unbelieving pastor

a pastor who doesn't believe his own preaching

An honest exchange. And probably a fruitful one.

It’s so easy to go through the motions. Then suddenly something happens that forces you to do some serious self-analysis.

This is the beginning of transformation.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • jonathan walliser

    Lol that would be so nice if preachers were that open and humble

  • http://heretichusband.blogspot.com Heretic Husband

    I wish pastors would share more of their struggles, but I understand why they don’t – after all, their job could be on the line.

    And yet, if they really trust God as much as they say they do, shouldn’t that not matter?

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    We are all doubters (from time to time) of the Word of God.

    So we trust, by faith, that is true…even as doubts tug at us.

    “Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief.”

  • Stu

    “yet, if they really trust God as much as they say they do, shouldn’t that not matter?”

    That’s not the issue – it’s not trusting in God as much as we say we do…..

    Also – NP’s recent post on why it’s so hard to leave ministry can go a long way to explaining why ministers are too scared to be honest. And it is a case of being scared…..

  • Gary

    I was taught that the universe is roughly 6000 years old because the bible supposedly leaves no other possibility.

    I was taught that all of creation took place in a literal 6 24 hour days those same 6000 years ago because the bible left no other possibility.

    I was taught that all sex outside of a marriage between one man and one woman for life was sinful because the bible supposedly leaves no other possibility.

    I was taught that ANY consumption of alcohol was sinful …

    I was taught that only sinners left the church…

    I was taught that God was willing to keep a soul alive for all eternity (whose biggest sin was being raised in and faithful to the wrong religion) for the soul purpose of exacting the most horrifying tortuous vengeance the mind could comprehend…yet He is a God of love…

    Of course I could go on and on but I think I have made my point.

    My doubt has helped me to shed the lies my religion has taught me my whole life and finally behold the beauty of my Creator. My faith is in Him and Him alone. And I thank Him for the doubts that have helped me to see more clearly.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    I thought Sabio might find this interesting, if he is still here: analytical vs. empathetic and belief. This was covered in the National Post the other day, also.

    http://www.canada.com/health/Study+links+belief+linked+empathy/6709635/story.html

  • http://theway21stcentury.wordpress.com/ unkleE

    “My doubt has helped me to shed the lies my religion has taught me my whole life and finally behold the beauty of my Creator. “

    Excellent!!!

    There used to be a graffiti on a freeway overpass near Sydney, which read:

    BOYCOTT RELIGION FOLLOW JESUS

  • Meg

    Beautifully said Gary.

  • http://blogforthelordjesus.wordpress.com Mike Gantt

    Jeremiah 15:19 talks about “extracting the precious from the worthless.” Jesus Christ is precious in the midst of institutional church that is worthless. He is “the pearl of great price” to whom we must cling at all costs.

    It is no loss, but rather gain, to part from man-made church. “To live is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Let us practice the presence of God as Brother Lawrence did and we can forget all the churchgoing.

  • http://shulammitepress.com Jeff Krantz

    And yet, there are those of us, probably many, who really believe what we preach, who really know a loving God (sometimes I suppose in spite of the institution we represent).

  • http://www.biblethumpingliberal.com Ronald Goetz

    Jesus set the example of knowing more than he was willing to say. “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.”

    Christendom’s little clubs make spiritual and intellectual growth difficult, what with retirement funds, hopes for advancement, and all.

    Too bad young men and women are suckered into signing on the dotted line before they know any better.

    Christendom: the Worldliest Place on Earth!


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