Jars of Clay Frontman Comes Out in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’

JarsofClayIn a series of assertive Tweets yesterday, Dan Haseltine of the popular band Jars of Clay took to his Twitter account and came out in support of homosexual ‘marriage,’ citing that he does not “particularly care about Scripture’s stance on what is ‘wrong.'”

Haseltine, who is the lead singer of Jars of Clay and whose band became famous for its Christian-themed music, posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday: “Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.”

“I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. Anyone?” he went on to argue.

“I don’t think Scripture ‘clearly’ states much of anything regarding morality,” Haseltine stated.

According to Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus defined marriage in referring back to Genesis 2:24, “…Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?'”

Scripture also addresses homosexual behavior in both the Old and New Testaments, warning that immoral sexual activity will lead to death and eternal damnation.

Haseltine argued in one post, however: “I think the vast interpretation [of Scripture] has left room for people to deal inhumanly and unlovingly toward others that don’t fit their guidelines.”

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“I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong,’” he stated in another Tweet. “I care more about how it says we should treat people.”

Jars of Clay was formed in Tennessee in the ’90s and is considered one of the most popular and acclaimed contemporary Christian bands today. In 1995, their self-titled debut album was a major success for the group, reaching beyond Christian radio play to secular audiences.

The group’s single Flood received heavy secular radio airplay and reached #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and #37 on the Hot 100 pop chart. It’s debut album has achieved double-platinum sales in the U.S. since its release, while the group has scored 20 top 10 singles on the contemporary Christian singles charts.

However, Haseltine says that some stations have now decided to stop playing the band’s music due to his recent statements, and some fans have erased Jars of Clay from their music library.

“Caught wind that some radio stations have pulled my music and people are deleting my music from their playlists,” he Tweeted on Thursday. “Why?”

“Because you have decided to support a lifestyle God calls an abomination,” one follower responded. “The fallout was inevitable.”

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  • Gladys Parmenter

    Hmm… There is a vast difference in loving the person who is practicing homosexuality and embracing the homosexual lifestyle ! The scriptures is very clear from Gen to Rev regarding immorality including homosexuality but not limited to it only and that the reward for any kind of immorality is spiritual death! One thing we can see here is that God is cleaning His church and separating the wheat from the tares and this shows me that this exactly what is happening! Everything that is hidden is being exposed and brought to the forefront so that when Christ comes He truly will have a Bridw that has made herself ready! Let’s pray that this man gets a revelation of the heart of God not only for himself but also for those that he is ministering too as he sings for The Lord!

    • Gregg M Donald


  • Joseph Gibraltar

    All these years, Mr. Haseltine hasn’t learned anything.

  • Jim

    Either your living for The Lord, or you’re not. There is no in-between. If you pick and choose what scripture to support, you are mocking God and calling him a liar. Woe to those who cause others to stumble. And to Jeff Jankowiak, God gave us a brain to glorify Him, not to decide our own absolutes. “A mans way seems right to him but in the end leads to destruction.” Also, we can love our neighbor without approving of their sin. Stop trying to corrupt Gods Word.

    • Yes Homo

      Regarding the “pick and choose” comment: I’m assuming you never eat shellfish, work on the Sabbath, wear clothes made of mixed fabrics or cut your hair, right? Because those things are also referred to as “abominations” in the Bible (Leviticus to be exact). Talk about hypocritical!

      Why do Christians give more weight to the issue of homosexuality (and other sexual “sins”) than every other transgression? Could it be a desire to control the behaviors of others by using the Bible to impose fear and guilt onto them? Doesn’t the Bible say “Judge not” because God is the ultimate judge?

      In any case, religion should be used to better oneself, not to critique and control the behavior of others.

  • Jude N

    I’m a little disappointed in his remarks…It’s almost as if he hasn’t read his Bible in a long time… And I so enjoyed their music…
    It’s sad to see how many people who claim to be Christian actually give in to secular values.
    Where is this “chose generation, holy nation, royal priesthood” ??

  • Simon

    Then Jars of clay frontman is not a christian

    • Certainly looks that way Simon . . .

    • Reality Chick

      Yeah, because Christians aren’t allowed to have opposing views on social issues or different interpretations of the Bible. (Sarcasm)

  • T C

    Even more disturbing citing that he does not “particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong’.” Looks like I’m done with the 3 CD’s I own.

  • Heather

    It’s a false dichotomy that one must ‘either respect their neighbor ‘or’ call gay marriage wrong. Disagreeing with something can be done with total respect toward all human beings. Calling homosexuality wrong because it goes against what God created marriage and sex to be does not in the least mean you ‘hate’ or ‘fear’ anyone, or that you are ‘unevolved.’ It can mean that you care enough about truth to hold a conviction even when it is not en vogue and attempts are made to manipulate through straw men and euphemisms.

    Christians – look to Christ. Hold to what is true without compromise while owing no man anything except to love him. Then entrust all things to God. Let no ungracious speech come from your mouth, but speak the truth in love.

  • What would you expect from leaders of worldly music?

    • tom

      I would hardly call them “leaders”. This bands best years are behind them. And with comments like his, they’re WAY behind them.

  • Aaron Clark

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Dr. James M. Hamilton Jr.”is professor of biblical theology at Southern Seminary”. He comments on Leviticus 18:22’s condemnation of male-male sex, and the prophet Ezekiel’s words.

    “Ezekiel, who makes abundant use of the book of Leviticus, describes various sins of Sodom…then concludes, ‘They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it’ (16:50). This indicates that the ‘abomination’ committed by Sodom led to their destruction. Ezekiel’s reference to Sodom’s ‘abomination’ uses the singular form of the term toevah, and that term is used in the singular only twice in the book of Leviticus, when same-sex intercourse is called an abomination in 18:22, and…in 20:13. The four other instances of the term in Leviticus are in the plural, making it likely that Ezekiel uses the term from Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 to reference the same-sex intentions of the men of Sodom.”

    http://126df895942e26f6b8a0-6b5d65e17b10129dda21364daca4e1f0.r8.cf1.rackcdn.com/GGC-Book.pdf Page 35

    Ezekiel confirms that God destroyed Sodom because of same-sex sinful desires.

    • Misha

      According to Dr. Hamilton, “Ezekiel, who makes abundant use of the book of Leviticus, describes various sins of Sodom…”

      From Ezekiel, Chapter 16: . Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

      If same-sex relations were such an important of the reason that God punished Sodom (and Gomorrah), why didn’t Ezekiel include it in his list of its iniquities? He could have at least mentioned the more genereic “lust” if not actual same-sex relations.

  • Penny Fleming

    I’m a born again Spirit filled Christian,yet I have a daughter that is living in a lesbian relationship and she knows it’s wrong,she also knows that we love her but will never agree with this.We continue to pray for her and believe that the Lord is & will do his part in dealing with her heart.We still have a relationship with our daughter & her with us,just the other day she made a comment about another subject and my answer was that if as Christians we(I)got soft on the Word of God how then could we (I)be a light to others and would she respect me in the long run,because if I did so she herself would know I was wrong.She knows where God stands on this subject yet as the Word says there pleasure in sin for a season.We cannot now or never condone anything that goes against the Word of God.Yes in the past I have enjoyed their music but I will no longer listen to or purchase it.It’s sad but a true fact that there is a lot of people out there using God and a talent that he blessed them with, making money off of him for their own pleasure.We should love everyone,let our light shine,stand firm on his Word and let God do the rest.

    • Penny Fleming

      Why do you have (to pray) and (the Lord) underlined???

      • Peggy, God bless you for not compromising the truth yet showing love and grace towards your daughter. I also was rebellious against the truth, and walked away from God for nearly a decade. However, my mother never compromised the truth for me; she showed me love, gave me the word and continued to pray. Now here I am walking in God’s truth; restored as the prodigal’s son.

        Sin always takes you farther than you ever anticipated going down that dark and slippery slope; it leads you to places you previously may have thought unthinkable, but thank God for the light of live and truth to show us where we really are before it’s too late.

        I will be praying for you and your daughter. With God all things are possible. May you continue to burn brightly for Jesus.

        • Penny I got your name wrong in my first comment, but I have it now. I wanted to be certain of it when I go to God in pray for you. Sorry

    • Reality Chick

      Peggy, please continue to love your daughter unconditionally and without judgment. You don’t have to agree with everything your child does to have a relationship with her (what parent does?). Be a supportive parent and she will repay you by allowing you to stay in her life. Leading by example works far better than preaching or “shoulding” on people anyway.

      Once you’ve shared your views on the issue, that’s all you can do. Anything else will just drive her away and make her feel unloved. Try not to dwell on her private life, as she’s much more than a sexual orientation. She’s the same daughter you loved and raised for all those years. The only way you fail as a parent is when you shut your child out of your life.

      It can all be summed up in four little letters: WWJD?

  • Tatiana schotanus

    What a shame. Won’t be buying or listening to their music anymore. Clearly not a Christian.

  • Jo Jo

    Ezekiel does not mention the homosexual thing, but the story of Sodom and Gomorrah plainly does. God told Abraham that he would save the city for the sake of 100, 50 and even just 10 righteous people. When the angels went there, the homosexuals tried hard to get Lot to hand them over and then all hell broke loose. The bible is a whole, not a verse here and there.


    Surprise, surprise. Another “innovative christian”. America is cooked because so many alleged Christians turn out to be anything but.
    This kind of looks stupid given information flood and simple biology.
    Like the fact that none of even most blindfolded supporters of this “anti-marriage” had two parents of the SAME SEX. This alone should put this entire anti-American “illuminated” argument to immediate rest.
    But, somewhere down the road “average Americans” turned from “brave and free” to brainwashed idiots. Presently mostly still “essentially good”, just incredibly stupid to permit such a grand theft of their birthrights…
    Perfect climate for civilization jihad and ultimate arrival of Satan. Of course, all these must happen as foretold in Bible.

  • The FACT is that he IS NOT born-again. IMPOSSIBLE!!!!

  • Grey Dread

    You’ll know them by their fruit.

  • Lourdes

    Let me ask you all a very honest question. How would you feel if you had to hide ALL your feelings about the woman or man that you loved? If you were not allowed to marry your present spouse? What if male/female marriage was forbidden and same sex relationships were the norm? I ask you this to try to put you in others shoes for a bit. All it would have taken would have been a few simple strokes of a writer’s pen, and you would be in their shoes.

    Look, I hear all this talk about the ‘biblical definition’ of marriage, but when you look back through history, men could have more than one wife at times, there was incest, there was pillaging and raping of females ordained by God himself, etc. there was NO overall standard!!!!!! The ONLY standard, was that things changed over time. Has history taught us nothing? Slavery was upheld by people who “stood by the scriptures” in similar fashion to the comments I’ve read here.

    I love how people pick and choose what THEY want to believe out of the bible, and THEN project that onto everyone else around them. For example: DIVORCE. Now there’s a little dirty word nobody likes to talk about. How many of you who have already posted have been divorced? How many pastors or leaders in churches are now divorcees? Divorce is wrong, and remarrying is adultery by the bible. SIN. (See how it works when suddenly the arrow turns in a different direction?) But culturally….there’s been a shift on this topic, the same way there’s been about slavery.

    I applaud this frontman for ‘Jars of Clay.’ At least he’s not afraid to BE REAL, which is far more than I can say for many Christians. He even posted his Twitter comments as questions to lead or instigate an open conversation about this within the Christian community. So while all of you are tossing tomatoes from your seats……..I see a lead singer of a popular band “tossing some temple tables.”

    The Jesus I value, always seemed to value love above rules. If He had to pick between the two, love would always win. It’s easy to get stuck in dogma and judgement.

    I implore all of you to take a big step back and look in your own lives and see if there’s major discrepancies going on before you go erasing music and tossing CD’s in the trash and labeling this group or lead singer in bad ways. That’s all I’m saying here.

    • Suggest you read your Bible if you have one. The New Testament / Covenant is totally clear on how Christians should lead their lives on this earth. There are no ‘if’s or but’s’.

    • One Eyed Jack

      “Let me ask you all a very honest question. How would you feel if you had to hide ALL your feelings about the woman or man that you loved?”

      What, like if I were in love with a woman who was already married to someone else? I guess I’d just have to get over it.

      I suppose I could pull a David and arrange for her husband’s death, but I don’t think God would approve of that. Come to think of it, she might not like that too much either.

  • Lou

    Harvey Milk Stamped “Out” Forever !

    The Obama Cabal is behind universal GAYety with a “forever” postage stamp glorifying Harvey Milk, a Jewish homosexual predator “attracted to boys aged 15-19,” according to WikiAnswers! (Also see Wikipedia.)
    Global gaydom was even predicted by Jesus (see “days of Lot” in Luke 17 and compare with Genesis 19).
    And the Hebrew prophet Zechariah (14th chapter) says that during the same end-time gay “days” ALL nations will come against Israel and fulfill the “days of Noah” at the same time (see Luke 17 again) – a short time of anti-Jewish genocide found in Zechariah 13:8 when two-thirds of all Jews will die.
    In other words, when “gay days” have become universal, all hell will break loose!
    Shockingly, the same “days” will trigger the “end of days” – and when they begin, worldwide human government will quickly wind down in just a few short years! For the first time in history there won’t be enough time for anyone to even attend college, let alone have a family, save money, enjoy retirement, etc.
    One final thought. The more we see gays “coming out,” the sooner Jesus will be “coming down”!
    For more, Google or Yahoo “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality. When gays have birthdays…,” “FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus Predicted…” and “USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans!”

  • Rob

    Those of you who are judging him and saying he is not a Christian; maybe you should rethink what you are saying, and let God do the judging. What you are saying sounds like the work of the devil himself.

  • grieved

    You said it correctly…. the culture is what changes, not God’s word. Sadly we interpret His word by our culture resulting in this ugly debate on the sin of homosexuality. One thing to point out about your comments on polygamy and rape and incest; there is a huge difference between what God’s word teaches and what it records. That’s a line you seem to be blurring.

  • Reality Chick

    So glad you all feel qualified to judge whether someone’s a “true Christian” based on their views on a single social issue. How very Christ-like of you!

    You don’t know what’s in this man’s heart. God is the only judge that matters. You can quote scripture all day, but the fact is that none of us is in a position to judge. One sin is no worse than the others, especially when it does not affect anyone else. Murder, rape, thievery and lies hurt people; homosexuality does not.

    If you don’t agree with gay love/sex/marriage, don’t engage in gay relationships. Problem solved.

  • Simple

    Even if I wasn’t a Christian and a believer in the Word as truth, I would still think the body parts of two men or two women just don’t match up, it’s that simple…not natural!

  • Crystal

    It continues to amaze me when people repeat the well-worn (out), “Only God can judge . . .” cliche in response to issues like this. GOD HAS JUDGED THIS SIN ALREADY! Hence, it isn’t up for debate by among Christians. You either love God and embrace His principles or you don’t. There is no room in the Christian life for compromise when the Bible clearly calls this sin an abomination. Wake up, Believer! Don’t turn lukewarm and become wishy-washy now. The world is going to hell, and we have to share the unvarnished truth before it is too late. We can love the sinner and hate the sin – like Christ.

  • Crystal

    Also, before today? LOVED Jars of Clay! Now? They are being deleted from my music library. How sad is it that their lead singer has allowed compromise into his life? Very!

  • Corey Hammers

    I love Jars Of Clay, I have all of there albums so, hearing Dan’s statement breaks my heart. Jesus tells us to be in the world but, not of the world. Jesus wants us to love everyone but, that does not mean we are to ignore sin. Living life as a Christian means that we sinners strive everyday to live our lives following Jesus’ commandments. God tells us in the Bible exactly what marriage is and whom it’s intended for.
    I am a Christian, I’m also a sinner, I’ not perfect, but I am forgiven. The Holy Spirit will not allow me to listen to Jars Of Clay any longer knowing that Dan doesn’t take God seriously…

    • mavericksmom

      well stated. We don’t get to pick and choose what we want to take away from the scriptures. We are called to obey what it says…Sad to see him decide to live his life more for the world’s acceptance then God’s acceptance.