With the news that Gungor “drifts from biblical orthodoxy” http://http://www.worldmag.com/2014/08/gungor_drifts_from_biblical_orthodoxy I am reminded by the Parable of the Sower and the Seed in Mark 4.
In Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible, “In the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all. Of the many that hear the word of the gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit.”
I am not an expert of all things Gungor, I do enjoy their music, whether they are Christian or not, however, in Mark 4:18-19, Jesus states: “The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.”
I wonder what happened to Gungor and why the change (the article does state “Gungor began questioning long-held religious beliefs”), however, I do point to the seed falling on thorns that “all too quickly the message is crowded out”, we see more “falling aways” then we “see” “coming to”, Jesus. We need to publicize the coming to Jesus more, these negative issues “crowd out” our encouragement. Hebrews 10:24 – Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. We as Christians should encourage, motivate and build up (1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing) one another.
Jesus’ arms are always open to the repentant hearts (Luke 15:7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!), so as always, there is hope, for their return.