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Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior
Gospel Light Minute ^ | 2 June 2013

Posted on 07/14/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT by Gamecock

She is a political analyst, blogger, columnist and commentator. She is a Democrat who regularly contributes to USA Today, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal among other publications. She formerly served under the Clinton administration from 1993-1998 and was appointed Deputy Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Public Affairs.

In an interview with Focus on the Family, she shares how she converted from atheism to Christianity. She said: “I was not looking to be a Christian. The last thing in the world I wanted to be was a Christian. I had grown up as an Episcopalian, but not evangelical, born again, or any of those kinds of things. It was very high church, kind of mainline, protestant, episcopalian. I did believe in God, but it wasn’t anywhere near what would come to happen to me later in life.

“When I went away to college, whatever little faith I had, I lost. I ended up graduating from college. I worked in the Clinton administration. All my friends were secular liberals. At this point, I really got even more deeply into an incredibly secular world because now, all my friends were basically atheists, or if they had any kind of spirituality, they were very hostile towards religion, Christianity in particular. So, I really didn’t have any interest in it.

“I started dating someone who went to Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. Out of curiosity, I went with him. But I told him upfront that I would never become a Christian; that it’s never going to happen. After about six or seven months, I began to think that the weight of history is more on the side of what [I was hearing at this church] than not. Tim Keller had made such a strong case, that I began to think it’s not even smart to reject this. It just doesn’t seem like a good intellectual decision.

“Really, it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome. I didn’t like it. Obviously, I started having a lot of different experiences where I felt God was doing a lot of things in my life. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I did have this moment where the scales just fell off of my eyes, where I was saying, ‘this is just totally true, I don’t even have any doubt.’ …I don’t really feel like I had any courage when I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasn’t courageous; I didn’t have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldn’t avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have. There is nothing convenient about it in my life or in the world I live in. It’s not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian. I live in a world where nobody is a believer. But God pursued me.”

Her name is Kirsten Powers



TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: bornagain; christianity; conversion; kirstenpowers; kirstinchristian; megachurch; nyc; timkeller
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1 posted on 07/14/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Alex Murphy
I don’t really feel like I had any courage when I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasn’t courageous; I didn’t have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldn’t avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have.

Sounds like her "free will" was violated.

2 posted on 07/14/2013 6:01:30 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." —R.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

Thanks for posting this. I praise the Lord for violating my “free will.” Oh what grace!


3 posted on 07/14/2013 6:05:10 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City

In the last couple years I have worshiped at Redeemer about 8 times.

Always heard a clear presentation of the Gospel message. On one occasion they were baptizing about 8 people. It was truly fascinating to see a tremendous variety of people make a public profession. Former Buddhists, atheists, blacks, whites, Asians.....

4 posted on 07/14/2013 6:05:36 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." —R.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

Timeline? When was this?


5 posted on 07/14/2013 6:06:20 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Gamecock
Kirsten is also staunchly Pro-Life and a good news source.

She is either the last or the first in a group of Democrats who still remember what Principles are.

She is a good one to have around.

And I am glad she is.

https://twitter.com/kirstenpowers10


6 posted on 07/14/2013 6:06:43 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; Gamecock; Jean Chauvin; jboot; AZhardliner; ...
GRPL Ping


7 posted on 07/14/2013 6:08:10 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." —R.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

Now she needs to denounce the Democrat party and her conversion is complete. I did not say she has to be a Republican now. That is no proof of a Christian life.


8 posted on 07/14/2013 6:08:37 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Gamecock

God’s grace and love are overwhelming.


9 posted on 07/14/2013 6:08:39 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Gamecock

She’s still a liberal. Statements like this...”It’s not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian” show her true colors as a northern elitist.

I’m glad she found Christ but I’ve always found it impossible to understand how you can be a lib AND a Christian.


10 posted on 07/14/2013 6:09:08 AM PDT by albie (t allowed)
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To: KC_Lion
Kirsten is also staunchly Pro-Life

Wonder if she was pro-life before God crashed into her life?

11 posted on 07/14/2013 6:09:32 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." —R.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

I wondered where her change in attitude came from...


12 posted on 07/14/2013 6:09:43 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Gamecock

Thank you for posting that. It made my day.


13 posted on 07/14/2013 6:09:45 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: KC_Lion

But she’s still a Leftist?


14 posted on 07/14/2013 6:10:17 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: bmwcyle

“Now she needs to denounce the Democrat party and her conversion is complete.”


Christ didn’t call Paul out of Judaism. He sent him to his Jewish brethern and, only later, to the Gentiles.

God can use her right where she is.


15 posted on 07/14/2013 6:11:42 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Gamecock
Compare her to Steven Hawking. Brilliant mind. Understands the workings of the universe more than most people. Admits that some “force” or “higher consciousness” had to create this. He has the wonders of the universe at his finger tips and refuses to acknowledge there is a God.
16 posted on 07/14/2013 6:12:21 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: albie

Give her time.

Babies have to crawl before they walk.


17 posted on 07/14/2013 6:13:34 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Kenton
I wondered where her change in attitude came from...

The Holy Spirit.

18 posted on 07/14/2013 6:14:53 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Gamecock

There is nothing like the grace of Jesus Christ. I will pray for Miss Powers. Jesus is working in her heart!


19 posted on 07/14/2013 6:15:36 AM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Sirius Lee

Indeed. That’s the only place it can come from.


20 posted on 07/14/2013 6:15:47 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: albie
She’s still a liberal. Statements like this...”It’s not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian” show her true colors as a northern elitist.

I didn't take it that way. Living up North there are just not as many churches, as many Christians. I just spent a couple years up there (just outside NYC) and people stay home on Sunday morning. In our circle of acquaintances NO ONE went to church on Sunday, or discussed their faith.

Now that I am back in the South I as so happy to see so many churches and people so willing to openly talk about Jesus and God.

Tim Keller, the pastor mentioned above, said evangelism is easier in NYC. In the South many people will say they are Christians, even when they are not. It is such a cultural thing. Folks will say, "Oh yeah, of course I am a Christian." But they don't know the Gospel, they don't know God, they don't go to church, etc, etc. Up in NYC people are openly, aggressively atheist and at least you know what you are dealing with.

21 posted on 07/14/2013 6:16:58 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." —R.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

I have always liked Kirsten, I have always thought that was more to her than she knew herself, Praise God.


22 posted on 07/14/2013 6:19:27 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Don't forget love)
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To: bmwcyle
I can never understand a Christian who identifies with the democratic party.

I understand that there are democrats that CALL themselves Christians. But for someone who talks about CHRIST and a definite conversion process, I just don't understand how they can look at todays demonrat party and identify with that. Maybe, possibly if they aren't very aware of politics and all their exposure is by ABCCBSNBSCNN, but she's an insider.

23 posted on 07/14/2013 6:21:14 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: albie

Eventually, her libtard “friends” will force her to choose between her faith or her former life . . . unless God works a miracle in their lives, too.


24 posted on 07/14/2013 6:21:23 AM PDT by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: Gamecock
Sounds like her "free will" was violated.

Nah. She eventually came to understand that that there is a certain inevitability. I for one, don't like inevitability and the resignation that one is powerless to stop it. I think that is what she is lamenting here, was that she was no longer able to resist the inevitable.

After dating Antony Weiner, and other godless filth, she has turned here life to god. Now we shall see how long she remains a democRAT.

25 posted on 07/14/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Gamecock

In the South I know many unsaved people who would be too embarrassed to admit they aren’t Christians. And when they use the word Christian they mean bible-believing born-again Christian, not cultural Christian. It’s sad.


26 posted on 07/14/2013 6:22:27 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Stingray

We need America to separate themselves from the evil in both parties. That is where the ground of unity exists. It is the parties that divide America. The parties have forgotten life and the Constitution.


27 posted on 07/14/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: mountn man

Satan is strong in the Democrat party. Only Christ is strong enough to battle them today. It is better to show it is wrong to belong.


28 posted on 07/14/2013 6:25:26 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Gamecock
I don't want to be critical and I wish this lady the best but it does not sound genuine to me.

I have seen Kirsten Powers on TV. She is a typical air headed liberal. She takes whatever position that is politically correct.

This sounds like an attempt to please her boyfriend and an attempt to improve her likability. She sounds like someone in a very competitive profession who has little credibility and no following trying to attract attention and enhance her stature.

Being a sincere Christian is difficult, especially in today's world. You need to pray to God, forgo earthly pleasures, stand up for principles that are ridiculed and despised in today's world and give to others. But true faith and spirituality are far more rewarding than anything sacrificed.

I hope I am wrong. I hope her conversion is sincere. We shall see.

29 posted on 07/14/2013 6:26:06 AM PDT by detective
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To: Gamecock

God bless her and I hope she continues to receive blessings in all she does. Once our Lord has touched your soul there is no turning back. Only He brings the love strength and comfort that gets us through every day of our lives in this fractured world.

Welcome sister in Christ!


30 posted on 07/14/2013 6:28:44 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Gamecock

She now is in the war for her soul. How can she be a Christian and a Democrat?

Pray for America to Wake Up


31 posted on 07/14/2013 6:37:14 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: Gamecock
“Really, it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome."

As Jesus said, "You didn't choose me, I chose you"

32 posted on 07/14/2013 6:52:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Gamecock

not guilty!

teeman


33 posted on 07/14/2013 6:53:36 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Gamecock

Wonderful post. I shared it with my sisters, one of which is wondering.


34 posted on 07/14/2013 7:00:27 AM PDT by Amadeo
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To: Gamecock

Welcome to the Fold.


35 posted on 07/14/2013 7:12:39 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Gamecock
Always heard a clear presentation of the Gospel message.

Any church that does this whether they be Reformed, or Evangelical, are going to see great things happen.

Thanks for the positive uplifting thread.

36 posted on 07/14/2013 7:24:52 AM PDT by wmfights
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To: Gamecock

She is one of the few liberal pundits that appears not to suffer from the poison punch. I don’t agree with her politics but she isn’t deranged like Colmes and that type. I guess that’s what the deranged are missing.


37 posted on 07/14/2013 7:27:33 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: albie; Gamecock
...I’ve always found it impossible to understand how you can be a lib AND a Christian.

My cousin falls into this category. I see 2 things in his case. He doesn't read, or study Scripture. He thinks his "good works" earn him salvation.

38 posted on 07/14/2013 7:28:22 AM PDT by wmfights
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Kirsten Powers conversion to Christianity is one as a phony
liberal Christian

April 10,2013
http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/04/10/fox-news-evangelical-democrat-an-interview-with-kirsten-powers/

JM: As an orthodox Christian where do you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage?

KP: I view same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. As Ted Olson and David Boies have pointed out, the Supreme Court has affirmed 14 times that marriage is a fundamental right. I believe the government should provide same-sex marriage, and churches should be left to do what they believe is right. I am eternally frustrated by the way Christians conflate holy matrimony and civil marriage. While Christians are free to have their decisions influenced and directed by what the Bible says, they are not free to impose those views on other people, especially when they are constitutionally protected rights.

The argument that we are “redefining marriage” is specious. First of all, marriage has been redefined before. “Marriage” in the United States used to mean “marriage between people of the same race.” Second, civil marriage can mean all sorts of things. If a couple is married but decide they want to have an “open marriage,” for example, the state still recognizes them as “married.” Is that the definition of marriage that most people have? No. But it is a definition of marriage in the eyes of the state.

As you know, when Christians enter into holy matrimony in a church, it is an entirely different commitment than when two people enter into a civil marriage, affirmed by the state. Holy matrimony is a union with God. The Christian view of marriage is that it is supposed to reflect Jesus to the world. That is an entirely different definition than a civil marriage, which is what the state provides. I understand that people are concerned that churches will be forced to perform same-sex marriages, against their beliefs. I don’t believe this will happen, but even if Christians are afraid that the government might overreach and persecute Christian churches, that is never a justification to infringe on other peoples constitutional rights. If you have a fear of potential discrimination by the government the answer is not to discriminate against another group.


39 posted on 07/14/2013 7:30:12 AM PDT by RBStealth
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To: KC_Lion

She’s always been anti-Obama. Is she still pro-Hillary?


40 posted on 07/14/2013 7:31:22 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: bmwcyle
Now she needs to denounce the Democrat party and her conversion is complete.

Completely disagree...She has a great evangelical opportunity to reach the mentally demented...

41 posted on 07/14/2013 7:37:51 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Halls; All
For those who may not have seen it..here is Powers' just plain awesome column "I don't stand with Wendy Davis"
42 posted on 07/14/2013 7:47:25 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Gamecock

I love Tim Keller - just discovered his sermons online this year. Wonderful sermons - intelligent, funny, and most importantly, passionate about Christ.


43 posted on 07/14/2013 7:59:48 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: RBStealth; Gamecock
Kirsten Powers conversion to Christianity is one as a phony liberal Christian
April 10,2013

Troubling, to be sure, given how recent the interview is. However, is it reasonable (or Biblical) to expect a new convert to instantaneously change their thinking in all areas, within seconds of their profession of faith in Christ, especially if they are not conversant in the Bible beforehand?

Some people just "pray the prayer" and then they (and others) expect God to automatically change their thinking, avoiding any heavy lifting for themselves. In my experience, God expects us to read His word, and submit to His commands, in order for our thinking to change. Give the lady time and see what comes of her profession of faith.

44 posted on 07/14/2013 8:08:42 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Gamecock

Wow. Has she changed political affiliations yet? Or is she like Zell Miller...Democrat but conservative...which is the rarest of breeds now?

Praise God for His mercy in moving Kirsten Power’s heart.


45 posted on 07/14/2013 8:09:49 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Gamecock
This leftist dunce dated Anthony Weiner. That is all I need to know about her!
47 posted on 07/14/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Gamecock
Follow the money.

Seeing the success of Fox, she's looking to increase he cred among the Clingers.

48 posted on 07/14/2013 8:54:02 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: Gamecock

Intriguing story.

My wife and I love the East Coast, especially New England. But, aside from cost of living with housing/taxes/liberals, it would be so weird to move to a place where the majority aren’t Christian, at least socially.

Here in Texas, a key point of conversation is what church you go to etc. Up there, I would get punched for asking that.

Powers is no doubt correct that where she is, it is a harder road to be a believer.


49 posted on 07/14/2013 9:19:45 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Gamecock

That’s cool.


50 posted on 07/14/2013 9:20:23 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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