“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” – John 16:13
Young leaders are vibrant, enthusiastic, and energetic and it’s no wonder that others follow them so easily. The type of personality and confidence that these leaders display is attractive but also very deceitful. Rather than pointing others to the cross, they make themselves the object of admiration. Instead of allowing the Spirit to move the church, young leaders take the helm and steer their followers away from the truth. And one Christian musician has had enough.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the biblical Trinity. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is everywhere but unfortunately, most of the world cannot see him. Jesus said:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17
But to those who truly walk with God, the Holy Spirit is upon them. Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
The only thing that can cleanse us, remove our sin and make us worthy of redemption is an acceptance of God’s truth. Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” – John 17:17
There have been widespread headlines regarding the departure from the faith of two Christian leaders, both of whom have made very public renunciations of their Christian faith. First, was best-selling author Joshua Harris. Most recently, was Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson.
Now, prominent Christian rocker John Cooper, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian-rock band Skillet, issued a long, profound and bold statement regarding the apostasy of these two Christian leaders.
“My conclusion for the church (all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or ‘relevant’ people the most influential people in Christendom. (And yes that includes people like me!),” Cooper wrote.
“First of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance,” Cooper said, “basically saying, ‘I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe it.
Therefore, I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while I boldly and loudly lead people into my next truth.’ I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?”
“Why do people act like ‘being real’ covers a multitude of sins?” Cooper asked, “as if someone is courageous simply for sharing virally every thought or dark place. That’s not courageous. It’s cavalier. Have they considered the ramifications?”
“…We are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20-year-old worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word,” Cooper wrote.
“Singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine. Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we are singing to,” Cooper said.
Cooper made a very pertinent observation that every Christian should consider. He asked, “Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God that is untrue of His character?”
“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word,” Cooper said, “and to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling,” Cooper added, “truth over emotion.”
“What we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth,” Cooper said, “and now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.”