Recently, Korn’s guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch received backlash from Christians for praying for transgenders after one of his concerts.
Brian co-founded Korn, the American nu metal band, in 1993. As of 2012, Korn’s albums had sold around 35 million copies worldwide; they have received two Grammy Awards and two MTV Music Video Awards. In 2005, Brian shocked his bandmates and fans when he decided to quit the band to dedicate his life to serving God. At the time, he was battling a drug and alcohol addiction, but through his newfound faith, he was able to overcome and go on to become a successful solo artist. Brian rejoined Korn in 2013 and now uses his fame and platform to share the love of Jesus with his fans.
Shortly after, Christians began posting negative comments to the guitarist for embracing the transgender community to which Welch responded:
“Regarding my post about transgenders yesterday: Most comments were amazing thanks.
To the few people that were running their mouth about Sodom and Gomorrah and the sin of homosexuality, please open your hearts and read this carefully: God looks at the heart and man looks on the outside. What I do and what we all need to do is find out what is inside people’s hearts.
One of the people in the photo yesterday shared their pain and horrible abuse that happened to them that went on for years I think.
Another had ‘Christians’ attack them and throw them away like trash in the past.
These people and dozens of others on my tour this summer are getting some level of inner-healing. They are experiencing non-judgmental Jesus lovers who are planting seeds and speaking life into them. Some of them are having instant change, but for most of them, it’s going to take some time.
Many tears are being shed and their hearts are softening. Each heartless post from you judgemental (sic) ones are only helping to harden their hearts to Jesus once again.”
Brian continued with some great words of wisdom and a plea:
“The gospel of Christ isn’t like fast food. Not everyone has an overnight dramatic conversion like mine. Often times the relationship with God takes hold many years or even a decade or more later.
When you religious people try to force instant repentance and point out people’s flaws, you are dismantling what God is trying to do inside of hearts.
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.”