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Should Christian Leaders Preach Their Doubts from Social Media Pulpits?

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Over the summer, former pastor and I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Joshua Harris announced on Instagram the “deconstruction” of his faith. Then, a Hillsong songwriter—Marty Sampson—posted that he too was “losing his faith.” CT asked several Christian voices to share some considerations around when and how prominent figures should disclose their doubts and disbelief.


Michael Hidalgo, pastor of Denver Community Church, author of Unlost

For leaders, these are teachable moments to show helpful ways of engaging questions, skepticism, and doubt. This demands honesty and authenticity with themselves, other leaders, and those who have entrusted them with influence. Should leaders do this, we will encourage others toward the same kind of authentic faith, and come to see we are all simply sojourners in relationship with the endlessly knowable God.


Lore Ferguson Wilbert, blogger at Sayable

It should comfort those following to see leaders with an early and consistent willingness to be wrong, repent, ask forgiveness, change, and remind others that they are not God but they look to him as the unchangeable one. Yes, Christian leaders should disclose their fears, doubts, and shifts regularly. Will it hurt? Maybe. But it is good for God’s people to see the Great Physician administering healing to even great Christian leaders.


Mandy Smith, pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, author of The Vulnerable Pastor

Sharing doubt models the entire experience of faith to followers, reminding them not to let doubt grow in silent shame. Of course, there are unhealthy ways to share doubt. When done wisely, it releases both leader and followers from the idolatry of human leadership. . . . At difficult ...

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Offline John

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"these are teachable moments to show helpful ways of engaging questions, skepticism, and doubt."

For america a large pat of the problem is due to the reluctance of pastors and congregations to engage their brains. To often on american forums the answer to questions/doubts is ' have faith', 'only believe' and similar nonsence.

We are to worship God with our minds as well as with our hearts.
The anti intelectual understanding of the gospel is spreading in the UK.

So reject calls to 'just have faith' ask preacher for evidence for there statements, ask for answersingenesis or creation.com UK speakers to be invited to take a Sunday service.
They stand on the authority of the bible and will give an intelligent reason why the bible is accurate and reliable.
As well as teach you that genesis is true.

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There's a danger with social media [you only have to look at Donald Trump's tweets]

Steer away from social media and being personal  [the new Solomon proverb/ if he were still alive]







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found this responce to the number of 'famous' christians renouncing what faith they have very publickly and there has been some mixed responcse.
Here is a radicle to the point blunt responce that is worth reading and having read worth sharing with your pastor or to any other forum you are on.
https://julieroys.com/christian-rocker-posts-stunning-response-to-recent-apostasy-of-christian-leaders/

https://julieroys.com/christian-rocker-posts-stunning-response-to-recent-apostasy-of-christian-leaders/

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It depends where people are coming from...

Where whatever their behaviour [they are still loved and excepted" by parents and family [which is why [they say] the Church begins]. "at home"



I would suppose a lot would go to Church because this is what they have known all their lives and this is what their parents would want  [ I have no idea]

I imagine - whatever these people do/post/relay/decide/ they are still loved by parents and family - so  that's all that matters to them.

IT must be  parental approvement above relationship with God..

no idea..  I cannot relate to it.



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Should Christian Leaders Preach Their Doubts from Social Media Pulpits?
for leaders, these are teachable moments to show helpful ways of engaging questions, skepticism, and doubt. This demands honesty and authenticity with themselves, other leaders, and those who have entrusted them with influence. Should leaders do this, we will encourage others toward the same kind of authentic faith, and come to see we are all simply sojourners in relationship with the endlessly knowable God.</p>

<h5 class="subhead2">Lore Ferguson Wilbert, blogger at <a href="http://www.sayable.net/" targ

Rubbish. Absolute rubbish.

The man is indulging his own ego. However, it is YOU called them "Christian leaders". My question is, why did you call them Christian Leaders? That's a question for you and you need to answer it alone.

A Christian is someone who follows Christ. The model is Jesus himself and Jesus preached certainty.

He doubted for sure. He was tempted three times by the devil. He asked God if He had forsaken him. But you misunderstand the Logos, the Word, if you preach doubt. 

J1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

That is the Logos, the Word, the logic, the reason. You do not mis-use the Word. The Logos is the download from heaven that you can use to make ourselves conscious when we plan the future. The Logos is your a priori starting point for aiming your life's arrow. You want your life to go somewhere don't you? So aim it. Do we know it will hit true? No, but we can aim carefully and for that we need to aim with certainty. And there's the Bible showing us the directions that worked before and those which don't work.

As created beings can we get in touch with the Creation and use that connection to get our speech right? I don't know. I don't need to believe it. But I can try it out in the belief it may work. That is my faith. I have faith that using words I can make true statements about the creation.

Not about me. Who cares about me?  That's pandering to the world.

A man who doubts should keep quiet in public (as multiple Biblical verses attest). But there's a place for people discussing their doubts in small groups. How people had doubts but overcome them. But just doubts? Don't pretend they're Christian leaders.

Should a coach who doubts the team will win lead them? When I was elected captain of a hockey team, they'd lost every match heavily over the past season. Some matches they'd lost 15-nil or more. Before my first match as captain, I put our two best players as full-backs and, I said to the team, 'We're going to lose. But we're not going to lose 15-nil. In this first half they can score two goals. But only two. And that's our aim.' I gave every man instructions. They scored just three. Then I heard the opposition saying they're going to score ten. At the half time break I told them, 'We did well. They scored one more than we wanted but we've made it difficult for them. In the second half they're allowed just two and we are going to score. That's our aim'. I pushed our second best player forward. They scored two as I'd predicted and other players begged me to go forward. I said no. My place is defending. In the last minute of the match we scored one. We were ecstatic. We'd only lost 5-1 and we scored too. In the tea-room afterwards the whole team was laughing, joking and smiling. I remember two opposition players came up and said 'Why are you all so happy, you lost.' One of our players said, 'No, we won, you only scored five and we scored a goal.' They shook their heads in wonder. We lost the next four games by smaller and smaller margins. Then we started to draw. Then... we started to win and we never looked back.

Faith is how you negotiate the future, whether you're a Christian or not. Faith is consciousness and making a choice. Doubt is sitting in a room, faffing, thinking of yourself, afraid of the future.
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