The outspoken Christian man Luke Parker got the boot on “The Bachelorette” Monday night for promoting chastity in a previous episode, when he had asked Hannah Brown to save sex before marriage.
“It was the sex talk that got the bachelor sent home,” reports Fox News. “The born-again Christian drew ire earlier in the season when he told her he was saving sex for marriage and wanted her to do the same.”
Though “The Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown has been open about her Christian faith this past season, she also openly boasted about premarital sex as if it were no big deal. Several weeks ago, contestant Luke Parker, another Bible-believing Christian, told Brown that he would like to be sent home if he learned she “had sex with one or multiple of these guys.”
“So, let’s talk about sex and how the marriage bed should be kept pure,” said Parker at the time. “I had an encounter with God I was in the shower and God was speaking to me. I realized that I wasn’t the man that I wanted to be. And I’ve been working on being the husband that I want to be for my future wife.”
In response, Brown not only rejected Parker’s views on sin but flaunted her own. “I have had sex, and, honestly, Jesus still loves me,” Brown said.
Later in the episode, Brown even characterized Parker’s stance on pre-marital sex as being reflective of some form of toxic masculinity. “I don’t owe you anything … and, guess what? A man does not control anything I do,” she told Parker in the episode.
Despite staying on for several weeks, Hannah Brown sent Luke Parker packing, arguing that his views on pre-marital sex were tantamount to pride.
“Guess what? Sex might be a sin out of marriage, pride is a sin, too, and I feel like this is like a pride thing,” Brown said. “I feel like I’ve finally gotten clarity on you and I do not want you to be my husband.”
As Hannah Brown was accusing Luke Parker of committing the sin of pride, she then went on to say she had sex with another contestant, Peter Weber, twice in a windmill. “I have had sex and, like, Jesus still loves me,” she said.
Following the episode, the feud boiled over onto social media, where Parker defended himself by calling Hannah Brown out for her audacity to accuse him of pride while flaunting her sin on national television. “The difference in how we view sin is seen in the response,” Parker wrote on Twitter. “I’m weeping at mine and you’re laughing at yours. All sin stings. My heart hurts for both of us.”
Brown responded, “Time and time again Jesus loved and ate with ‘sinners’ who laughed. And time and time again he rebuked ‘saints’ that judged. Where do you fall Luke? #TheBachelorette.”
“There is a difference between eating with sinners who laugh and sinners who laugh at their sin,” Parker hit back. “Sin is the very thing that put Jesus on the cross and that’s not a laughing matter.”
In an Instagram post, Parker admitted that he was not always the best man he could be or the best representative of Christ while on “The Bachelorette” while maintaining his convictions about chastity.