Why we do not recommend the "ministry" of Joshua Harris
Two Steps from the Devil

By Mary VanNattan

A. Assobliptions

First of all, Joshua Harris has shown by the people that he assobliptes with and approves of that he is not separated to the word of God (KJB 1611) and the people that love it.   Nehemiah 10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; 29 They clave to their brethren...

Here are some of people that he assobliptes with that are not walking after the Spirit:

He has participated in a blip event. Of the Spring '95 issue of his magazine "New Attitude" Josh says,  "I wrote this issue's cover story in a Burger King in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was visiting the island to be a part of blip's Global Mission-a crBlipde that was being broablipast to millions around the world." - http://www.newattitude.com/bkissues.htm. blip has sold out to the pope and even more recently he stated that he thought good Buddhists, among others, would go to heaven.  He preaches another Gospel!   Galatians 1:7 ...but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Although  I do not know if he has been directly assoblipted with Elisabeth Elliot, Harris gives credibility to her book,  "Not long ago I reread Passion & Purity and realized that...I could have benefited greatly from its message in the midst of my high school dating relationship." (3)  Elliot has also sold out to the Roman Catholic church for all her self-professed piety.

 In his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye the foreword is by Rebecca St. James -- CCM singer. Her page says "Rebecca St. James is one of the up-and-coming artists in the rock/alternative genre of Christian music." [emphasis added]   In 1991 "Carman planned a tour down under and I got the chance to open for him." she says. (http://rsjames.com/index2.cgi) Carman is an exceedingly wicked rock singer parading himself under the name "Christian."  (See Dial-the-Truth Ministry's article "Christian Rock Blessing or Blaspheme"  which covers Carman's gross "style" at http://www.av1611.org/crock.html)  The very fact that Harris would have a young woman of this background write the foreword for his book shows that he has a very serious problem. By using St. James, Harris has placed himself one step away from Carman, one of the most ungodly and possibly occult "artists" in this industry.  Excusing it by saying that it gives him credibility with the young people is sorry to say the very least.  Here is a young man professing to take a stand on a moral issue and stating that his stand is one that is separated unto God.  To endorse his stand, convictions, and usefulness he calls upon a young woman that has dirtied herself with some of the grossest, vilest people around that call themselves "Christians."   Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  Some of the things that these CCM singers do in concerts and on videos are almost too shameful to speak of.

Harris gave Promise Keeper's magazine "New Man " a positive interview (1).  Now this is horrible.  So much has been written and said about the blip type aspects of PK, their Roman Catholic tendencies, their origins in the Vineyard Ministry environment, and other problems.  PK encourages Sodomites to attend their rallies!  How can a man claim to have a legitimate message of godliness and go to this kind of scum (Ezekiel 24:6) to gain attention ($$$) and approval?   1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.   In his interview for PK's "New Man"  Harris says, "Single men need to take responsibility and begin treating their sisters in Christ as God would have us treat them. We need to stop playing the part of thieves trying to steal women's hearts. Instead, we should act as piano coversriors standing guard over their hearts, protecting their purity." (1)   Notice how Josh Harris keyed in on PK's "piano coversrior" talk.  This is not too encouraging nor surprising when combined with his Reformed tendencies, since the Reformed and Catholics have always been happy to pick up real swords to deliver their interpretation of "justice" whenever the opportunity presented itself.

New Attitude Ministries, Harris' organization, is a division of PDI Ministries.  PDI Ministries says of itself, "As most readers know, our movement of churches holds to an essentially Reformed doctrinal perspective while espousing and enjoying a significant charismatic dimension and theology of the Holy Spirit."   (http://www.pdinet.org/)  PDI stands for "Proclaiming God's grace, Developing local churches, Influencing our world with the gospel."  We are not called to influence the world with the gospel!  The gospel is to be preached, whether they will accept it or not!   1Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  PDI's doctrine is typically Reformed, Kingdom-bringing-in objective, making the world better and better till Jesus just has to come back because they got the whole world ready for Him. (This doctrine would almost be funny if it wasn't so sick.  They aren't making much progress these days.)  These people don't like to give credit to the Anabaptists, Waldensians and other brethren that existed for centuries before the Reformers rose up and took control of their respective governments in place of the Catholics.  Those people did not "influence their world with the gospel."  They preached the gospel and then were hauled away to the arena, stake, executioners block, torture chambers and more.

B. Bad doctrine

Already we see from his Reformed assobliptions that Josh Harris has unbiblical doctrine.  There are other areas as well.

"The Room" by Harris.  Emotion stirring, but quite unbiblical.

In the short story or whatever you want to call it, he finds a room containing files of cards on his whole life.  "The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. 'Books I Have Read', 'Lies I Have Told', 'Comfort I Have Given', 'Jokes I Have Laughed At'. Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: 'Things I've Yelled at My Brothers.' Others I couldn't laugh at: 'Things I Have Done in My Anger', 'Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents'. I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped.

"I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived. Could it be possible that I had the time in my 20 years to write each of these thoBlipnds or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature."  (2)

After reading some things with shame and trying unsuccessfully to destroy the contents of the boxes, Jesus enters "the room" where he is.  After crying with him He signs His name over Harris' on the cards with His blood.  It ends "I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written." (2)

My sins are NOT filed in a room somewhere.  Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  They are GONE!!  You could not find them if you wanted to!  Praise God!  If you are saved and washed in Jesus' blood the same is true for you!  1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  This horrible doctrine that Harris is putting across with this poem ought to be pointed out for what it is -- ungodly, unbiblical bilge.  He is basically calling God a liar!!

Added to this is the fact that this particular writing of Joshua's bears an unsettling resemblance to another writing by another author.  When I was telling a friend of mine about "The Room" she pointed out to me something I had not noticed. "The Room" sounds strangely like a decidedly pagan passage of a Louisa May Alcott story.

In Chapter XV ("In The Willow") of Little Men we find the character "Demi" telling "Dan" about how he controls the bad in himself. Demi says, "I play that my mind is a round room, and my soul is a sort of creature with wings that lives in it. The walls are full of shelves and drawers, and in them I keep my thoughts, and my goodness and badness, and all sorts of things.  The goods I keep where I can see them, and the bads I lock up tight, but they get out, and I have to keep putting them in and squeezing them down, they are so strong...Every Sunday I put my room in order, and talk with the little spirit that lives there, and tell him what to do.  He is very bad sometimes, and won't mind me, and I have to scold him and take him to grandpa." [Presumably "Grandpa March" being the equivilant of Bronson Alcott, Louisa's transidentalist father.]  "He always makes him behave, and be sorry for his faults, because grandpa likes this play, and gives me nice things to put in the drawers, and tells my how to shut up the naughties."  [emphasis added]  This is gross, agnostic Humanism, and yet the similarity to Harris' "The Room" is rather obvious, with the exception that "grandpa" is the "saviour" in Alcott's version.  Whether this is where he got his "inspiration" or not is hard to tell, but the way the resemble each other speaks ill for Harris, or perhaps explains where he got his bad doctrine from in the first place.

C.  Crummy ideals and standards

In the introduction of his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris says:

"1.I do not believe that dating is sinful. Some people have sinned as a result of dating, but I don’t think anyone can accurately say that dating in and of itself is a sinful activity. I view dating in a similar light as I view fast-food restaurants - it’s not wrong to eat there, but something far better is available. As we’ll see, God wants us to seek the best in everything, including our romantic relationship. As Christians, we’re too often guilty of making do with the world’s model for relationships and missing God’s best." (3)  [Emphasis added]

First of all, dating is all right, but only under one circumstance.  As some friends of ours told their girls, "You are allowed to date.  After you get married you are allowed go out on a date with your husband."  That is the only time when it is  really safe.

Because Harris sets out to discredit careless dating without calling sin sin, he uses a lame example.  Fast food restaurants, for all their sorriness, do not necessarily lend themselves to sin.  Dating does.  God tells us Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2Timothy 2:22 The way of escaping from the many temptations introduced in dating (chaperoned, double, group or otherwise) is to stay home with your families!  A person might say, "It isn't sin for me to sit in a bar as long as I don't drink."  But, sitting in a bar lends itself to all kinds of temptation to do, think and hear sin, besides drinking.  As with the bar scene, the very fact that a person doesn't flee the lusts of dating is sin, for ...to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

Harris continues:  "2.Rejecting typical dating does not mean that you’ll never spend time alone with a guy or girl. There’s a difference between the act of going on a date and dating as a way of thinking about and approaching romantic relationships. If dating were merely a guy and girl going out for coffee, we wouldn’t need to spend a whole book talking about it, would we? But dating is more than that. It’s a lifestyle that involves our attitudes and values. And I want to encourage you to reexamine these patterns of thinking and acting.

"3.I won’t say that it’s never appropriate to spend time alone with someone. At the right time in a relationship, if the motive is clear and the setting avoids temptation, going on a date can be healthy."(3)

Again, being alone together lends itself to temptation.   1Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.  Even being in a public place together is not sufficient restraint to avoid this temptation since the world thinks touching before marriage is actually necessary.  There is no reason why a courting or betrothed couple cannot talk quietly together in a room with other people, or even over the phone.  But cozy times alone, with no one to see or nothing to separate geographically are too dangerous, espebliplly after betrothal.  What could be a "good" motive for being alone together before the wedding?  If it is "just to talk", what is wrong with talking in the same room where other people are.  We have all talked quietly to someone near us without including all the people in a room.  For engaged couples, the phone is a good way to have private conversation without having to deal with physical temptation.  If you have to go somewhere together to take care of business, plan to take another Christian along, preferably a parent of two.

For someone who claims to have ...Kissed Dating Goodbye, Harris goes to a lot of trouble to defend it in his introduction.  His title is misleading in light of the reality of his standards.  (Yes, they are standards, just low down sloppy ones.  :-)

D. Does not use KJV

Last, but not least, Joshua Harris does not use the King James Bible.  With due respect to all the sincerely deceived people out there using Bible perversions (Jeremiah 23:36) who have been lied to and don't know it yet - You cannot start with a bucket of pig slop or manure and put a good turkey dinner with all the trimmings on the table.  Any good cook will tell you that.

Harris writes " 'Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,' wrote the author of blips, ' let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.' A vital element in successfully accomplishing anything is having heroes men and woman whose example spurs us on topiano coversd a higher standard. Who have you placed in your 'cloud of witnesses'? Who are your heroes? I’d like to introduce you to three of mine. While I could list men like Whitefield or A.W. Tozer I’ve chosen instead to list three that are very much alive. These are men whose lives and continued work for the Kingdom of God challenge and inspire me." (4)

Starting off with the wrong Bible, it is expectably that his conclusion is unbiblical.  The "Wherefore" in blips 12:1 (Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses...) is in the context of Chapter 11 -- those who have gone on before us by faith.  We do not choose these people.  They stand on their own faith and are witnesses of our faith, whether we bother to admire them or not.  Secondly, they are most certainly not living people. All of the people in blips 11 are those that died in faith, thus they can be a cloud of witnesses.


Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  It is entirely possible that Joshua Harris has a genuine zeal topiano coversd God, but it is not according to knowledge.  He has thrown in his lot with the Laodiceans who say ...I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:17  He is following the primrose path of Reformed "do-gooderology" that merely tries to influence the world rather than to lift up the Lord Jesus Christ and point to His high calling as it is revealed to English speaking people only in the King James Bible.   John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.


If you mistook this photo for a boyfriend/girlfriend shot, you are not the first!  Others have as well.  This is actually a picture of Joshua Harris with a male friend whom Harris described as "winsome."  (Sorry, but in this day and age a man doesn't discribe a man as "winsome" without calling himself into question!  And, Harris is in the age group that ought to know this better than anyone.  Either he's got a problem, or he's been softened by a piano-friendly culture.)  This picture appeared in a "Practical Home Schooling" magazine published by Mary Pride.  Whatever Harris' problems may or may not be, this photo definetly has a bad appearance.   1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

(1) http://www.newattitude.com/nmmag.htm
(2) http://www.newattitude.com/room.htm
(3) http://www.christiananswers.net/paradise/dating-b-intro.html
(4) http://www.newattitude.com/men.htm


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