I wish I could say I was surprised by what should be major news, but I’m not. Hillsong is a prosperity gospel cult that preaches a false gospel and gives people a false hope of a better life in this world. When that hope isn’t realized — and it usually isn’t — then it only makes sense to walk away from what gave those empty promises, to begin with.
While many will be surprised to hear that Marty Sampson, one of the primary songwriters for Hillsong United, is walking away from the faith, it’s merely another drop in the bucket of God purifying His bride. Recently, we reported on the apostasy of Joshua Harris, the Purity Culture pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye when he renounced his faith on Instagram. Following in his footsteps is Marty Sampson, who, for many of the same reasons, has decided to walk as well.
In Sampson’s “major announcement” on Instagram, he cites “science” as one of his main reasons for walking. He writes,
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 xx 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 4 billion people to a place, all coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgemental 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.
Bottom line. When Christianity is used as a means to gain the world, it ends up being a means to lose your soul. What Sampson was a part of is not Christianity. The Bible speaks very clearly of people like Sampson. Sampson clearly was not interested in sound teaching but desired to use his pedestal at Hillsong to launch his campaign for his self-interests.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.2 Tim 4:3-4
If you were to die today, where would you go? Heaven? Hell? Not sure?