Comedian John Crist, once the darling of the evangelical world before his reputation tanked and burst into flames after allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, is seemingly poised for a comeback and ready to rejoin the social media scene after a short sabbatical.
Crist, a popular Christain entertainer known for his comedy routines and hip ethos, had his life and career come to a grinding halt 8 months ago after Charisma News broke the story that multiple women were alleging some unsavory things, including harassing and manipulating young women, “sexting” multiple partners at the same time, committing adultery and fornication, and bribing women with tickets to his shows in exchange for sexual favors.
While Crist did not cop to all the allegations in the Charisma piece, he did acknowledge some, releasing a statement to the magazine:
“Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this—I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful. I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most. I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process. I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I have also hurt the name of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness.
He also said that he was in therapy for sex addiction, which he has been attending for years, and then canceled the remainder of his 2019 tour dates. He also went radio silent on social media, not posting in almost 8 months, despite accumulating over 1,000,000 followers on Instagram, 183,000 on Twitter, and over 2,000,000 on Facebook.
Given his disappearance, it was to great surprise by some that he has returned to social media, updating his profile picture across all three media pages, the first signs of life after months of inactivity. It is a move on Facebook that has garnered him 26,000 hearts and thumbs up.
A quick perusal of the nearly 5000 comments shows an overwhelming excitement and eagerness for Crist’s imminent return, with fans putting their support behind him. We even saw a few recognizable faces, including Jessa Bentley, wife, alleged co-indulger, and enabler of infamous charismatic heretic Todd Bentley, as well as similarly disgraced Greg Locke, whose own indulges in matters of sexual impropriety have been extensively documented.
We called our shot when the news first broke that this receding from public life would be super temporary and that in several months he would “seek the Public Relations management of someone like Hunter Frederick, go to rehab for a “sex addiction” and will find someone to “restore” him to “comedic ministry.”
While this move may be small and seem relatively innocuous, it likely will set the stage for more content to quickly follow, including the possible return of his Netflix special, which was set to debut but was put on hold after the allegations surfaced.
We’ve reached out to his management for comment and will update this post accordingly.