Pastor Craig Groeschel is a recovering Christian Atheist.
He may have called himself a Christian all his life, but he didn't always live as if God existed.
Not atheism. Yes, atheists live as if God does not exist, because to us, god indeed does not exist. If you believe that god exists, you are not an atheist, no matter how you act.
It's a struggle he's had both as a layman and as a pastor (of one of the fastest growing and largest churches in the country). And it's a struggle he wants to help millions of so-called Christians to overcome.
Christian Atheists are everywhere, Groeschel, who leads LifeChurch.tv, writes in his newly released book, The Christian Atheist.
They attend church and seminaries and some even read their Bibles everyday. "Many of us look the part," the Edmond, Okla., pastor says. "Or we think we're Christian because, you know, it's not like we're Buddhists. We believe in God, but our lives don't reflect who he really is."
I suspect this is merely Christian guilting. Sure, you attend church, study at a seminary and read your bible every day (I do that at least 3 times a week), but are you really Christian? Really? Isn't there something more you could be doing for
me Jesus? Are you sure you don't have some more spare time for me the Church? Just a few more dollars for me the collection box?
The way Christian Atheism plays out, he preached at that time, is: "I believe in God but I want to do whatever the heck I want to do. I want enough of God to keep me out of hell and enough of God to get me into heaven but I don't want so much of God that it makes me change my lifestyle because at its root I believe in God but I do not fear Him."
Again, not atheism. I don't believe in god. At all. I'm not viewing god as an insurance policy any more than I view unicorns as insurance policies.
There are two pages of this drivel about people who may not be Christians, but sure aren't atheists. Look, I get it, some people just aren't doing enough for
you Jesus, but don't drag us into it. You weren't an atheist, none of the people you go to such great lengths to describe are atheists, so let it go. Please.