The lead singer of the Christian rock band Skillet is urging the church to stop making worship and “thought” leaders the “source of truth,” saying feelings and emotions must take a backseat to the truth of God’s Word.
John Cooper, whose band is among the most successful crossover groups in modern music, penned a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday reacting to prominent Christian leaders falling from the faith. Cooper didn’t list names, but his post came days after Hillsong’s Marty Sampson said he was losing his faith and several weeks after bestselling author Joshua Harris said he is no longer a Christian.
“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word,” Cooper wrote. “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.”
The church, Cooper argued, too often looks to the wrong leaders for biblical guidance.
“My conclusion for the church (all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or ‘relevant’ people the most influential people in Christendom. (And yes that includes people like me!),” he wrote. “I’ve been saying for 20 years (and seemed probably quite judgmental to some of my peers) that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20-year-old worship singers as our source of truth.
“We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word. I’m not being rude to my worship leader friends (many who would agree with me) in saying that singers and musicians are good at communicating emotion and feeling. We create a moment and a vehicle for God to speak. However, singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine. Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we are singing to. Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God that are untrue of His character?”
Cooper added he is “stunned” when former Christian leaders leave the faith by taking a “bold new stance.”
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Michael Foust