I just read the news that Marty Sampson, a popular Hillsong songwriter, is leaving the faith. In his words, “I’m genuinely losing my faith.. and it doesn’t bother me.” While some critics claim he was never a true believer, accusing Hillsong of being “a prosperity gospel cult,” I know nothing about Marty at all. So, I’ll take him at his word that he did believe in the past but does so no longer.
What I find most distressing is not him turning from his faith. People fall away all the time, and there are warnings throughout the New Testament about the dangers of apostasy. It is tragic to behold, but not a total surprise.
What is surprising is that Marty seems to feel that “no one” is talking about challenges to the Christian faith. “No one” is discussing difficult intellectual issues. “No one” is engaging the apparent contradictions or interpretative problems in the Bible.
I can only ask (with sadness rather than condemnation), “Marty, what Christian world have you been living in?”
He asks, “How many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it.”
How many articles have been written in the last few weeks about the apostasy of Joshua Harris, to give the most recent example?
And how many articles have been written – by believers – about sexual and financial scandals involving major Christian leaders?
“No one talks about it”? Seriously?
He writes, “How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it.”
To repeat my question, “What Christian world was he living in?”
First, there are wonderful books, too many to list here, documenting incredible, contemporary miracles performed in the name of Jesus. (For just a few examples, see here and here and here; more broadly, see here.)
Second, there are even more books, far too many to list here, dealing with the difficult questions of what to do when you don’t receive your miracle. Yes, plenty of times the expected miracles do not take place. (My search for the words “the problem of suffering” together with Christianity, which address a broader issue of faith, yielded almost 1 million results. For a great starting point, go here.)
Marty writes, “Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it.”
Once again, I can’t believe I’m reading these words.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown