The campus minister at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is tired of “fake religion,” he says.
Recently, Johnny Moore, 28, halted a song service at the late Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church.
“OK, OK, wait just a second,” said Moore. “Do you mean these words? This is the church. It’s not just songs. It’s asking myself, am I singing a lie to God?”
For 2,000 years hypocrisy’s been Christianity’s biggest problem “and yet somehow we don’t deal with it,” he told Liz Barry of the Lynchburg News & Advance newspaper.
He calls hypocrisy the “elephant in the room” and chooses to confront it candidly in his first book, Honestly, which hits bookstores this week. In it, he recounts his own doubt and disillusionment when Moore was a young teen and his parents were discussing divorce. Then it came out that the pastor counseling his parents was having an affair with another pastor’s wife.
“That really kind of just ransacked my faith,” Moore recalled. “I’m one of 80 million millennials in North America. I see that the number one issue with Christians growing up in a Christian culture in this new world that we live in, this technological world, is that they’re just as religious, they’re just as spiritual.
“But they’re really disillusioned, really burned by church, really burned by Christian leaders.”