Kevin Max deconstructing his faith and my plea to the struggling Christian.

Another popular, evangelical leader has decided to leave the faith. This time it is Kevin Max, former singer of DC Talk. He announced his exiting of the evangelical scene with the hashtag “exvangelical.” Later, he would tweet, “Hey, it’s ok to be estranged from everything that you were taught.” This would be good advice, except the thing he is estranging himself from is ironically the truth he is so desperately looking for! The apostle Paul would offer our brother some different words. If Paul were using the medium of twitter today I can imagine he would respond to brother Max’s tweet with the following:

“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” (1 Timothy 1:19.) #truthisinJesus

If I can be so bold, may I encourage any fellow believer who may be thinking of following a similar path as the DC Talk superstar—Don’t! Oh how painful, how dreadful, how sorrowful a decision! To walk away from the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” is as grievous as Judas kissing the face of Jesus, only to sell him for the price of a slave. Or as preposterous as Pontius Pilate staring truth in the eyes and asking him, “what is truth?!”

Oh shaken and confused friend, can’t you see that the truth is in Jesus (Eph 4:21)? Can’t you see that enveloped in his word is the truth you seek, for his word is truth (John 17: 17)? Stop looking to the worldly philosophers on twitter and the social activists filling your media feeds for answers. Look to the Bible; look to the revealed word of God for the truth. There, you will discover a “lamp for your feet and a light to your path” (Psalm 119:105). How my heart breaks with each of these gut-wrenching stories. The Lord grieves for our generation just as he did those alive when he walked our sod. Jesus is saying now what he said then—“oh exvangelical, how I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks, under her wings, but you were unwilling (Matthew 23:37).”

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