Christian Rock and Atheism
June 26, 2024
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
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Atheism is on the march in the field of Christian rock and contemporary worship.

In 2007,
George Perdikis, co-founder of the Christian rock band Newsboys, said he had “renounced Christianity once and for all and declared myself an atheist” (“Co-founder of Newsboys,”, Jan. 22, 2015). Perdikis said, “I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was create and play rock and roll.” Four years earlier, his marriage had “dissolved,” and he turned to “human psychology.” He was also influenced by the writings of Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, and other evolutionary atheists. He concluded by saying, “The truth is--from someone who knows what went on then and what goes on now--the Newsboys aren’t as holy as they profess.”

In August 2019,
Marty Sampson, song writer and worship leader for Hillsong, said he no longer believes in God. That same year, Joshua Harris, author of the best-selling I Kissed Dating Goodbye, renounced his faith in Christ. He is divorcing his wife. He says he is following his “heart” and is happy and at peace.

In May 2020,
Jon Steingard of the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, declared on Instagram that he is an atheist. Steingard said, “I am stunned by the number of people in visible positions within Christian circles that feel the same way as I do. Like me, they fear losing everything if they’re open about it.”

In 2021,
Kevin Max, formerly of the Christian rock bands DC Talk and Audio Adrenaline, said that he was “deconstructing” his Christian faith and believes in a “universal Christ.” He says that he hasn’t given up “the faith,” but it is a “faith” filled with doubts. He calls himself an “exvangelical.” On May 17, 2021, Max tweeted that he is “pro-LGBTQIA, pro-BLM, pro-open mindedness, anti-narrow mindedness…”

In January 2022, Christian rapper
Brady Goodwin (aka Phanatik) said he was leaving “the universal church” and “denouncing the Christian faith.” Goodwin made the point of saying, “I’m good; I’m where I think I’m going to be.” I

In September 2022,
Rhett McLaughlin, a Christian comedian and singer, announced that he no longer believes the Bible, but is a “hopeful agnostic.” In his album Human Overboard, he tells God that they are breaking up.

Those who renounce the Christian faith tend to make the point of saying that everything is wonderful now that they have rejected the Bible. It is nonsense. It is whistling in the dark.

Christian rock is worldly music produced by professing Christians who love the world. In the fourth chapter of his epistle, James pronounced Ichabod and Tekel (1 Sa. 4:21; Da. 5:27) over the entire field of Christian rock with the following words:

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

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