After Struggle with Mental Illness, Megachurch Pastor Fatally Shoots Himself
As this news story shows, even a church preacher can struggle with depression and suicidal ideation.
Christians, most of you continue to teach a false “mental health gospel” that either goes like this:
“Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior will make you immune from mental health problems,”
Or, your false mental health Gospel goes like this:
“Okay, you’re already a Christian, you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, so if you are experiencing depression, or some other sort of mental health issue, it’s you’re fault, and you can fix it by (-insert spiritual activity here, e.g, more Bible reading, church attendance, prayer, etc-).”
(I’ve even seen some Southern Baptists reason in that manner, when they always scoff at other Christians who believe in a Physical Health and Wealth Gospel.)
The truth is, Jesus is not the answer for everything, the Bible is not a solution for everything, and the Christian faith does not make everything right in a person’s life.
Being a Christian – one who led a church no less – certainly did not heal this man of his problem with depression.
Jesus may be great for keeping someone out of Hell when they die, but the older I get, I’m having a difficult time seeing what use Jesus is for earthly problems.
After struggle with mental illness, megachurch pastor Jim Howard fatally shoots himself
by L. Blair
Jim Howard, lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church in California fatally shot himself in the head at home Wednesday after a protracted battle with mental illness.
“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm we suffered a tragic loss on our church staff this week. On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Jim Howard — a beloved pastor here at RLC — took his own life,” Rusty George, lead pastor of Real Life Church began in a statement released on Facebook last Thursday.