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Rachel Held Evans Controversial Quotes: 7 Hot-Button Statements From Christian Writer

By    |   Monday, 01 June 2015 12:42 PM

It’s safe to say Rachel Held Evans has never backed down from an argument over a subject she truly believes in, no matter who is on the other side of the debate.

Unafraid and unapologetic about her often controversial views in the Christian community, the blogger and author is a champion of the LGBT community and women’s rights.

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Here are seven of her most controversial quotes:

“Jesus doesn't need a bunch of gatekeepers committed to keeping the "wrong people" out of the kingdom. (We're all "the wrong people," after all.) Jesus needs is a family of sinners, saved by grace, committed to tearing down the walls, throwing open the doors, and shouting, ‘Welcome! There's bread and wine. Come eat with us and talk.’ This isn't a kingdom for the worthy. It's a kingdom for the hungry.” (Source: The Huffington Post)

2. "As long as there’s somebody baptizing sinners, breaking the bread, drinking the wine; as long as there’s people confessing their sins, healing, walking with one another through suffering, then the church is alive, and it’s well." (Source: The Atlantic)

3. “Most evangelicals I know, even those with whom I disagree, are devoted to trying to interpret and apply the Bible with as much wisdom and grace as possible. I may think their interpretive methods are wrongheaded (and even dangerous) at times, but I am careful of assuming they arrived at their conclusions without thought or care.” (Source: CNN)

4. “Christian bookstores have a chokehold on the Christian publishing industry. As a result, the entire Christian industry has been sanitized, while its best artists look elsewhere for publication.” (Source: The Daily Beast)

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5. “I used to think I was the only one squirming in the pews of my conservative evangelical church on Sunday mornings, wrestling with questions I dared not ask out loud: Why are women forbidden from assuming leadership? Do I really have to be a Republican to be a Christian? What if I’m tired of the culture wars? What if I want to worship alongside gays and lesbians? Must I interpret every Bible story literally? Am I the only one who doubts now and then?” (Source: Faith Street)

6. “It can be frustrating to try and talk about privilege with conservative evangelicals, for example, because many see changes in public opinion regarding things like marriage equality or feminism as indicative of their waning influence, and so they count themselves among the disadvantaged at best and as oppressed minorities at worst.” (Source: Rachel Held Evans’ blog)

7. “When you’re aware of your history and how the Bible, for instance, has been used to justify things like slavery, you start to ask yourself if we’re still using the Bible to justify violence, cruelty, and exclusion of LGBT or to justify some of the racism or other things that plague our society ... There’s so much security in thinking of America as this Christian nation, founded upon Christian principles that justified all of our decisions and makes us feel better about our patriotism and allegiances. I think there’s a security in thinking of Christians as people who have always been in the right. Then you can be assured that you are also, presently, in the right.” (Source:Religion Dispatches)

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