Last month a supposed “Christian” music artist had a coming out party live on Larry King. To be perfectly honest before the televised scandal I had no idea who Jennifer Knapp was. Thank God. I truly have empathy for those who have followed Knapp’s musical career and looked up to her to be one of those “little lights” shinning for Christ. They were all deceived.
Again since I didn’t know much about her I decided to do a web search to find out more about this supposed “Christian”. I know your not suppose to judge a book by its cover but a picture is truly worth a thousand words. The first photo I came across (above left) is very telling. I could see the cunning in her eyes. That also showed during her interview with Larry King. She was very cocky and smug. With many of her arguments it seems she didn’t know much about true Christianity. Frankly, she didn’t seem like she knew what the heck she was talking about.
That’s up for translation…
One of the arguments that Knapp brought up was questioning the authenticity of Bible translations on the issue of homosexuality. To be blunt the only ones who bring up the “That’s up for translation..” argument are the ones offended by what the Bible says. With this argument they usually referer to the Greek texts that they claim are “mistranslated”. What about the Old Testament? What about the Hebrew? The Jews still teach that the immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah was homosexuality. They’re Bible is in Hebrew. They speak Hebrew. So how do you question they’re translation? There is no misunderstanding there. It is what it is.
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 18:22
There is no other way of translating this. Again, it is what it is. The remarkable thing is we can find many Bible verses from both testaments that condemns homosexuality but not a single one that condones it. What did Jesus think about homosexuality? Not very highly considering in Matthew 19:3-7 Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 which reads:
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
So in this passage we know that Jesus, on the subject of marriage and coming together as one flesh, reaffirmed the previous law that it was between a man and a woman. Therefore there was no change from what the Jews taught in the Old Testament about homosexuality and the New Testament. That stayed the same.
She said what??
During this interview on Larry King they had Pastor Bob Botsford to debate this subject. Bob and Jennifer went back and forth and said something to Bob that was surprising to say the least.
“You don’t want a young girl that’s sitting in your congregation who says ‘Gosh I think I might have to choose between my sexuality and my faith!’ And you want her to choose faith!”
I thought to myself “Did she really just say that?!” I mean, how dare that Preacher expect a girl in his congregation to choose everlasting life over her sexual desires! Surely a woman who claims to be a Christian should know that everyday is a battle between choosing God or choosing the world. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30 that: “He who is not with me is against me.” You cannot have it both ways. If it’s between everlasting life and your sexual desires, you choose LIFE!
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;” -1 Thess 4:3-5
Sinners and Stoners
It was inevitable perhaps. There would be other lukewarm “Christians” who would try to defend the singer by justifying sin. They start off with the “Don’t cast the first stone” logic to invoke this notion that we shouldn’t judge. Failing to mention that we are suppose to judge with righteous judgement. (John 7:24) Also failing to mention that at the end of John Chapter 8 Jesus told the woman to not sin anymore. Because when all else fails they revert to the “We’re all sinners” logic. Yes, we’re all sinners but what separates the real Christians from everyone else is conviction and repentance. John the Baptist and Jesus didn’t go around preaching “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!…buuuut you know what it’s okay if you sin. Your okay, I’m okay and we’re all okay!” They said “REPENT for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” When a true Christian sins they will be convicted which will result in repentance. Repentance requires the acknowledgement of a sin and asking God for forgiveness. This is why that logic doesn’t work with the Jennifer Knapp scenario. She is unrepentant. I would say she feels no conviction but I’m pretty sure she does but chooses to bury it. When you have someone like this who says they have been placed here on the behalf of Jesus yet unrepentantly lives a life Jesus would not condone, you have a big problem.
Knapp can certainly sing a good game but judging her fruits she knows nothing about Yeshua. She is truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hiding an eight year homosexual relationship from people who thought she loved the Lord. Of course coming out she would chance losing her fan base as she rightfully should. Speaking of which this whole scandal conveniently happened a month before the release of her new album. What a shock. Personally, I hope the Christian world boycotts her album to let her know that when given a choice between the word of God and her ideals, they choose God.