. I have just finished reading Charles Templeton's book Farewell to God. Templeton states that he became a "born again Christian" in 1936 when he asked Christ to come into his heart. He states that at that moment he felt "a radiant, overwhelming, all-pervasive happiness" as he whispered over and over "Thank you Lord. Thank you." He became a pastor and in 1945 joined Billy Graham and his "Youth for Christ" movement. He preached for decades across the U.S. and Canada. He became the Director of Evangelism for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He trained ministers, lectured in theological seminaires and wrote two books. In 1957 he left the ministry and became an atheist. A belief that he held to his death in 2001. Jesus clearly teaches that anyone who denies Him will be denied by the Father. Charles Templeton denied God. My question is this: Was he saved? Was his salvation secured the minute he accepted Christ in 1937 or was he condemned to hell for his denial of God?