Surveys find Millennial Christians are drifting away from a biblical view of sex and marriage, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise when a well-known Christian singer says she can't say if homosexuality is sin.
Lauren Daigle's name may not be familiar, but some of her songs may be. Among the more popular ones are "Come Alive (Dry Bones)" and "You Say."
Daigle was recently interviewed on the Domenick Nati podcast. Nati asked the singer's thoughts about homosexuality, since she had recently performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Nati: "Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?"
Daigle: "You know, I can't honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people who I love – that they are homosexual. I don't know .... I can't say one way or the other. I'm not God."
A survey by Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research shows that roughly half of Millennials (ages 18-34) agree that the Bible's condemnation of homosexual behavior doesn't apply today. Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian apologist and educator who speaks on college campuses across the U.S., says for a couple of generations the American church has been failing its youth.
"We've got 40 to 50 years of American youth ministry that's been, very often, more about games and fun than about rigorous discipleship," he tells OneNewsNow.
McFarland says the answer to the question posed to Daigle is very simple – but not at all easy. "Make no mistake, the Word of God is unequivocally clear: all homosexual activity is sin. Homosexuality is a sin," he emphasizes. "And God says if you want to go to heaven, you have to repent and turn away from sin."
Still, McFarland sees some hope in another comment by Daigle that may demonstrate she's teachable:
Daigle: "I just say read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know because I'm learning to."