Evangelical who ditched Christianity surfaces at Vancouver Gay Pride

Evangelical who ditched Christianity surfaces at Vancouver Gay Pride August 7, 2019
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JOSHUA Harris, above, the influential ‘purity’ advocate who recently shocked his followers by separating from his wife, kissing Christianity goodbye and apologising for his homophobia, has sent further ripples of horror among evangelicals by participating in Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade at the weekend.

The former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shared several Instagram photos of himself engaging in Pride festivities, and “swapping stories” with LGBT activists. He captioned one photo:

An American in Canada marching with the British Consulate in the Pride Parade.

Image via Trey Pearson/Twitter

Harris also shared a photo of himself with LGBT advocates, including Matthias Roberts, above left, host of “Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being”, and gay rock singer Trey Pearson.

Harris, according to Heath Lambert, who leads First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, is now:

In absolute spiritual peril.

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Lambert, above, is author of a soon-to-be-published book called Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. The foreword was written by Harris, but Lambert says it will now be expunged.

In Finally Free I am trying to be clear about a Christian approach to sexuality. Joshua’s recent actions and statements only confuse that attempt at clarity and will lead others astray.

He added:

The Lord knows Joshua’s heart. Was Joshua a Christianized unbeliever who never knew Christ? We do not know, but God does. Is he a Christian who has fallen into grievous sin, and is in need of restoration? We do not know, but God does.

What we do know is that Joshua Harris is in absolute spiritual peril. He needs our love, and he needs our prayers. He has mine, and I trust he will have yours as well.

Regent University School of Divinity dean Dr Corne Bekker said:

What’s very sad for me is that Joshua has not only given up on the faith, he’s given up on all of the principles he has stood for so long. The Scripture says that when we see somebody fallen and trespassed like this, that we should correct them. But do it in a spirit of gentleness. And then watch ourselves as well.

In announcing his “falling away” from Christianity, Harris, author of  I Kissed Dating Goodbye, a 1997 book he’s  since denounced, said:

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.

The Gospel Coalition, the reformed mission from which Harris resigned in 2014, released a statement expressing hope that the former pastor will once again return to the faith.

While we grieve Josh’s decision (and have told him as much), we are not without hope (and we’ve told him that as well). We will continue to call on the God of sovereign mercy, the God Josh once extolled and the God who still sits on the throne.

Harris most recently said that while he’s refusing to “disappear’,  he plans to “sit in quietness and be silent” over the following months.

The inner journey that I’m on isn’t something that I need to broadcast. Which is why I’m not engaging in public arguments online. It’s why I’m not doing any interviews with the media. It’s why I’m not writing a book or starting a podcast. I want connection and relationships and dialogue with real people. But I need to avoid audiences and the pressure of becoming a spokesperson for anyone or any cause. That has gotten me into trouble in the past.

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  • rubaxter

    Wow, the Professional Christers/Temple Prostitutes are really falling all over themselves to declare THEY are the aggrieved party.

    Gonna be a lot of messy divorces from this, and the same-sex ‘marriage of professionals’a are gonna be the nastiest in resolution.

  • Paul Douglas

    I think that there may be a closet that is being abandoned here. These declarations of “concern” will only get shriller and shriller from the fundagelical christianists. They can’t stand people leaving the flock, and it drives them to mad distraction to have gay people living contented, successful and unapologetic lives.
    I’m lovin’ this story!

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    The biggest problem with Josh Harris’s story is that they realize that it could be any one of them. He played the part of the great Christian so well, and whether he was just faking it or whether he fell off the wagon, how can you tell the difference between the True Christian or someone who just looks like one?

  • barriejohn

    In absolute spiritual peril.

    Totally meaningless balderdash. It’s really amusing the way that this torrent of nonsensical, inane verbiage pours out of their mouths. None of it stands up to analysis, but that doesn’t stop them!

  • Paul Douglas

    You can’t because they are all christianists. Some are genuinely nice people and others are human dregs (Think Franklin Graham, Dobson, Mohler, etc.).

  • Martin Penwald

    Moreover, they have a tendancy to claim that someone who left the faith has never been a christian. But Harris having been a superstar in the christian/purity movement, they can’t really say that this time.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Or if they do, they have to admit that they can’t recognize a true christian from a fake.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Many of them know their phonies. The unspoken deal is don’t scrutinize me and I won’t scrutinize you. They are hoping the Christian self examination and introspection doesn’t catch on.

    Of course the big question will be:
    Why doesn’t God warn us about the phonies and “False Profits” since he cares about us so much?

  • I could see some of them using it to scare the flock even more and for the more cultish groups to become even more cultish.

    I could also see their going on about how Jesus will be here Any Day Now (TM), and claiming it fulfills Bible prophecies of “deception” (Mt 24) and “falling away” (2 Thess 2).

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    I can see the attraction of this story but I wonder if maybe Josh is working on a testimony that upon a subsequent return to the fold would net even more than his books ever did? Nah, a Christian wouldn’t stoop that low.

  • Dom Saunders

    You know….he was giving me “Scruffy Daddy with the Bald Head on Grindr” realness for some time. So really…I’m not that surprised. Also, he can call me.


  • Maltnothops

    Ah, they are praying for him. It is the least they can do.

  • barriejohn

    They never stop praying for you – and, more importantly, TELLING YOU that they’re praying for you. It’s like being stalked.

  • Maltnothops

    I have an aunt who has told me TWICE that she is praying for me to return to.. not religion…not Christianity…not Protestantism…not Lutheranism…but Missouri Synod Lutheranism! I tell her occasionally, always with a loving smile, that her prayers haven’t worked yet.

  • Glandu

    it’s official : courtship is gay.

  • Eric Jameson

    I feel so sorry for Joshua Harris. All unrepentant sinners will end up in Hell, but the judgement for people who know the truth, and rejected it, will be more severe.

  • Lurker111

    Haven’t I read this story before?

  • Lurker111

    Her prayers went to voice mail. 🙂

  • barriejohn

    All prayers are answered, but sometimes the answer is “No”!

  • zenlike

    Citation needed.

  • barriejohn

    He’ll be in good company, though. Who’d want to spend “eternity” with that prissy, self-righteous, hypocritical shower in Heaven?

  • rubaxter

    Imagine, a Heaven full of the defectives from Mayberry, RFD.

  • Raging Bee

    Which truth did he reject, exactly?

  • Raging Bee

    So now you’re fantasizing about a punishment EVEN WORSE then the eternity in Hell you lot have been blithering about for the last 2000+ years? Can’t you find anything more pleasant to fantasize about?

  • Kris

    I kind of feel like those of us who came out of the darkness of the church were all “faking it” to a degree. The ol’ “fake it till you make it” yarn, except we never made it.

  • terremoto415

    I believe that denomination is known affectionately as the Misery Synod.

  • terremoto415

    Well, if it’s Heaven it will be a hypocritical Golden Shower.

  • C.T. (A.K.A- That Lurker)
  • PinxEngrayz

    “Was Joshua a Christianized unbeliever who never knew Christ?”

    No True Scotsman, once again. FFS.

  • Karla Jean Kirk

    “I thank god for unanswered prayers.” Garth Brooks

  • James

    The ones who were the strongest believers are the ones who at least struggled with their faith and asked questions. Because they wanted to know god better. These phonies who wax on with the Christian talking points so hollowly that you can’t buy a thing they’re saying are the ones who were never true believers. And, if god does exist, they would not fool him. I deconverted because I kept trying to understand god more and more. Even got to the point where my prayers were earnestly to whatever the true god was. I only pleaded that that god make itself known to me. Of course, you realize then how ridiculous and arrogant you are being and have been. That you’re the one that is finally going to discover the true god. You eventually smack yourself in the head, “Wake up!”

    My response to those who say I never truly believed is that I doubt they actually believe if they cannot relate or understand my journey. Because if you don’t doubt it or wonder about it or question it, then you don’t really care about it. It’s just a beneficial cultural attachment that makes you feel good. It’s not important to you beyond what it does for you.

    True believers, in my opinion, eventually become non-believers. Because they cared enough to know god more and understand their beliefs better. Taking the authorities’ word for it, was never adequate.

  • Maltnothops

    Ooh, never heard that one! I like it.

  • rubaxter

    Yep, you start to see the far more interesting life that the smart, involved Sinners lead than your own stultifying, Christer existence, and suddenly you start to think, “What if this IS as good ass it gets?!”

  • rubaxter

    All unrepentant trolls will end up in , but the judgement for people who know they’re just being jerks will be more severe.

  • phatkhat

    (((Shudder))) My ex was one of those.

  • blogcom

    “Why doesn’t God warn us about the phonies and “False Profits” since he cares about us so much?”
    Well since He did, you obviously don’t read or listen much.