and even by all the major world religions, and so contrary to thousands of years of Church history and teaching.
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Interviewed on Pride Source, Amy previously 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.”
Sounds reasonable, but it’s unbiblical.
Telling the Truth
Franklin Graham responded charitably but uncompromisingly:
“We are to love God and love each other. But if we love God, we will seek to obey His Word. Jesus told us, ‘If you love Me keep My commandments (John 14:15). God defines what is sin, not us, and His Word is clear that homosexuality is sin. 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.”
I also made an appeal to Amy who lives in the same locality. I’ve ministered with her in music festivals and talked with her at her farm, the site of the event being celebrated.
Uniting with five respected leaders, one of whom was her original pastor, I reached out to her in private, but she expressed no interest in even reading my appeal. Read my article titled “Does Amy Grant’s Hosting of a Gay Wedding Honor or Dishonor God?” for a clear understanding of the historical Biblical position on homosexuality.
Amy Speaks Out
Amy Grant is a singer, not a scholar. Her music inspires millions, but her example misleads multitudes — especially youth.
Indeed, she herself says: “There’s many things I don’t understand about God.” But on this critical issue, in which there is rampant deception and even coerced celebration, multitudes of faithful Christ followers honor the beauty of God’s holiness alongside His love.
Amy finally expressed her response in an interview with People Magazine (Jan. 16, 2023). The ever tolerant pop-culture publication captured her remarks under the title, “Amy Grant on Homophobic Criticism Over Niece’s Same-Sex Wedding — “I Love Those Brides!” So, apparently, dare to point out what the Bible clearly teaches is sin, and you are stigmatized as “homophobic.”
The singer noted in the article that the lesbian wedding took place “on the same hillside where Vince and I got married” (in 2000, after they both had secured divorces from their spouses). “They’re wonderful, our family is better, and you should be able to be who you are with your family and be loved by them.”
In November, Amy said: “Jesus, You just narrowed it down to two things: love God, and love each other.” But James 4:4 actually says: … 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.
Brandi Carlile Agrees
Another singer, one who is herself in a lesbian partnership and who also describes herself as “faith-based” and a “queer person,” told Entertainment Tonight about how much Amy has influenced her life. “She came out in support of me,” said Brandi Carlile. “To have that kind of affirmation from a faith-based artist was really important.”
Wouldn’t it be best to just play it safe, remain silent, sit on the sidelines, and let the whole thing simply blow over?
No it would not. As Christian martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“Keeping the peace,” people-pleasing, and “having happy families” mustn’t become an idol that takes precedence over obeying God and honoring His word.
Jesus stated: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. … And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Matt. 10:34,36). He also said: “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you … ” (Luke 6:26).
Everyone will stand before Him and give account on the Day of Judgment (see Matthew 12:36). It may be flattering to stand before adoring audiences and a gay-affirming president, but never at the expense of bringing reproach upon the name of the Lord and misleading multitudes to affirm those who promise freedom while being themselves slaves to depravity (see 2 Peter 2:19).
In Genesis 19 a large group of homosexuals saw some men enter Lot’s house in Sodom and surrounded it, seeking to have sexual relations with those men. Lot spoke up, pleading with the group not to act so wickedly. Their dark-hearted retort was an angry one for Lot’s failure to be “welcoming.” But soon they and all those in the city were tragically punished for their perversion.
Recently, Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Ivan Provorov refused to wear a rainbow jersey for “Pride Night.” He said he respects all people, but that his Christian faith does not permit him to violate his own conscience or to adversely influence others.
Similarly, evangelist Mario Murillo explained that his absence from one program was due to the fact that he didn’t want to adversely influence people by appearing with a leader who openly associates with two “false prophets.”
Christians are the only “Bible” many people will ever read. The power of influence is a sacred responsibility, so may we be vigilant to never lead people astray. Unfortunately, there’s now a “Christian” group calling itself “Faithful America” whose members have started a petition supporting Grant, and they have gathered over 15,000 signatures.
Here’s the deal: There’s hope for America and for another Great Awakening if Christians remain humble, obedient, and faithful to God’s word. We love brides, but the preeminent one is the Bride of Christ — without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous (Hebrews 13:4).
Take three minutes to watch “Truth Behind Christian Singer: Amy Grant” on YouTube. It’s powerful!
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Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 years, an IFA board member, a 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). Hear his weekly podcast here. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Amy Grant is sadly typical of most people who still sometimes sit in church pews—though that won’t last very much longer. The “gospel” she believes is a mix of postmodern secular humanism and therapeutic moralistic deism, though I have little confidence that she can even spell most of those words, let alone accurately define them. Again, she is not alone. There are many millions just like her. What is going to happen is that these heretics and apostates will simply give themselves up completely to the emergent antichrist one world religion. That will leave the remnant to carry on, probably in an underground and persecuted state. It is worth remembering that there does not appear to be any mention in end times prophecy of the USA, at least not as a separate entity or world power.
” … but with God, everybody is welcome. Everybody!”
On our own terms?
Or does God get to venture an opinion?
@“I know the religious community has not been very welcoming … ”
We are NOT “the religious community.”
We are the CHURCH.
We have a serious responsibility. Does Ms. Grant not think so?
I stand on the Word Of God! Franklin Grahm, you are absolutely right!
Nothing surprises me anymore. The Bible is very clear regarding homosexuality. However, what condemns a soul to hell, is rejecting the Gospel & the word of God. If you love someone, you will not accept their lifestyle if it is contrary to scripture. You must love them enough to tell the truth. And the Word of God is the truth.
People are assuming that Amy Grant is born-again! She sings gospel, true! She also divorced her husband and married her current husband. Has anyone ever heard her witness to anyone of JESUS? Or even talk about CHRIST? I haven’t. FATHER GOD if Amy Grant and her husband do not know YOU, please send laborers to them for salvation in JESUS NAME!
Is the author saying that Kat Kerr and Robin Bullock are false prophets?
Father, your word is from the very abundance of your heart. Your word is truth. It is absolute, unmoving, unwavering, founded upon your eternal knowledge and experience. Your word can be counted on yesterday, today, and forever. Not so the words and opinions of personal pleasure of mankind. It is far safer to build upon the rock of God Said, than expect a good result of a life built upon the words of man, as stabile and enduring as the shore front beach sand which moves about in every storm. The storms come. Take refuge upon the rock of the word of God, Jesus. There is no other key to eternity. Amen and Amen
I pray Amy Grant will understand that God has certain things he says are wrong and that we can’t compromise on them. Love them, of course, but do not support their sin.
If we as believers disregard one part of Scripture, what stops us from disregarding another? We believe this because it suits us. However we don’t believe that because it offends people. We can’t have a smorgasbord of Biblical truths that we pick and choose the ones we like.
Over the years I’ve been greatly moved by Amy Grant’s music and it’s brought me closer to the Lord. But in these last days we’ve been told to be a watchmen on the wall. My prayer is constantly for spiritual discernment and regarding the issue of Amy Grant having a lesbian wedding at her farm, the Lord speaks to my heart and says it’s wrong for me to advocate
and condone an event of this type. I would not be in attendance and would give the reasons why! In these last days it says that even the very elect can be deceived and it’s very sad that Amy Grant is choosing to be a stumbling block to so many who have looked up to her!! I’m praying that God will reveal to her the error of her thinking on this issue and that she’ll have eyes to see and ears to hear what He’s saying!
I feel it is becoming more and more difficult to defend our positon in God’s truth. However, that is what we must do, remain faithful to our Lord and saviour. It is probably only going to get worse, so our faith and adherence to God’s word needs to get stronger. I have days when my hope and my spiritual strenght fail me. And all I can do is to go to God and ask for his forgiveness and strenght.
I pray that I will be able to stand on His truth until He calls me home.
May we all be prayerful and uphold God’s truth and love always, even at the cost of loosing something we hold dear.
As for Amy, she is in God’s hands and she will have to give account to the Most High.
I pray for Amy Grant, that she be set free from the deception that causes her to place peer pressure and family pressure above God‘s word. Loving our family is right, but actively hosting and supporting the decision to violate God‘s word is not. Let’s pray for God‘s mercy on her and open her eyes. I pray this in Jesus name.
Homosexuality/lesbianism is unholy, wicked and destructive. Not only is it an affront to a Holy God but also the agape love of God desires to protect men and women from this terrible destruction. Amy Grant has been compromised a long time and I would even question her salvation. She would do well to consider Mth 7 : 22 , 23 , especially verse 23 (NAS) “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? (vs23): ” And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’
I agree with the other prayers here done in love and compassion. This affliction effects every family- every person in this age. With love and compassion for our sister in Christ we lift up and ask for your soon revealing.
Father God, You are an all merciful and loving Abba. Thank you for Your Word from First Thessalonians. 5:21, “Firmly hold onto what is good,” and for Hebrews 5:14, “to distinguish good from evil.” I lift up Amy Grant and others like her before Your throne of grace, who appear to know the difference between right and almost right yet do not. I take authority and bind the spirit of deception and confusion in her life. I release a spirit of purity/integrity/peace that seeks the will of God in her life and in the life of her family with husband, Vince Gill. Thank you for forgiveness and for opening up the eyes of her heart. Am asking for You to reverse the mindset that she currently has. May true integrity and an open heart be given to her from the heart of God for such a time as this. God’s Word says (Hebrews 5:14) that we are to distinguish good from evil. May Amy be given discernment in knowing the difference between right (good) and almost right (evil). No weapon formed against her I pray will prosper., Isaiah 54:17 (Spirit-Filled Women’s Devotional Bible, NKJV). Thank you, Sweet Jesus. I love you Lord! I love Amy Grant and want to see her whole. Holy Spirit have a free hand in Amy’s life and in her music. May this be her testimony someday in the near future. Amen and amen!
Beautiful prayer! Thank you!
I want to highlight what Darlene Estlow said below (the first comment). “not using love as an excuse to fail to act in understanding of the gospel.”
I struggled for decades with this question. How do I condemn homosexuality as an egregious sin, but also express love to them? I’m commanded to do both.
There are so many roots to sexual sin: prior sexual abuse, indoctrination, a rebellious spirit, demonic presence, and so on. Just telling them God loves them may comfort them somewhat, but leaves them floundering in their same mess. Just telling them to stop sinning is fruitless in most cases, because the “cure” is beyond our human ability.
Mario Murillo finally showed me the key. So many of us think of salvation as “confess your sins, God will forgive, and you go to heaven when you die.”. But the gospel is SO much more than that. Jesus didn’t just die for our sins, He also rose from the dead with mighty power. That limitless power can break bondages, destroy demonic strongholds, and heal the deepest heart wounds. We see that in every one of Mario’s crusades.
We haven’t been able to reach people with sexual aberrations because we generally don’t preach the whole gospel. Our “love” is just sentimentalism. (Oh, there there, it’s OK God loves you, He understands.) But God’s love can fully deliver them through the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. THAT’S LOVE. If we’re not telling them about this full deliverance, we either don’t truly love them, or we don’t understand the fullness and power of the gospel.
God, please bless Amy and open her eyes. Open all our eyes and our understanding to see the fullness of all Jesus did for us. And teach us how to share His power with everyone we meet. Amen.
Powerful words!!!! Thank you for your response.
Father, I believe that Amy Grant is sincere about her belief to follow the two greatest commandments: to love God, and love your neighbor as yourself…
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Amy has taken the Words of Jesus to heart (because they come straight from Jesus, not one of the apostles). However, she is taking them to the exclusion of the rest of the Bible.
As was said, Jesus also said in…
“Matthew 10:34-39 NKJV
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
In the Name of Jesus, I rebuke those lies, Lord. I command those lying spirits, that are deceiving her and confusing her mind, to release her, that the scales will fall from her eyes and they will be opened to Your Truth. I command those deceptive spirits, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, to go to the foot of the cross where Jesus will bind them in chains and send them to the farest corners of hell.. never to roam the earth again!
I pray, Father, that that You will lift her up, that you would DELIVER her from confusion, that you would send St Michael the Archangel and the legions of angels to defend her in battle, to be her protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil, and by the POWER OF GOD, drive into hell satan and his demons who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Father, send Your Holy Spirit to reveal the REAL meaning of “love your neighbor as yourself” means telling yourself and your neighbor God’s Truth. Fill her with Your Truth. Put Your Presence, Your anointing upon her, fill Your daughter with Your Love, Your Truth… and LET NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HER PROSPER!
IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN
Having been supernaturally delivered from the lies of the gay lifestyle, as I read or listen to so many of these critiques I would pray sincerely that more of us would become serious intercessors for those who are being seduced into supporting this perversion! There are so many reasons that a person believes the lie that they were born gay or are gay, there are generational sins and curses, there is sexual abuse, lots of reasons yet we have no idea what’s behind the seductions in this whole situation, I believe we all agree that the Lord is able and absolutely willing to encounter these two women and Amy and Vince her husband and all the others who are deceived, please let’s pray with great faith that the enemy would have this situation blow up in his face and that the Lord would receive incredible Glory for the deliverance and the healings and the repentance, repentance is such a gift and I pray for hearts to be open wide for these gifts of repentance! Lord Jesus let Your Kingdom come and let Your will be done for Your Glory and Your Honor!🙏🙏🙏
Although sex is a physical act, sex issues are of the soul. The Lord is Spirit. To agree with those who openly hold soulish values above spiritual ones is to place oneself in a conflicted position. I struggle with seeming to support politicians who display questionable morals and motives. The rationale is simply that the people are good for the country compared to their opponents. But, am I being soulish? I think so.
There are many arenas where we plead God’s grace for ourselves, but deny the possibility He could be extending grace to others. For me, personally, support of gay culture is a step too far, but I want to stop short of judging another believer.
Your points are well taken, Larry. Thank you for reaching out to Amy. That was a very redemptive act.
Amy Grand is deceived and wrong. God Almighty says homosexuality is an abomination to Him. Jesus, God’s only begotten Son says that the sexually immoral which includes adulterers, male prostitutes and homosexual offenders will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Read Leviticus 18:22 and I Corinthians 6: 9-11).
Jesus died and rose for those caught in the sin of homosexuality. Through repenting and confessing the sin of homosexuality, the sinner will be freed from this bondage. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit created each one of us either male or female and made each one of us in His own likeness and image. (Read Genesis 1:26).
I pray Amy Grant’s heart is opened to the everlasting truth of the Bible. I pray Amy takes the time to read the 14th and 15th chapter of John. Jesus is crystal clear that those who belong to Him will obey His teaching. The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3: 16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” May Amy trust and obey the Bible which are the very words of God Himself which are from everlasting to everlasting. God’s Word will endure forever. Proverbs 30: 5-6 says, “Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
I wonder what Michel W, Smith would say? I pray God would open Amy’s eyes and the eyes of others blinded by this wrong theology.
Spot on. We are not to be of this world but seeking the kingdom of God.
Thank you Lord for your word and your commandments…You created man and woman and sanctified marriage to be between a man and a woman… Amen… I want to respond to the two false prophets narrative… The woman who Mario Murillo claimed to be a false prophet does not herself claim to be a false prophet… And I am not convinced Robin Bullock is a false prophet… Lord help me to understand if Robin Bullock is a false prophet… Amen
In the last days good will be called evil and evil will be called good. Is 5:20
Father, it is so important that we stand for truth. May we not act as cowards, but stand strong in truth, not flagging in love, but not using love as an excuse to fail to act in understanding of the Gospel.