Christian commentators are challenging the lead singer for the popular Christian band Jars of Clay for taking to social media recently where he stated his support of homosexual "marriage" and suggested the Holy Bible isn't clear on what's moral and immoral. Dan Haseltine has recently apologized, saying some of what he wrote was "unnecessarily combative."
On his Twitter page Monday, Dan Haseltine posted:
The next day, the Jars of Clay lead singer went on to tweet:
In a column responding to Haseltine's tweets, cultural commentator and Christian apologist Dr. Michael Brown says it "really boggles the mind" that a professed believer would suggest the Bible has little to say about morality:
"When you're sliding down a dangerous slippery slope, you don't say, 'Give me one good reason we're in danger, other than the fact that we're careening down this deadly slope.' No. You grab hold of something to stop your fall and then figure out how to climb back to solid ground."
Read Dan Haseltine's clarification/apology
Steve Deace, host of The Steve Deace Show and cultural commentator, doesn't know how Haseltine can call himself a Christian.
"I don't know how someone can say I belong to something I don't believe in," he tells OneNewsNow. "I'm frankly flabbergasted at the level of cognitive dissonance displayed here ... for someone to say I'm a Christian but I don't believe the scriptures teach anything about moral certainty, I don't see any moral certainty in scriptures."
Deace says Haseltine wouldn't be the first Christian to be influenced by the culture's view of same-sex marriage, but argues that the singer's Twitter posts indicate he has contradicted the very lyrics he's sung over the years.
"He's not just spewing talking points – I mean, he deconstructs his own worldview," says Deace. "He basically says that I can devise a Christ and a Christianity of my own imagination; that I can determine what is right or what is wrong. And I think that sounds suspiciously like Ye be like God."
In yet another Twitter post on Thursday, Haseltine questioned why some Christian radio stations had pulled the band's songs:
The Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, launched in the 1990s and has won some of the music industry's top awards.
4/29/2014 - Added link to Dan Haseltine's clarification/apology