After seven seasons as host of Canada's "most listened to spiritual talk show," Drew Marshall announced to his listeners that he is no longer convinced there's a God. ... We have millions of people within the contemporary Church who have been convinced intellectually of the existence of God, but they've never been converted experientially by the power of God. So when someone comes along with what they perceive to be a more convincing argument, they begin to doubt their salvation. And so they should--because they are not saved. They are false converts...In other words, Christianity never loses membership because anyone who abandons it was a fake. Only real Christians count. How do you know they are real Christians? Because they don't abandon Christianity!
This strikes me as a really cheesy, sleazy easy-out trick, and Christians should be ashamed of this sort of argument. It's natural for any organization or social group to lament the loss of members. It's sad to lose good friends, and I can understand that Christian theology teaches that the loss of faith is a great tragedy. But can't Christians at least be honest about it? Can't they admit that they have failures?
It's sort of sad in a pathetic way that Ray Comfort has to resort to such desperate tricks to excuse the failure of Christianity. Drew Marshall spent years earnestly seeking answers to his questions about religion, God, Jesus Christ and the afterlife. He hosted Canada's most popular spiritual radio talk show, and interviewed thousands of guests. He was a true Christian. Drew Marshall was just as earnest in his faith as Ray purports to be in his.
Well, what did I expect from Ray Comfort, the "banana man"? The guy is a joke. But Ray isn't the only one using this argument. You find it all over the place. Christianity is dying, losing members every day, and the Fake-Christian argument must be comforting to some Christians. Can't they instead just be honest and admit that sometimes people change their minds?