No, the band did not break up if that’s what you were thinking after reading my title.
However, the lead singer of the band caved on the most pressing issue of our day: homosexuality. For the past few days, Dan Haseltine has been on a twitter rant supporting gay love and gay marriage. Among dozens of posts the following:
“So many gay couples display more loving characteristics and healthy relationship practices than most traditional married couples….”
“I don’t think scripture “clearly” states much of anything regarding morality.”
Delight in Truth has followed Jars of Clay since they first came on the scene in 1995. I even went to their first tour when they opened for Michael W. Smith. Along the years they even produced hymn albums, but besides that, there was a constant move toward a crossover message in their music.
There was an underlying spiritual tone in the message, but looking back in retrospect I would not call it the gospel message. It was more of a fuzzy love message typeset on creative lyrics with an occasional scripture reference.
And now this. Haseltine has called into question the authority of Scripture on the issue of marriage.
This will disappoint lots of evangelicals who have been buying their music. Jars of Clay is already feeling it. The lead singer may have realized that this is public relations nightmare… he is asking on Twitter why Christian radio stations have pulled his songs.
As sad as this is, the Word of God stands true in predicting this exact development:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Tim 4:3-5
The church is becoming compromised by sin and these are the fruits of this compromise.
The Bible is being questioned as outdated, unfair, and unsound.
At this rate of degeneration we need to seriously consider the words of Jesus: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:8