Megachurch pastor Greg Laurie was moved to tears after screening the new film “The Case for Christ” and said that it will be a powerful tool in reaching nonbelievers.
“I have to say, this is the movie you have been waiting on to take your nonbelieving friend to, especially if your friend happens to be an atheist,” Laurie said in an interview with Strobel and his wife before his congregation at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California.
The film is based on the book of the same name and documents Strobel’s journey from atheism to skepticism to faith in Jesus Christ. It is set to be released on April 7. Actor Mike Vogel plays Strobel.
As Strobel, who was then a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, set out to disprove Christianity, his experiences took him down a surprising and unanticipated path – thanks in part to his wife Leslie, who was praying daily for him. At the time, Leslie was a newly converted Christian herself.
She prayed a specific verse for her husband from Ezekiel, verse 36:26:
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Even with the prayers, Lee Strobel explained to Laurie that his wife’s new relationship with Christ seemed to put a strain on their marriage.
“I got jealous of Jesus. I felt like there was another man in our marriage,” The Christian Post reported.
“I felt like she was cheating on me. She’s got this emotional support she’s getting from this Jesus guy.”
Leslie Strobel could see the changes taking place in her husband as he battled internally. “When he came out and just said ‘I believe,’ I cried. I simply just lost it.”