After Joshua Harris, a former pastor, author of I kissed Dating Goodbye and Marty Sampson of Hillsong publicly questioned their Christian faith, Pastor Mike Bickle assured that all is not lost for these two people.
In a video posted by the founder of International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) explained that most people grapple with their faith and he hopes that Harris and Sampson will turn back to God.
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“Good guys have hard moments,” Bickle explained. “I don’t look at this and say ‘This is that. It’s over.’ I say, ‘No, Marty, Jesus loves you. We love you. We’re standing with you as a human being, as a believer in the body of Christ all these years.”
“So this isn’t the end of the story. We continue like we’ve always done. We show love and support,” he added.
Harris announced first, on his page about his position of faith
“I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus,” he wrote on Instagram. “The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
Before Sampson, who has now deleted his Instagram post, said he was “genuinely losing his faith” but later backtracked on that statement and said his faith was “on incredibly shaky ground.”
According to CBNNEWS; Bickle spoke with two other IHOPKC leaders and explained that in his nearly 45 years of ministry he has grappled with some tough questions regarding his faith.
“I hit some real hard questions and did double-takes…and a lot of my friends have, that are my age…so yes, some are stumbling and grabbing onto wrong answers but millions are not,” he added. “If we are grounded in the Word, in a Biblical community of godly relationships…lots of mercy, lots of hugging and sticking together…we can make it through those hard times together.”
Bickle says it is okay to ask tough questions and seek answers, but give yourself time to find the answers.
“There are big issues at hand that are worth 4, 5, or 10 years of struggling without all the clear answers. Don’t conclude too quickly. We are only on the earth one time and you only got one human spirit, so be careful with it,” he said.
“We don’t throw God on trial because we are confused by some questions we have tensions with,” Bickle added.