Of course it has been in the news over and over that Anne Rice has declared all over the internet and in print that she has decided to quit Christianity. Quit Christianity? Can one really do that? But it does make for an excellent source of fodder for the gossip mills, does it not. How exactly does one quit being a Christian. The first verse of Scripture that immediately comes to mind is in:
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
So if the Scriptures of the Holy bible declare that God has called you and that when He called the individual, He has done so and will not remove the calling. In other words, God will not make a public repentance that He has called you and invested His gifts, for He alone is God. One can say that they are quitting Christianity, but the Lord Jesus Christ will not quit on you. In actuality, Ann Rice did say that she will not obviously be attending church services in the denomination of her choice.
Quoting from an article in “The Huffington Post” on July 29, 2010
NEW YORK — Anne Rice has had a religious conversion: She’s no longer a Christian.
“In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control,” the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. “In the name of … Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
It would seem that according to her words that she appended to her Facebook page initially, that she states she is quitting Christianity, but can you? What it seems she is really quitting is Roman Catholicism because she does not approve of their church doctrines. So lets examine what she is truly saying: She states that she refuses to be anti-gay. Alright, apparently her son is an avid supporter of the gay rights movement, and whether or not he has chosen this lifestyle or not, in the end, it is his choice. Does God approve of this lifestyle choice? The answer is an emphatic “NO!” God made it very plain in what we call the Old Testament and He made it plain in the New Testament according to the Apostle Paul in:
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
That said, those who practice this lifestyle will receive the recompense of their ways. But in the end, again, everyone has their own choice. But even if Ann Rice’s son has adopted this lifestyle, she need not reject her son, just reject the sin. You can love the sinner, but hate the sin.
The second statement that she made is that she “refuses to be anti-feminist,” which in truth, there are no prohibitions in the Scriptures, there is a whole magnitude of man-made prohibitions, but none listed in the Scriptures. In complete juxtaposition, the Lord Jesus Christ set women free while He was walking on the earth in His physical body and carrying out His ministry. The Lord Jesus challenged every cultural barrier that was in His community when it came to limiting people’s freedom. For indeed, as the Scriptures do attest in:
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The Lord Jesus had women disciples who followed Him on the road. In the Jewish culture of His day, women did not travel with men who were not their family members. This then states that these women were considered by the Lord Jesus to be His disciples and that He accepted them as such. All we need to do is look at the prominent place He allowed Mary, the sister of Lazarus to occupy, there right at His feet in the traditional posture of a disciple.
Then Ann Rice goes on to say that she refuses to be an “anti-artificial birth control” advocate. The families in the ancient world did practice birth control: it was called the “multiple wife artificial birth control system.” If one wife did not or could not be pregnant at any one given time, there was another wife available. If one is not overly familiar with the cultural practices during the first covenant, when a woman had her menstrual period, she became “unclean.” Therefore, her husband could not touch her, else he would also become “unclean.” She also had to go to the women’s tent. So she was there for the duration of her period, plus seven more days for the time of purification rituals. This adds up to a minimum of two weeks that the woman had to spend away from her home. Then she also had the option if she so chose to declare she was “unclean” even if she was not. What this ancient excuse equates to in our modern culture is, “not tonight dear, I have a headache!” This writer has every confidence that if women of that day had access to a chemical form of birth control, they would have chosen it without any delay. One of the most dangerous things women of that day ever did, was give birth to children. Death was an ever present risk when they were birthing, especially since they did not understand about bacteria and the spread of disease. If Ann Rice’s denomination insists on such ancient practices, then why do they not insist as well that their adherents also practice the use of horses, camels and donkeys as their main mode of transportation. After all, “where the Bible is silent, we are silent, and where the Bible speaks, then we speak.” While the Scriptures do not address these issues in our modern day terms, they are addressed in the Biblical texts throught the writings of the cultural practices of their day.
So while Ann Rice has stated “she is quitting Christianity”, she should amend it to that she is quitting her particular denomination. Because you really cannot quit Christianity, in that once you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you belong to Him and He has clearly and succintly stated:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Don’t give up Ann, you are still very much a Christian.