Christian Rocker Jonathan Steingard Says He No Longer Believes In God

Written by on May 27, 2020

A well-liked Christian singer-songwriter stunned each bandmates and followers by revealing he’s spent the previous few years experiencing a disaster of religion.

In a nine-page Instagram submit final week, Jonathan Steingard of Canada’s Hawk Nelson stated he’s “now discovering that I now not imagine in God.” 

“I used to be raised to imagine that the Bible was the proper Phrase of God,” the 36-year-old wrote. “Certain, it was written by human beings, however these individuals have been divinely impressed ― and we will take into account the phrases they wrote to be the Phrase of God.”

Steingard added, “Suffice it to say that once I started to imagine that the Bible was merely a ebook written by individuals as flawed and imperfect as I’m ― that was when my perception in God actually started to unravel.” 

Steingard, who has been fighting melancholy, stated he’d acquired “unbelievable love and assist” from relations, “regardless that I do know this grieves them.”

By renouncing his religion, he’s additionally stepping down as frontman of Hawk Nelson. He felt compelled to share the information with followers now, when the band isn’t performing concert events or recording new music. 

“Stepping away from perception in God has felt like a loss in some methods ― however it’s felt like freedom in others,” Steingard stated. “I’m not certain how a lot this can rock the boat. I don’t know if this can shock anybody. However it doesn’t matter. What issues is that I’ve lastly labored up the braveness to inform my story. To share my deepest reality. And that looks like freedom too.”

Steingard joined Hawk Nelson in 2004 as a guitarist. He changed former member Jason Dunn because the band’s lead singer in 2012.

Since then, the band has launched three albums, together with 2018’s “Miracles,” and shifted its musical focus from pop-punk to fashionable rock. 

Steingard’s declaration comes lower than a 12 months after Marty Sampson of the Christian music collective Hillsong stated his religion had been on “extremely shaky floor.”

“I like you Christians. I really like you SO MUCH,” Sampson wrote on the time. “That’s all. It was wonderful being one in every of you, however I’m not any extra.”

On Wednesday, the remaining members of Hawk Nelson ― Daniel Biro, Micah Kuiper and David Niacaris ― responded to Steingard with an emotional Instagram submit of their very own. 

“Our mission as Hawk Nelson has at all times been to encourage and encourage all individuals with the reality that God is FOR them and never towards them,” the band wrote. “In that message’s most straightforward and purest type, that THEY matter. … God continues to be FOR Jon & he nonetheless issues.”   

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