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In 131st The episode of the podcast Christ is everything, I listed the reasons used by former Christian leaders when explaining why they chose to stop following Jesus.
I answered each one.
Many of my answers were surprising, and from some I received a rejection (what’s new?).
You can hear the episode in any podcast app or on our YouTube channel. It’s called When Christian Teachers and Musicians Deny the Faith.
Well, there is another point in this topic that I want to address today.
It is summarized in the phrase “Deconversion from Christianity.”
I recently saw someone on social media write, “On this week’s podcast, I’m going to interview Joey Gagootz about his deconversion from Christianity.” (Yes, I changed my male name.)
Ah, his distraction from Christianity.
Therein lies a great problem in these words.
If a person converts to CHRISTIANITY, then I am not surprised when they GIVE UP.
Because “Christianity” is an inanimate being. It is a religion, a philosophy, a set of ideas, concepts, moral values and teachings.
Christianity is IT.
That’s the THING.
It’s like joining Sam’s club. You can join it, take a membership card, and then cancel or let it expire at any time.
In the same way, people convert to Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Unitarianism, etc. on a daily basis. And many are deconverted from these religions on a daily basis.
It is astonishing that if you open your New Testament and read it from cover to cover, you will NEVER find anyone who has “converted to Christianity.”
Instead, you will find them turning to someone named Jesus of Nazareth, whom the New Testament claims to be the promised Messiah, Anointed One, Christ, and Lord of the world.
In other words, you find people turning into a living person.
They are NOT turned into a thing or that. They are not recruited into religion, philosophy or movement.
And therein lies the problem.
Conversion to Jesus Christ is profoundly, radically, completely different from conversion to “Christianity.”
Oh Frank. Relax, man. This is just semantics.
I don’t think so. Our words betray our hearts.
I met Christ when I was 16 years old. Since then, the words “converted to Christianity” have never left my tongue.
The same is true for most people I know who have sincerely met the Lord.
Jesus is not the equivalent of “Christianity.”
I have no interest in converting anyone to Christianity.
My interest is to meet Jesus, the true Lord of this world.
And the two are not the same.
In short, rebellion is not about converting – or even disciples – to Christianity.
It is about bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth in a visible form. And that only happens when people have a direct encounter with Christ and begin to follow Him here-and-now.
Perhaps those who are “separating themselves from Christianity” today will one day find Jesus Christ tomorrow.
And God willing, they will join the Rebellion.
Join us on the Insurgence podcast where my chat partners and I are currently riffing about all the references to the Kingdom of God in the Gospels.
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