You probably saw this article about the “Christian” rapper who left Christianity after 20 years as a professing Christian. Here’s a sample via: Christian Rapper Renounces Christianity, Citing ‘Human Errors of the Bible,’ ‘Brutal Nature of Its God’ — and There’s More
A famed Christian rapper in the U.K. is making headlines after announcing that he has “turned away” from Christianity, with the performer unleashing the “negatives” that he claims to have found within the faith.“I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement,” rapper Jahaziel wrote in a Dec. 22 Facebook post. “A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian.”He continued, “I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation [and] status within Christian and non-Christian circles.”I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement. A short while ago I turned away from…Posted by Jahaziel on Tuesday, December 22, 2015Despite losing many or all of these things, Jahaziel said that he still has his integrity, and explained why he’s leaving his faith behind. While he said that he learned some “great principles” from Christianity and the Bible, he believes that these sentiments aren’t “exclusive to any religion.”“I have met many sincere Christians, both church goers and church leaders, and although I have not seen every one of the 40,000 Christian denominations currently in existence I think I have seen enough to personally make a general conclusion regarding Christianity in the broadest sense,” Jahaziel said.He then went on to share some of the “negatives” that he claims to have observed about the faith, including: “its controlling dictatorship, its historic blood trail, its plagiarized bible stories characters and concepts, the many human errors of the bible and its contradictions, the brutal nature of its God, it’s involvement in the slave trade, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch hunts, it’s second class view of women, it’s masculinization of God, it’s emasculation of men, its financial corruption.”Apparently leaving christianity means I was never TRULY a christian… Only those who know me, know that’s utter bullshit.— Jahaziel (@jahazielmusic) January 4, 2016
It would be easy to pick on this confused guy who has obviously read too much of the Big Book O’ Atheist Sound Bites and not enough of the Bible. He spent 20 years in church and as a professional “Christian” and never came across this crystal-clear passage?
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
Indeed. Yes, I’m sure he went through the motions, but that is where much of the fault lies: With the churches, family, friends and followers who let these celebrity Christians and Christian celebrities get away without solid preaching, discipleship and accountability.
If you preach real sermons then goats like this will either convert or run away. But if you do world-friendly “Christian” Left “sermons” then the sheep will starve and the goats will stay. Same thing for discipleship and accountability. The goats have no interest in that.
And most churches are too gutless to exercise any church discipline. They find it easier to coddle the goats and even let the wolves stay. I have only seen church discipline done at one church, and it was amazingly effective. Surprising what happens when you actually obey Jesus, eh? Instead of taking Matthew 18:20 out of context they actually followed the entire passage.
And did anyone even share Romans 10:9 with him?
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
He should have realized a long time ago that he hadn’t confessed that or really believed it. Because none of his explanations talked about why he no longer believed Jesus rose from the dead.
Of course, that doesn’t mean people can’t have doubts. Just pray to God to strengthen your faith as this guy did:
Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
If you aren’t a Christian today, you never were one. Once really saved, always really saved. But there is Good News! You can become one if you repent and believe.
Also see Once lost, always lost? about the Hebrews 6 verse that some use to argue against eternal security.