Marty Sampson of Hillsong Renouncing His Faith. How do we as a church reach back out to those falling away?

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Marty Sampson is a prolific worship music writer, writing and cowriting songs for Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Delirious and Young & Free. Sampson whose writing credits include O Praise the Name and King of Majesty took to Instagram to share how we was feeling about his beliefs.

Addressing his 5,000 followers on the social media site with a picture of Biblical character Samson, he said: “Time for some real talk… I’m genuinely losing my faith.. and it doesn’t bother me.”

The worship leader’s post, which has since been removed, received over 800 likes with some offering prayer and others encouraging him in what he’s doing.

Sampson’s announcement, accompanied by a picture of Sampson pulling down the temple pillars as described in the Bible, sparked an outpouring of responses on social media.

Popular Christian author Drew Dyck said he was “saddened” to learn of Sampson’s abandonment of Christianity.

Here’s the post. (with reasonable adjustments for correct punctuation)

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.

This is a soapbox moment so here I go … How many preachers fall? Many. 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 any more. 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 keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.

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.

The question burning in  my heart as a fellow believer is: How do we as a church reach back out to those falling away? Many of us can be quick to curse and judge those falling away all we like, but that is not us doing what we are called to do. Therefore, how do we help them reconcile?

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