By Ashlie D. Stevens
Last weekend, Joshua Harris, the megachurch pastor and author of several Christian relationship books, posted a lengthy note on Instagram in which he apologized to the LGBTQ community and said that he is “not a Christian” any longer.
“I have lived in repentance for the past several years — repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few,” Harris wrote. “But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality.”
He continued: “I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry.”
This post comes about a week after Harris, formerly the lead pastor at a megachurch in Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., announced that he and his wife, Shannon Harris, are divorcing. This news came as something of a bombshell in the conservative Christian community considering the career Harris had built on his books “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and “Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship.”
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