LifeWay Christian Resources has announced that it will discontinue sales of best-selling author Jen Hatmaker. The decision comes just days after Hatmaker gave an interview in which she she voiced approval of same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships.
The Baptist Press reports:
In an Oct. 25 Religion News Service (RNS) article, Hatmaker said she affirms gay marriage from both civil and spiritual perspectives, and advised the church to embrace members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who profess Christianity.
A spokesman for LifeWay, which is owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, said, “In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage — changes which contradict LifeWay’s doctrinal guidelines.”
LifeWay’s position upholding traditional marriage stands in direct contrast to another bookseller, Barnes and Noble, which signed an amicus brief in 2015 urging the Supreme Court to overturn state laws protecting marriage.
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