The past couple of weeks has seen two prominent ‘Christian’ celebrities deny ‘the faith which was once delivered unto the saints‘ as well as ‘denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.’
Neither of these had I ever heard of before the open and publicized refutation of their faith in Christ. Nevertheless, their words of apostasy struck a chord of sadness when read.
Joshua Harris was the first to come out having left the faith and divorcing his wife. He had been the pastor of a mega-church for several years before moving to Canada to attend seminary. What Harris wrote seems to have been for public consumption but I will only give portions of what he wrote here. Harris wrote ‘…that I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is “deconstruction,” the biblical phrase is “falling away.” By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.’
Harris continued further that he had changed his ‘…views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few. But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.’https://www.instagram.com/p/B0ZBrNLH2sl/?utm_source=ig_embed
Marty Sampson is the next to proclaim he’s ‘not in any more.’ According to Wikipedia Sampson was ‘…an Australian contemporary worship music singer-songwriter, musician and worship leader at the Hillsong Church in Sydney. From the late 1990s he has featured on the Youth Alive albums and was one of the original Hillsong United band’s worship leaders.’
Sampson openly wrote on Instagram that it was ‘Time for some real talk. I’m genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn’t bother me. Like, what bothers me now is nothing. I am so happy now, so at peace with the world. It’s crazy.’
Again, not all he wrote will be quoted but only that which he wrote near the end of his declaration of apostasy. He said ‘All I know is what’s true to me right now, and Christianity just seems to me like another religion at this point. I could go on, but I won’t. Love and forgive absolutely. Be kind absolutely. Be generous and do good to others absolutely. Some things are good no matter what you believe. Let the rain fall, the sun will come up tomorrow.’https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/hillsong-songwriter-marty-sampson-says-hes-losing-his-christian-faith/
When I first read the statements by these two men Hebrews 6:4-6 came to mind where the Apostle said For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. These are not words to be taken lightly!
The Apostle Paul in his second letter to the Corinthian church had some words that we who claim the name of Christ should take heed. He wrote ‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2Corintians 13:5.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.