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Liberty University’s campus pastor blasts Christian hypocrisy

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.”

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  • http://None Patsy Davis

    I have to agree with this minister. I profess to be a Christian and, yet, I continue to worry about everyday things in my life. I live in an apartment and am very sensitive to other peoples’ noises. I am so scared of making my own noise because I fear that my neighbors will retaliate. In other words, if they can’t make any noise, then I can’t. My worst time is the mornings when I get up before my neighbors do. My kitchen backs up to their bedroom and I have early morning chores to do to get my day started. I read a Christian daily devotional and then read the Bible scriptures that it refers to and yet I can’t stop worrying. I pray to God all of the time, asking for His help during each day, but I find myself still worrying. I quit attending the Pentacostal church I was going to due to some disabilities I suffer from. I now watch a Presbyterian church service on TV every Sunday morning. I agree with what this Pastor is saying in his book. My mother used to say, “If you can’t act everyday like you act in church, then don’t go to church.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment timby

    So what your saying is that you can’t worship anywhere where their is hypocrisy and that Christians are all perfect? Maybe you need a refreshers course in our faith. I pray everyday that I won’t screw-up or cause others pain. That I will be a blessing and not a curse. Well guess what, I still screw up. I ask God to forgive me, give me the strength to carry on and to be a better person.

    Maybe I missed something in my bible. I thought I read that we are to go to church to get fed and to fellowship with other Christians? Am I wrong? Should I do a background check on all those that go to the church and make sure they meet my standards? Or should I let God take care of that and help where I can. Forgive where I can with the hopes that I won’t screw-up worse than others have?

    I live by “Not by my works, but by the faith in the living God and Faith in Christ” not by faith in man.

    Just a thought.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandee

    I would just like to point out that Jesus warns us that we should be aware of false prophets and the only truth is in Gods Word. If you are in a church where you feel uncomfortable about what is being taught you should check yourself and go to the Bible on your own and read and understand just what God has said and not follow mans false doctrine.You should search out a pastor who reads and teaches directly from the Gospel and who prays for the anoiting of the Holy Spirit. A real God fearing church helps you grow in the Word, allows you to seek God, answers your questions, and supports you with charity and understanding, and the church should be a family ready to reach out to all and share the Gospel with everyone.1 Thess:5-6 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
    6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost
    Revelations 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dr. James Shorten

    “I live by “Not by my works, but by the faith in the living God and Faith in Christ” not by faith in man.”

    Hi Timby, these are good words to live by. We can all work on ourselves in this life. When I have a decision to make. I ask Jesus as if He was standing next to me…. What would Jesus tell me… We all know the answer, we just need to accept it, and live by the truth. When a preacher tell’s us how to live our live’s , by the biblical word, and then he goes out and break’s the law that he preaches… “We shouldn’t shoot the messenger”. The preacher is still teaching us the right way. He’s just stumbling in his own walk through life. That doesn’t make what he is doing right and he should bare the punishment. Such as a Priest who is caught in child molestation, should lose his Ordination and answer for his crime. I see so many people that claim to be Christian but do not live by the “Word”. It’s like, “I’ll be a Christian just in case it’s true”. Other than, “I know it’s true and what Jesus taught is very real”. Life can be hard at times and we all make mistakes and may sin from time to time. But, if we keep doing the same sin or mistake, over and over, then we are not learning or we are not living by the Faith, and the Word of God and Our Lord. Best wishes and May God bless you all…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Randy G.

    The Rev. Moore preaching against Hypocrisy, while continuing in the hypocrisy of his mentor; Dr. Falwell. Want to try to prove me wrong, The Rev. Moore? Invite President Obama, or some other prominent democrat to give a speech. Otherwise don’t be what you are preaching againt!

  • http://YahooorFacebook Rolando

    instead of complaining..”BE THE CHANGE YOU WANTED TO SEE”. Start from yourself , pastor.

  • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    “Instead of complaining?!?” Then you launch into a cynical complaint? Good grief! Sounds like the pastor hit a raw nerve!

  • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    It is so easy to slam the great and the dead.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Who Are the Real Hypocrites?

    Christian hypocrisy? Sure. But Liberty University should look at its own glaring hypocrisy. As a christian, ask yourself: what is the absolute, most important, defining belief that you have (for me it is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born a man, died in our place for our sins so that we might have eternal life, and rose again). Then, ask yourself: what kind of christian university allows a keynote speaker at their graduation commencement who absolutely denies the truth of Christ, who denies the Trinity, who denies the full divinity of Christ? What kind of a christian university endorses such a person to be the president of the United States? Then, ask, who is the real hypocrite?

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