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11 Signs You Are a Functional Atheist

Although the definition of an atheist is one that denies the existence of God, in this article, I use the word to depict those identified as Christians who live as though there is no God that they are accountable to.

Unfortunately, in my estimation, a considerable percentage of Christians live as functional atheists.

The following are eleven signs that you are a functional atheist:

1. You make important decisions about your career without consulting Scripture or praying. I can't tell you how many Christians I know choose a career based on how much money they will make. They do not consider how God internally wired them, how it would impact their ability to mature as a believer in the context of a local church and how it will affect their key relationships; when a person does this, they behave like a functional atheist.

Faith Leaders Worldwide Mourn the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II Thursday brought messages of sadness and admiration from leaders throughout the world, including those in the faith community. Evangelist Franklin Graham, whose father Billy Graham, had a great friendship with the Queen, said in a Facebook post that he appreciated Her Majesty's "life of integrity."

"I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II," Graham says. "She has been a symbol of stability and steadfastness for the United Kingdom for 70 years, and I'm asking people to join me in praying for the royal family and the people of the UK. I will always appreciate her example of leadership and her life of integrity. I'm especially grateful for the Queen's friendship with my father, Billy Graham. He cherished their friendship that was built on a shared love for Jesus Christ and belief in God's Word.

"My father had the privilege of meeting with the Queen more than a dozen times, and she was a gracious host, inviting my parents to visit Buckingham Palace on several occasions. My father said he found Queen Elizabeth 'to be a woman of rare modesty and character,' and made a pledge to pray for her and her family every day.

I Remember Presenting the Modern English Version to Queen Elizabeth II

The media is full of stories about people remembering Queen Elizabeth II who died Sept. 8 at age 96, the longest reigning monarch in British history.

I have my own story about Queen Elizabeth. In May, 2016 I presented Her Majesty a copy of the Modern English Version at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, her primary residence (and the location I might add of Prince Phillip's funeral a couple of years ago).

It's a day I'll never forget, and I reminisced about it in my "Strang Report" podcast which you can listen to here.


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