The very phrase ‘atheist minister‘ is as sensible as ‘promiscuous virgin’ and ‘military intelligence’ and ‘congressional integrity’. Such things may exist in theory or in the wild flailings of the overactive and depraved imagination, but in fact they don’t exist at all.
There’s only one reason an atheist would be a minister or an unbelieving minister would remain in his pastoral office- money. M-O-N-E-Y. Fearful of the job search, the ‘pastor’ who doesn’t believe is the most profound of all hypocrites. Better a Wal-Mart greeter with personal integrity than a pretentious pretending liar.
“I am an atheist,” says “Jack,” a Southern Baptist with more than 20 years in ministry. “I live out my life as if there is no God,” says “Adam,” who is part of the pastoral staff of a small evangelical church in the Bible Belt. The two, who asked that their real identities be protected, are pastors who have lost their faith. And these two men, who have built their careers and lives around faith, say they now feel trapped, living a lie. “I spent the majority of my life believing and pursuing this religious faith, Christianity,” Jack said. “And to get to this point in my life, I just don’t feel like I believe anymore.”
Cowards both and liars too and unworthy of any sort of respect. They embody falsehood. They are deceivers. They are tools. Of Satan. Their fate? Well rightly to be one of Satan’s toothpicks.
[with thanks to Tom Verenna on FB for the tip].