Jon Steingard, the frontman of the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, has told fans that he ‘no longer believes in God’ in a lengthy Instagram post about his faith.
Today’s story shows the terrible damage that can be caused by telling someone who ‘said the Sinner’s Prayer’ that they just became saved, because guess what? The ‘sinner’s prayer’ saves no one, never did and never will. It is the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that made a payment for your sins on the cross at Calvary, that when you receive it by faith pays your sin debt to God. Sinners need a Saviour, and what are we saved from? From having to go the Hell for eternity, that’s exactly what salvation is.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:23-26 (KJB)
Why does so much of Christian rock music sound like the world? Because there is a very high percentage of people performing that ‘said the sinner’s prayer’ or were raised in a “christian family” and they grew up doing what everyone did because everyone did it. That is not how people actually get saved. These are not false converts, these are people who have never been converted biblically, and as such they fall away. We have brought you many stories over the years of Christian rock singers renouncing the faith they never had in the first place.
“Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.” Luke 8:12,13 (KJB)
Katy Perry was raised in a Christian home, so called, and used to sing at youth camp for Jesus. Now she sings for Satan, is a multimillionaire, and wouldn’t change a thing. Amy Grant was the premier Christian artist in the 1980’s and ’90’s, now she performs at lesbian weddings and has a huge LGBTQ+ fan base. What happened? When you look behind the scenes, what’s missing is their first coming to the understanding that they are sinners who deserve Hell, and that Jesus paid it all on the cross for them, personally and individually.
“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 (KJB)
Jesus doesn’t want your heart if you’re lost, the bible says it’s wicked and deceitful. Jesus wants you to decide for yourself what you believe about Him to be true, and then to act on that belief. Both thieves on the cross spit in Jesus’ face, both of them mocked Him equally, so what happened? One of them repented of that disbelief in Jesus, and Jesus took him at his word and saved him. He didn’t repent of his sins, he repented of his disbelief. If Jon Steingard had done that, he likely would not be in the position he is in right now. Of course, if he had done that, he likely wouldn’t have been a frontman for a “christian rock’ band, either.
Christian rock frontman Jon Steingard says he “no longer believes in God” surprising no one
FROM NME: The Canadian musician joined the Ontario band in 2004, and has been a part of the group’s last seven studio albums — the most recent being 2018’s ‘Miracles’. Steingard addressed his faith in an Instagram post last week, writing in the caption that he’d been “terrified” at the prospect of penning the statement.
“But it feels like it’s time for me to be honest,” he wrote. “I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future.”
In the post itself, Steingard reflected on his Christian upbringing and “having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life” before saying: “I am now finding that I no longer believe in God.”
“I still find myself wanting to soften that statement by wording it differently or less specifically — but it wouldn’t be as true,” Steingard continued. “The process of getting to that sentence has been several years in the making.”
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I’ve been terrified to post this for a while – but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest. I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future. I am not looking for a debate at all – just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.
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In regards to his fronting Hawk Nelson, Steingard wrote: “If you’re someone who follows me because of Hawk Nelson, and my involvement in Christian music, you are probably thinking, ‘Wait — were you lying to me the whole time? Were you just pretending to be a Christian? What about all those songs you wrote? Did you mean those?’
“The short answer is that I was not lying. I did believe those things at the time. I may have been pulling on the threads of the sweater, but there was still some sweater left back then.” Steingard also suggested that he will be leaving Hawk Nelson in the future. “While I know I can no longer stand on stage and in good conscience sing songs like ‘Drops in the Ocean’, I no longer fear losing my place in Christian music. I know this means giving it up voluntarily.”
The frontman later added: “I’m open to the idea that God is there. I’d prefer if he was. I suspect if he is there, he is very different than what I was taught.” READ MORE
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