Prominent former pastor Joshua Harris said he is no longer Christian and apologized for previous statements about dating and the LGBTQ community

Business Insider | 7/29/2019 | Susanna Heller, INSIDER
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On Friday, prominent former pastor Joshua Harris, the author of "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" wrote on Instagram that he no longer considers himself Christian.

He also apologized for using his platform to oppose equality for LGBTQ people.

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"I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry," he wrote.

Harris and his wife Shannon Bonne, a musician, had previously announced that they were getting divorced.

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On Friday, Joshua Harris, a former pastor and author, wrote on Instagram that he no longer considers himself Christian.

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When Harris was 21, he published "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." The book emphasized a chaste approach to dating and encouraged people to avoid all physical touch until marriage, including kissing.

Now, Harris has said he and his wife, Shannon Bonne, are getting divorced and that he no longer considers himself Christian.

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In an Instagram post on Friday, Harris said he recently underwent a "massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus."

"By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian," he wrote. "Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I'm not there now.⁣⁣"

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Harris also apologized to members of the LGBTQ community for not standing for equal rights.

"I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality,"...
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