The Christian world was recently shaken when former mega church pastor and popular Christian author Joshua Harris publicly stated “I am not a Christian” and at the same time announced that he and his wife of 19 years were separating.
Harris, 44, pastored Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland for 11 years and wrote several books including “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” that sold over a million copies.
In his Instagram post, Harris stated:
“The information that was left out of our announcement is that I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
In simple terms it seems that Harris has now denied his faith. It is discouraging for believers to read of a man with some prominence in Christian circles walking away from Christianity.
The Apostle Paul warned of a falling away that will take place in the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Reading that verse I have sometimes wondered if the anti-Christ will be an apostate Christian?
Though Harris’s departure should not surprise us, it still impacts. In the end, I believe Harris, for whatever reason, has ultimately rejected the Bible and its message of salvation.
But just days ‘after’ that happened, another story surfaced with an interesting plot twist.
Was it a divine coincidence? Was God sending a message in response to Harris’s declaration?
Shortly after Harris made his announcement, College Fix reported that David Gelernter a renown computer professor at Yale University has walked away from the theory of evolution.
Gelernter not only predicted the internet, but created several important computing programs and along with working as a professor, he also serves on the National Council of the Arts and works as a scientist for Mirror World Technologies.
In his article “Giving Up Darwin,” published on Clermont Review of Books, Gelernter stated that though the theory of evolution promoted by Charles Darwin is a “beautiful idea,” the evidence no longer supports the theory. This included the lack of fossil evidence and particularly the Cambrian Explosion which Gelernter wrote contradicts Darwin’s theory that animals evolved over time, because “a striking variety of new organisms — including the first-ever animals — pop up suddenly in the fossil record over a mere 70-odd million years.”
Though we can quibble over the millions of years, the Cambridge Explosion has been a major problem for evolutionists because of the sudden appearance of fully formed fossils that support creation, not evolution.
In an article in American Scientist, “The Evolution of Anthropod Nervous Systems”, Daniel Osorio, Jonathan Bacon and Paul Whitington wrote:
“As Darwin noted in the Origin of Species, the abrupt emergence of arthropods in the fossil record during the Cambrian presents a problem for evolutionary biology. There are no obvious simpler or intermediate forms—either living or in the fossil record—that show convincingly how modern arthropods evolved from worm-like ancestors. Consequently there has been a wealth of speculation and contention.”
In an interview with the Hoover Institution associated with Stanford University, Gelernter added that he is now leaning towards intelligent design:
“My argument is with people who dismiss intelligent design without considering, it seems to me — it’s widely dismissed in my world of academia as some sort of theological put up job — it’s an absolutely serious scientific argument. In fact it’s the first and most obvious and intuitive one that comes to mind. It’s got to be dealt with intellectually.”
Though to my knowledge Gelernter has not embraced the Christian faith, he has done one very fundamental thing — he has confirmed that creation speaks of a Creator, which is exactly what the Apostle Paul said:
19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20 NASV)
So while Harris walked away from the faith, Gelernter confirms what the Bible says that God’s creation testifies of a Creator and because of this we are all without excuse. Though the theory of evolution causes some Christians to doubt, I have ‘no doubt’ that creation’s complexity is causing some evolutionists to doubt as well.
Which leads me back to the question I asked in the title of this article, is David Gelernter God’s response to Joshua Harris?
- Joshua Harris: ‘I am not a Christian’: Charisma News
- Giving up Darwin: Claremont.org
- Famed Yale computer science professor quits believing Darwin’s theories: College Fix
- Author Joshua Harris kisses his faith goodbye: ‘I am not a Christian’: Faithwire
- Famous Yale computer prof quits evolution belief: WND