Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Former Calvinist Joshua Harris Says Christian Support of Trump Is “Incredibly Damaging to Gospel, Church”


Former Calvinist Joshua Harris Says Christian Support of Trump Is “Incredibly Damaging to Gospel, Church”

By Julio Severo
Former Calvinist conservative pastor Joshua Harris recently criticized Christians supporting President Donald Trump.
Joshua Harris in a gay parade in Canada in 2019
He told Mike Allen on HBO’s Axios that he believes evangelicals have made a mistake by supporting Trump.
“I think it’s incredibly damaging to the gospel and to the church,” he said. “… I don’t think it’s going to end well. And I think you look back at the Old Testament and the relationship between the prophets and really bad leaders and kings, and oftentimes it’s not something you unwind because it’s actually in the Scriptures presented as God’s judgment on the false religion of the day.”
When asked if he believed Trump-supporting Christians would be judged by God, Harris responded: “I think it is the judgment. It’s part of the judgment… To have a leader like Trump, I think is in itself part of the indictment that this is the leader that you want and maybe deserve. That represents a lot of who you are.”
Even though Trump is not a perfect choice, is not he much better than Hillary Clinton, a rabid neocon and pro-sodomy and pro-abortion militant? Did Harris want her instead him?
At least Trump gives attention to evangelicals. In fact, Trump, who was born in the Presbyterian Church — the same Calvinist faith of Harris —, has appointed in his administration prosperity gospel televangelist Paula White, who has been a formidable spiritual support to Trump.
The difference is that while Trump with his Presbyterian background became a very liberal and nominal Calvinist during the years and now is embracing the prayers and advices of White in her vibrant charismatic faith, Harris with his conservative Calvinist background is embracing sheer apostasy, including support of homosexuality.
The year of 2019 was a year of big shifts for Harris. He publicly renounced his Christian faith.
“I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus,” Harris said on July 26. "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.”
In addition to renouncing his Christian faith, he also declared he has abandoned his conservative views, including on sexuality and marriage.
“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,” he said. “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.”
After embracing a pro-sodomy stance, he announced he was separating from her wife Shannon Bonne after 19 years of marriage.
Harris rose to prominence in conservative Christian circles when he wrote his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye in 1997 and, three years later, Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship. In the books, he encouraged Christians to avoid the dating scene and instead pursue a group- and family-oriented approach he called courtship.
But in 2015, he stepped down as lead pastor from Covenant Life, a Calvinist church.
In 2018, he wrote an official statement apologizing for his conservative books and renouncing them. He has abandoned everything: His Christian faith, his church, his wife and his conservative stances.
Perhaps he has renounced his faith after seeing the hypocrisy of his old conservative Calvinist friends. He was involved in the Gospel Coalition, which has embraced a kind of allegedly non-active Calvinist homosexuality. In fact, some Calvinist ministers in the Gospel Coalition are allegedly non-active homosexuals.
There is hope for Trump, because even with his liberal Calvinist background he is open to the prayers and spiritual assistance of Paula White and other charismatic Christians. But what hope is there for Harris who despises such prayers and spiritual assistance?
With information from Charisma.
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