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Notable Christian Songwriter Says He’s No Longer a Believer: ‘I’m Genuinely Losing My Faith … And it Doesn’t Bother Me’



On the heels of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” author Joshua Harris renouncing his Christian faith last month, another notable figure in the church also is saying he no longer believes Christianity.

Marty Sampson — an Australian worship music songwriter known for his work with Hillsong — said, “All I know is what’s true to me right now, and Christianity just seems to me like another religion at this point.”

Sampson wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post that “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.” It also appears he’s cleared his Instagram account of all posts.

Sampson added, “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 [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 anymore.”

Sampson also wrote that he wants “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 … Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.”

Sampson concluded his post with the following: “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.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Christian Post reported that Sampson’s announcement was accompanied by an image of the biblical Samson pulling down the pillars of the Philistine temple:

Here’s a clip of Sampson singing “Depths”:

What are others saying?

John Mason — founder of the God First, Life Second movement — said Sampson’s repudiation of Christianity underscores that “our minds are directly related to our spiritual position.”

“We see men like Marty Sampson of Hillsong openly mocking the faith because he does not have a mind set on the Spirit, but the flesh,” Mason added on Twitter. “Our minds our renewed by the sound doctrine of Script and the true knowledge of Christ.”

“When sound [biblical] theology is neglected for an American, spiritualized, cultural-friendly replacement, exposure to that theology will naturally turn away a mind, heart & soul that has never submitted to that eternal truth. In other words, the falling away is the right response,” he continued. “The good news is, by God’s grace, he and others still have an opportunity to believe in Christ through the truth of the gospel, be disciplined and trust fully in God’s Word with the help of the Spirit. We should pray that someone will talk alongside them and show them the truth.”

What else?

In July, Joshua Harris, noted author and former pastor, renounced his faith, apologized to the LGBTQ community, and also said his 21-year marriage is over.

Harris revealed on Instagram that he had “undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”

Just last week Harris emerged again as he was photographed attending a Pride Parade in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A version of this story appears on The Blaze website.

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  1. Connie

    August 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I don’t believe this person was ever a believer! He was always fooling himself! Once you realize you are a sinner in need of a savior, it changes things, you realize what Jesus has done for you. He may have had a head knowledge of who Jesus was , but that didn’t transfer to a deep belief in his heart. I pray that one day he will come to know the savior!


    August 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    If we feel very comfortable in the world, we should beware. Jesus said that if we follow him, there will be suffering and persecution, this world is not our home. Only the true believers will remain faithful when it becomes uncomfortable and unpopular to do so. So sad. Isaiah 5: 20 They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise and shrewd in their own eyes!

  3. Brian LaFever

    August 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    A perfect example of why the Prosperity Gospel is false. The Prosperity Gospel gives the carnal man everything of the world that he desires, there is no need for conversion, whereas the true Gospel of Jesus Christ frees the believer from the bondage of this world.

  4. JIM

    August 14, 2019 at 9:35 pm


  5. Diana

    August 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Yes just like the rest of the sick perverted say the same thing so they can do all immoral behavior possible can’t if your a Christian so say it all you want on your way to HELL

  6. Terry

    August 14, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Young man, you have just stepped into Judas’ position. That is an invitation for the ruler of this earth to claim you. That is an invitation to receive loss and pain. I am not cursing you – just speaking truth to you. Most preachers and music ministers who abandon the faith and are in prominent positions do not think about their leadership into hell and the fact that they are taking others with them.

  7. kat

    August 15, 2019 at 12:07 am

    If Christianity is just another religion to him now, he was not living it.

  8. Gordon Hoyt

    August 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    As a minister for nearly 30 years it hurts my heart to see a brother walk away. I am saddened and will pray for his heart and soul. I cannot sit in judgment but can ask that Jesus embrace him on his journey into the world and hopefully welcome him back into the fold,… sometime.

  9. Eric

    August 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I dont know how to say but I know God will never let you down or failled you. Never abandoned your faith in Christ.

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