After declaring to the world that he was on the verge of losing his faith, Hillsong worship leader Marty Sampson has posted another message on Instagram urging people to delve into the work of several well-known Christian apologists.
“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,” Sampson wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. In fact, the well-known songwriter completely wiped his entire account, before setting up a new one just hours later.
Now, after a media storm engulfed the popular songwriter, he has posted yet another update, urging his followers to study the work of several leading Christian thinkers.
“I don’t know these men personally, but I do watch them regularly and listen to their arguments,” Sampson wrote, alongside images of William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox and others. “If you don’t know who they are, perhaps you may want to find out more about them.”
Later, Sampson posted again, this time with an image of a quote from Prof. Francis Collins, the leading geneticist and staunch atheist who famously became a Christian after reading C.S. Lewis’ recommendation of the faith in “Mere Christianity.”
“The evidence supporting the idea that all living things are descended from a common ancestor is truly overwhelming,” Collins explained.
Many responded to Sampson on Instagram, with some urging him not to give up the faith. “I plead with you to keep searching for the Truth for that Truth is found only in Jesus and it will set you free,” one person wrote.
“Science, although gives us answers, will leave us barking up the wrong tree. Yes, there are stumbling blocks and we do struggle but ultimately God is the author and the perfector of our faith! Jesus died in our place for our sins, including the sin of unbelief.”
Know for his work as director of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is a recipient of the National Medal of Science and the director of the National Institutes of Health. Now a unique voice in Christian apologetics, the American physician-geneticist chooses to believe both in the validity of science and the overarching omnipotence of Almighty God.
“The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome,” Collins wrote in his book, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.”
“He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate, and beautiful.”