A Popular Musician Thinks Behavior Doesn't Matter

A Popular Musician explains God the way Ancient Judah explained God. Judah faced God's wrath for these false view of God.

God is incredibly patient and loving, but those who continually refuse to repent will bear His wrath. 

For example, God continually warned Judah, but the false prophets kept encouraging sinful practices and denying that God would punish them (Jeremiah 1; 6:13; 14:15). 

Jeremiah 23:14 compares sinful Judah to the gay pride cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Modern culture resembles wicked Judah, encouraging sinful practices and preaching a god who never punishes sin. 

I recently came across this disturbing example: 

Dan Haseltine, an ex-vangelical musician who advocates gay marriage, created the music for The Chosen. In the following quote, he misrepresents traditional Christianity and describes another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4).

“A lot of us have been force-fed a version of Jesus that only cares about our behaviors. And every episode [of The Chosen] pushes back on that.… Your behavior is not actually what matters.* It is the inner workings of your heart and your soul that will matter.… There's no shame. There's no condemnation.” (source

Ancient Judah would have agreed with Haseltine—until they experienced God's wrath. 

Romans 1:16-32 is a passage discredited by ex-vangelicals as a “clobber” passage because it clearly warns of God's wrath against unrepentant sinners (specifically mentioning certain sins such as homosexuality). And Paul begins the passage with words we must never forget: 

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16 

Our world draws closer to God's wrath each day, but God patiently holds out His offer of salvation—a salvation that always leads to godly behavior. (See passages below.)

Let's never be ashamed to tell it like it is!

See Propaganda that "Clobbers" God's Loving Warnings and No One's Favorite Book: Nahum.

Notes: 

Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen, specifically chose Haseltine to do the music, saying he “was going to have a hard time imagining doing the show without Dan Haseltine.”  Please read Dallas Jenkins Explains the Story Behind The Chosen.

Haseltine is the lead singer for Jars of Clay, which originally presented itself as a “Christian band.” However, Haseltine started changing his views when he came out in support of gay marriage in 2014 (three years before the debut of The Chosen). In typical ex-vangelical fashion, he misrepresented God and Christianity by saying, “When someone tells you that the God of all creation hates you for who you love, it’s painful.” (source)

Haseltine continues to publicly support gay pride (source and source) and other ex-vangelical heresies (source). See Ex-vangelical Teachings for more on this movement. 


*We aren't saved by being good enough, 
but our behavior is a reflection of our heart and it matters very much to God.

These are only a few of the passages that prove this truth:

1 John 1:8-10: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 

1 John 3:6: No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

John 15:9-10: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

1 Peter 1:15-16: “Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

Jeremiah 17:10: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”



A Popular Musician explains God the way Ancient Judah explained God. Judah faced God's wrath for these false view of God.




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Gail's Birthday Thoughts: A Bend in the Road

Gail, Author of Bible Love Notes shares her thoughts on turning 73.

Gail shares this devotion on YouTube HERE.

I usually share a more personal devotion on my birthday and make it longer than one minute. And since I turned seventy-three today (7-18-24), today's devotion will take you two to three minutes to read. See Gail's Birthday Devotions for previous years.


Hebrews 11:8-10 talks about Abraham living his whole life “like a stranger in a foreign country” looking forward to his eternal home with God. And 1 Peter 2:11 reminds us that we’re “temporary residents and foreigners” here on earth so we shouldn’t get sidelined by worldly values.   

Gail, Author of Bible Love Notes shares her thoughts on turning 73.
God has taught me this truth in a very practical way. Some of you know from previous devotions that I moved over twenty times before age twelve and over twenty times since getting married. I’ve lived as far west as California, as far east as New Jersey, as far north as North Dakota, and as far south as Florida, plus three years in “West Germany” (1979-82) and five years in Hungary. 

I understand what it’s like to be a “temporary resident and foreigner,” never quite fitting in, without long-time friends or family nearby. It can be difficult at times, but my husband and I believe God has sent us where He wanted us, to teach us things we needed to learn and to minister to others. 

God doesn’t call everyone to a nomadic life like ours, but He wants all of His children to understand that this earth is not our home. Whatever hardships we face here are insignificant compared to where we’re going. And when our lives on Earth are done, we’ll no longer be aliens and strangers. We’ll be home with our Lord and with our true family. Please read 2 Corinthians 5.

Recently, my husband and I have faced some difficulties as we’ve been seeking God’s will. Things haven't gone smoothly and finding God’s path has been challenging. It's not the first time this has happened in our lives. God has often taken us down another path than we expected, and we've grown stronger and been blessed by these “detours.” See Divine Detours.

If you have Wisdom for Life, I encourage you to read or reread Day 21: God's Unseen Footprints. It explains one of those blessings that wasn't obvious in our planning.

There's no denying that this process can be a bit confusing and even unsettling at times.

I shared some of my concerns with my friend Ginny,* a woman who has experienced many unexpected challenges in her walk with the Lord. She sent me this poem. It blessed me and I pray it will bless you, too, no matter what challenges you are facing. 

A Bend in the Road 
by Helen Steiner Rice 

Together we stand at Life's Crossroads 
And view what we think is the end, 
But God has a much bigger vision 
And he tells us it's only a bend 

For the road goes on and is smoother, 
And the "pause in the song" is a "rest," 
And the part that's unsung and unfinished 
is the sweetest and richest and best 

So rest and relax and grow stronger, 
let go and let God share your load, 
Your work is not finished or ended, 
You've just come to a "Bend in the road."


* Ginny is one of my heroes and I'm so blessed to have her as a friend. 

If you want to read a bit about her background, see When Hardship Is a Privilege. I've also written about Ginny in Backdoor Miracles.



Gail, Author of Bible Love Notes shares her thoughts on turning 73.



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3 Ways Queen Esther Calls Us to Action

The story of Queen Esther has application for Christians today. Here are 3 specific ways it calls us to action.

In Esther 3, the Persians plan to kill the Jews in Persia. Queen Esther is Jewish, and her uncle Mordecai tells her to speak to the king. Esther explains that she could die for approaching the king without permission. But Mordecai tells her that she has a responsibility to save her people because God had placed her in the royal household “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:12-14). 

Esther meets the challenge and saves the Jews. 

Acts 17:24-27 explains that God has also placed each of us in a specific time and place in history, and He has specific plans for each of us (Ephesians 2:10). 

When I heard about the attempted assassination of Trump, I remembered President Kennedy’s assassination when I was twelve. I thought of other world events I’ve experienced such as living in West Germany when Communists controlled half of Europe and living in Hungary as it recovered from forty years of atheistic Communist oppression. 

These things influenced my life, giving me opportunities to live my faith in specific ways based on my history, culture, family, location, and opportunities. 

Like Esther, Christians are commanded to speak up to save lives physically and spiritually:

1. Sharing Christ with the unsaved (Matthew 28:19

2. Speaking up for the oppressed, including the unborn (Proverbs 31:8-9

3. Warning people about the harms of immoral lifestyles (Ephesians 5:1-17)  

Let's seriously consider if we're living out our God-given purposes “for such a time as this.”

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My heart is heavy for the cause of the unborn. Some of you may feel I write too much about it. But I believe at such a time as this, as we head into an election that will decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of unborn children over the next four years, that I must speak up. I must regularly remind Christians of our responsibility and expose the many lies spread by proabortion advocates. 

When the evil of slavery was supported by the U.S. government, brave Christians spoke up against it while the majority did nothing and accepted proslavery lies. Please read Would You Have Justified Slavery?  

I will be writing more about abortion in the next few months to inspire the Esthers and Modecais who are willing to take a stand and want to know how to address the propaganda of the proabortion movement. 


The story of Queen Esther has application for Christians today. Here are 3 specific ways it calls us to action.



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Has 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Happened in Your Life?

1 Thess. 2:13 talks about an important, life-changing thing that happens in the lives of true believers.

Do you remember the first time you understood that the Bible is the Word of God? 

In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul talks about his joy in seeing people accept Scripture “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God.” He says he can see God’s Word changing the lives of the Thessalonian believers. 
 
Do you remember when your behavior began to change because of God’s Word?

We can go to church and read the Bible regularly. But until we genuinely give our lives to Christ, we cannot fully grasp Scripture's supernatural power:

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
 
When Paul wrote Scripture, God used Paul's personality, but his words were divinely inspired. But people without God's Spirit see them simply as Paul's words, distorting the meaning as they do the other Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15-16).

When we know Christ, God’s Word comes alive. We discover it's “God-breathed,” equipping us in every area of our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

It's not something we put on a shelf unopened. It’s an important part of our daily lives! 
 
Do you know the blessing of God's Word? 

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If you have never given your life to Christ, please read Eternal Life on Bible Love Notes which shares my misunderstandings about faith before I came to the Lord. And read Eternal Life on Bite Size Bible Study which explains my encounter with a dying unsaved woman who made the most important decision of her life.

1 Thess. 2:13 talks about an important, life-changing thing that happens in the lives of true believers.




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Consequences and Attitudes Toward Sin


When God forgives us, that means we don't suffer the consequences for our sins, right? 

Yes and no. 

We don't suffer condemnation—eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23; Romans 8:1). 

But Scripture tells us three important things about earthly consequences

1. Sin, by its very nature, has consequences (Galatians 6:7-8).  

2. God, as a loving Father, also punishes, disciplines, and trains those He loves (Hebrews 12:5-11; Revelation 3:19).  

3. We suffer worse consequences when we sin with a full understanding of what we're doing (Luke 12:47-48). 

Scripture also tells us three important things about our response to sin:

1. When we truly love Jesus, we want to obey His commands (John 14:23-24).

2. When we fail, we regret our sins and repent (1 John 1:8-10).

3. Our repentance is more than words. We make deliberate efforts to change (Philippians 2:12-13). 

We may not be able to repair all the earthly damage we do when we ignore God's commands, but sincere repentance completely restores our relationship with God.

And we have great comfort knowing that one day we will live sin-free and consequence-free in eternity. Hallelujah!  

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For more insights, see Is Sin Its Own Punishment? and Why Christians Still Face a Final Judgment

If you'd like to do a Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion with an interesting look at King David, check it out HERE.


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We need to understand these 3 Truths about earthly consequences for sin and these 3 Truths about our attitudes toward sin.



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God's Love Notes

You'll enjoy this collection of 1-minute devotions about God's Wonderful love. Why not pin or bookmark it so you can refer to it often for encouragement.


These 1-Minute Love Notes deal with specific aspects of God's love for us. I hope you enjoy them and realize how much He loves you! Why not read one every day. 

Why would anyone love this neglected little child? She wasn't pretty to look at and she wasn't healthy. But Kacy's story is a wonderful illustration of God's love.
 
My grandchildren so often teach me important truths about God. This fun situation helped me better understand God's love.


This one-minute devotion reminds us of some wonderful truths about God's love and mercy. 
 
 
If you ever start to wonder about God’s love, read through these passages and get your facts straight. 
 

 
This one-minute devotion helps us understand that nothing can separate us from God's love. 
 
 
This one-minute devotion encourages us with an aspect of God's love spoken of in Romans 5. Be encouraged! 




Let's explore the meaning of 2 Corinthians 3:3 where Christ-followers are described as letters. There are six kinds of "letters" according to Scripture.




This is a truth that should give us courage and comfort.


God Knows Us Intimately and Loves Us Deeply 

This one-minute devotion will bless you, especially if you are sometimes sad and discouraged.




Do you know why the father didn't chase his prodigal son? It's an illustration of God's actions toward His prodigals.  



 
If you've never pondered this truth about Eve, you will be glad you took the time to read this one-minute devotion. 
 
 
 
Sometimes God uses something unusual to teach us a lesson. This one-minute devotion discusses one of those situations.  
 
 
 
Some interesting thoughts about children, God, repetition, and boredom. I love the picture of God this devotion shares. 
 
 
 
Do you know that the first clue about Jesus is found in Genesis? This one-minute devotion explains a fact about God’s incredible love. 



Simple enough for a child to understand, profound enough for a theologian. The story behind one of the most popular Christian songs of all time.
 
 
There is a great misunderstanding about love. Some folks believe it means the same as acceptance. 
 
 
Do you know what it means to get a "God hug"? This one-minute devotion explains this wonderful benefit of knowing Jesus! 
 

Incomprehensible
Scripture says we'll never fully understand God's love. Do you know why that's such a wonderful truth?  

 


We know that dogs can't learn algebra, but we often make an even more absurd assumption concerning God. 
 
 
Yes! God is completely unreasonable. But before you start to defend Him, read this one-minute devotion. 
 
 
 
You probably know that the term “apple of my eye” means someone I passionately cherish. But do you know why? This one-minute devotion explains. 
 
This wonderful aspect of God's character is found in no other religion. Do you know what it is? 
 
 
Hair is pretty amazing and this one-minute devotion shares some fun facts, but it also shares something absolutely profound. 
 
 
Take a moment and ponder the process God designed for our growth. This one-minute devotion uses a wonderful analogy. Enjoy! 
 
 
Do you know what a Colorado "14er" is? This one-minute devotion makes an apt analogy. 
 
Zephaniah 3:17 says the most wonderful thing about our relationship with God. This one-minute devotion will make you feel deeply loved.
 
 

Do you know the real reason that we human beings care about evil and suffering? It might surprise you. 
 
 

Why Does He Love Us?
After hearing an overview of the Bible, this woman asked the most profound question, and the answer is profound as well. 

 

If you don't know about the killdeer's way of protecting its young, you will be blessed by this one-minute devotion. 
 
 
This devotion explains why the word "unconditional" is not found in Scripture.
 
 
 
Enjoy these seven wonderful facts about God's love! 
 
This is such a wonderful truth about God's love. Even if you've heard it a hundred times, you need to hear it again today! 





You'll enjoy this collection of 1-minute devotions about God's Wonderful love. Why not pin or bookmark it so you can refer to it often for encouragement.


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Leadership in Scripture: Godly Lifestyles vs. Godly Platforms

This devotion offers a look at leaders in Scripture and offers insights into modern politicians.

Listen to this devotion on YouTube HERE.

In view of our upcoming presidential election, let's take a look at leadership in Scripture. 

⮞ Some good leaders had consistently godly lifestyles.

Joseph remained faithful despite his enormous struggles and temptations. See Joseph Let God Be God

⮞ Some good leaders committed serious sins.

King David committed murder and adultery. See What a Tangled Web We Weave

⮞ Some leaders started out godly but gave in to ungodly peer pressure or worldliness.

This was true of King Saul (1 Samuel 9:15-161 Samuel 10:1, 6-7, 24). See As Serious as Witchcraft or Idol Worship. And King Solomon wasted much of his life on meaningless things. See From Wisdom to Foolishness.

⮞ God even used some pagan leaders to fulfill His purposes.

Cyrus of Babylon helped restore Israel (the Book of Ezra). Pharaoh's household protected Moses (Exodus 2). 

God uses all types of leaders. As Christians, our focus must be the public platform of a leader, not their personal lives. Don't get me wrong—a candidate's character matters greatly, but we're voting for their governmental values, not their lifestyle.

Government laws and values directly affect the moral fiber of a nation, bringing God's wrath or blessings (Romans 1:18; Ephesians 5:6). Currently, the most serious biblical issues facing voters are abortion and censorship of biblical truths about LGBTQ lifestyles (examples of censorship). 

As believers our vote should reflect our love for God and His commands (John 14:23-24).

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See Please Be Sure You Understand This Fact and A Public Holiday Mocking Our Lord and Would You Have Justified Slavery?


This devotion offers a look at leaders in Scripture and offers insights into modern politicians.


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Jesus Has Street Cred - Hebrews 2:10-18

"Street Cred" means having an understanding of the challenges of life. And Hebrews 2:10-18 offers an interesting insight.

Gail shares this devotion on YouTube HERE.


Street cred: Commanding a level of respect in an urban environment due to experience in or knowledge of issues affecting those environments ~ Urban Dictionary

When my husband and I did Christian work in Budapest, the advice we valued most came from local missionaries. Lots of folks had wisdom, but these folks had "street cred." They not only loved the Hungarian people, they understood the cultural challenges we'd face.

I thought of this term when reading Hebrews 2:

"Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death" (v. 14).

Jesus needed to become human in order to die for our sins, and that gave Him street cred because "it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God" (v. 17).

And we have full assurance that no matter what we face, He can be our help and comfort. "Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested" (v. 18).

In addition, we know that He came willingly, giving up His rights out of love and compassion for us (Philippians 2:5-11).

No matter what we are going through, no matter what challenges we face, Jesus understands and He can help!
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Read Hebrews 2:14-18 at the bottom.



To read another one-minute devotion on Christ's ability to understand our joys and sorrows, see "Merciful and Faithful." 

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Hebrews 2:14-18: "Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested."


"Street Cred" means having an understanding of the challenges of life. And Hebrews 2:10-18 offers an interesting insight.



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