Franklin Graham: Christian 'Leaders' Who Renounce Faith Will Have to Answer to God
John Cooper, the lead singer in Skillet, said it best in a Facebook post: “What is happening in Christianity?”
Cooper was expressing his deep concerns about so-called Christian leaders who are openly renouncing their faith and others who are turning their backs on biblical teachings.
“We are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth,” he wrote. “We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word.”
Amen, brother! (I’ve posted a link to his Facebook post below.)
“We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or "relevant” people the most influential people in Christendom,“ he wrote.
Over the past few weeks, the Christian community has been rocked by revelations that Joshua Harris, the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, renounced his faith. Hillsong’s Marty Sampson announced he was "genuinely losing” his faith.
I asked Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, about this concerning trend.
“They’re in a very dangerous place to be out from under God’s protection,” Graham said during an interview on “The Todd Starnes Radio Show.” “For whatever reason they have decided they’re going to turn their back on God and God standards.”
Graham said he is especially disturbed by Christians who publicly renounce their faith in Christ, citing a warning from the Book of Revelation.
“[God] warns churches that turn their back on him and these young men who have renounced their faith have made it so public,” he said. “Why did they make it so public? I think they just want publicity. Otherwise, why didn’t they just leave their faith and just be quiet about it?”
He wondered if the reason why was so that other Christians might join them and fall away from the teachings of the Bible.
“Shame on them,” Graham said. “You’ll stand before God one day and give an account to Him.”
Nevertheless, Graham said he still going to proclaim God’s word to the rest of the world.
“And for me, I’m going to keep going doing what I do. I believe the Bible. I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. I believe every word of the Bible. I do not understand it all but I believe it all,” he said. “I’m going to keep on doing what I do and I’m going to keep telling people how they can have a relationship with God, how they can have their sins forgiven, and how [they] can […] have that hope of heaven one day by putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.”
And we should also pray for Mr. Harris and Mr. Sampson that they, too, may one day become followers of Jesus Christ.