Following in a star-studded line that includes Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Justin Bieber, country music mega-star Carrie Underwood, who professes to be a Christian, spoke out in support of gay marriage and called the idea that homosexuality is a sin in the Bible “hate”. Underwood also said that it is her Christian faith that led her to this conclusion as she and her husband, pro hockey pleyer Mike Fisher, attend a “gay-friendly” church that does not view homosexuality as a sin. Once again, Hollywood has proven that just because someone claims to be a Christian, makes a song about Jesus or wears a cross (or five diamond studded cross, in some cases) does not make them a Bible-believing Christian. Underwood’s interview not only shows she is not in line with the Bible, it appears she does not know much about Christianity at all.
In advance of her tour of the UK, Underwood sat down for an interview with the UK Independent. When the subject of gay marriage came up, Underwood made her feelings clear:
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
She said, however, that her liberal attitude towards same-sex marriage comes because of her Christian values, rather than in spite of them. Though raised a Baptist, a church that tends to oppose homosexuality, Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher, a professional ice-hockey player, now worship in a non-denominational congregation.
“Our church is gay friendly,” she said. “Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” In the interview, she condemned “people who use the Bible for hate”, adding: “That’s not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented.” (source)
Notice that Underwood does not even attempt to quote scripture when explaining her position or her “Christian values.” And her statements that are supposedly ‘Christian’ do not have Biblical basis:
“Above all, God wanted us to love others”
Above all, God wants all people to go to Heaven. And that comes through salvation in Jesus Christ who had to come because of our sin. God wants all people to be reconciled to Him and back in His family eternally. But it is our sin that has caused the separation, death and destruction of society today. God who is morally perfect and just, cannot allow sin to be part of his Holy Kingdom. That is why Jesus came to Earth. To die and offer Himself as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of all people. But if we do not acknowledge our sin, then we do not believe in a need for a Savior. So it is not loving to pretend someone the sin of someone in your church is no sin at all. In fact, it is the opposite of loving them in God’s eyes, because it is keeping them from the Gospel. And as a Christian, first and foremost we are to share the Gospel. Jesus said:
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. – John 6:38-40
“It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’.
God has provided rules for society to operate in a righteous manner. What is Underwood suggesting? Should a 45-year-old man be able to marry a 5-year-old girl? The “rules” that were set were to keep us from sinning and show us how we have fallen short of God’s standards and that we need a Savior. Once one becomes a born again Christian, that person does not have to be good because of fear of going to hell, but obeys God because of love for God and His holy law. Christians should want to follow the rules. Psalm 1 says:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Christians should not tell other people to “be like me!” We as Christians are all sinners too. The only difference is that we have a Savior. And that is who everyone is to be like. Christianity is about letting go of one’s old self and “putting on the mind of Christ” – that is being like Jesus in the way He lived, which was in obedience to God’s laws. Jesus said: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24). All Christians will face challenges of personal sins in their lives. And the task is to yield to the Spirit of God in them and deny those sinful desires. Whether one is gay or straight, the challenge is the same. Being a Christian is not about us – it’s all about Jesus Christ.
“We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
The Bible: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Romans 12:1-2
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. — Galatians 1:6-10
The Bible is clear that the world is corrupted and sinful. Jesus Christ defined marriage saying “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” So it is no surprise that the world has gone against Godly instruction. Christians are indeed supposed to be loving but are not to “fit in” with the corrupted, God-rejecting ways of society. By trying to remove parts of the Bible she does not agree with, Underwood is completely conforming to the world and choosing it over trusting in God and His truth. And beyond that she is “reshaping” God to fit her own feelings, which is idolatry. This is yet another sign of the age of Apostasy and the rise of the false church that has abandoned the Bible for person-centered ideas and feelings.
This is not being pointed out to attack Underwood. It is being done for 2 reasons: 1) to explain to those who are not familiar with the Bible what the Word of God actually states and 2) to serve as a sincere warning to all Christians that the division in the church between those who adhere to the Bible and those that follows their own ways and calls it Christianity is increasing. If we can ignore one sin, why not ignore more? This type of New Age Christianity opens the door for a faith where Jesus Christ Himself is no longer necessary to get to Heaven (something many ‘contemporary churches’ now preach). Do not be deceived. These types of churches are leading people to damnation.
Jesus prophesied that there would be a massive false church in the end times:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. –Matthew 7:21-27
Pray for Underwood and her husband to turn back to the Bible and not a Christianity and a Jesus of their own creation. There is never an excuse for Christians to hate anyone. We are to always operate in a spirit of compassion and love for all people. But that should not come at the cost of abandoning the basic foundations of the faith.
Underwood is correct one point: Jesus did not command Christians to go out into the world to be the “moral police”, fight political referendums or to “judge every body.” The Bible is clear: we have all already been judged and found guilty. The Christians job is to preach the Gospel, which is the good news that despite our sin, God in His love for us has provided a way to forgiveness. And it just takes faith to receive it. And when one trusts and believes God to have faith in His Word, they can truly let Jesus take the wheel.