This past Sunday Rhonda and I were worshiping at Forefront Church (our NYC kid’s church). The pastor introduced his sermon about baptism with a story of a man from England who had renounced his baptism in the Anglican Church. After the video clip Pastor Brian showed the congregation a copy of “Debaptism” certificate.

I was intrigued.  After doing a little research on the topic, atheists and secularists have been leading a movement for those who “have lost their faith” or “have chosen reason over religion.” Really?

While I cannot claim to know the heart of a person, someone who wants to renounce their faith probably never had real faith in the first place. Peter wrote, “since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23, HCSB). A person who has been born again desires the things of God. Someone who has real faith has become a new person (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). He develops a hunger for God and begins a journey to pursue Him.

Paul wrote, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6, NLT). When someone confesses sin and receives Christ as Lord, God will never leave or abandon that person … He will finish the work of salvation in that person’s life until the end.

As for those who want to renounce their “faith,” I pray they will look beyond themselves and realize that not only does God exist, but that He loves them more than they will ever understand and pursue a love relationship with Him.