Celebrity YouTubers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have caused a few waves following their collective decision to abandon the Christian faith.
The two men, known for their daily “Good Mythical Morning” broadcast, have, over the last few years, gone through what they have described as their “spiritual deconstruction[s].” After having spent years in young adult ministry, Rhett and Link now call themselves “hopeful agnostics.”
Their shift away from Christianity, though, raises quite a few red flags, especially given so much of it seems to hinge on their own experiences and desire to embrace the LGBTQ community. This week, Faithwire managing editor Dan Andros discussed some of those concerns with editor Tré Goins-Phillips.
Both Goins-Phillips and Andros commended the comedy duo for their willingness to talk so transparently about what is sure to have been a difficult and challenging process. That, though, didn’t ease their concerns over how much emphasis Rhett and Link seem to be putting on their feelings.
“We have to understand we’re not the first people to grapple with these sorts of questions,” said Andros, noting Ecclesiastes 1:9, which says, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
In one interview, Rhett argued that, if Christianity is true, “it should be able to withstand investigation and inquiry.”
Goins-Phillips, in response, pointed out that Christianity has been around for 2,000 years and remains the world’s largest religion, so it has withstood challenges and investigations.
“As believers, we should take comfort to know it’s not new,” he said. “It’s not like God was all of the sudden blindsided by the fact that people are struggling with their sexual orientation or that some people have gender dysphoria. None of this is brand new; it’s been around for years and years and years.”
Watch the rest of their discussion in the video above, and read Goins-Phillips’ story on Rhett and Link here.