There are many reasons that people come to the conclusion that there is no God. It's very simple-minded thinking on your part to believe that they weren't spiritually lost. Some are so lost,taught to believe that there was no God,rejected a notion of a God,etc..only because they were victims of circumstances that lead them in that direction. God,through his Holy Spirit will and does lead his creations back to him,in his all his love. That is why he says that NONE will go before him and say that they didn't know him.<quoted text>That guy obviously yearned for a god. He was never an atheist. Some people get confused, thinking that they must be atheists, just because they are spiritually lost. Very simple-minded thinking. Atheists have very defined, solid beliefs. This Gtown character doesn't get it, never got it, never will...because he is incapable of deep thought. He's the perfect little minion to his god.
It is up to us to accept or respond to his calling. God will not force us to. He wants us to with our free will.