Marty Sampson, a songwriter for the popular Evangelical Christian band Hillsong United, has announced he is “genuinely losing” his faith.
According to Christian Headlines, Sampson announced on Instagram that his faith is “on incredibly shaky ground,” though he says he is not renouncing it entirely, at least not yet.
“Time for some real talk,” Sampson wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “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.”
“This is a soapbox moment so here I go… how many preachers fall? Many,” his post continued. “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. I am not in anymore. I want genuine truth. Not the ‘I just believe it’ kind of truth. Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I’m keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.”
Sampson concluded by saying Christianity “just seems” like any other religion with no particular point.
After deleting his post, Sampson told the Christian Post that he has now begun to study both sides of the debate regarding Christianity by studying apologists such as John Lennox, Francis Collins, and many others.
“I have and continue to analyze the arguments of prominent Christian apologists and biblical scholars, and am open-minded enough to consider the arguments of atheist debaters and debaters from other religions,” he said. “If the truth is true, it will remain so regardless of my understanding of it. If I search it out, surely it will become even more clearly seen as the truth that it is. Examining a diamond more closer reveals the quality of the diamond. As I am still breathing, I am still learning.”
The revelation from Sampson comes just weeks after Evangelical author Joshua Harris announced that he no longer calls himself a Christian.
“I am learning that no group has the market cornered on grace,” Harris said in his announcement. “This week I’ve received grace from Christians, atheists, evangelicals, exvangelicals, straight people, LGBTQ people, and everyone in-between. Of course there have also been strong words of rebuke from religious people. While not always pleasant, I know they are seeking to love me. (There have also been spiteful, hateful comments that angered and hurt me.)”
“I have lived in repentance for the past several years — repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few,” he continued. “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.”