LifeWay Stops Selling Jen Hatmaker Books over LGBT Beliefs

"The Southern Baptist chain stated Thursday that the author’s statements 'contradict LifeWay’s doctrinal guidelines,' and it has discontinued selling her books in its 185 stores or online."

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Donn R Arms's picture


LifeWay has doctrinal guidelines?


Donn R Arms

Darrell Post's picture

Now if LifeWay can just see their way clear to get rid of all those 'To heaven and back' books that make them so much money.

Larry Nelson's picture

Darrell Post wrote:

Now if LifeWay can just see their way clear to get rid of all those 'To heaven and back' books that make them so much money.


I thought they already did that in March of 2015:

NASHVILLE (BP) — "LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."

LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, which is being made into a movie slated for release this fall. The book recounts Piper's supposed experience of heaven following a severe auto accident and has sold 6.5 million copies in 46 languages.

"Last summer, as we began developing LifeWay's new structure and direction—what we've now identified as One LifeWay—the role of heaven visitation resources was included in our considerations. We decided these experiential testimonies about heaven would not be a part of our new direction, so we stopped re-ordering them for our stores last summer," LifeWay spokesman Marty King told Baptist Press in written comments.

"Now that we've begun implementing the new direction, the remaining heaven visitation items have been removed from our stores and website and will not be replenished. We have more work to do aligning the LifeWay Retail Division with LifeWay's vision and core values so we covet your prayers as we continue to provide trustworthy Biblical Solutions for Life," King said."

David R. Brumbelow's picture

LifeWay’s guidelines are the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, the doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Convention.  The BF&M 2000 measures up well with the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

But, LifeWay is never going to please everyone. 

David R. Brumbelow

Bert Perry's picture

Pray for Hatmaker--there is some theological silliness that must occur before one affirms this.  She's walking away from a lot more than just Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1, to put it mildly. 

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Darrell Post's picture

Larry, I hadn't seen that. Thanks for the update. I recall one of those books had been exposed as a fraud thanks to Phil Johnson. But it kept on selling at LifeWay for months afterward for $ome rea$on. I had heard they finally pulled it, but I didn't realize that they have now pulled the entire genre.