During a recent interview, Grammy-nominated Christian singer Lauren Daigle said she was unsure if homosexuality was a sin since people she loves are gay and she is not God. Daigle encouraged others to read the Bible and figure it out for themselves and report back to her because she's still "learning, too."
Radio host Domenick Nati asked Daigle if she thought homosexuality was a sin in light of her recent appearance on "The Ellen Show," hosted by open lesbian Ellen DeGeneres.
"Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?" Nati asked the 27-year-old point blank.
"I can't honestly answer on that," Daigle answered. "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."
The "How Can It Be" singer continued, "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."
Nati, who used to a celebrity publicist, applauded Daigle for her ambiguous answer. Then he uploaded the ten-minute interview to his YouTube channel with the title, "Lauren Daigle Doesn't Know If Homosexuality Is A Sin"
Daigle was criticized by some Christians for appearing on The Ellen Show last month. However, there were many Christians who argued that the criticism was unfair, such as The Daily Wire's Matt Walsh.
"The criticisms of this woman are absurd. A Christian singer shouldn’t perform her song on a show if the show’s host is a lesbian? That’s just dumb. Extremely dumb. Should Christian artists also avoid shows hosted by atheists, divorcees, Muslims, etc? How far does this pettiness go?" wrote Walsh.
"This is the first time in my career that I'm genuinely getting criticized," Daigle explained 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."
Daigle praised Ellen for the hospitality and warmth she showed her and called the talk show host a "beautiful person."
"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. ... It's kind of sad to see people criticize her when she's actually a beautiful person."
Nonetheless, the Bible is very clear on homosexuality. CBN News notes the following passages Christians often point to as evidence that homosexuality is sinful:
Romans 1: 26-28, where the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Rome and tells 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 refers to homosexuality in his letter to the church at Corinth - saying that some of them had formerly been involved in various sins before they were saved:
9 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 September, Daigle's latest album, Look Up Child, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and brought in the biggest sales week for a Christian performer in nearly nine years.