In an article on CBN News on 8/13/19, Lindsay Elizabeth shared an instagram message Marty Sampson posted the week before about how he had lost his faith. Since then Sampson has clarified that he has not lost in faith in Christ but that it is on "shaky grounds."
Sampson has written songs for Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Delirious, and Young & Free and is strongly associated with Hillsong Music. Here is some of Sampson's post:
"This is a soapbox moment so here I go … How many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four billion people to a place, all ‘coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgmental people on the planet—they can also be some of the most beautiful and loving people. But it’s not for me."
Sampson is following the footsteps of many "celebrity" Christians who struggle with and sometimes even abandon faith altogether. So what do you think? In your church or faith tradition do you agree with Sampson that people don't talk enough about the challenging areas of faith? What areas do you wish people of faith talked about more? Do you think it is problematic for us to put "people of faith" on pedestals only to watch so many fall off of them? If you are someone who believes in the "perseverance of the saints" (once saved always saved), how do you come to terms with "Christians" who have done good, Godly notable things for the church who have later abandoned that faith?
Please share you thoughts and feelings. This Forum welcomes input from those from various Christian backgrounds and other faiths as well!