Joshua Harris fallen away from the Faith
In a recent Instagram post, Joshua Harris wrote:
"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.”
I am deeply, deeply saddened. I felt the need to write something as I wrote a positive blog post about him just a few months ago on this website.
There is a ton to say, but all I wanted to say right now is please pray for Joshua Harris to repent. If God used him for your good in the past, praise God for God's sovereign work. But beware of Joshua Harris' influence now: he knows the bible very well, he knows the gospel inside and out, but he does not trust in Christ as Savior, and in fact rejects so much of what he once preached, and is still in the public limelight. So keep your distance, but pray for him with tears.
The sad, sad thing is as he said, he doesn't "view this moment negatively." He feels "very much alive, and awake, and surprisingly hopeful." Even the demons believe, and shudder. Joshua Harris doesn't even shudder.
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