Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man radio show, entered the Holy Orthodox Church. His chrismation took place on Palm Sunday at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC.
UPDATE: On his April 11 broadcast, Hank Hanegraaff addressed his reception into the Orthodox Church, and recited the Nicene Creed in response to a question from a listener. Here is the audio of the broadcast:
Hanegraaff is a prominent figure in Evangelical Christianity. His work as an author and radio host has made him a popular apologist for the Christian faith. His conversion to Orthodoxy will come as a shock to many of his long time listeners.
The Bible Answer Man show helped in my own spiritual journey. Listening to his show gave me a balanced, nuanced approach to Christianity. It countered the anti-intellectual religion that drove me away from church. His book Counterfeit Revival gave voice to my own concerns about Pentecostalism. It exposed the heresy of the Word of Faith movement and its proponents. Hanegraaff was a source of nourishment and hope as I sought the true faith.
I have not listened to his show in some time. But my understanding is that he took a more sympathetic approach to Orthodoxy of late. I’ve subscribed to his podcast and look forward to his comments on this conversion.
Hanegraaff’s move away from Evangelicalism is a cause for celebration to Orthodox Christians. This is not so for those he left behind. I have already seen articles online castigating Hanegraaff for “leaving Christianity.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. He did not leave Christianity. He has finally embraced its fullest expression.
Those of us who are Orthodox Christians should pray for Hank Hanegraaff and his family. They have started on a new journey together. We converts in particular should offer our prayers and good wishes to them. We know the road they have chosen. They will be answering questions from confused and hurt friends and family. They will have to explain their decision in a more public forum than we ever will.
Those who are not Orthodox should pray for the Hanegraaff family as well. They have not betrayed Christ nor walked away from Christianity. The Hanegraaff family have embraced the earliest, most complete expression of Christ’s teachings. And all of us would welcome you to use this as an opportunity to explore it as well.
If you are finding this page by searching for news about Mr. Hanegraaff, I’d encourage you to spend some time exploring Orthodox Christianity through the resources on this page. I welcome your comments and questions as well.
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