Atheist Ministers Struggle With Leading the Faithful
This evening on ABC World News, Dan Harris interviewed two pastors who stated that they were atheist yet were still preaching. While they opted to keep their identities concealed one man discussed how the Bible helped him to see that he should not believe. While the other stated that when he lost his religion he prayed to God to take his life. Yet and still they get up in front of their congregations every Sunday and preach. What do you think?
So here we have it. Many of us will claim that the mega-church pastor who lives in a mansion, or the prosperity preacher who only guides us towards tangible wealth are the false prophets. However what of these men who say that they are atheist? That preach a lie every Sunday and are just too afraid to quit or look at what they are doing as a job?
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If he didn’t believe in God, then why did he pray to Him?
He made this petition as he was losing his faith. IT seems as though the loss of belief was a transition for these men and not something they just woke up on. The question now is how many others are there who are in the same boat. I mean we have the interview as well with Ex- Bishop Carlton Pearson who no longer believes in hell but this is something different.
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I am so glad we can finally talk about atheism without people poo pooing the very thought of it.
1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” NKJV
Just another small example of the Last Days falling away (apostasy) as foretold in 2Th 2:3 and the delusion (2Th 2:11) of ‘Christians’ in name only.
Awesome, so they are continuing in their roles pretending to be something that they’re not? Isn’t that hypocrisy? Isn’t that what Christians are accused of being? Wow…Kinda blows some steam outta the atheist arguments.
Re the ABC news flash about ministers and/or pastors who are claim to be atheists yet continue to serve their Christian churches, giving folks the impression that they believe in God when in fact they don’t.
They are living the “divided life,” they are devoid of substantial integrity or wholeness. They are unwilling to pay the price of being forthright about their beliefs with their congregants for it would mean the loss of their current income, positions and status in their respective communities. Hence, I suspect they compartmentalize their lives and rationalize their way into remaining in their current roles.
Since their inner lives and public roles are not in syn, they will eventually pay a very costly personal price tag for their behaviour. For living the “divided life” is always ultimately dehumanizing.
Frankly, I feel sorry for such people and wish they would face reality head-on, come clean, and begin again in another profession or role that’s in harmony with their personal convictions and/or belief system.
I wonder if they believe this part of the bible?
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
According to them, they don’t believe any part of the Bible. Pat you are right on with the word. When we hear stories about this sort of thing, we should not be suprised. It’s time to look up! I’m not truning because of this. The enemy is doing his job well. Let us continue serving God well. The church is about edification of the saints, praise and worship. If individuals have made it to be something else, they will have to answer for that. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
It’s time that the Church Body deals with the reality of what the Church is really about and how people are treated within the four walls of the Church. This is why I wrote the book “Persecuted Saints Within the Church Walls.”
It’s time for the “Church” to wake up and realize that the “world” is more prevalent in their Churches. If Jesus were to walk through the front door would He see His unconditional love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, gentleness, etc? NO! He would not! Jesus would see backbiting, vicious, resentful, bitter, unforgiving, jealous, and envious “believers in God.”
It’s time for a good dose of REALITY!
You are absolutely correct Teri, everyday I pray that God shake us again… People need to catch the vision. If God act this way, there would not be any accountability on earth.
Treat people in a Godly manner. Love each other, pray for one another.. We are all one family, we belong to the Body of Christ. Let’s prepare our hearts and mind for the 2nd coming.
Thank you so much for your response!
You are so right…God does not act in this manner, nor does He kick people out of church. God shows us UNCONDITIONAL LOVE even though we don’t deserve it and that is exactly what we are to do…love each other unconditionally. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world and an imperfect body that has a human side to it that sins every day no matter how hard we may try to do otherwise. We cannot attain perfection as Jesus has and won’t until we meet Him in the air. This is why loving each other unconditionally is so vital. We need to love each other no matter what we believe, think, feel, and know to be truth. Unconditional love is loving even though we may not agree with the choices other people make, or how they choose to live their life. We cannot change people but God can.
This is no surprise. The church age is over.
The church is the Bride of Christ, there is no way that age is over until He comes back. What is hopefully over is the time where false preachers and teachers can stand in the Church and lie and deceive Christ’s people. However you are correct this is no surprise because the Bible tells us very plainly this will all be and come to pass.