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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal Josh Harris—continued from page 1 to attend college (Regent College in Van- couver, BC). 2 His announcement that he was stepping down and going to college came amid a scandal at Covenant Life wherein Harris and other Covenant Life pastors and leaders admitted to covering up a number of sexual abuses that had occurred in their church. 3 A DEVASTATING COMBINATION ased on the information that Joshua Harris has given in his recent an- nouncements and information he has provided in his books, we cannot know for sure how his recantation of his mar- riage and his faith came about. But one thing is for sure, Josh Harris was a Calvin- ist who attended an emergent college— and with regard to his Christian faith, it proved to be a devastating combination. During Harris’ efforts to find spiritual meaning in his life, he landed in Calvin- ism, a belief system that does not present the picture of a God of love who loved the whole world so much that He sent His only Son to die for all. Rather, it presents a God who wants most people to go to Hell and who predestined a relatively small number of people to be the “elect” who would be saved; and as Calvinist figure A.W. Pink stated in his book, The Sovereignty of God, in describ- ing Calvinism, no one can resist God’s will 4 (meaning even Hitler must have done God’s will), which creates a God who wants evil things to happen, giving followers a fatalistic view of life and death. In short, God is portrayed as the author of sin, who predestinates most people to live sinful lives (of which they have no choice), and then punishes them eternally in Hell for His “good pleasure.” Calvinism is growing in popularity by huge measures today. Many young people come into Calvinism because they see what they perceive as a highly scholarly belief system and a supposed security for B Volume 7—No. 5 3 their salvation. And whether they admit it or not, it offers the elite elect something more than the rest of the world can ever have (let’s face it, it makes them feel spe- cial). However, once these young Calvin- ists discover the dark dismal truth about this Calvinistic “God” (thinking this is the God of the Bible), disillusionment and depression set in which results in a spiritual crisis. When this happens, they often choose (as we are witnessing today) one of two paths: some of them head into the Calvinist emergent camp (or as Calvinists call it, neo-Calvinism), and some of them walk away from the church altogether. Eventually, both groups end up in the same place—departed from the faith. Does such a tragedy happen to those in other unbiblical camps (such as a legalistic holiness system)? Absolutely. Extreme unbiblical doctrines lead follow- ers away from truth, not to it. Being Calvinist is dangerous enough, but when Josh Harris decided to attend Regent College, he picked one of the most emergent Christian schools out there. There, students become indoctri- nated with the social-justice “Gospel,” contemplative spirituality (i.e., a mysti- cal spiritual formation), and emergent ideology. If Joshua Harris had not already gone in this direction, attending Regent would accomplish this easily, and as we have learned at Lighthouse Trails from seventeen years of research and study, the “fruit” of these unbiblical teachings is departure from biblical faith to believ- ing in the god of this world and what he has to offer. We realize that Josh Harris’ renouncing of the Christian faith is most likely multi- faceted, both in the personal and spiritual realms, but his Calvinist and emergent indoctrination left him defenseless in standing firm in (or maybe even finding to begin with) biblical truth. No doubt, there will be many commen- taries over the next several months (and even years) discussing the renouncement of faith by Joshua Harris. Let us pray that he and others like him will someday find the true simple Gospel that Jesus Christ offers. Christ died for the sins of the world, and whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life. It’s a free gift, offered to all who put their trust in Him: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. (John 1:12) ENDNOTES: 1., July 26th entry. 2. ris_sunday_remarks. 3. bad-news-for-c-j-mahaney-joshua-harris-is- coming-clean. 4. A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Blacksburg, VA: Wilder Publications, LLC, 2008 edition), p. 15. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019