(WFMZ-TV) In the days after the suicide of California megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s son, evangelical Christian leaders have begun a national conversation about how their beliefs might sometimes stigmatize those who struggle with mental illness.
Well-known evangelical figures called for an end to the shame and secrecy that still surrounds mental illness throughout U.S. society and a greater embrace of medical treatment, particularly among evangelicals.
The Southern California church headed by popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren said his 27-year-old son committed suicide on Saturday.
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"Part of our belief system is that God changes everything, and that because Christ lives in us, everything in our hearts and minds should be fixed," said Ed Stetzer, a prominent pastor and writer who advises evangelical churches. "But that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes need medical help and community help to do those things."