Christian Author Joshua Harris, after announcing his divorce, is now admitting he is no longer a Christian. In an Instagram post, he wrote “By all measures I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
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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.”
Harris continued, apologizing especially “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.”
From an investigation point of view, this has “got caught” written all over it. I would venture to say that Joshua Harris has always held some deep secrets and those secrets were learned by far-left activists, which he is clearly pandering to in his statement. In today’s society if you are a public figure that discusses Christianity, pro-life, conservative politics or anything remotely leaning towards the right, you will be a target for leftist trolls and in many cases, hackers and even extortion plots. If you’ve ever watched any of Project Veritas’s videos you can see that covert ops against civilians are possible (thank goodness Project Veritas is on our side seeking truth). But when it is done in a way as to extort someone, you get odd confessions like the ones made by Harris. While I don’t have proof any of this is actually what happened, I can say without a doubt that it is characteristic of what I have seen in extortion type of cases. Even more importantly, this should stand as a reminder to be very careful who you and your family members follow as a Christian role model in the future.