I think we all know the story of Humpty Dumpty right? How he sat high on a wall then all of sudden he fell and splat! As the days grow colder and the years pass on, I see more and more influential people falling off the wall of faith only to splat to their own demise. If you are current with the news the latest person to fall away is the famous Hillsong Worship songwriter Marty Sampson. We have all read other articles that address this situation, but I wanted to personally address it as well. When I saw this it broke my heart, but at the same time reminded me of Scripture in the days to come that lead up to Christ's return.
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons," 1 Timothy 4:1 ESV
You ever heard of that Taco Bell $5 Big Box? It's great right? Comes with like 12 burritos and 18 tacos, just kidding, but it does come with tons of food for only 5 bucks! Next time you get one look at the box and tell yourself, "God does not fit in here!" People who have tasted and seen that the Lord is good will not fall away from their faith because they know that He is limitless and All-Powerful. Sometimes God doesn't move in certain situations for a reason, and that is to test our faith and after we have been tested and refined like gold, we are given the crown of life. Then we take those same crowns and throw them at the feet of Jesus when we get to heaven because we, by all means, are not worthy! This does not imply that being tested is easy or fun, but when we trust in Jesus with our lives and all that we have belongs to Him, it’s always worth it to see His glory in the end.
"So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:7 ESV
See the wall that Humpty sat on may have appeared as a wall of faith but in reality, it was a wall of fantasy. When the fantasy that was life in Humpty’s mind did not come to pass, the wall started to get weak and sway in the wind and Humpty began to listen to every kind of doctrine that tickled his ears, contributing to this great fall. Sometimes we put God in a box and expect Him to move at our will because we have a fantasy in our minds of what God should do for us without even asking if it's in His will. So when God doesn't do what we want inside that burrito box we get angry and resentful towards Him. Then we start listening to Oprah and finding different forms of "spirituality" that fit into the stinky box and we then feel in control of our situation.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but will have itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” 2 Timothy 4:3 ESV When Humpty fell he had "followers" or as the story would tell it “King's horseman” to put him back together again. Of course, when some people fall away from the faith their followers or friends will be right there to pick up the pieces and justify why falling is ok. When friends put the pieces back they are enabling the one who fell to stay there, and they themselves are falling too. Many people followed this man when he fell away because he mentioned how at peace he was about leaving. They will justify in their futile thinking that it's totally normal to lose one’s faith. Unfortunately, they don't realize when they try to put him back together again, although he says he is fine, he has cracks and chips missing from his original form and he is now scared for life. This young man and everyone who falls with him will never be the same again. This false sense of peace they are experiencing is only from the enemy who comes dressed as an angel of light. He will allow the ones who have fallen to feel at peace about their decision even though God is mourning for their spirits.
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21 ESV My dear friends, it is so important to not only find a relationship with Jesus Christ but to stay in constant communion with the Holy Spirit. I pray every day that I am not lead astray and I seek wisdom and knowledge more than I do gold and jewels. Jesus wants our whole lives, not just our hearts. He wants every inch of our beings so we don't fall away from His loving arms where we are meant to be. He loves Marty Sampson too and I just pray for him, that he is found by Jesus before anyone else has a chance to cultivate his decision to leave the faith. May God bless and keep you all and please brothers and sisters, stay sober, and alert for these times are perilous.
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 ESV