Amy Grant's Divorce
Letter From the Editor
An Open Letter to Christian Singer, Amy Grant
by Jon Hanna
The Bible says that
the unrighteous will not inherit the
. Do not be deceived. Adulterers will
not inherit the
. (1 Cor. 6:9&10)
must first tell you that my wife and I, and many of our friends have grown up
listening to your music in the early 80's. We remember you as an awesome
minister of inspiration and encouragement for our growing faith in Jesus, and
God's word, which are really one and the same. For years you sang music for the
glory of God, which edified our young Christian hearts, but then something
happened. You began to change the lyrics in your songs and even began to sing
other secular songs.
We would later tune in to see you on evening talk
shows that we normally wouldn't watch. We had great anticipation of you bringing
glory to God, and praising Jesus on those popular worldly shows, but it never
happened. Then, after many years of a secular music career, you began to return
to the Christian music arena once again.
Now, however, your comments
after your divorce from your first husband Gary Chapman, and your new marriage
to Vince Gill, do not reflect repentance and are contrary and
Amy, I must also lovingly
and humbly remind you that the soul that sins shall die. The Bible says that the
wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. But in order for us
to be delivered from our sins and their consequences we must all repent. The
Bible says that God is willing to forgive anyone who confesses and forsakes
their sins. This is the good news for all of us. My prayer is that this letter
will help you make a clean break from your sins of adultery and their
ramifications, and help you to lead others to God's word and to Jesus.
am also writing this open letter to you according to scripture so that others
will not fall by the same sort of disobedience and sin. I Timothy 5:20 says,
"Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may
The Bible says that the unrighteous will not inherit the
. Do not be deceived.
Adulterers will not inherit the
. (1 Cor. 6:9&10).
Amy, I am
not sharing God's word with you because of the rumors in
during the early
to mid 90's, which suggested an ungodly affair between you and Gill. I am not
writing this because People Magazine (Nov. 29, 1999) says that Gill's wife Janis
divorced him after finding a love note with your name on it in her husband.s
golf bag. I am writing this due to your obvious actions and comments that
clearly run contrary to God's word, the Bible.
CCM 1999 quoted you as
saying that you told your pastors, who were counseling you regarding your first
marriage, "I believe I've been released from this (marriage). And I say this
knowing that the heart is deceitful."
By your own admission it was your
decision, apart from God's word and apart from the counsel of your pastors, to
divorce your husband.
Yes, Amy, the heart is
deceitful. Although the Bible says that divorce is only permitted in cases of
sexual immorality, you decided to leave your first husband anyway, citing
'irreconcilable differences', claiming that no adultery occurred.
Jesus said, "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual
immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is
divorced commits adultery." (Matthew 5:32)
In Mark 10:12 Jesus said, "And
if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." This
is also confirmed in Romans 7:3.
Amy, according to the word of God, you
sinned when you divorced your first husband. Then you compounded your sin of
adultery by marrying Vince Gill. These are not human judgments, but God's
judgments according to His word. So Amy, please be careful not to insinuate that
those who declare God's judgments are being judgmental. When you accuse those
who obey and declare God's word, you're the one being judgmental.
2002 interview with ABC, you are quoted admitting that you wrote a song about
how you coveted Gill while you were still married to
. You are also quoted
by Primetime admitting that during your first encounter with Gill you "went up
behind him (Gill) and just hugged him as hard as I could while he was singing."
You also confessed that you told Gill, "I just needed to hug you all night." You
boast now, but this is how you conducted yourself while still married to
. This type
of boasting does not reflect Godly repentance (forsaking sin) but is a mocking
of the sin your guilty of.
Also in 2002, ABC reports of Gill's confessed
desire for you in a song he wrote with you in mind, "I lie awake at night
wishing you were mine", although he was still married to his first wife at the
time he wrote it.
These kinds of statements
from you and Vince blatantly wink at your sin of adultery. Amy, your beliefs
that validate divorce for reasons contrary to the direction of Jesus Christ, are
dangerous to yourself and others. Yes it's messy, but more than that it is false
doctrine on your part, and a sin.
CCM quoted you in December 1999, after
your divorce, as saying "If you have two people that are not thriving healthily
in a situation, I say remove the marriage." These are not the words of a person
who has repented for adultery, but rather the testimony of a deceived person
seeking to justify their sin.
Your first husband, Gary, said that he
believes God's word regarding marriage that it.s meant to last a lifetime. With
God's help and
's willingness to work through your
difficult and painful marriage, you could have had a marriage that glorifies
God, revealing His love and restoration power.
Rather than waiting on God
to bring the healing to your marriage, you divorced
. Rather than to wait
for God to restore you and your marriage, you married Gill.
Yes, we all
need God's grace and mercy, but we must repent to be forgiven.
God has instructed
His followers with regards to proper separation; (2 Thessalonians 3:6 & 14)
"In the name of Jesus withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not
according to the tradition which he received from us. And if anyone does not
obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him
that he may be ashamed."
Accordingly, in obedience to God's word, many
Christian radio stations have pulled your music from their rotation, and many
people have rightly sheltered themselves and their children from your influence
as scripture instructs them to do.
Sister Amy, we have all
sinned, so no one can condemn you and truly this open letter is not meant to
condemn you. Your words after your divorce are contrary to scripture, confusing
some who want to accept you as a truly repentant Christian, and deadly to those
who might follow your example or advice.
I.ve e-mailed this
letter to you via your fan club and was assured they would get this letter to
you; however, I haven.t received your response. I am willing to speak to you
personally if you.d like. Please contact me at email@example.com to
God wants you to be
able to put all this sin behind you and heal you. I truly believe that God can
use you even greater than before if you would simply agree with Him and speak
His words regarding divorce, rather than your personal opinion of divorce.
Simply repent where you've missed it.
Amy, I pray that
you may you come to know the truth and love of God that will set you free to be
who He called you to be.
is available to all of us. However, we.ve got to repent without vagueness,
excuses or self-justification to get it.
We pray, "Lord
Jesus, please help all of us to see the difference between our words and your
words, between our ways and your ways. Amen." (Isaiah 55:8&9)