Hillsong’s Marty Sampson has responded to Christian musician John Cooper after the Skillet frontman urged those who are publicly disavowing their faith to “value truth over feeling.”
Sampson has been embroiled in a media storm after announcing to the world that he had largely rejected his Christian beliefs.
“What right have you to put words in my mouth?” Sampson wrote to Cooper in yet another Instagram post. “I wouldn’t presume to put words in yours. To think that I am trying to influence others, without even asking me if that is my intention is offensive. ”
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@johnlcooper Put me on blast in front of all your followers. Never met you, never spoken to you in my life. I reply to you, on your Instagram page. Your response to me? Silence. @lisabevere reposts. I reply to her on her page. Her response? Silence, and a like for my comment. Many Christian leaders and influencers, all with a blue tick from Instagram, high fiving and back slapping each other. Meanwhile my DM’s are FULL of Christians telling me they are wrestling with their faith, the same questions, and commending me for being so brave in speaking out and saying what they wish they had the courage to say. All the while, Christian media creates ever more content by writing stories about people losing their faith and doubting, while receiving ZERO backlash for using their megaphones to broadcast those doubts to their audiences. The doubts of one man. Destroying so much good work. Causing so much pain and anguish. Making the lives of faithful Christians so much harder and so much sadder. All this leads me to ask, from a sincere heart: What in God’s name is happening to Christianity?
In his hard-hitting Facebook post, Cooper said that he was “stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance.”
“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word,” the Christian rocker implored. “We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.”
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