Former megachurch pastor abandons faith, calls Christianity a system “rife with abuse.”

By |2019-05-10T12:43:18-08:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Another soul is led into the light.

Courtesy of The Christian Post

Dave Gass, a former megachurch pastor who most recently led Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, has renounced his Christian faith as a system rife with abuse that caused him “mental and emotional breaks.”

“After 40 years of being a devout follower, 20 of those being an evangelical pastor, I am walking away from faith. Even though this has been a massive bomb drop in my life, it has been decades in the making,” he began in the thread before moving on to compare Scripture to Greek mythology.

“When I was in 8th grade and I was reading Greek mythology, it dawned on me how much of the supernatural interactions between the deity of the bible and mankind sounded like ancient mythology. That seed of doubt never went away,” he said.

He explained how he was raised in a “hyper-fundamentalist” Christian home where Christianity “didn’t work. The promises were empty. The answers were lies.”

Even so, he grew up to be a devout Christian who rarely missed church or failed to study Scripture.

“I was fully devoted to studying the scriptures. I think I missed maybe 12 Sundays in 40 years. I had completely memorized 18 books of the bible and was reading through the bible for the 24th time when I walked away,” he wrote.

Gass initially made his announcement in a serious of tweets that are now protected, but not before they were copied and spread all over social media.

There are some accusations that Gass had an affair, though that is not typically something that convinces a pastor to leave his faith. 

Instead, it sounds like he experienced a slow realization:

“… The entire system is rife with abuse. And not just from the top down, sure there are abusive church leaders, but church leaders are abused by their congregants as well. Church people are just sh*tty to each other,” he continued. “I spent my entire life serving, loving, and trying to help people in my congregations. And the lies, betrayal, and slander I have received at the hands of church people left wounds that may never heal.”

He said he struggled so much with his church experience it began to affect his mental and ultimately physical health.

“This massive cognitive dissonance – my beliefs not matching with reality – created a separation between my head and my heart. I was gas lighting myself to stay in the faith. Eventually I could not maintain the facade anymore, I started to have mental and emotional breaks. My internal stress started to show in physical symptoms. Being a pastor – a professional Christian – was killing me,” Gass revealed.

Gass says that to save his mental health he felt the need to walk away from the church and its teachings. 

I have to say that some of what Gass said was reflective of my own journey to Atheism. 

I also took mythology classes and was struck by how similar the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian myths were to biblical stories I had learned in Sunday School. 

I was already firmly grounded in my Atheism when I took a college class called “Comparative Religious studies,” but when I walked out of that class every shadow of a doubt had been wiped completely clean. 

Essentially the more you learn about religion, the harder it is to be religious. 

I am still waiting for the great enlightenment to spread across the world, but until then I will count every shrugging off of the trappings of primitive superstitions as one more sign of progress to eventually meeting that goal. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anon May 11, 2019 at 5:37 am

    A mind opening from the solely literal, to now include the symbolic. A beautiful thing!

  2. rawstory May 11, 2019 at 6:13 am

    “According to Christianity Today, a cryptocurrency scam in the South Pacific preyed on Christian churches — and got their pastors to preach the scam to their congregations.

    Two churches, the Samoa Worship Centre Christian Church and an Auckland branch of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church, were targeted by the investors of OneCoin, with the result that several congregants invested in the scheme, losing some $2 million. Moreover, while the church leaders who preached OneCoin claimed to be victims of the scam themselves, the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) concluded that they were knowing participants and in on the fraud.

    OneCoin, created in Bulgaria by Ruja Ignatova and Sebastian Greenwood in 2014, has been described by prosecutors as both a Ponzi and a pyramid scheme. Investors were given wild promises about the coin’s value, despite the fact that there was no way to sell or transfer it, it was not accepted as currency anywhere, and it was not backed by a public blockchain that would allow security and oversight. Furthermore, Ignatova and Greenwood’s network of shell companies is linked to alleged organized crime figures, like Hristofos Amanatidis, the Bulgarian “Cocaine King.”

    By 2015, financial authorities were warning OneCoin was a scam, and many countries began banning it. Ignatova and Greenwood both face charges of fraud, and Ignatova has not been seen since 2017.

    While cryptocurrencies are not inherently a fraudulent operation, the market is in its infancy and dangerously underregulated, allowing scams and money laundering to run rampant throughout the sector.

    Moreover, while the church leaders who preached OneCoin claimed to be victims of the scam themselves, the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) concluded that they were knowing participants and in on the fraud.

    OneCoin, created in Bulgaria by Ruja Ignatova and Sebastian Greenwood in 2014, has been described by prosecutors as both a Ponzi and a pyramid scheme. Investors were given wild promises about the coin’s value, despite the fact that there was no way to sell or transfer it, it was not accepted as currency anywhere, and it was not backed by a public blockchain that would allow security and oversight. Furthermore, Ignatova and Greenwood’s network of shell companies is linked to alleged organized crime figures, like Hristofos Amanatidis, the Bulgarian “Cocaine King.”

    By 2015, financial authorities were warning OneCoin was a scam, and many countries began banning it. Ignatova and Greenwood both face charges of fraud, and Ignatova has not been seen since 2017.

    While cryptocurrencies are not inherently a fraudulent operation, the market is in its infancy and dangerously underregulated, allowing scams and money laundering to run rampant throughout the sector.

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  3. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 7:17 am

    The difference between Christians and Atheists:

    An Atheist will never turn on another Atheist for not being a non believer enough.

    • Anon May 11, 2019 at 10:27 am

      That’s because one is a cult and the other isn’t. Cult members don’t let other cult members think for themselves.

  4. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Raised in a Lutheran church, I sit back, watch, and SMDH.
    Oh, and I typed adjective “fucking” to my daughter in a text night concerning her ex husband abusing my grandchildren.
    He’s Mormon. Can’t say I didn’t warn her fifteen years ago, but she was of age and Mom was just an eyeroll.

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  5. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Who’s the black dude, E.W. Jackson? Find Creflo Dollar on YT if you’re bored, is his name ever appropriate. Falwells sex, Osteen not opening my palace to hurricane victims until I was shamed into it. Franklin Graham and $arah Palin tag team bringing cookies and pocket bibles instead of true help. Politicians one mention of God and their wallets are overloaded when their example and lifestyles are anything but. Christian President Donald Trump sent by God himself. Riiiight. Anyone that contributes to them or a politician’s campaign is a damned fool..

  6. puck May 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    i have chosen my beliefs. like a true Christian i would never force them on some one else. they give me peace that i never had before. and i see flaws in my church-and the only way to remove is from the inside. i am glad you are happy with your choice.

  7. Anonymous May 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Bet he walked away with a big, fat bank account.

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