What the Church Needs to Learn From the Lauren Daigle Interview Answer Controversy

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Another Lauren Daigle article? Yep. We have so much to learn from this.

It’s really simple. Lauren Daigle was attempting to live in peace with all men without pursuing holiness. She is to be commended for seeking to reach out with love to her audience and the show hosts (Only God knows her true heart’s motives, but I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt), but with so much pressure to conform and please man, she fell short of presenting clear truth.

“Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14, AMPC).

Here are the arguments the love advocates are making on Lauren’s behalf:

  1. Stop being a hypocrite and get the plank out of your own eye.
  2. Stop identifying her sin and identify your own of not loving the poor, the widows and the orphans.
  3. Stop condemning her because you’ve never been in her shoes.
  4. Stop treating your brothers and sisters like this.
  5. We are not called to identify people’s sin but to be salt and light.

Here are the arguments the truth advocates are making:

  1. Sin is sin, hell is hot and homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of God. She needed to say that.
  2. She claims to be a Christian singer who wrote all those songs, and has fellowship with other Christians in church, but then says she doesn’t know what the Bible says about homosexuality? Hmmm …
  3. Lauren bowed down to the world and the fear of man in a cowardly way. She should have stood for truth and righteousness.
  4. What was she even doing on Ellen DeGeneres’ show? She should never have been doing an interview with one who is in that lifestyle.
  5. She ashamedly denied Christ and His Word.

The Combination of Love and Truth

Christians are clearly divided over Lauren Daigle’s words and actions. Some are calling for love. Others are calling for truth. What we need to see and understand is that both are right. Our constant squabbling and rhetoric are useless and unproductive. It divides us and makes us look foolish to the world.

Love spoken in truth is the combination of wisdom that we need. Compassion blended with conviction is the most effective way to present the gospel. Mercy and might will make things right.

Lauren Daigle fell short of finding this combination, so she lied. Yes, it is shameful, cowardly and grievous, but could you have done more? Considering the limelight, the platform and the large audience she was speaking to, considering the pressure she was under to want to say the right thing and not be misunderstood or misinterpreted, are you sure you could have done better? Do you know the terms of the agreement she probably had to sign to even be interviewed? This does not excuse her failure to clearly present truth, but before passing judgment on someone, we are to consider ourselves lest we also be tempted, and we judge unrighteously (Matt. 7:1-2, John 7:24, Gal. 6:1).

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SOURCE: Charisma News – Bert Farias