Dove-nominated singer Justin Kintzel says he regained his faith after struggling with unbelief and that experience led him to write his new single, “In All This We Know.”
Kintzel, a former worship leader at Liberty University, says he and his wife, Ashley, were faced with an unexpected transition in their lives when staffing changes meant he’d no longer be employed by the university after years of service.
Uprooting from their home and the community of friends they had in Lynchburg, Virginia, was a catastrophic change for their family.
Kintzel told The Christian Post that he went through an “incredibly dark season of doubt” for years following that move.
“In my anger and bitterness after being unexpectedly pushed out of my dream worship pastor job and the subsequent dismantling of my budding music career in 2014, I began resisting God, the church, and Christianity altogether. I had found my identity in the platform I had, and when it disappeared, my faith crumbled with it,” he admitted.
His unemployment also led to financial and marriage struggles.
“I began to self-medicate, and I found myself angry toward God. I gravitated toward leading worship in a large seeker-sensitive church in Oklahoma where good theology is rarely taught, the Gospel is missing critical elements as not to offend, and the culture was one of obsessive excellence,” Kintzel told CP.
Although he led worship at a seeker-friendly church out of rebellion, it was there where he felt God reaching out to him at a time when he considered himself to be agnostic.
“I was trying to let go of Him; He wasn’t letting go of me. I had been struggling since my forced resignation with the notion that God was either indifferent to my plight, or worse, not even there at all. It scared my wife at times,” he said.
On top of all of that, his daughter, Nora, had been diagnosed with a “handful of health complications,” he revealed in an Instagram post at the time.
“We were leading seven services together every weekend while I sank deeper and deeper into theological confusion and even apathy. The thing that held me back from just leaving the whole thing behind was this notion of false teaching.”
Kintzel said he felt an intense discomfort with prosperity gospel preachers who were teaching “false theology on purpose for gain.”
“My thinking was, if there was just nothing to this old book, it’s strange that a lot of the things in it still apply,” Kintzel told CP. “To me, if the whole thing was fake like other religions, it would be far more benign, and the predictions wouldn’t be accurate.”
“Jesus said that Christians will be hated for His sake. And in fact, they are both in this country and are being killed around the world. I also thought that it was strange that there were these ‘super teachers’ who were incredibly famous and teaching the Bible wrong on purpose for obvious financial gain, and there were thousands of people buying into it. The Bible predicts and warns against the idea of false teaching all over the New Testament.”
The disenfranchised psalmist then began to research famous Word of Faith teachers. “The ones who ask for a $1,000 seed to receive a blessing and fly in $65 million dollar jets,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law