‘If I can convince even one hardhearted Christian to stop posting about instant repentance and hell fire while me and my friends are trying to love people to Jesus over time, then I guess this post was worth it.
‘It’s a tiring job trying to persuade my people to fall in love with the Son of God, Jesus, while other “Christians” are chasing them away with their posts at the same time.
‘I’m begging you, please stop.”’
The above quote is part of a statement by popular metal guitarist/singer Brian Head Welch of secular metal band Korn after he received some heated feedback from Christians when he posted an LGBT-affirming post on his social media account. One of the photos appearing in the post includes a girl pretending to be a boy in addition to a woman who shows most of her breasts through a netted top as Welch, a supposed Christian, stands beside them.
Like many singers claiming Christianity (whether secular or in the Christian music industry), Welch has shown himself to be liberal in his views to the point he thinks as long as someone says they’re a Christian, it means they’re a Christian regardless of what they do (Mark 7:6), including blatant sin. So just how far are we to take reaching out to the lost?
Should we be like Welch, whose lyrics are full of curse words and whose videos with Korn have Satanic imagery? Welch complains that the critics of his LGBT message were not looking at the hearts of transgenders and misquotes scripture to back his misguided claims. When God told us he looks at the heart in 1 Samuel, he was actually talking about humans misjudging righteous people by their outward appearance instead of judging them by their righteous, godly actions. Jesus even told us that a person can be determined as having an unclean heart as reflected in their actions:
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7
LGBTs are fornicators, lascivious, and prideful, so we can conclude that what’s in their heart is evil. Although Welch has deceived himself into believing he represents Christianity as he chastises Christian critics, he is actually the one harming the Christian message by teaching sinners their sin is okay with God. Yes, there is a point to be made about how we approach sinners in a non-belligerent manner (sometimes), but our message is not supposed to be a milktoast, watered down message either.
I’m of the opinion that Welch is like so many others proclaiming Christianity who hide their concerns about being popular and fear of men behind a false gospel, seeker sensitive message so as not to offend people as they offend God. The takeaway for me from this incident is to know God’s word enough and the Holy Spirit well enough to navigate the proper approach toward sinners in a way that primarily glorifies God yet secondarily helps the sinner’s understanding even if they reject the message. It’s an approach that is best helped by genuine love for God first and love for our fellow man.
Welch’s way has allowed the way of truth to be evil spoken of by unbelievers (2 Peter 2:2). That’s something we should avoid as Christians.