Christian Band Hawk Nelson Gives Biblical Response to Lead Singer Renouncing God

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Christian Band Hawk Nelson Gives Biblical Response to Lead Singer Renouncing God

By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor

Christian rock band Hawk Nelson released a lengthy Bible-based statement to respond to their lead singer, John Steingard, renouncing his belief in God.

“Our mission as Hawk Nelson has always been to inspire and encourage all people with the truth that God is FOR them and not against them. In that message’s most simple and purest form, that THEY matter,” band members said in a statement. 

Steingard announced earlier this week that he no longer believes in God. The renouncement shook the Christian community as Hawk Nelson has been a popular Christian band for more than a 15 years.

Steingard said he reached his conclusion after years of disenchantment with the church and hard questions that went unanswered. He says he looked in the Bible, but didn’t find a satisfying answer. Instead, he said the Bible created more questions.

His bandmates remained largely silent until Wednesday, when they turned back to the Bible for answers.

“So now we turn that truth towards one of our own. That God is still FOR Jon & he still matters. Why? Because that truth doesn’t change just because we question it,” the statement continued. “How we treat one another when they are at a different stage in their journey based on their life experiences is part of a bigger conversation.  We are called to love one another unconditionally, as God loves us. We should also encourage and challenge one another in our Faith, seeking truth.”

They concluded their statement citing Romans 8:38, and writing, “The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Ever thankful and grateful for how God has used this band, the music and the relationships and how He continues to do so.”

 

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Jon Steingard One of our best friends, one with whom we have walked, worked and lived alongside for 20 + years revealed some of his innermost feelings on his faith journey this past week. Our mission as Hawk Nelson has always been to inspire and encourage all people with the truth that God is FOR them and not against them. In that message’s most simple and purest form, that THEY matter. So now we turn that truth towards one of our own. That God is still FOR Jon & he still matters. Why? Because that truth doesn’t change just because we question it. How we treat one another when they are at a different stage in their journey based on their life experiences is part of a bigger conversation. We are called to love one another unconditionally, as God loves us. We should also encourage and challenge one another in our Faith, seeking truth. Are we the authors of our own salvation and eternity? Has God provided a way to salvation for us through Jesus? These are the questions that we each must ask and explore. In the Bible (Romans 8:38) Paul writes, “… I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love… neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Ever thankful and grateful for how God has used this band, the music and the relationships and how He continues to do so. Daniel, Micah, David.

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Since his renouncement, Steingard shared that he “certainly couldn’t say for certain that God isn’t there,” and he’s open to finding out who God really is.

“My prayer in recent days has been ‘God, if you’re there, please show up.’ I mean it sincerely,” Steingard said.

Let’s pray that Steingard encounters the Lord in an authentic, life-changing way.

 

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