Would you by or listen to music from a Christian artist that is openly gay?

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Jennifer Knapp is an award winning Christian artist that is returning to music after a seven-year hiatus. Jennifer Knapp is also openly gay. This article from The Christian Post talks about her return to music.

It is no secret that most Christians do not support a gay or lesbian lifestyle. My question for you is, would you listen to or buy music from an artist that you know is gay?

A couple of months ago Ton3x announced that he has and continues to struggle with homosexuality. To be honest, it has been a long time since I played one of his songs. (Even before his announcement) However, I do sing some of his songs in my head from time to time.

Is it OK to consume music from a Christian artist no matter what their lifestyle is? Is it possible for us to separate the messenger from the message?

No matter what lifestyle or issues a person is dealing with, let’s continue lift them up in prayer before the Lord. Please post a comment and let me know what you think?

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  • http://youtube.com/bigtashia Tashia

    Great Question. I would support her music if one, i liked it, and too if i felt it lined up with Gods Word. I like Tonex, but i will say that after his divorce and his ‘other stuff’ i wasn’t fond of the music that he but out, i believe i brought one song by him when he was in his alter ego stage: T Bizzy. But even as i just scrolled through my iTunes library i see that i’ve deleted it. I feel that if a person isn’t truly living a christian lifestyle than, when they do music, or anything else to reach the masses, its only a matter of time when that art becomes tainted as well. i still love Tonex and i pray that he returns someday soon, cause i miss him!

  • Larry

    As a big fan of Jennifer’s in the 90’s, I was saddened to read the entire article in Christianity Today. She is convinced she is doing what is right in God’s eyes and I don’t see it like that. I cannot support an artist that is openly gay and unrepentant. Just like Ray Boltz, I have to move on to find some music that supports and enhances my beliefs, so no, I will not buy and I don’t feel I can listen in good conscience knowing the beliefs behind the music.

  • Me

    nah

  • http://twitter.com/ItCouldBeToday Elaine Simpson

    Would you enjoy a message preached by a priest you knew was sodomising boys? There’s your answer! I wouldn’t be able to believe the sincerity of the words sung by a GAY person, because you can’t serve God until you are repentant and turn your back on deliberate sin. It will however, not stop me from loving her and praying for her to be released fron Satan’s hold, so that she can turn away from a sinful lifestyle and be used of God.

  • JR Costa

    I love Jennifer, always have,always will, we live in a world that judges your every action, and as a christian we should let our lord be the ultimate judge in what your heart does and tells you where to turn, I support Jennifer, because one’s heart is created to love, and if she follows her heart,and continue to inspire in her art, God will continue to bless her. Also,its about time we move from traditional believe to modern civilization. we are ever so changing snd God knows it before we even change. God Bless Jen!!

  • Calvin

    I will pray for the artist’s but I will not support a lifestyle that is contrary to scripture. As well I will not support an artist that is divorced without biblical cause. And I wll not support artists that openly support these things.

  • ByFaith

    @JR Costa:

    You clearly don’t read the Bible. “True” followers of Jesus Christ do not bow to “traditional” or “modern civilization” standards. The Bible is written as out guide for holy living. God has a lot to say about sin from Genesis to Revelation. May I suggest that you spend some time in Romans and Ephesians.

    Concerning Jennifer:

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (Amplified Bible)
    9Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,

    10Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

    11And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.

    If you truly love Jennifer, as you say, then pray for her!

  • JR Costa

    Hello ByFaith: And thank you for the reminder, We are blessed for being part of this world, which our lord chose for us, and also blessed for knowing that Jesus see us even when the world judges our every action, I appreciate the bible verses and the reminders, and i do pray for Jen, as well as every human being in this planet,I pray that our lord who forgive worst of the sins and accepts us for what we are, that he and ONLY he can decide the faith of all of us, and perhaps with such inmense love and compasion perhaps a deeper interpretation of life may be reached. God bless you too!

  • lisalisa

    We are n the world but not of the world. The world says it is ok but as christians we are to be as christ and to sing Gods word but do other wise we are as the word says having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof. God is the same yesterday today and forever and as byfaith quoted the scripture we don’t have to judge bcuz the word plainly tells us who will enter the kingdom. His word is not going change to suit us, we have to change to what Gods word says. That’s my final answer.

  • J.C.

    Amen!

  • Kevinegross

    Good word Larry. Our beliefs are to be based on the word of God and not our feelings and the traditions of men. I too, enjoyed Jennifer's and Ray's music, yet, how could I purchase the CD of someone who is blatantly doing what I believe our Lord is sickened at and allow my 15 year old daughter to listen to and get the impression that I support. They are both certainly talented yet need out prayers more than ever. In a nutshell: Can't and won't support, but, will hope and pray they will see the light soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dishmanbilly Billy Dishman

    As an openly gay male who is also called to minisrty work, yes I would. I tried all through my teen years to “fix” the “problem.” I asked God for help to become who He wanted me to be. He would only respond with “I am the Lord your God. I do not make mistakes.” He keeps leading me back t the song “I Am” by Ginny . In the words of Casting Crowns, “I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.”  Any further questions should be able to be answered in John 3:16-18 and Matthew 22:34-40, if not feel free to contct me on Facebook.

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