Steadfast and Unmoveable
The news media reported this week that Joshua Harris, the author of KISS DATING GOOD-BYE and Marty Sampson, singer and song writer for Hillsong “walked away from the faith” this week. Joshua had created a revolution years ago with his book on dating (or more accurately, in refraining from dating until you think you have met the person you want to marry). His book prompted many young people not to date but rather, to go out with groups of teens instead of a traditional date. His announcement this week that he has left his wife and departed the Christian faith adversely affected lots of people.
Marty Sampson was a singer-song writer for one of the leading Christian groups, Hillsong, whose songs are sung in many churches around the world. He simply stated that, “Time for some real talk,” the Australian writer wrote. “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,” he 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.”
“Not the ‘I just believe it’ kind of truth,” he wrote. “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 am keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.” Christianity “just seems to me like another religion at this point,” Sampson said.
Ravi Zacharias tells the amazing story of a young Christian, Hien Pham, whom he met in Vietnam who served as an interpreter with the American forces. Shortly after Vietnam fell, Hien was imprisoned on accusations of helping the Americans. His jailers tried to indoctrinate him against democratic ideals with daily readings of Marx and Lennon and it began to take its toll. ‘Maybe,’ he thought, ‘I have been lied to. Maybe God does not exist. Maybe the West has deceived me.’ So, Hien determined that when he awakened the next day, he would not pray anymore or think of his faith. The next morning, he was assigned the dreaded chore of cleaning the prison latrines. As he cleaned out a tin can overflowing with toilet paper, his eye caught what seemed to be English printed on one piece of paper. He hurriedly grabbed it, washed it, and after his roommates had retired that night, he retrieved the paper and read the words, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him for I am convinced that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Hien wept. There was not a more relevant passage for one on the verge of surrender of his faith. He cried out to God, asking forgiveness, for this was to have been the first day that he would not pray. And every day since, he has chosen to live by faith and stand on the promises of God. (Copied).