Pastor declares his atheism on YouTube
FOLLOWING his astonishing “coming out” video that we reported on Monday, Justin Vollmar went into greater depth about his loss of faith this week, claiming that doubts began setting in because had been overworked and underpaid at a church run by:
A tyrannical, golf-loving pastor who made $80,000 a year.
Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church in Silver Springs, Md, where Vollmar worked for seven years, has hit back, branding him:
A vengeful, pathological liar who needs to repent of his sins.
Said Dr Terry Michael Buchholz, senior pastor:
The word that he is spreading about myself and the church is not good and we are going to have to shun him until he is ready to apologize to us. But apparently he is choosing a worse road. I believe the devil is winning him.
Vollmar ran the Virtual Deaf Church online for four years before proclaiming in a YouTube video Friday that he is now an atheist, renouncing the virgin birth and the belief that Jesus is the Son of God who was raised from the dead, as well as the Bible being the word of God.
There is no such thing as Holy Spirit. Word of God is NOT inspired God-breathed book. Church is completely men’s invention. All I believe previously as a Christian have been…has been turned upside.
According to the Christian Post Vollmar detailed “his descent” into atheism in a first-person account published by CNN.
Vollmar said he was made to work “for little pay” for seven years while the senior pastor drew a salary of $80,000 a year and lived a life of leisure.
I was a pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland, working 60 hours a week for little pay. My senior pastor was a harsh taskmaster, scolding me and always pushing me to work harder. Meanwhile, he earned $80,000 a year and played golf two times a week. I lived in poverty and did not see my children much. I got burned out.
I resigned my position and was shunned by the church. My faith in God was severely shaken. I started to have doubts about the Bible’s claims. I questioned whether God’s love, which is supposed to reside inside Christians, was real.
The Christian Post contacted the church yesterday, and church worker Dan Nemeth as well as pastor Buchholz disputed several of the claims Vollmar makes in the article, and called him a liar.
First of all the article is full of several lies. We have some proof for that. He did not work 60 hours a week. He worked around 45 hours a week. He was not overworked.
Nemeth said Vollmar was also making “good money” at the church, which only had between 94 and 96 members attending on a weekly basis while he was there. When pressed to explain what he meant by good money, Nemeth explained that Vollmar was earning close to $37,000 a year.
The church also disputed that Pastor Buchholz was making $80,000 during the time Vollmar was working their, citing records revealing he was only making $61,800.
This is unbelievable, all of the lies he has been saying because we have proof.
Pastor Buchholz said Vollmar’s proclaimed atheism has left him “heartbroken.”
I feel a little heartbroken to see how this has come about and that he is not a believer any longer.