U.S. celebrity Christians issued faith denials and reprimands via social and broadcast media in recent months. Doug Hutchcraft with Ron Hutchcraft Ministries says believers should keep these events in mind if they work with young people.
“A lot of young people have a hard time discerning between the messenger and the message,” Hutchcraft observes. “So, when someone [they] respect [and] follow – when they fall it can really do a lot of spiritual damage.”
Harris, Sampson reject Christianity
First, Joshua Harris, author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”, and Hillsong singer/song writer Marty Sampson denied their faith on Instagram within weeks of each other. Then, Skillet lead singer John Cooper posted this reaction on Facebook, and Franklin Graham – president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse – voiced his concerns on Fox News.
Harris and Sampson’s statements may have doubled the doubt in young believers’ hearts. “I’ve worked with young people my entire life – believers [and] unbelievers. It’s [a] spiritually skeptical generation and the enemy knows that,” Hutchcraft says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth