Brian 'Head' Welch: 'I Know God Loves Korn'

"It's crazy how bold people are online," the guitarist said while discussing the hate he got from a number of Christians.

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Although a great deal of music fans couldn't be happier about the return of axeman Brian 'Head' Welch to the ranks of nu metal veterans Korn, there is always a certain group disapproving his work with the band.

As Head himself revealed in his Loudwire column, such a group consists of several Christians who had bashed Korn for not "honoring the God" with their music.

"I was getting some crap from a few Christians that were commenting online that Korn weren't 'honoring The Lord' in their music," the guitarist said. "There was a time when I didn't think God would be very into Korn's music and lifestyle, but I've learned that He loves everyone where they're at. And I know God loves Korn's music because it's passionate and very honest."

Head continued by focusing on the haters, saying, "I just trip out on these people that have the balls to judge people so harshly with their negative, hateful attitudes. It's crazy how bold people are online. Not one person has come with their negative attitudes to my face. Luckily, most of the Christians are cool and 'get it.' I only have to deal with a small number of knuckleheads."

In the rest of his column, the axeman gave fans a bit more of a thorough insight of what the band's been up to lately, expressing once again his excitement for returning to Korn ranks. "It was like I never left, man," he said. "Everything just felt so natural."

The guitarist wrapped it up with nothing short of a positive attitude, saying, "Life just keeps changing, and though it's tough at times, the journey is totally meaningful nowadays and worth every tear. And the good times always outweigh the bad - that's for sure!"

The upcoming Korn studio effort, "The Paradigm Shift," is set to drop on October 1 as the 11th record in the group's opus and the first one to feature Welch handling the axeman duties since 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror."

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    Well I'm Christian that is a metalhead and loves Korn so...yeah its just a small bunch of fundamentalist crazies giving them flack.
    Great point, but I think they are more legalists than fundamentalists. The non-Christian folks reading this might wonder what I am talking about, so I'll try to explain by saying that there are many Christians who are more about telling others to follow rules, but they have little love in their hearts. As a Christian I will say that the truth is: God loves us all, no matter who you are or what you've done. Anyone who tells you different is full of crap!
    This^ People so often confuse fundamentalism with legalism.
    Pretty much. Jesus said to love others as we love ourselves. If every Christian followed this command, our religion wouldn't have to worry about anything except helping others and loving people to Christ, instead of hating what we don't understand and being judgmental. It's not like Christians are born perfect or are ever perfect and it's time we start acting like the forgiven sinners we are instead of perfect angels sent to judge the folks that live differently than us. I myself am still learning and growing , and pray that I learn to love more and judge less. Having said that, I still say things and do things that I look back on and see I should have done differently. But thank God I am forgiven.
    It's Christians like you guys that Westboro should listen too Studying at a Christian College has made me grow so much to understand a lot of these points well Seriously, we have to include ourselves in the world, it's too full of awesome things to miss out on. Poo on those who stick their heads in the sand (legalists) and let's enjoy what life has to offer
    I find it incredibly arrogant when Christians claim to know the mind of god.
    True, and if God is meant to love everybody, wouldn't he love Korn and their music? Especially if they themselves are Christians...
    As a Christian, I couldn't agree more. Gnosticism goes both ways though, and gnostic atheists are equally arrogant.
    It's hard enough to understand the heads of believers at the best of times, never mind that of a fictional character.
    Trying to work out a pun between you saying "the heads of believers" and "Brian 'Head' Welch"....
    God is a personal thing... more something inside yourself than a universal truth. It's not arrogant to claim you know the mind of god, to know your god is to know yourself. It is however, incredibly arrogant and bigoted to tell other people how to live their lives just because you know your god.
    What the **** is it with Americans and Religion? You wouldn't see Thom Yorke or James Blake coming out and talking about Christian Faith.
    No idea. It is however the LOUD ANNOYING ones that get the attention whilst educated people who know better get on with their lives. Besides, we know Lemmy exists. I think he has a book or two knocking about too.
    Perhaps they just want to exercise their freedom of religion as much as possible? Like guns I suppose, these things are in the constitution so they feel they have to use them all the time. And no I don't literally mean every American.
    B/C true faith is who you are, not just something you claim on Sundays. If you are afraid of people knowing your faith then I wouldn't call it much of any kind of faith.
    I'm a Christian and like Korn. Seriously there are so many Christians who need to get the hell over themselves
    In a similar vein, I'm an Orthodox Jew who is a huge metalhead. While some find it strange, I don't find anything contradictory about it. To me, metal is just a form of art. So what if bands like Slayer (whom I like) sing about anti-religious topics? Even Tom Araya (who is Catholic) understands that it's just a show. The only songs I don't listen to are songs that outright blaspheme G-d, like Shemhamforesh by Behemoth (the title of the song is a Hebrew phrase representing the name of G-d that we are not allowed to ever speak), and Ain Elohim by Celtic Frost (which is Hebrew for 'there is no G-d'). I don't send hate mail or boycott the band - i just skip those songs.
    This guy realizes that God isn't real, right?
    How do you know?
    I have this kind of "belief" that it's currently impossible to determine the existence or non-existence of any kind of divinity, even though most holy books provides controversial stories or nothing new at all about the way we act here on Earth. We have no compelling evidence to support anything metaphysical, so I just put it "on hold" and wait for one of these to appear. But oh well, just my 2 cents.
    No one knows. However just because we can't prove that something doesn't exist isn't evidence for that things existence. Personally I do not believe in god. That doesn't mean that I know that there is no god. It's just a withholding of belief. That's the rational position until evidence has been put forward for the existence of god. And then further evidence that that one particular god of the thousands that have been postulated is the true one.
    Also there's the burden of proof - the guy who came first and said that there is a god has to proove it. Non-believers do not have to prove anything. Otherwise I can come up with all kinds of spaghetti monsters and nobody can disprove them.
    Real or not, his belief saved his life. You can act as uptight as you like, but good things came out of his faith - so, sure, we all might be crazies talking to an imaginary friend... If that imaginary friend keeps life from killing us, I'm cool with it.
    Nero Galon
    God is different to everyone, the way people project how and what he thinks about the way they should live life is totally down to the individual. The only thing grouping people together into religions is gang-like names groups such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism etc. They all fundamentally want the same things but they follow by different stories resulting in silly conflict. It's like with Brian, he thinks Korn would be acceptable in the eyes of God, whereas his fellow Christians would disagree.
    Since everybody else is doing it... here's my two cents. To understand someone you must match wits with them. If God is omniscient. how are we supposed to match wits with him? Secondly, if God is omnipotent, couldn't he just use his power to exist and operate outside the realm of mortal human logic and science? If this is the case, how would we know? For that matter, how could we be certain of anything at all?
    Proverbs 26:11, As a dog returns to its own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Ephesians 4:22-24, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Brian, himself in books and interviews, testifies that his involvement with the band Korn had the most negative impact on his life. For Brian to say God loves the band members of Korn, I believe is a true statement and alines with what the Bible says about God. For Brian to say God loves the music Korn creates and songs that they sing is a lie straight out of the pit of hell. Your either honoring God or your not, there is no middle ground. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters". I will leave it at this and pray that this is not Brian's story one day. 2 Peter 2:20-22, For if, after they (professing christians) have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it turning back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire." Satan's greatest tool is deception and making you think you can do whatever you want and it will all be alright.