For Today Guitarist Says There's 'No Such Thing as a Gay Christian'
The guitarist made these inflammatory, anti-gay statements on Twitter relating to a pastor named Louie Giglio who was supposed to deliver the Benediction at the second inauguration of President Obama on January 21. Giglio has since stepped down from that duty after some harsh comments he had made about the gay community surfaced. The powers-that-be felt the inauguration program should feature people who unite, rather than divide.
Giglio's removal from the inauguration program incensed Reynolds enough to reference the creation of liberal state church that will accept preachers with pro-LGBT stances, which he feels is wrong. He also encouraged everyone to read their Bibles.
He combined string of posts in his Twitter rant shaped up like this:
"There IS a state church being formed, there is going to be an exclusive acceptance of preachers who advocate the LGBT. Don't be deceived, homosexuality is a sin. This sin with all other sins is what Jesus died for. He conquered so that we would be free. No such thing as a gay Christian, the same as there is no such thing as a Christian who loves his sin. Don't be fooled by the formation of a state church as though the government is being converted, they only use the name of Jesus for their Progressive liberal agenda. If you are a Christian then separate yourself from this civil religion that advocates sin. Be true to God."
The band attempted to stanch the bleeding by issuing a follow up statement, which was much kinder yet still advanced their unwavering Christian beliefs. Notice they they don't condone what Reynolds said, but they don't dismiss it either.
"For Today has always and will always be a band that is about loving people, we have no hatred towards any people regardless of what they believe or how they live. We may not agree on everything but Jesus loves you and died for you. And so would we."
For Today's latest album, Immortal, was released last year on Razor & Tie.