Josh Harris

Former church leader Joshua Harris says he 'excommunicated' himself

Wed 06 Nov 2019
By Tola Mbakwe

Renounced Christian and church leader Joshua Harris has said he excommunicated himself from the Christian faith because he "ruined lives".

In an interview with HBO news platform Axios, the 44-year-old said: "If you're not living according to the teaching of the Bible, and you're living in unrepentant sin, then you have to be put out of the church. I excommunicated myself, essentially."

He refused to say what his "unrepentant sin" is.


 The author of the popular 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, said he came to realise that he gave bad advice in his many books.

He said: "In an effort to set a high standard, the book emphasised practices (not dating, not kissing before marriage) and concepts ... that are not in the Bible.

"I apologised for it. I unpublished the books. I pulled the books off the market. But you can't give people [back], you know, years of their life. It was a long process for me. I started seeing that the book really had misled a lot of people."

Harris, who left his role as lead pastor of a church in 2015, now spends his Sunday mornings doing yoga.

"I was a leader and a spokesman and I called people to live in very particular ways, to sacrifice in very particular ways," he said.

"And so for me to change in my thinking feels like a betrayal to them.

"I was really just trying to be honest about the fact that all the ways that I had defined faith and Christianity, that I was no longer choosing to live according to those."

Harris added: "Someone said, 'I don't believe in God, but I miss Him.' I can relate to that."

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