Now that Ryan Bell has completely his year-long exploration of atheism and decided that he no longer believes in God (he was a Seventh-Day Adventist minister prior to that), the thoroughly ridiculous editor of Charisma magazine, Jennifer LeClaire explains why this is a harbinger of the end times:
Pastor Ryan Bell made a strange New Year’s resolution in 2014—he aimed to live a godless year.
Bell, no relation to universalist Rob Bell, kept a blog to chronicle his yearlong journey without God and even had a documentary crew on hand to film what turned out to be his transformation from a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor to a full-blown atheist.
“I’ve looked at the majority of the arguments that I’ve been able to find for the existence of God, and on the question of God’s existence or not, I have to say I don’t find there to be a convincing case, in my view,” Bell told NPR’s Arun Rath.
“I don’t think that God exists. I think that makes the most sense of the evidence that I have and my experience. But I don’t think that’s necessarily the most interesting thing about me.”
What? How do you move from accepting a call of God into full-time ministry only to turn your back on him and decide to exchange a close relationship with God to a “closer relationship with reality”?…There’s a long list of Christians who turned to atheism on WikiPedia. And the Clergy Project, a secret initiative that’s willing to foot the bill to get you out of your pulpit and into a new career, claims to offer a “safe haven for active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who do not hold supernatural beliefs.”
What is going on? Is the church doing something wrong? Or is the culture wooing once-saved Christians to the godless side? Or both?…
What, then, is the root of Christians turning their back on God? I believe it’s a sign of the times and may be part of the Great Falling Away. About two years ago, I asked the question: “Is the Great Falling Away Already Underway?”. Jesus said that in the last days, the love of many would grow cold because iniquity will abound (see Matt. 24:12). When a God-fearing pastor becomes a godless champion for faithlessness, love has grown cold.
But shouldn’t that be a good thing? Shouldn’t she be cheering on Ryan Bell, since his leaving Christianity is helping bring on the return of Jesus to crush his enemies?