Joshua Harris falling away from faith: 'I am not a Christian'
Joshua Harris, the author of the best-selling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, announced in an Instagram post Friday that he is no longer a Christian.
The shocking admission comes a week after Harris publicly announced that he and his wife, Shannon, were separating after 20 years of marriage, but would remain âfriendsâ as they continue to raise their three children together.
In the Instagram post, Harris commented on the responses he received about his pending divorce and dropped another shocking announcement by revealing that he is âfalling awayâ from the faith and no longer identifies as a Christian....
Frank wrote: I remember my mother used to go to Pentecostal tent meetings where they would say if anyone wants to be baptized into the Holy Spirit to come to the front. She did and she couldn't speak in tongues. They whispered into her ear to just start mumbling and it would come to her. The baptism of the Holy Spirit ended at Pentecost. If you want a meditation I did on that subject, just email me. I won't discuss this with you on the forum.
One of the brothers corrected me on my wording of the above. I shouldn't have said Pentecost, but during the book of acts. IOW it ended when the church was established.
Dolores wrote, âWe never stop learning and growing and I have done my most growing and seeing Godâs love for me the most during some of the most painful experiences in my life.â Amen, sister; thatâs just how it works. David said that God enlarged him when he was in distress, not when he was sitting in the recliner drinking sweet tea and eating pound cake. I would sure be grateful if more of my own distresses were not self-induced, but alas, âI am carnal, sold under sin.â Until that blessed day when, as Job said, âmy change come,â I can do no better than look to that âMan of Sorrows!â what a name For the Son of God, who came Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Christopher what you commented about this man bringing this out in public was shameful and he will pay the consequences for that action if he was a true Christian. Just as David suffered because of his sins committed by taking another manâs wife and sending him to his death to cover up his sin. God saw and gave instructions to his prophet Nathan to take His message to David and the news was not good. The baby conceived in was to die and the sword would never leave his house.2 Samuel 7:2-29 David was a broken man and repented from what he had done to God. It is you and you only I have sinned against. That is so true for anyone who turns their back on God no matter what the reason is. I did email Frank.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns for me and hopefully prayers as well. We never stop learning and growing and I have done my most growing and seeing Godâs love for me the most during some of the most painful experiences in my life. The Holy Spirit is my teacher and counselor and very present help in time of trouble. I will try through the link,.
My last comment was for you John Uk as you help me in Christâs love even when you scold me at times or disagree on certain issues, the love is still there. I reach out because my family is busy with their lives and friends I know from another place and time still message me and can still minister when needed.For some reason I feel the need to give out whatâs been given to me. Carry on until God calls us home.
I'm not sure if you reached out to Frank for what he offered, and it's not my business if you did or didn't, but it would be worth your while.
Thanks for always being open and honest with your thoughts and life experiences, etc. You shouldn't ever change that based solely upon the responses you might receive. We humans just love to eat up the positive, but take such offense when anyone perceives things a bit different, or takes us to task on a position, etc.
I've been on the wrong side of so many things, Dolores, and my understanding of some things really off the mark. The reason for that was threefold: 1) I blindly believed everything I was taught at first as a new Christian. 2) I believed, and rolled with everything I read, at first glance, without any deeper study. 3) I rolled along with status quo.
Nobody could tell me any different for the longest time, and it wasn't until I began to do my due diligence, studying with an open mind, and also wanting to prove others wrong, that I began to see how wtong I was on some important doctrinal matters.
My point is that scripture must always be our final say, no matter how much it might scrape against long held preconceptions, indoctrination, and feelings.
Thank you so very much for that wonderfully encouraging comment since these years on here you were like a mentor to me. Believe me it has been a challenge and still being on here is because of God giving me encouragement through friends like you and others so I will continue on And feel free to correct things I say just as Carol did and I will take it as coming from the heart to help not hurt. @Frank, I will have to get on my computer as thatâs probably where the emails are sometimes today. I am on my IPhone usually. I donât have a lot of people in my life to share with and felt Godâs leading me here since I donât intend to write a book like my niece thinks I should. Thanks for your concerns and I am very much happy with my life as it is but weâll see how the email works out.
Tim, you gave me a laugh this morning to carry me through the day with chuckles off and on. So thankful for your love and encouragement which I need so much now especially.Tell you what to show my appreciation, Iâll root for Georgia to win the Championship, now thatâs a true friend đ
Hello Dolores- I have read many of your comments on this board. You seem to have a gentle spirit that can easily be a target for more harsher ones. I would never presume to advise you on what to post, but some great wisdom was given to me when writing on social media.
âBe kind, and donât overshareâ. Many of the Proverbs exhort us to watch our words and not to speak all that is on our hearts.
Dolores wrote: Frank, I donât know your email but am interested in your meditation on the subject as I did leave after a few years..
Well Dolores, if you read closely there was nothing in my reply to you that was ugly. All I did was respond to what I felt was you saying that you received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and I believe that is not possible in the sense you meant it.
You have corrected or disagreed with many folks over the years, so I'm not sure of the personal dilemma?
Anyway, if you want the meditation, then my email is noted right after my name on my moniker line. It shows an "envelope". You simply click on that and SA will get your request and forward it to me. I will then respond directly to you.
If you have changed your mind, then simply ignore this post. I won't be offended in any way.
Addendum: I will never share your email address or anything we discuss with anyone for any reason. In fact, no one will ever even know you responded to me.
Dolores, the reason you stay on here is because you have committed venial sins and this is your purgatory. Just kidding! No, I think itâs because a few of us really do love you as our sister in Christ. I for one will still love you even if Alabama beats Georgia again in the SEC Championship game. Which will be MY purgatory.
Dolores wrote: I donât know why I shared it on here....
Maybe it was because the Lord wanted to bless my socks off, Dolores. It was a very precious moment, no matter what name you want to give it. Anyway, it thrilled me, because it shows how much God cares about you, that he should so wrap you up in his love, and give you a taste of himself, which thing causes all human love and experience to pale into insignificance in comparison.
Frank , nothing you say to me will change the fact that I had a wonderful experience with God at home, not at Church. God moved me out later because of other reasons and there were people there that were deep Christians. Thatâs the reason I said, I am a Christian serving God in a Baptist Church. I donât share my experience with just anyone only those God sends .I donât know why I shared it on here or even why Iâm still on here after all. In the Methodist Church there were friends I left that still get in touch with me and they love the Lord just like me. Anyway, I give what I feel God wants me to give and I canât have friends here because if I say something offensive to their beliefs, then I canât give what God lays on my heart to say. I hope someday to meet you in heaven when we all have been perfected.
Dolores wrote: Cont They gathered around me to pray for me to receive the Holy Ghost which I never knew or heard about but for some reason it became clear to me how important it was for me to seek for. Yet, I said them,â No, Iâm not worthy.â
I remember my mother used to go to Pentecostal tent meetings where they would say if anyone wants to be baptized into the Holy Spirit to come to the front. She did and she couldn't speak in tongues. They whispered into her ear to just start mumbling and it would come to her.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit ended at Pentecost. If you want a meditation I did on that subject, just email me. I won't discuss this with you on the forum.
Cont They gathered around me to pray for me to receive the Holy Ghost which I never knew or heard about but for some reason it became clear to me how important it was for me to seek for. Yet, I said them,â No, Iâm not worthy.â We were visiting our in-laws and soon would be going back to Alabama. I realized and knew that I needed the help of what I had learned about the Holy Spirit Baptism. I prayed a short prayer that night with my mother-in-law, she went to bed at 8:30pm, my husband had gone frog gigging with his father. I knelt by my bed and said a prayer and asked and received something so powerful that I can truthfully say it changed my life to the point I never lost faith in God or His love for me. I know nothing about why he said what he did and being on my IPhone there was another link to follow. He to me feels a failure and could not continue on pretending something he no longer was a true Christian and moving on to another place. I comment on what I see and itâs okay with me if you disagree. You do so in a kind loving way and I try to do that as well. God knows whatâs in the manâs heart, I donât.
Hi Christopher, of course I had not turned away from faith of God at all. And thanks for asking to have that cleared up. At age 14 my dad left me and my mother to live with another woman. He left for 2 years and came back. I had left church because a man teacher made the remark that good the backsliders are back meaning me as I had missed a lot. I still can hear his words and feel the embarrassment. I also felt Godâs displeasure in me. So the only fellowship I had left were a group of friends that were willing to accept me and not good for me . This lasted for years of being away from God and church. Not happy feeling guilty and went from bad to worse. I still prayed sometimes but felt Godâs anger. Finally one day in a Pentecostal Church with my new in laws I went to the alter and prayed.
Hey Chris, I have no idea of what his ministry is\was but it seems he was just a hireling and nothing more. Putting on a name badge is different than receiving the new name given to those whom He wrote to.
Jer 31:33 After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
God thankfully does preserve those who are His.
Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.