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Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was 17, launching a 25-year career as a Pentecostal preacher. He traveled all around his home state of Louisiana, preaching and ministering wherever he could.
All these years later, DeWitt, 42, is still on the road, and now takes his message all over the United States. But the nature of that message, along with his audience, has changed dramatically.
DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious “nones,” the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with a religion. Today, DeWitt preaches a gospel of disbelief.
Originally posted by Noncompatible
reply to post by smyleegrl
We are all atheist at the core. Atheism is a rejection of the existence of gods, plural. So unless you accept the veritable horde that mankind has created over time, you are an atheist to someone.
As for "ex"-preacher, he's a grifter looking to create a flock and generate money to spread his "message."
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire;
Originally posted by Screwed
reply to post by smyleegrl
I think that ALOT of Christians don't believe the BS that they espouse but they are too afraid to admit it to themselves because if they did, and they were wrong, then they would burn in a firey lake and suffer in anguish and agony for eternity.
Yeah, I was afraid of that too for a while until I reached a point where I would rather take my chances than
keep my mind in a prison for the rest of my life and be told WHAT to think and HOW to think.
There are actually classes you can take advertised on the radio, "Come learn what you believe and how to defend it, so you can witness to others with confidence".
The jig is up on Christianity as well as religion in general.
People are waking up to the scam......and they're pissed.
Pissed off for being lied to and misled their entire lives.
Yes, there are many a Christian who are too afraid NOT to believe in the good book.
Originally posted by CLPrime
reply to post by NOTurTypical
Any view that says a preacher should continue to preach even if he stops believing is likely classifying preaching as a job in the world rather than a work in Christ. Preaching to unbelievers and teaching to believers are works done in the name of Christ for the glory and edification of his Kingdom. Anyone who would continue ministering after a fall from Grace is likely doing so only for personal benefit. It certainly wouldn't be a work in Christ any longer...it would become a job like any other.
Case in point, my father. He's about as vocally anti-Christian as you'll find. If I'm preaching, he wants me to be making money at it (though I refuse to steal money from churches). He doesn't even like me preaching in place of the regular minister, because, to him, the minister is just using me to do his job for him. He doesn't understand that it's my work now, as well, to show love and grace to the lost and to edify (and, if need be, rebuke) the assemblies. It's not a job, it's just what I'm here to do.