This week’s guest is Will from Heretical Theology.
Will grew up in a Methodist church until high school, when he began attending youth group in what he now calls the, “cult church.” Years later, will he and his wife were still at that church, he would have a seemingly supernatural experience at his brother’s church in Florida. The decide to move, and not only was there a megachurch waiting for them, there was also Disney World!
Will and his wife dove right in! They served at the megachurch for about five years when his wife began to doubt her beliefs. Eventually, Will resigned himself to being alone in his faith.
“Just figured I’d be that church leader who has an unbelieving spouse.”
Slowly, however, Will’s fundamentalist beliefs shifted. He wanted to understand the Bible better, so he could understand his wife better. He decided to take off his “Jesus colored glasses,” and read the Bible differently. It wasn’t long before he had a number of issues with what he was reading.
Then enters the Republican nomination of Donald Trump. Will felt like he was in the “twilight zone,” not understanding how Christians were getting behind Trump.
“Plot twist: I was a follower of Christ; not a follower of Trump.”
He and his wife stopped going to the main services but were still in small group. The pastor met with Will to discuss “ministry,” but instead Will needed to pour out all his questions and concerns. The pastor dismissed them. It may not have been intentional, but it still hurt. A few months later, he knew he no longer believed.
“I was like, ‘God and I are done.’”
Today, Will uses Instagram to share what’s learned from the Bible.
“I know some shit about the Bible, and I would like to put that to some good use.”
He’s taking the “decades of useless Bible knowledge” he has to teach and challenge people, in hopes that his followers will outgrow him and move on to do amazing things.
- Sam Harris (books & podcast)
- Bart Ehrman (books & classes on Wondrium)
- Paulogia (YouTube)
- Yuval Noah Harari (Books: Homo Deus, 21 lessons for the 21st century & Sapiens)
Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group!
“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats