Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the apostasy of some very influential church leaders. First was author, speaker, and megachurch pastor Joshua Harris. More recently was a songwriter for the popular worship band Hillsong, Marty Sampson.
In light of these recent events, John Cooper, lead singer of the rock band Skillet, shared a Facebook post entitled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ on Tuesday, August 13. Cooper directly addressed the reasons given by Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson for renouncing his Christian faith before emphasizing that Christianity is based on truth, not emotion. He calls all Christians to turn back to God’s Word as our foundation instead of relying on our feelings to teach us the truth. He confronts the issues so well that I’m sharing his post in its entirety:
I’m glad to see that someone in the Christian spotlight is taking a strong stance for the authority and sufficiency of Scripture when so many others are keeping quiet. Yes, some others are talking about it, but not firmly or loudly enough. As of now, the voice of a few individuals is drowning out the combined voice of the church.
What we need is a nationwide outcry for all pastors, leaders, and laymen to return to the sufficiency of the Bible. If we don’t speak up against false teaching, false doctrine, and false Christianity, then I fear that apostasy is going to be the norm. Nothing is wholly sufficient except the sufficiency of Christ as found in the Bible. When people don’t get that, falling away will be a natural response.
You can find out more about Skillet and their music on their website.