On 10 August 2019, Hillsong Worship's leader and songwriter, Marty Sampson announced on Instagram that he is no longer a Christian. Sampson has been writing music for the Australian-based collective since 1999. Some of the songs Sampson has co-written include "O Praise the Name (Anástasis)" (with Benjamin Hastings & Dean Ussher), "His Glory Appears" (with Darlene Zschech) and "The Lord's Prayer" (with Ben Fielding, Benjamin Hastings and Reuben Morgan). Moreover, Sampson had also led worship and had co-written songs for Hillsong UNITED.
"Time for some real talk," the Australian writer wrote in a since-deleted post on Instagram. "I'm genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn't bother me. Like, what bothers me now is nothing. I am so happy now, so at peace with the world. It's crazy."
"This is a soapbox moment so here I go ... How many preachers fall? Many," he continued. "No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four billion people to a place, all 'coz they don't believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgmental people on the planet-they can also be some of the most beautiful and loving people. But it's not for me."
Sampson cites science as one of the reason why he's rejecting the Christian faith. "Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I've never been about living my life for others."
Christianity "just seems to me like another religion at this point," Sampson said.
"I could go on, but I won't," he wrote. "Love and forgive absolutely. Be kind absolutely. Be generous and do good to others absolutely. Some things are good no matter what you believe. Let the rain fall, the sun will come up tomorrow."
Sampson's post comes just weeks after famed Christian author Joshua Harris announced that he no longer considers himself a Christian.