David Ellefson: 'The Success Of Megadeth Is Blessed By God'

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson last fall became one of 100 students in the distance education program at the Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Missouri.

David Ellefson: 'The Success Of Megadeth Is Blessed By God'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson last fall became one of 100 students in the distance education program at the Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Missouri. Classes include "Lutheran Distinctions", "Preaching I & II", "Introduction to Worship" and "Scripture and Faith", Speaking to Michael Gryboski of Christian Post, Ellefson stated about his decision to try to become an ordained Lutheran pastor, "I've done higher education in recent years and I do a lot of work inside the church when I'm off the road, too. I do it merely out of my passion for it. So when the SMP program was offered to me from my pastor I thought it would be a great opportunity to play music and still grow in my faith and future opportunities for service to God." He added, "The LCMS offering the SMP education for adults to be raised up in training from within the congregation is really a cool way to do this education and help the church develop pastors and leaders from within their own congregations. It's the only way for someone like me who travels for a living to get any type of higher learning education and this is a matter that is close to my heart and passions anyway." When asked if he saw any conflict between being the bassist for a secular metal band and a Christian, Ellefson told Christian Post, "Some people in the church may see an issue with me playing mainstream music but this is the life I was given and my musical talents are also a gift from God. In hindsight, the formation and success of Megadeth is blessed by God. "For me to have a hunch at 16 to drive to California after my high school graduation, meet Dave Mustaine there at age 18, and then form this group was no random accident. To me, the whole thing has had the Lord's Hands on it from day one. After all, Christian plumbers, mechanics, lawyers, and doctors don't only work in the church, so why should a professional musician?"

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    strat0blaster
    Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    Pagan_Poetry
    shikkaka wrote: Maybe the reason God has fixed poverty, starvation, and disease is because Man keeps interfering? Or because He want us to solve our own problems and grow and a species?
    Yet he helps Tebow's team win? Isn't that solving a problem for someone else and not letting us for ourselves? What about doctors that perform life saving surgeries and people thank God instead of the surgeons? God let us fix our own problems. Not saying that God isn't letting us do our own thing, since I believe one thing, you believe another and it's pointless to argue. You could be very right that God is passive and is letting us do our own thing. Even so, doesn't it make it even more wrong to presume that it was because of God then? Why can't we just accept that we have done something if God really is passive and wants us to fix our own mistakes?
    jurnag12
    Because if there's one thing with God's fingerprints all over it, it's several young men coming together and nearly drinking and drugging themselves to death. And one who actually died.
    iommi600
    I'm not gonna argue about it, that's just his belief. To me, it was because you guys in Megadeth are awesome musicians that know how to make some good shit
    brownfoxjumps
    That's just how most christians are, they call money the root of all evil and then thank God whenever they make some.
    Christians dont call money the root of all evil, its the LOVE of money thats the root of all evil. Nice try.
    Pagan_Poetry
    strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    This x 100
    iommi600
    shredder3386 wrote: I see Ellefson has been drinking some of Mustaine's Jesus potion
    "Jesus potion" goddamnit, I had goosebumps from laughing here
    spyderalex14
    That's just how most christians are, they call money the root of all evil and then thank God whenever they make some.
    Most Christians? Really? And by the way you've completely taken the quote out of context. The bible says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil...not money itself. Maybe you guys should actually try reading the bible objectively before deciding that its just a book of myths and meaningless outdated teachings. Its so funny how many of you have zero concept of what it means to be a christian or religious at all. Your distortions of Christian teaching's are a flat out embarrassment to any arguments you try to make against it.
    Audio-of-Being
    Do you think god got them addicted to drugs too? The same ones that eventually killed Samuelson?
    Downfault
    strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    You obvisiouly don't understand the depth of God and his power and its probably due to your negleligence to believe in a God. But God can do all things. I'm not trying to denounce your opinion but and I can understand why you probably have any qualms with this article. Many people distort the image of God as being this higher power that grants them all their wishes and I totally don't believe in a god like that. Though God will give to those who call upon his name and do his will, I believe that he has given us all a choice to make up our own lives and provides assistance and direction. So its right to give him thanks. Now about suffering, and poverty and all of that. These things were brought into the world by sinful man but are there to make Gods presence known to man. Without suffering we would not understand what plesure is. God will one day end all of that but with the same free will that he has granted to man he expects us to use that free will to make his presence known and we do that by coming together in love and unity and helping to aid in these matters. Its all about freewill, its just a matter of what we do with it.
    shikkaka
    strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    I see it more as humble than arrogant. Even though I typically believe in more of a passive God, he is actually saying that he had very little to do with his success and that it was all thanks to God. That sounds humble to me. Maybe the reason God has fixed poverty, starvation, and disease is because Man keeps interfering? Or because He want us to solve our own problems and grow and a species? I am not trying to argue with you, or defend religion (I know there are plenty of problems with it), but God is like a parent to Man. My parents taught me a lot by letting me solve my own problems.
    Pagan_Poetry
    To me, the whole thing has had the Lord's Hands on it from day one.
    Well, considering Christians believe that God knows everything and all is pre determined, can't you say this about anything? I guess this helps find him closure and purpose, so that's good.
    Rimfrost
    Why all the religious comments from ellefson all of a sudden? Is he trolling?
    CaliforniaKid
    Whats that sound? Why its the sound of Megadeths fans leaving in droves. I'm just fortunate God didn't use some holy mind trick on me to get me to buy any Megadeth records. Mustaine and Ellefson did WAY too many drugs, and now they believe they were "endorsed" by the invisible all powerful thing that doesn't exist. I guess they're meat puppets for christ now. They saved the best drug for last... RELIGION. Scared little boys with rock 'n roll toys.
    gunsnroses#1
    strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    That's just how most christians are, they call money the root of all evil and then thank God whenever they make some.
    ManInTheBox14
    You know how UG has categories like General News, Upcoming Releases, etc? I think we need one called "Stupid Things Megadeth Members Say."
    CaliforniaKid
    Downfault wrote: strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records? You obvisiouly don't understand the depth of God and his power and its probably due to your negleligence to believe in a God. But God can do all things. - God can do all things except anything. Lets see you PROVE that "he" has done anything. Empirical proof little boy. I'm not trying to denounce your opinion but and I can understand why you probably have any qualms with this article. Many people distort the image of God as being this higher power that grants them all their wishes and I totally don't believe in a god like that. - So your God isn't the christian god. Burn in hell sinner. Though God will give to those who call upon his name and do his will, I believe that he has given us all a choice to make up our own lives and provides assistance and direction. - Really. Prove it. So its right to give him thanks. - Why, because if you don't it pisses "him" off? No ego problem there...so much for divine perfection. Now about suffering, and poverty and all of that. These things were brought into the world by sinful man but are there to make Gods presence known to man. - Sinful? Really. Sex is bad if not sanctioned by your pedophile priests (marriage). I guess all life on earth is "sinful" according to your invisible master. Good luck with that. Without suffering we would not understand what plesure is. - So your God makes everyone suffer. What a nice guy. What a completely perfect being. God will one day end all of that but with the same free will that he has granted to man he expects us to use that free will to make his presence known and we do that by coming together in love and unity and helping to aid in these matters. - And by killing those who don't believe the same bible BS. Maybe you never heard of the crusades... where christians took it upon themselves and supposedly sanctioned by your Jesus to kill those that weren't christians. Classy. Its all about freewill, its just a matter of what we do with it. - Yeah... free to do what you're told by the church or burn forever in some fire with a "Devil" in charge. God has never written a book or spoken to anyone one on this planet ever. Prove me wrong. Here's a hint... you can't. Why? Because there is no Santa Claus little boy... sorry.
    Minivirus2
    Fate. Christians liken it to the actions of God. It's a belief system. Get over it and move on.
    Metalxorxdie
    Downfault wrote: strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records? You obvisiouly don't understand the depth of God and his power and its probably due to your negleligence to believe in a God. But God can do all things. I'm not trying to denounce your opinion but and I can understand why you probably have any qualms with this article. Many people distort the image of God as being this higher power that grants them all their wishes and I totally don't believe in a god like that. Though God will give to those who call upon his name and do his will, I believe that he has given us all a choice to make up our own lives and provides assistance and direction. So its right to give him thanks. Now about suffering, and poverty and all of that. These things were brought into the world by sinful man but are there to make Gods presence known to man. Without suffering we would not understand what plesure is. God will one day end all of that but with the same free will that he has granted to man he expects us to use that free will to make his presence known and we do that by coming together in love and unity and helping to aid in these matters. Its all about freewill, its just a matter of what we do with it.
    props!
    Mr Winters
    See, this is one of the reasons why I don't like religions of any kind. I like to think that I'm in control of my own life and that whatever I achieve I achieve it by myself, not thanks to some omnipotent dude up there in the sky. No offense to any religious people who might be reading this, but really, I think that this whole "yeah, this was all thanks to God, I'm blessed by him" attitude is stupid. It's like underestimating yourself, like thinking you can't really do anything because all you do is like God's wish or something. But well of course everyone's free to believe in whatever they want, so yeah, just my opinion. Not trying to start an argument here.
    6-String_Madman
    strat0blaster wrote: Wow, God sure has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between winning football games for Tim Tebow, supporting all our potential Republican nominees, and ensuring Megadeth's continued success, the guy can hardly be bothered to handle other problems like poverty, starvation and disease, which are much more trifling. I'm not Christian, or even overly religious at all, but how is it not considered both blasphemous and arrogant to suggest an omnipotent, all powerful being like God would do something as ridiculous as make sure Megadeth sells records?
    Real cause of man's suffering... Greed. God created the earth to actually provide "enough" resources to support man's needs... but not man's greeds. You look at a rich man's fridge to see spoiling food. Restaurant waste bins with too many leftovers. Houses where the owner does not use. While you see the starving and the homeless. I hope you guys see my point.