Last week, famous Christian dating author and former pastor from Sovereign Grace Ministries, Josh Harris, announced he is divorcing his wife and considers himself no longer a Christian.
Like most normal people, Mr. Harris could have done this uneventfully, but no, he decided to write a formal announcement of it and post it to social media declaring that he apologizes to the feminist and LBGTQ movements for the bigotry he exhibited through the years. So essentially, on his way out, Mr. Harris has decided that all of us Christians are bigots and is telling the world that’s what he believes, although Mr. Harris knows this is not the case.
See, he will be lauded by the world and given much publicity for this declaration – a sure fire way, after declining book sales and a failed documentary, to make big bucks. It doesn’t really take a sacrifice to do what Mr. Harris is undertaking. In fact, it’s the easiest thing in the world to go with the flow of the world and engage in, and promote, sin in all of it’s worldly forms.
What does take courage is to be a faithful disciple to Jesus Christ and to “pick up your cross and carry it daily” (Luke 9:23). Instead, Mr. Harris fits the description in Matthew 10:38.
Matt. 10:38 “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
See, really this incident with Josh Harris is no mystery to the true follower of Jesus Christ. It’s simple. Josh Harris is a false teacher, and as such, has earned himself condemnation.
So why is the Christian community is such dismay about this? Because institutionalized Christianity has become about money and fame all too often and no longer follows the biblical standards for leadership and discipleship. Mr. Harris rose to fame at an early age and was instantly grabbed up by the Christian “celebrity network” and marketed like a product. This is happening all too often and it will get substantially worse in the next 5 years as pressure mounts for churches to renounce their stands against homosexuality and abortion. Leaders in these churches, immature in the teachings of the Bible, will choose money and reputation over Jesus.
This brings me to my point. If you are a Christian, and especially a new one, you need to put down the books written by these hypocrites and plant your nose in the Bible. Only the teaching of the Holy Spirit through the inspired Word of God will enable you to discern these wolves and keep yourself and those you love spiritually safe.
Josh Harris, like all false teachers, were written about long ago as a warning to us not to follow. I fear too many attendees of popular churches are already going down that path.
Jud 1:10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.
Jud 1:11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
Jud 1:12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
Jud 1:13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
Jud 1:14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,
Jud 1:15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Jud 1:16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.