Well-known Christian singer Lauren Daigle couldn’t say whether or not homosexuality is a sin because there are people she loves who are homosexual, and she is not God.
The Grammy-nominated artist spoke of her opinions in a recent interview on iHeartRadio’s “The Domenick Nati Show.”
Nati, who works as a celebrity publicist, shared his interview with Daigle to Youtube, giving the video the title “Lauren Daigle Doesn’t Know if Homosexuality is a Sin.”
He asked the 27-year-old a question that came as a result of her recent performance on The Ellen Show, and inquired: “do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?”
"I can't honestly answer on that," Daigle said. "In a sense, I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual. I don't know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it. I can't say one way or the other. I'm not God.
So when people ask questions like that...that's what my go to is. I just say read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know, because I'm learning too," she noted.
Nati and Daigle went on to discuss her October performance on "The Ellen Show" as well as the criticism she received for appearing on the show.
"This is the first time in my career that I'm genuinely getting criticized," Daigle revealed to Nati. "The second you step outside what people want for you. What people want you to do. The second you start doing you feel what you are supposed to do...if it doesn't fall in line with what they want, that's when the criticism comes.
For me, it was really sad that their outlook would be, 'Oh, because Ellen's gay, she's bad.' That's sad. It's so sad," Daigle said. "What people don't realize is I went to Ellen and she is just a bundle of light. She is so joyful. She was so kind."
Daigle went on to say that Ellen encouraged her to maintain her focus and to keep in mind that her career is a marathon—not a sprint.
"Do not burn yourself out," Daigle recalled Ellen advising her. "You have what it takes to be a history maker in this world. Don't burn out. Stay focused and only do what you love. So it's kind of sad to see people criticize her when she's actually a beautiful person."
A CBN News article reports that as he was speaking with the singer, Nati acknowledged that his career as a celebrity publicist had spanned 12 years, while he had been a Christian for 18 years. He went on to say that some people don’t really know what they’re speaking about and have “really strange, strict standards.”
Among Christians, however, it is a widespread belief that the Bible is quite direct about homosexuality being a sin in the Lord’s eyes.
Common instances they point to occur in the New Testament, which includes Romans 1: 26-28. Here, the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Rome and informs them "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27—In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done."
Paul also cites homosexuality in his letter to the church at Corinth—mentioning that a few of them had previously been caught up in numerous sins before being saved:
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”(1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
In an interview that took place in early October, Daigle communicated to The Christian Post that she wouldn’t compromise her faith when performing in different places around the world in order to minister to people outside of the church.
"My music is having crossover appeal, but it doesn't mean that I'm leaving one for the other or that I'm going to be swept up by one thing or the other," the singer told the website.
"For me, it's like, 'Oh, everything just got even more clear.' Everything just got clearer as to why it is that we go and love people who are outside of the walls of our church, outside of the walls that we're comfortable with," Daigle concluded.
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