False Religion vs. Real Faith
a lecture by Eric Metaxas
On May 15, 2012 All Saints Dallas welcomed Eric Metaxas to speak on False Religion vs. Real Faith (Listen here). Metaxas spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, and he has continued to gain notoriety as a courageous speaker who provokes thought amongst secular and Christian communities. A crowd of over 300 people came to All Saints from all over Dallas.
Metaxas recently published a biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and has written other books, including a biography of William Wilberforce. Metaxas’ lecture was passionate as he remembered walking through life surrounded by religion, but never experiencing the truth of Christ and the life-giving experience of knowing God personally.
Metaxas grew up in a traditional home with heartland, Bible Belt values. He became a Christian at a Russian Orthodox retreat during his school years. After high school, he attended Yale and lost touch with his faith as he experienced the liberalism of college life. After graduation, he struggled to find consistent work and was forced to move back home with his parents. He became desolate, and questioned his purpose and faith.
During his time at home, he met an Episcopalian who talked to him about Christ and the Bible. He was in such pain and despair that he was willing to listen. He said, “Sometimes as evangelical Christians we think that people are either saved, and friends of God, or enemies of God and hostile. But there’s a lot of people in the middle, people that have an openness and desire but they know nothing.” As Metaxas wrestled with his questions about religion and Christianity, he
realized there is power in the stories of the Bible and in learning about the sacrifice of people such as Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce.
After several months discussing God, Metaxas had a life-transforming dream where Jesus came. He said, “What I was sure was not true, and what I was sure you couldn’t know, was in fact true and now I knew it.” He had the truth. He knew it in his heart, and he was changed forever.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s story and the truth of the Bible were instrumental in helping Metaxas come to God and see how profound transformation can occur in anyone at any stage.
We, at All Saints Dallas, would like to welcome you into the process of profound transformation. At All Saints Dallas, we believe the church should be radically inclusive. We welcome all people, whatever stage of questioning or uncertainty you might be in. We desire to walk with people through their discovery of God. We believe that through experiencing God and his truth, people are profoundly transformed as Eric Metaxas was.
Listen to the lecture here.