The Saddest Thing I’ve Read All Week

1 John 2:19

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

This week, popular author and speaker Josh Harris announced that, not only was he separating from his wife, but he has decided that he is no longer a Christian.  Josh made this announcement via his social media, which has gone viral at this point.  Needless to say, many of us in the Christian community are broken hearted for Josh, his wife, his family, and his former church.

Unfortunately, Josh will not be the last well known, high profile “Christian” who will renounce his faith in Christ.  2 Thessalonians 2:3 says ¨Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…¨  The Bible warns us that these things will happen before Jesus returns.  It does not make it any easier for those of us who love the body of Christ, but nevertheless, this is a sign of His return sooner rather than later.

Body of believers beware!  Matthew 24:24 says ¨For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect…¨  There will be many more influential men (and women) who will reveal the fact that they are not truly saved, and will mislead and confuse many spiritually immature people.  Heartbreaking as that is, my advice to all is to know the Word of God for oneself.

Below I have included Josh´s instagram post.  This post, I do believe, is the saddest thing I´ve read all week.

 

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My heart is full of gratitude. I wish you could see all the messages people sent me after the announcement of my divorce. They are expressions of love though they are saddened or even strongly disapprove of the decision.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I am learning that no group has the market cornered on grace. This week I’ve received grace from Christians, atheists, evangelicals, exvangelicals, straight people, LGBTQ people, and everyone in-between. Of course there have also been strong words of rebuke from religious people. While not always pleasant, I know they are seeking to love me. (There have also been spiteful, hateful comments that angered and hurt me.)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The information that was left out of our announcement is that I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is “deconstruction,” the biblical phrase is “falling away.” By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Martin Luther said that the entire life of believers should be repentance. There’s beauty in that sentiment regardless of your view of God. I have lived in repentance for the past several years—repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few. But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To my Christians friends, I am grateful for your prayers. Don’t take it personally if I don’t immediately return calls. I can’t join in your mourning. I don’t view this moment negatively. I feel very much alive, and awake, and surprisingly hopeful. I believe with my sister Julian that, “All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

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