Actress Melissa Joan Hart, who became famous playing the lead role in 1990s TV hit series, “Clarissa Explains It All” and later in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” shared about her journey of faith in an interview with Paula Faris on her podcast Journeys of Faith, CBN reports.
Hart explained that she came from a Roman Catholic background and her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, was raised as an Alabama Baptist. The two reached a compromise and decided to become Presbyterian and her faith began to grow after she decided to attend a community Bible study at a Presbyterian church.
In the interview, Hart shared how she believed faith in Christ was the only way to heaven. It came up as she shared how her son had befriended a Jewish boy at school. The two ended up having many discussions about faith and Hart shared with her son that Jesus was the only way to heaven.
Unfortunately, Hart’s comment generated a massive backlash on social media as she was criticized for holding this belief.
It reflects a growing trend on social media of people becoming very vocal in expressing their opposition to Christianity. Many religions, such as Islam, hold a similar view that their religion is the only way to heaven, but do not receive the same backlash as Christianity.
Hart also shared how she has needed to engage in spiritual warfare. She said there are times, she feels a darkness in her home and during those moments she verbally proclaims Christ’s sovereignty and the darkness leaves:
“When I’m in my house and I’m afraid if I’m by myself or my husband’s asleep before me, and I get afraid and I’m walking the halls and you just get that creepy feeling like goosebumps up your back like something’s not right, I just say out loud, you know, ‘This is a Jesus home, Satan’s not welcome here, get out, this is a home for Jesus.
“Immediately… you feel that darkness go away,”
In 2016, Hart played the leading role of Grace Wesley in the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead 2.”
In a recent video posted on Instagram, Hart shared how she and her husband helped a group of kindergarten students flee the shooting that took place at the private Christian school in Nashville on March 27, 2023, that resulted in the deaths of three students and three teachers.
Hart’s children attend a school located beside Covenant School, and she and her husband were on their way to their school for meetings when the shooting took place.
Fox News provides more details:
“My husband and I were on our way to school for conferences,” she explained, “and luckily our kids weren’t in today, and we helped a class of kindergartners across a busy highway.”
Beginning to tear up, she continued, “They were climbing out of the woods, trying to escape the shooter situation at their school. So we helped all these tiny little kids cross the road and get their teachers over there, we helped a mom reunite with her children….”
She appeared flustered for a moment before holding a hand up to her head and saying, “I just don’t know what to say anymore. It’s just, enough is enough.”
“Just pray,” she requested. “Just pray for the families.”
READ: ‘This Is a Jesus Home, Satan’s Not Welcome Here’: How Melissa Joan Hart Went from ‘Teenage Witch’ to Spiritual Warfare AND Melissa Joan Hart helped children escape from Nashville school shooting