Jon Steingard, singer and guitarist for Hawk Nelson, recently made a social media post revealing that he has revoked his faith, declaring, “I no longer believe in God.”
In his Instagram post, Steingard says that his revocation of Christianity was not an overnight decision as he had been grappling with elements of his faith for several years.
“I am now finding that I no longer believe in God,” he wrote, noting, “The process of getting to that sentence has been several years in the making. It didn’t happen overnight or all of a sudden. It’s been more like pulling on the threads of a sweater, and one day discovering that there was no more sweater left.”
Read Jon Steingard’s 9-slide long Instagram post:
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I’ve been terrified to post this for a while – but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest. I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future. I am not looking for a debate at all – just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.
- Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North: “Man I love that you shared this. You know I’m always around to talk about our belief in God or lack thereof. Love you and always will.”
- Jeff Owen of Tenth Avenue North: “Love you Jon. I miss being around your joyful presence. The next time I’m in San Diego I’m hunting you down and hugging you and bro-ing out. I’m here for you and love you.”
- Seventh Days Slumber: “We love you and hope you will continue seeking. Life can hit us hard sometimes. Just know we are always available for you bro!”
- Jeremy Camp: “Love you bro. Always will,”
- Former lead singer of Sanctus Real Matt Hammitt: “To echo so many others here, I have nothing but love in my heart for your old friend.”
- Jordan Feliz: “I am always here for you, no matter what.”
- Jason Roy of Building 429: “I love you bro. Proud of you for who you are. I know this post was hard, but I’m glad you shared where you are and I totally understand it.”
- Chris Llewellyn of Rend Collective: “Hey Jon, your transparency here is really moving. Inspired by your honesty. I’m sorry you had to go through all of this – I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be in our “world” harbouring these kind of questions. Much love!”
- Love and the Outcome thanked him for his “honesty,” calling it “brave,” and said that they “heard” him.
- Stephen Christian of Anberlin: “You are loved friend, let’s hang if you’re ever in Florida! Appreciate you and your honesty.”
- Josh Wilson also sent Steingard “much love” and said he hoped they would cross paths again.
- On Hawk Nelson’s Facebook page, band member Daniel Biro responded to Steingard’s post
“Forever grateful for these brothers of mine. We’ve been through some highs and lows together and we share a very special bond that can’t be broken,” Biro wrote. “There are many seasons to a band, as Hawk Nelson has experienced. But one thing that isn’t seasonal is our support for one another on or off the road touring. God has a unique path for each of us and it’s important that we stay honest with one another. Looking forward to seeing how each of us continues to G R O W.”