On the heels of his renouncing his faith, a film distributor dumps his documentary.
Colorado-based Exploration Films announced today that it is ending its role in distribution of "I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye," a documentary featuring Joshua Harris. He is the author of a popular 1997 book entitled "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," which was tied to the purity movement within the church.
This has been a tumultous summer for Harris, the former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD, who first decided to separate from his wife of 20 years, Shannon, and then stated in a social media post that, "By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian."
He has also renounced the aforementioned book that made him famous, and his new position is the focus of this documentary. According to a press release put out today by Exploration Films, Harris was not "transparent" when they made the deal to distribute the film, prompting their decision to drop it and return the rights to the producer.
"Unfortunately, Josh did not tip off his film team partners of these surprising changes before his public post."
In light of the fact that Exploration Films handles primarily inspirational and faith-based documentaries, their decision is easy to understand. What is harder to understand is how someone like Harris could reach this point of unbelief, even going so far recently as to take part in a demonstration supporting homosexuality and asking members of that community to forgive him for his past opposition to their lifestyle choices.
We at Christian Film Blog feel nothing but compassion for him, because he is clearly shipwrecked spiritually. Furthermore, we are praying for our Heavenly Father to convict the heart of Joshua Harris and open his eyes so that he will truly believe and be saved.