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My purpose for this blog post is not to cast a negative light on preachers of the gospel. After all, I am a preacher myself. But yesterday, I met a former preacher who is now an atheist. Such an encounter can be eye-opening in terms of who is sometimes preaching in the pulpit. On a broader scale, it underscores the power of deception and why we must pray for those whose mind has been blinded by the enemy.
Anyway, I was just sitting on a bench in the mall minding my own business. This guy walks up to me, introduces himself, and starts talking about the end times spoken of in the Book of the Revelation. “You know things don’t have to end that way,” he says to me. First, I didn’t grasp where he was coming from. But as he continued to expand on his point, I got it. So I asked him if he was saying that things don’t have to end the way the Bible says they will.
“That’s exactly what I am saying,” he replied. At that point, he set upon the bench beside me for a more engaging conversation. As we continued to talk, he revealed that he was once a Christian minister. He mentioned five or six local congregations I was familiar with that he used to minister to. Of course, whenever he ministered as a guest minister, the people in those churches had no clue as to who was preaching in the pulpit. But that’s the point.
“So you were up there preaching and did not believe what you were preaching?” I asked. He became defensive about his status, bad-mouthing the church as if the church was the problem.
He also challenged the authority and accuracy of the Scriptures. He used a simple example of walking down the corridor of the mall. He said you can plan to turn left and then change your mind and go right.
“Are you equating an incident of walking down the mall to some right you think we have to disobey the Word of God,” I asked. “It’s not that simple.” He countered that it is that simple. And remember, this terribly confused man went around preaching in local churches in our city.
We spoke for about twenty minutes. As our conversation neared its end, I asked the man what he has been doing religiously since he stopped preaching twelve years ago. He said nothing. He has not been in a church since then.
Me: “So are you an atheist?”
Him: [Sarcastically] “What is an atheist?”
Me: “One who does not believe in God.”
Him: “What God are you talking about? The God of Judaism?”[Says he doesn’t believe in the God of the Bible.]
I am not sure how much I got through to this guy. But I have to believe that God will use my witness to touch his heart. We decided to part ways. But I am praying for his lost soul. No, sometimes, you just don’t know who’s preaching in the pulpit.
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