We need more folks like “Jerry” who has taken issue with a so-called “Friendly Atheist” who had the sheer audacity to accept an invitation by Pastor Randy Frazee to speak at the Willow Creek Community Church about his…wait for it…his non-beliefs!
“Well, isn’t that nice! Instead of gathering a group of seekers and telling them about the Gospel, they gathered some seekers and told them about atheism.
Yes, he actually TOLD seekers about atheism!!! Jerry rants on…
“The reply comments at this blog are quite telling.”
Oh indeed they are…comments like this –
“I thought you were very articulate, and I greatly appreciated your courage to go to a church and share your beliefs with everyone.”
“I was there last night and really appreciated your prespective on church and Christians. We learned a lot.”
We learned a lot??? How dare they, eh, Jerry! What is the world coming to?
And what about this?
“I think if people didn’t have doubts and struggle with their faith they would have to be brain dead”
But the really caustic comment, the one that Jerry is so righteously concerned about, is this comment left by a lady called “Lee”:
“Funny, the challenge statement Randy made about knowing what you believe and why you believe it is the same one that led me down the path to atheism. The preacher at the church I attended at that time had made the same challenge to the congegation in our church and I took him up on it… and here I am today… an atheist. “
This is what Jerry is warning you about! Back to Jerry’s post, where he assures us he gets the point :
“Listen, I get the point, but isn’t this just a little (or a lot) absurd? Is it necessary to hear from an atheist what he does and doesn’t like about church and Christians? Are we then supposed to change to please him and other atheists in the (vain) hope that they might suddenly, because we are more friendly, have better window dressings, or less emphasis on actually believing in something, start worshiping God? Am I the only one who sees something seriously wrong with this? Isn’t this just ‘atheism evangelism’?”
I mean, really??!! The very notion of hearing someone’s point of view that may be different to your own and to discuss ideas and perspectives that differ to yours are nothing short of contemptible. In a House of God, no less???? Keep fighting the Good Fight, Jerry!!