The Clergy Project: Atheist Support Group for Lost Clergy


Atheists are alive and well in the Church; could your Pastor be one?

Something is seriously wrong in Westernized churches. Recently, Richard Dawkins, renowned biologist and author of the book The God Delusion, and a group of fellow atheists have taken the unusual step of creating a support group for clergy members who have lost their faith. An article in Charisma magazine asks the questions, “Could these pastors be part of the great falling away that Paul described in 2 Thess. 2:3? Or is this atheist group simply trying to exploit a rare occurrence?” I believe the answers to these questions are yes and yes. How do you explain the occurrence of self-proclaimed atheist pastors as the article documents? How do you explain the occurrence of homosexual clergy? How do you explain the massive defection of professing believers from Christian churches?

The Clergy Project is an attempt to catch these fallen soldiers of Christianity and help them navigate from dead faith to “a true sanctuary, a congregation of those of us who have replaced faith and dogma with reason and human well-being.” This statement from Dan Barker, a former evangelical preacher and co-organizer of the project is very telling. I believe that part of the reason so many believers are losing their faith is because they have separated it from reason and human well-being as Barker states. Many Christians have become what P.T. Barnum described as “suckers,” who have been taken in by charismatic men and women preaching a shiny, glossy, happy-go-lucky gospel that has lulled them to sleep. Christians have failed to study the scriptures diligently for themselves and have allowed con-men to trick them into believing lies. Christianity, especially in America, has become another form of self-improvement instead of self-death. We sit in mega-churches and listen to sermon after sermon, but fail to search the scriptures to find out whether what we are being told is true. Many Christians are guilty of having a relationship with their church, but not with the one for whom the church was established.

The Clergy Project is also an attempt to gain attention to the growing community of atheists and humanists arising out of the void of true Biblical Christianity.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

The modern version of Christianity taught in most Western societies is not the faith of the early Christian church. It is not the living, breathing, giving type of faith that caused men and women to sell their possessions and distribute the proceeds amongst those with needs. It is instead, a type of faith that hoards material possessions as a sign of God’s approval. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy, his young comrade in the faith that this would be the case saying, “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.” (I Timothy 6:3-5).

In many ways, I can sympathize with those who have had their faith crushed. I too left organized religion and had to face the reality of losing friends and family and being ostracized as an infidel. However, my reason for leaving was not because I had lost faith, but because I had finally found it by searching for truth outside the walls of the church. It was a faith-filled journey where I learned to lean upon the Spirit of the Lord to be my teacher and not the traditions of men. Though I struggled at times with the pull of the world, the faith God instilled within me never went away. It was truly written in my heart as being from God and not merely from men. False religion has blinded many to the truth. They have settled for traditions and doctrines of men and are now becoming disheartened and disillusioned. There are far too many echoing statements such as these:

“The Clergy Project has been a lifesaver for me. I am an active Methodist pastor who is also an atheist. I began the ministry full of great dreams and full faith in what I preached. However, over time I began to realize that the ‘truth’ I was preaching wasn’t so true. I resisted my doubts at first, but the nagging in my brain wouldn’t stop. So I embarked on a journey of researching and discovering that what I had believed for so long wasn’t true.”
Lynn

“I am an atheist,” says “Jack,” a Southern Baptist with more than 20 years in ministry. “I live out my life as if there is no God,” says “Adam,” who is part of the pastoral staff of a small evangelical church in the Bible Belt.
ABC World News with Diane Sawyer – Atheist Ministers Struggle With Leading the Faithful

“We know there must be thousands of clergy out there who have secretly abandoned their faith but have nowhere to turn,”
– Dan Barker, The Clergy Project

Sadly, statements like these are becoming more commonplace. Survey after survey has confirmed that many Christians are abandoning their faith. I have written previously about many of the reasons for this. The great sifting of the end of the age has truly begun. God’s judgment on the harlot Western church is taking place swiftly. When those who have taught and preached to others have run into the arms of anti-Christ atheists like Richard Dawkins, you should know that the hour is late.

1Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3

With the advent of the The Clergy Project, faithless Christians have done just the opposite of what Psalm 1:1-3 advocates. Is it any wonder why the church and the world is in such a mess?

Comments

  1. Churches need to stop lieing to there members. They say the Bible “is the infallible word of God.” People like me believe it, study and read it daily for decades, and guess what we find? Error after error. Passages that can’t be understood as anything but an error. I though Jesus was “the way, the truth and life.” Not faltshood and hidden errors. Is Christianity a mass campain of deception?

    • I understand where you are coming from. Jesus is absolutely the way, the truth, and the life, and the Bible is the infallible word of God. However, the translations of the Bible are not always accurate. I believe this a major reason why there is so much division and error taught in churches and Christianity in general. This is why it is good to have additional study tools like a good Concordance and Bible dictionary or a computer program such as E-Sword. The scriptures advise us to study, not merely read. We must dive deeper like the Bereans in the book of Acts and find out whether the things we are being told are actually true.

      Often times the whole context of a passage of scripture can be distorted because of one mistranslated word. Errors such as these have crept into various translations over the years and have caused many to err. God’s word will never contradict itself, so if something seems amiss there is a good chance there could be a mistranslation from the original Hebrew and/or Greek languages. The scriptures are not to be understood like a textbook. There are many layers of understanding being conveyed. As we grow, those layers continue to be revealed as we lean on the Spirit of God to teach us.

      I appreciate your comments and pray that you will continue in the faith and not lose heart.

      • Which bible out of the over 60 English versions are we supposed to trust?
        Or which one of the over 200 commentaries on the Bible are we supposed to believe as having the truth.

        Why is there no evidence at all for over 3 million people spending 80 years in the wilderness of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt to the land of Canaan.

        Why is there no evidence for Noah’s World Wide Flood?
        Why is there no evidence for Noah’s Ark which is bigger than a football field and about 6 stories tall even though the location of the Ark is clearly stated as being at Mount Ararat, located in Turkey.
        Why can’t they find the Ark of the covenant?
        Why are there no original manuscripts of the Biblical writings?
        Why did Matthew and Luke need to copy almost word for word in many places the Gospel of Mark which is called the synoptic Gospels because they see the same. The only problem is that they do not see the same, they are the same because they were copied from the same source.

        I am 71 years old and have been a believer my whole life until just this year when I began to have many doubts. Some are listed above.

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