I’m not even going to pretend to be a little bit surprised that yet another “famous Christian” who has made a career of selling watered-down fake Christianity to the masses has publicly denied Jesus Christ:
Paul Maxwell, a former Desiring God writer and the author of the book The Trauma of Doctrine, has announced he is no longer a Christian.
“What I really miss is connection with people,” Maxwell said on his Instagram feed. “What I’ve discovered is that I’m ready to connect again. And I’m kind of ready not to be angry anymore. I love you guys, and I love all the friendships and support I’ve built here. And I think it’s important to say that I’m just not a Christian anymore, and it feels really good. I’m really happy.”
“I can’t wait to discover what kind of connection I can have with all of you beautiful people as I try to figure out what’s next,” he added. “I love you guys. I’m in a really good spot. Probably the best spot of my life. I’m so full of joy for the first time. I love my life.”
Maxwell, who has his Ph.D. in theology and has written on the topics of theology, trauma, and fitness, later followed up with a message to those who told him he’s going to Hell and are “not really happy” as a result of his rejection of Christianity.
“I just say, ‘I know that you love me.’ I know, and I receive it as love. I know you care about the eternal state of my soul and you pushed through the social awkwardness of telling me this because you don’t want me to suffer. And that is a good thing. That’s a loving thing to do. And I hear where you’re coming from, and I respect your perspective.”
Maxwell is the latest high-profile Christian figure to publicly renounce his faith in recent years.
Last year, Jon Steingard, the Canadian Christian rock band Hawk Nelson’s lead vocalist, announced on social media that “I no longer believe in God,” explaining “it didn’t happen overnight.”
In 2019, Joshua Harris, author of the controversial Christian bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, sent shockwaves through the evangelical Christian community after he published an Instagram post announcing: “I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.”
This is why it’s very, very important to develop discernment. People simply MUST learn to stop following wolves in sheep’s clothing just because the media quotes them saying ONE FREAKING THING that no one else is permitted to say in public without being deplatformed. That’s precisely how the frauds are promoted as champions; I can’t tell you how many idiots blathered on and on and on about how brave Jordan Peterson was for that public performance in one softball interview that was, in retrospect, an obvious setup broadcast in order to establish his nonexistent “right wing” credentials.
The same performance art can be seen in every single Christian circle. The enemy relentlessly seeks to elevate the weak, the stupid, and the fraudulent in order to obstruct the genuine leaders from rising to leadership.
There will be more, probably many more, of these fraudulent “high-profile Christian figures” being exposed as false to to the faith. Many of you could probably identify a lot more of them than I could, because I pay zero attention to any nominal Christian who is lauded or publicized by a media that hates Christianity more than anything else in this world. I expect it won’t be too terribly long until the Osteens and Moores of the world begin to openly confess that the god they worship is of this world.
If the world doesn’t hate a man, it’s usually because he serves the world, and not Jesus Christ.
And just to make things clear for those who continue to falsely assert that I am an Armenian, an Arminian, an Arian, an Athanasian, or anything else, I will not hesitate to take anyone’s witch test.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man; he suffered, and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
And in the Holy Ghost.
So if anyone asks you what I believe, you can tell them that. Verbatim. Although if I had written it, I would have added the words “and died on the Cross” after “suffered”. I also prefer “Spirit” to “Ghost”, but that’s merely personal preference.