‘Author’ Anne Rice has said that she has ‘quit’ being a Christian. What she evidently doesn’t know (because she lacks theological skill and knowledge of the Bible) is that if she quit, she never was one in the first place. And that’s true of all those so called ‘former’ Christians. They were never Christians in the first place.
Anne Rice, the bestselling novelist most popularly known for “Interview with the Vampire” and her other creepy vampire novels, announced on Wednesday via Facebook that she has officially renounced Christianity.
She can’t renounce something she never was a part of. That would be like me renouncing being a supermodel. Or a politician renouncing being ethical. Or a lawyer renouncing honesty.
It’s really quite simple- all those people who say they have abandoned Christianity have never abandoned anything of the sort. All they’ve abandoned is their own pretense of faith. That’s all. Nothing more. So such renunciations are as meaningless as the faith supposedly possessed by false Christians.
ἐξ ἡμῶν ἐξῆλθαν ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἦσαν ἐξ ἡμῶν· εἰ γὰρ ἐξ ἡμῶν ἦσαν, μεμενήκεισαν ἂν μεθ’ ἡμῶν· ἀλλ’ ἵνα φανερωθῶσιν ὅτι οὐκ εἰσὶν πάντες ἐξ ἡμῶν. – I Jn 2:19
John has it right, 100%. The ‘Christianity renouncers’ won’t agree with John, but why would they? They have neither part in nor claim on true Christianity, so what they think about it just doesn’t matter and their absence nothing more than the absence of tares from a wheat field. And as Calvin writes
… all by whom he is received in true faith have been given him by the Father, and … none of them, while he is their Guardian and Shepherd, will perish.
UPDATE: Let me just say this as clearly as possible since some among you don’t seem to comprehend it. You can’t reject ‘Christianity’ without also rejecting Christ. You can’t reject ‘the Church’ without rejecting salvation. There is no salvation outside the Church. Period. It is from, through, in, and by the Church that we learn of sin, salvation, redemption, the Spirit, and everything that matters. To throw out the bathwater is, in the case of Christianity, to throw out the baby.
Some of you seem capable of slicing the baby in half, but Solomon in all his wisdom never allowed that. Slice the baby, you kill it for sure. Salus extra ecclesiam non est.