Christian apologist Lee Strobel has revealed that he once shared the Gospel with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who is often credited with spearheading America's sexual revolution.
Following the news of Hefner's death on Wednesday, Strobel claimed that the late publisher had heard the Gospel but never bothered to examine the evidence.
"Hugh Hefner dead at 91. I remember sharing the Gospel with him," Strobel tweeted on Wednesday. "He saw significance of the Resurrection but had never checked the evidence," he added.
Strobel was once an atheist, but he became a believer after he went on a spiritual journey to try and disprove his wife's newfound faith. He has since been working as a Christian apologist, trying to convince men like Hefner that Jesus is the only path to salvation.
He has recently released his film "The Case For Christ," which sets out to provide evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which Strobel says Hefner failed to check.
Hefner died of natural causes in his legendary Playboy mansion in Beverly Hills, California. His son, Conor, said that he lived an "exceptional and impactful" life, and described him as an advocate for sexual freedom.
His magazine became an immediate hit when its first issue, featuring nude photos of actress Marilyn Monroe, was published in December 1953. He once faced obscenity charges in 1963 for publishing and circulating photos of naked celebrities and aspiring stars but he was later acquitted, according to Reuters.
While many fans and celebrities are hailing Hefner's legacy, some Christian leaders are denouncing the negative impact they believe he has had on American culture.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, described Hefner's death as a tragedy, but warned people against celebrating his life as a "success."
"Hefner is the iconic figure who not only made pornography socially respectable (and even more lucrative), but also spent a life constructing a 'playboy philosophy' of sexual freedom that would supposedly undo the 'Puritan sexual repression he saw in American life,'" Moore wrote in a recent op-ed piece on his own website.
Moore contended that those who want to find people who lived a successful life should not look at Hefner, but "look instead to the man faithful to the wife of his youth, caring for her through dementia."
He noted that the late magazine publisher chose to use the "bunny" logo to represent his company because he viewed men and as essentially rabbits.
Moore acknowledged that in many ways, Hefner's hedonistic philosophy has "won," but he maintained that "Jesus will reign" in the end.
- Judge denies restraining order against California baker who refused to make same-sex wedding cake
- Doughnut shop draws backlash from LGBT activists over partnership with Salvation Army
- Ohio legislature approves measure banning abortions on babies diagnosed with Down syndrome
- Famed theologian RC Sproul dies after being hospitalized due to breathing difficulties
A Protestant pastor in Indonesia is facing a blasphemy charge over his remarks about the Quran during his conversation with a taxi driver.
British government refuses to answer whether proclaiming Christianity can be considered a hate crime
A representative of the British government in the House of Lords has refused to say whether proclaiming the Christian faith could be considered a hate crime.
Apart from attacks from Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Christians in Nigeria are also facing increasing threats and attacks from occult groups that are targeting churches at night.
A young boy who was staying at the Smyllum Park orphanage in the 1960s was beaten "black and blue" after catching two nuns in an embrace at a boiler room, a child abuse inquiry has heard.
Sudanese court upholds eviction of pastors as government steps up campaign to take over church properties
A Sudanese court has turned down an appeal of two pastors who were evicted from their church-owned homes in August as part of what is believed to be a government campaign to take over church property.
Pro-life leaders accuse Pope Francis of undermining Church teachings on contraception, sexual morality
Pro-life leaders from across the world have accused Pope Francis and other Church leaders of failing to uphold Catholic teachings on sexual morality, contraception, sex education, marriage, and other life and family issues.
A Christian teacher in the U.K. is suing a school after he was suspended for referring to a transgender pupil, who self-identifies as male, as a girl.
A missionary has recounted how a persecuted Christian family in Myanmar became bold witnesses for Christ after they forgave a mob who tried to kill them for their faith.
Amnesty International Ireland is being threatened with criminal charges after it refused to return an illegal donation from U.S. billionaire George Soros to fund its pro-abortion campaign.
A new documentary from the History Channel has claimed that Jesus Christ may not have been born in a stable of an inn but a residential house owned by Joseph's relative in Bethlehem.
Members of the British parliament are asking the government to consider refusing entry to U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham, who is accused of making inflammatory comments against Islam and the LGBT community.