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Michael Gungor Is ‘Church Shopping,’ Looking for Congregation ‘That Might Be Open to Heretics Like Me’

“Ideally, I’d like to find a place where I can not just go but get involved in some way, musically, or I don’t know,” Gungor said. “But I live in Pasadena, [California]. So if you know anywhere that might be open to heretics like me, let me know.”

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A number of Gungor’s followers asked for clarification about his current beliefs, particularly when it comes to the exclusivity of the Christian message. In response, Gungor posted a follow-up video.

“I was raised as [an] evangelical Christian,” Gungor said. “And what I was taught was that you weren’t supposed to have ‘other gods before me.’ That’s what God said. And then he had Jesus say, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.’”

“And what I thought that meant was that there was like a bunch of options, right? Like a grab bag,” Gungor continued. “And you had to make sure you had the right one.”

“Through time, though, I discovered that that view had some limitations to it. There were some issues that came up. For instance…if my God was just one god amongst lots of gods, isn’t that kind of a small god? I thought God was supposed to be infinite,” Gungor said.

He added, “Secondly, what about the people who accidentally picked the wrong [god]? Are they really deserving of hell?”

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Some followers expressed concern with Gungor’s statements, arguing for the existence of absolute truth. Others expressed support, with some suggesting that Gungor find a local Unitarian Universalist church, “where it’s inclusive of all spirituality.”