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BuzzFeed article on Chip and Joanna Gaines called a ‘hit piece’ on Christians


Antioch Church pastor Jimmy Seibert with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Credit: Antioch Church

Antioch Church pastor Jimmy Seibert with Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. Credit: Antioch Church

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the popular reality program Fixer Upper on HGTV, have come under fire because they attend a church that does not agree with same-sex marriage and considers homosexuality a sin.

On the show that’s in its fifth season, the Gaines work with clients to find and remodel homes. Joanna provides the design and Chip heads the construction.

The Gaines attend Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas. In an article on BuzzFeed, Kate Arthur recently reported on a sermon by the church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert.

Though he called homosexuality a sin, Seibert stated that Christians must show compassion for those in the gay lifestyle. He adds that contrary to popular opinion gays can change, as Seibert has helped many who struggle with same-sex attraction.

As soon as that article came out, a handful of Fixer Upper viewers and other secular media such as Cosmopolitan demanded to know where the Gaines stood on same-sex marriage. To this point, the Gaines have not responded.

Though the Gaines have been very outspoken on their Biblical faith, they have not addressed the issue of same-sex marriage on their TV program, but apparently BuzzFeed’s author Kate Arthur wants to make it an issue.

Some have described Arthur’s article as little more than a old-fashioned ‘witch hunt.’

But now Arthur is under fire from another gay writer, Brandon Ambrosino, whose articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and New York Times.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Ambrosino wondered what was the purpose of the expose? Was the writer hoping to have the couple confess so pressure could be put on HGTV to cancel the program?

In 2014, the  cable network caved to similar pressure and cancelled a program on flipping houses hosted by Christian brothers James and David Benham after their views on same-sex marriage surfaced.

Ambrosino, who will soon marry his same-sex partner, certainly does not agree with those who oppose same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, he states recent polls show 40% of Americans don’t agree with Gay marriage. If they hold that personal belief should they be prevented from holding down a job?

He writes:

“Think about that for a moment. Is the suggestion here that 40 percent of Americans are unemployable because of their religious convictions on marriage? That the companies that employ them deserve to be boycotted until they yield to the other side of the debate — a side, we should note, that is only slightly larger than the one being shouted down?”

The driving force behind this is mostly from the left and cultural elites who despite their calls for inclusion are only inclusive if you agree 100% with their position. Ambrosino believes in a truly inclusive society there needs to be room for ideological differences.

He added that some journalists “specifically the younger ones at popular digital publications – will tell stories in certain deceitful ways to take down conservatives.”

On Midwestern Seminary’s Center for Public Theology website, Professor Owen Strachan responded:

“The Muslim attacker at Ohio State is defended by public leaders for his religious views while an evangelical couple that builds houses for single mothers is under fire for believing what billions of people hold. This is wrong, and unfair and citizens should oppose this illogic as it picks up speed.”

Ironically Seibert stated in his sermon that Christian business people may have to pay a price for holding to their belief in the Bible.

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  1. We Christians have a right to hold to our faith, these people need to be reminded that their argument should be with Him and in the end it will be.

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