Tim Lambesis Admits Pretending to Be Christian to Sell Records

Former As I Lay Dying front man alleges that his band mates did the same.

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In a new interview with Alternative Press (via SupaJam), former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has stated that he lied about being a Christian in order to sell records. Lambesis, who was recently convicted of attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, revealed that he as been an atheist for some time:

"Truthfully, I was an atheist. I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I'm pretty sure they dropped it, too."

The singer began questioning his faith when he majored in religious studies while attending college through a long distance course.

"In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one," he said.

"The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me," Lambesis explained. "I felt less guilty if I decided, 'Well, marriage isn't a real thing, because Christianity isn't real. God isn't real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.'"

He went on to reveal that he kept up the act in order to keep selling records to Christian fans:

"I remember one Christian festival where an interviewer wanted one of the guys [in the band] to share his testimony, and he just froze up and let one of the guys who was still a Christian at the time answer the question. We laughed about it afterward, but we were only laughing because it was so awkward.

"When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I'd be like, 'Um, go ahead and pray!' I would just let them pray. I'd say 'Amen.' If praying while I have my hand on their shoulder makes them feel better, I didn't want to take that away from them. When they would specifically ask me to pray for something, I'd say, 'I don't really like to pray out loud, but I'll take that with me to the bus."

He also stated that his band wasn't the only group on the Christian rock circuit who were lying about their faith:

"We toured with more 'Christian bands' who actually aren't Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands.

"A lot of Christian parents said, 'Yes, you can buy this As I Lay Dying CD, because they're a Christian band.' They don't even think to actually check the lyrics. So when you change your views, you kind of owe it to the fans to be honest."

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    south park did it! south park did it!
    "I wanna get down on my knees and please you, Jesus, feel your salvation all over my face"
    I'll say it again! F**k Jesus!!!! Definitely in my top 10 episodes. It's how I learned that all black people have a bass guitar in their basements.
    Faith + 1 the only christian band that matters.
    I love you jesus. I want you to walk with me. I'll take good care of you baby. Ill call you my baby, Baby.
    "whenever i see Jesus up on that cross, i can't help but think, he looks kinda hot"
    "The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me," Lambesis explained. "I felt less guilty if I decided, 'Well, marriage isn't a real thing, because Christianity isn't real. God isn't real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.'" These are not the words of a real atheist. These are the words of a confused christian who is angry at his god. As someone who is an atheist myself, I wouldnt cheat on someone because its immoral and will toy with the feelings and emotions of other parties involved. Not because there may or may not be some sky daddy above judging me. The guy is trying to make out that he only ever did bad because he lost his faith. In a few years he will come back into the press claiming to have found God again and back on the right path of righteousness. The christian press will lap it up too. What a knob.
    So he basically stopped being Christian because he had to justify the fact he cheated on his wife.
    Jacques Nel
    Yeah this was the worst part, he is trying to make himself feel better by trying to make himself believe there is no god so he has no one to answer to for cheating. That's not a moment of clarity, that's a moment of cowardice.
    Marriage is nothing but whatever you make it to be. You can promise eternal love without marriage and you can get married without even being in love in the first place.
    I agree. While Christianity may have a set of morals, it is far from the only source of morality and anyone who thinks so is completely blind.
    I have to agree and disagree. He does sound like someone that 'lost' religion because he needed an excuse and not because he actually thought his way through it and came to a new conclusion, and most atheists, myself included, wouldn't dare behave the way he has behaved. But, I do have to point out the no true Scotsman fallacy here. There is no concept of a 'real' atheist because there's no atheist doctrine. If he came to the conclusion that there's no evidence in favor of God, then he is an atheist whether he behaves the way us atheists do or not.
    Its not so much the way he behaved that isnt a way in which an atheist behaves since being an atheist is not something that dictates a way to behave. My point was his definition of an atheist, even when he was supposedly one him self, was that very same idea of an atheist that a lot of christians have, that being that atheists cant have morals because they dont have god. Its almost as if whats hes trying to say is "Being good was too hard so I tried evil and it got me in trouble." It just doesnt come across as someone who truly did lose their faith.
    Nailed it. I was thinking the same thing when I read that. Sorry Tim, but you're not a Christian or an atheist. You're just an amoral sociopath who's made it abundantly clear that you are incapable of caring about anyone else, and willing to say absolutely anything to avoid taking responsibility for your own actions. Rot in prison, you worthless sack of sub-human shit. I only hope that somebody in there kills you so you don't ever get to live free again.
    So where do you get you're right and wrong from then? Some cultures feel that adultery, rape, murder, and genocide are an acceptable way of life. Some say they are wrong. How do you decide who is right? True atheists believe "conscience" is simply a set of values imprinted by the culture inwhich you live.
    This is old news. This is from the AP interview they published with him 3 weeks ago.
    Exactly. The interview was really interesting and long BTW, he explains his insanity in great detail.
    Most people pretend to be Christian.
    As someone who considers himself a Christian (and admittedly, not a very good one), I am genuinely curious to know what you mean by this.
    I would presume he ment that a great majority of people who are or say they are religious, haven't even thought about it seriously, or at least after infancy. It's just something people tend to say to make themselves feel better or to justify something ludicrous, and of course the most irritating one, to feel supperior to others. OR Fore the sole reason that alot of "tolerant" religious people frown or even ridicule the ones who don't believe in man made fairytales, but use science as a way to try and explain our existence as accurately as possible, with the evidence at hand.
    How the hell is this news? He said that in the huge 6-page interview after which Hipa called him a "sociopath". I still think that interview is a must-read for anyone with any interest of this case despite its length. And after reading it and the subsequent reactions, I still think that as absolutely ****ed up as his "morality" was (which he admits himself), the others (band and wife) are hardly in a great position to bash him, as there's a LOT of stuff in there that shows they are hardly saintly and pure, to say the least, which they've never addressed. He's by far the worst and deserves his jail time, but the way they present themselves as innocent angels is a bit pathetic.
    Whether a sky fairy exists or not, cheating on your significant other is a douchy thing to do.
    Leave it to UG to exploit the same interview for 3 weeks just to continue making small articles off of a few quotes
    What a band selling some "faith" for money?! Slayer isnt a satanic band, but they sure sold the hell outta Satan. Artists portray who the fans want to see. Look at A7X with their made up "metal" names and production, while playing half metal and still enticing metal fans. All the world is a stage, its just that most people are simply in the audience. All they see is the persona. If we knew these "stars", who they really are, they wouldnt be stars at all.
    Just stop making news out of it. It's over, he's in jail. Case closed.
    His comments are actually really insightful. Using religion as a basis for teaching children morals is kind of an uncertain way of teaching morals because when they get older they may not continue to believe in the religion, which leaves them with no real respect for the morals they were taught.
    I think the most pathetic part of it all is that it actually worked. Religion really breeds the stupid in some people, and by god is it easy to exploit them.
    "I felt less guilty if I decided, 'Well, marriage isn't a real thing, because Christianity isn't real. God isn't real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.'" Nevermind his wife's feelings on the matter. It's weird how some people seem to believe that morality only matters when there's a "lord" that's going to either punish or reward your actions in the end.
    Yup, that's what I thought too. You don't need God or the government to stop you from cheating on your wife, if you truly love her it just comes naturally.
    Precisely. Whether he intended to or not, he admitted to being a complete sociopath with that statement.
    Although its stupid that he thought morality only comes from a sky man, it is only what he thought at the time. Give the guy a break ffs
    Jacques Nel
    From seeing the things that are revealed about these musicians once they are convicted of crimes, (also see Ian Watkins), I'm wondering how many more musicians are walking around with a major dark side.
    Honestly, this dark side has always been a major thing in music and art in general. Shouldn't really surprise anyone to be fair.
    Everyone has a dark side (the meaning behind Lord of the Flies). But it depends on the mentality of the person to suppress that dark side. It's very easy to snap at any point at any time.
    Tim Lambesis introduced me to metal. When I first heard As I Lay Dying, I didn't realise they were (marketed as) a Christian band. As a born again Christian, the more I hear of this dude, the more disappointed I am in him. His life is ruined now, let's see how he picks up the pieces. The beauty of it is that God will take him back
    Wow -- this guy is just pure trash. Misleading people and trying to off his wife....rot in jail bitch.
    This article came out a while ago... Six page interview. It was very interesting. Yet only now UG post an article about it? Kinda slow.
    I honestly like tim's music but he made a bad mistake and is paying for it. He was a troubled and I'm not buying it.
    This is ****ing weeks old who ****ing cares I sure ****ing don't. How many more articles are UG going to make out of the same ****ing interview Tim gave to AP.
    Admitting your mistakes is a very Christian thing to do.
    It's a very mature thing to do. It has nothing to do with any religion whatsoever. It's what adults are supposed to do.
    It's what intelligent people, child or adult, do do. It's the ones that are less fortunate intellectually who do not realize that one can be a good person just for the heck of it, not because a book said so.
    They could have easily retitled this article "Worst of the Pretend-Christian Douchebags Blames His Poor Judgement On Other Pretend-Christian Douchbags & Pretend-Christianity".
    end of the day, if you enjoy the music then who cares? who's ever listened to a song and thought ah crap, the musicians arent really vegetarians, suddenly i dont like that riff.. or oh crap, the singer shoots bears... that means my lifetime favourite album is now crap and worthless. ENJOY THE MUSIC. lifes way too short to judge people on their personal lives. a mans gotta make a living, what do you think a gimmick is. intentional or not, if you like a band you like them, deception is irrelevant. the only hypocrites here are the ones who now hate the man and the band for this... WHO CARES?
    They were a Christian metal band?!?! This story keeps getting more ****ed up.