Apologetics Amid Waves of Apostasy
by George Brahm
This morning, I was shaken by the news about Marty Sampson’s falling away from the faith. For the past couple of weeks, the internet had been buzzing with several op-eds about the apostasy of another popular Christian, megachurch pastor Joshua Harris, and before that, Dave Gass. But I knew nothing of Harris or Gass until news of their falling away surfaced– Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbye was first published before I was even born, and Gass wasn’t much of a Christian celebrity until the Twitter thread in which he renounced his faith went viral.
But I remember Marty Sampson from my early childhood. Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian home where Christian music was the only music allowed, I remember falling in love with Marty’s early work at Hillsong, back when the church’s songs weren’t as doctrinally-wonky as they are today. His rendition of ‘Saviour King‘ remains one of my favourite worship songs to date.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Marty 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.
He then summarized his reasons for losing his faith–
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…
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...
I am not going to speculate about whether Marty was truly saved. As a Calvinist, I do believe that everyone who is truly saved will persevere to the end, but as a creature within time and space who cannot see the future, I hope and pray that Marty will return to his Lord.
His reasons for leaving the faith, however, trouble me. Because every single question he says he hasn’t heard an answer to has been answered, innumerable times…