First:I truly believe that God pursues us harder than anyone or anything else. He steps mysteriously and purposely into our lives to give us the right people – the right work – and the right things to keep us moving. It will cost you something to become whatever it is you want to be. But keep alive the wonder and the inspiration that incubates in your spirit. Never let your mind become tamed in that regard. Make sure you know the Truth about what you pursue.
Will He Find His Way Back?
Songwriter, Marty Sampson (famous co-writer for the beloved song “We Give You Praise”) is about ready to turn away from his Christian faith. Most likely you have sung many of his songs, or heard them streaming. You may find it strange that after writing beautiful lyrics showcasing Jesus, Sampson puzzles us that he has suddenly become so disgruntled about his Christianity.
We all have questions and doubts from time to time, for now we see through a glass darkly. But it is shocking to those of us who are grounded in the Christian faith to hear him speak of the many things he is questioning and accusing. Shocking in the sense that his questions appear as though the enemy of his soul has craftily planted them into his mind and he has not been able to ward them off with the Truth.
This gifted and talented man is a former songwriter for Australia’s Hillsong worship team and Hillsong United, and has written several songs with beautiful Christian lyrics. Sadly, he announced on Instagram that he is actually “losing faith” in Christianity and he is feeling happy now because it helps ease all the questions he has about the Bible and the doctrine of Christianity. (How strange that someone losing faith would feel happy.)
When you know and believe the Truth it sets you free, and questioning should never lead to denouncing.
A wise old saint from decades ago has said that one sure way to know you are a Christian is to be caught in a battle over its authenticity. This is how the enemy of our soul works. Marty seems to be caught in this battle.
Brace yourself — I am listing what troubles Marty Sampson:
1. The hypocrisy of pastors
2. The lack of miracles
3. The contradictions in the Bible
4. The vast number of preachers that fall away
5. The fact that God is love, but will send billions of people to [hell]
6. The fact that some Christians are the most judgmental people on the planet
7. The fact that only “religion” can transform a life, when lots of things can
8. The fact that there are fake miracles
9. The fact that there are so many versions of the Bible instead of one solid translation.
Sampson goes on to admit that he is not convinced one way or the other about what he questions. Well, that’s a good sign. He acknowledges that there are plausible explanations on both sides. He says he hears the answers, but his search goes on. Bravo! The search goes on! there’s hope.
I’m sure that many reading this post have heard or even sung some of his songs: King of Majesty, Now That You’re Near, What the World Will Never Take, There Is Nothing Like, Reason I Live, Savior King, and Shout Unto God.
How beautiful his songs are, and how sad that he is so troubled.
Sources report that Sampson has clarified his remarks and stated that he would not say that he has actually renounced his faith, but that it is on incredibly shaky ground.
My grasp of his questions is that Marty is struggling with the same questions many Christians struggle over at some time or another ….. doubts and questions that come to our minds that are common and reasonable because we have the ability of logical thinking and reasoning. We wonder about all sorts of things, like how did God come to be in the first place. And, if we are caught in “beginnings” and “endings”, does God have a beginning and possibly an ending? We might wonder if it’s the fear of death that drives us to embrace the doctrine of Christianity and eternal life. Do we really love God, or are we simply afraid of Him? Do we love sin so much that we have to find fault with the principles and precepts of Christianity? The point is that if there is no God, if there is no Savior, if there is no resurrection after death, we are above all totally miserable.
But we are not miserable! In one way or another, God has shown Himself to us. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divinity [in nature] have been made intelligible and have been clearly seen, so unbelievers are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
God shows up everywhere. In the perfect control of the universe and in all of creation. He shows up the moment a mother feels her baby move in her womb. He shows up in the love that comes from one person to another. He shows up in forgiveness.
The old saint was right…when you are on the mountain top living for God and making great headway, the battles rage! The enemy of our soul seeks to destroy us. My prayer is that Marty Sampson will discover that something sinister is at work in his mind and heart.
In my novel: “The Secret Hideaway on Bridgeton Hill” we find Connie having the same problem as Marty Sampson. She says: “We Christians are mad and illogical… We are trying to do good, but what for? ….trying to trust God while everything around us is crumbling!” The preacher gives her an excellent answer that settles the question. This book is the first edition and it is still available for $15, shipping included. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the CONTACT page.