Foolishness with i kissed dating goodbye
When failure comes for the Christian leader, he is faced with three choices: The Bible has examples of all three: King David and Peter in the first category; Saul and Jonah in the second; and Absalom and Judas in the third.These represent gradations of rebellion, of blessing and restoration, of punishment and damnation.Sin of that nature is between him, his wife, and his God.Were he a friend in such a circumstance, I would simply want to remind him of what the first category demonstrates.There he dropped the bombshell that he was, in addition to his divorce, renouncing his Christian faith:“I am learning that no group has the market cornered on grace.…I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus….The book’s stated thesis was to encourage parent-initiated and guided courtship instead of traditional dating.The book was well intentioned and sought to counter the sexual free-for-all that left so many with regrets once they reached the altar with their would-be spouses.
Hebrews 11, the so-called “Christian Hall of Fame,” contains similarly flawed people: Noah (a drunkard); Abraham (a liar); Jacob (a deceiver); Rahab (a prostitute); Samson (a fornicator); and others.
Come to think of it, I can recall far too many similar stories.
The third category is of special interest to us here.
It is summed up in the words of the good Nigerian Bishop Jwan Zhumbes, who reached out to me in my own failure, and said: “God loves authoring redemption stories.”But that is not what is going on here.
Coupled with Harris’s social media post was a profession of “repentance” for his legalism along with an apology to the LGBT community: “My writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. On the one hand, Harris is apologizing for his legalism, and on the other, he is blaming the Christian faith for that legalism.
I have taken this sidebar in our discussion of Joshua Harris because it is important that Christians understand that this is where he falls.