Christian Artist Don't Believe the Bible Literally

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Dove-Award Winning Gungor Rattles Christian World With Revelation That They Don’t Believe the Bible Literally

By Leonardo Blair | christianpost.com

michael-and-lisa-gungorThe Christian music world has been abuzz in recent days about the unorthodox theology of celebrated Dove-award winning musical artists Michael and Lisa Gungor, known for popular worship songs like “Dry Bones” and “Beautiful Things.”

Citing an interview in the Oakland Press, World Magazine noted that Michael Gungor, 33, revealed that he lost his “metaphysic” in 2012. The pastor’s son from Wisconsin, according to World Magazine, also reflects his departure from traditional Christianity on his band’s 2013 album, I Am Mountain. The Gungors, however, have never really concealed their evolving theological position. In a blog post titled “What Do We Believe” in February, the couple asserted that they simply no longer literally believed in stories from the Bible on such topics as creation and the flood.

“Over the last year, I have had so many questions asked of me about what I believe. Just tonight I had a conversation with someone extremely close to me that said that he wouldn’t consider me a Christian anymore,” explained Gungor in the post.

“Why? Not because of my life … Not because my life looks like Jesus or doesn’t look like Jesus. But because of my lack of ability to nail down all the words and concepts of what I exactly BELIEVE. Because I’ve lost so many of the unconscious assumptions that I used to have and have no ability to un-see what I have seen,” he explained.

“I have no more ability to believe, for example, that the first people on earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago. I have no ability to believe that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an ark and then somehow walked or flew all around the world from a mountain in the middle east after the water dried up,” he continued.

“I have no more ability to believe these things than I do to believe in Santa Clause or to not believe in gravity. But I have a choice on what to do with these unbeliefs. I could either throw out those stories as lies, or I could try to find some value in them as stories,” he added.

Gungor went on to explain that he has been trying to address his evolution as a Christian but traditional Christians have not been very welcoming.

“If you try to find some value in them as stories, there will be some people that say that you aren’t a Christian anymore because you don’t believe the Bible is true or ‘authoritative.’ Even if you try to argue that you think there is a truth to the stories, just not in an historical sense; that doesn’t matter. To some people, you denying the ‘truth’ of a 6,000 year old earth with naked people in a garden eating an apple being responsible for the death of dinosaurs is the same thing as you nailing Jesus to the cross. You become part of ‘them.’ The deniers of God’s Word,” he said.

He concluded that this is what he believed:

“I’ve decided to think about my ‘beliefs’ in terms of how I live rather than what my unconscious assumptions are. Because there are lots of people that have all sorts of beautiful ‘beliefs’ that live really awful lives. If I’m on the side of a road bleeding, I don’t care if the priest or the Levite have beautiful ‘beliefs’ about the poor and the hurting … Give me the Samaritan. The heretic. The outsider who may have the ‘wrong’ ‘beliefs’ in words and concepts but actually lives out the right beliefs by stopping and helping me. That’s the kind of belief I’m interested in at this point,” he noted.

“What do I believe? Look at my life. That’s what I believe. And that’s the kind of belief I’m interested in for my friends as well. I don’t care so much about what their words and unconscious assumptions are (even though that can make for some enjoyable pub conversation). I care about what kind of lives they live. Do they believe IN the underdog, or do they BELIEVE in the underdog? Do they believe in loving their neighbor or do they believe by loving their neighbor?” he continued.

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12 Comments on “Christian Artist Don't Believe the Bible Literally”

  1. M.

    I guarantee “Christians” will still buy their music. They’re not the only Christian artists that are denying the word of God with their lifestyles.

  2. Angie

    How long until he doesn’t believe in the “literal” death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Unfortunately, if you can’t believe God in Genesis, how can you believe him through Revelation, and believe him for your life today?

  3. Edward

    FOOLISHNESS anyone? This is what happens when the culture becomes your hermeneutic! The Gospel is no longer enough so we have to start looking at our experiences more to validate what we should believe about what God has already said in His Word. Then if it doesn’t fit what we FEEL or THINK then we can just stop believing it. Sad! Whats next? Pretty soon he’ll be saying that he doesn’t believe the “story” about some guy who hung on a cross 2000 years ago. JUST PLAIN FOOLISHNESS!

  4. Kurt Johnson Jr.

    Well I guess my question would be how many of the so called Christian artists speak out against this guy? He was on Martha Munizzi’s album and also with Israel Houghton. Is he really just speaking out for how he feels or is he actually articulating their views and dialogue in their inner circle? This is really why as a musician I don’t chase the dream of gigging all over the place under the umbrella of Gospel and “Inspirational” music. This is some blasphemous stuff and the fact that he could say this is a sad day for minstrels because from what I seen and heard about him, he was a worship leader and musician. The urban church musician now is already corrupted because we make the service about us and cold care less about how we live and conduct ourselves outside of the church. A ineffective musician is unfortunately in most of the churches today and not to mention ego driven. The thing I love most about EX Ministries is the adamant truth always conveyed and that’s why I am a supporter of the ministry and Pastor G Craige Lewis. Because of this ministry , I can say that I have taken my role to be a leader for my family, household, wife and kids. But as far as Grungor, may God show mercy because he is cursing himself. P.S …. Pastor G Craige we need u to come back to Buffalo, NY!!

  5. crystal

    Some things in the Bible ppl don’t believe because they don’t understand. I would be more concerned if they didn’t believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When there r things in the Bible we don’t believe because of our understanding, then it would be best to ask God in prayer for wisdom and understanding of His Word. James says God gives this to us freely when we ask.

  6. Shavon

    This couple is making being a Christian and believing way too complicated. Call me old fashioned but whatever happened to accepting Salvation, believing the Bible, having Faith, trusting in the Lord, singing Praise to Him, living a Sinless life, reading the Bible, going to Church, Evangelizing, raising a Family, going to Work, participating in Church, and being led by the Holy Spirit. I mean these are fundamental things that are missing in my generations idea of what it means to be a Christian. They are also focusing too much on what man has taught them in public school which is obviously causing confusion about what to believe and not believe about the Bible. They are allowing what they were taught in science class to overshadow what they learned in church. The Bible says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. It also says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. God does not care about our evolved philosophies.

  7. RSimms

    “Gungor went on to explain that he has been trying to address his evolution as a Christian but traditional Christians have not been very welcoming.”

    Memo to the Gungors – either you believe HIS WORD or you don’t. You don’t BELIEVE HIS WORD, so therefore, don’t call yourself a CHRISTIAN! You can’t pick & choose from HIS WORD on what you want to believe.

    SATAN IS A LIAR!

  8. Lindarich

    Ok first this man clearly is crazy to evening think you can serve God with out his spoken written and if you don’t believe his written word then you sure can’t say you believe in the word made flesh “JESUS CHRIST” back home we have a name for him playing Christian so he need to drop the Christian artist out of his music and just say he is a artist

  9. Eveline

    Where in the Bible does it say that the world was created 6000 years ago? I believe science and God’s Word work together. There is a lot that we do not understand. Michael is not saying that the flood did not take place, he is saying that he doesn’t know when it happened. This couple is correct – we become Christians through belief, but we show our Christianity by our life. We follow Jesus by loving others, worshiping God, following the commandments, through prayer and trust. No one has the right to tell someone they are not a Christian. Only God and that person know what is really in their hearts.

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