For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds: 'Homosexuality Is a Sin'

Christian metalcore band guitarist says that "homosexuality is a sin" and is urging fellow Christians to "separate" themselves from any "civil religion that advocates sin."

For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds: 'Homosexuality Is a Sin'
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Guitarist Mike Reynolds of the Christian metalcore band For Today says that "homosexuality is a sin" and is urging fellow Christians to "separate" themselves from any "civil religion that advocates sin." In a series of tweets earlier (scroll down to read them), Reynolds commented on the news of Pastor Louie Giglio's withdrawal from President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration ceremony after reports emerged of an anti-gay sermon the Atlanta pastor delivered in the 1990s, reports Blabbermouth. Reacting to the report that LGBT advocates responded to Giglio's selection by launching a petition calling for Obama to replace him with a pastor who has a history of supporting LGBT equality, Reynolds wrote: "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." He continued: "[There is] 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." After the guitarist's comments drew ire from some of his followers, the band issued the following collective statement via its Facebook page: "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 studio album, "Immortal", sold nearly 15,000 copies in its first week of release in the United Sattes to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD received mixed reviews from UG users and currently holds 7.5/10 rating on Ultimate Guitar.

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    WholeLottaIzzy
    This sort of thing pisses me off. It's the 21st century for ****'s sake. Get with the times.
    Oixord
    That is exacly like saying 'It's a sin to be born with brown hair'. You have no control over the way you are born. It pisses me off when people don't understand that...
    tennesseehild
    I do not quiet support this comment as I have seen many men and women just one day DECIDE that they want to be with people of the same sex. I am by no means advocating the comments above, but I am saying that the arguement that people are "born to be LGBT", I believe is a false assumption. As for further comment I hope that when the WBC and all those christians that proclaim that things are a sin because they do not agree with that lifestyle, get to Heaven ,if there is one (I belive in Valhalla), and God and Jesus turn out to be queer as the day is long.
    raoooos
    You've seen people "decide"? Are you sure they weren't just hiding their real feelings for fear of judgement and oppression from close-minded morons?
    Lion_Slicer
    It's not really a "belief" if it is objectively and demonstratively wrong. I can't "believe" the sky is pink with green polka dots.
    chrisa94
    For ****'s sake, it's this sort of thing that makes it hard to be Catholic in this day and age. The biblical arguments against homosexuality are similar to those against having a tattoo, or even 'wearing two clothes of different material'. It's mainly from the old Jewish law, the vast majority of which is disregarded by modern Christians anyway.Please don't take this guy as a spokesperson for all Christians, most of us are tolerant, functioning members of society.
    starsky133
    I know you exist, and thank you for being a good Christian. I just wish more of them were like you.
    metalgod96
    The logic behind so many of these arguments is flawed. "God created everyone.What you are is how God made you." So if someone is gay, suddenly God didn't make them and they're sinners. I'm also pretty sure the bible says we are all equal under the eyes of God, right? So if God places homosexuals at the same level as everyone else, why can't we? I don't care for (or really believe in) God, but he/she doesn't bother me. It's just a very vocal chunk of his followers that are a-holes. Also, I think the creator of the universe with infinite power has far better things to do than worry about who's sleeping with who and who's in love with who.
    tennesseehild
    What I would like to know is: By Christian philosiphy God knows everything about your life before you are even born, has plans for your life, knows your every thought, etc. So if God hates LGBT as much as everyone believes then why even create them when God knows how they will turn out?
    turn_the_page93
    Free will. If God made every one of us perfect, law-abiding citizens without the option to choose otherwise then we'd just be a bunch of slaves to His will, with no real reason for existence. Like the garden of Eden; the fruit from the tree of good/evil wasn't in itself evil, but more of a representation of the option to go against his will. I say this as a non-denominational Christian, and I do support gay rights.
    EyesWideOpen
    It's impossible for something to know everything and for there to be free will at the same time. It just doesn't make logical sense. Either god is all powerful or he gave us free will and doesn't know what will happen.
    Voodoochile711
    If his religion holds a certain belief and he truly believes in that religion then no one has any right to hate him for it. He is just stating his beliefs using the right given to him by our constitution.
    EyesWideOpen
    Just because he has the right to say what he wants doesn't mean we don't have the right ot criticise it. People are quick to pick holes in everything and then for some reason when belief comes into it we're just supposed to back away and "respect their beliefs".
    Craig_Christian
    Is that the same constitution that allows the continuous massacres at the hands of gun toting maniacs?
    Voodoochile711
    ....Even if that WAS in the constitution (it definitely isn't and never has been), can you really say it's fine to hate someone for their beliefs? Isn't that what everyone's accusing him of?
    tric565
    someones beliefs and actions are exactly what they should be judged on. people are entitled to believe whatever they want and we are entitled to hate each other for those beliefs too. And there is a difference between his side and their hate speech towards homosexuals or atheists or other religions or women. Our side allows them to say what they want as long as the accept the fact the majority will not agree with them and will probably have a lot of hostility towards them for it. Do you think that if it was people like this fellow or those god hates f*gs people who had the power that they be quite so diplomatic?
    Lion_Slicer
    The kind of hate he is getting is mostly just anonymous people on the internet thinking he's a moron. On the other hand, the kind of hate he is promoting is the systematic denial of human rights to millions of citizens because of the way they are. I hate that kind of thing. Any American should.
    Craig_Christian
    Who gives a shit about this morons' opinion. He should just go and play with himself... Oh wait, that's a sin.
    Zan595
    I don't know what's more ridiculous, this asshat's completely narrow minded opinion on homosexuality, or all the "modern" Christians that are jumping in saying "MODERN CHRISTIANITY DOESNT SUPPORT THIS! WE'RE HIP!". You either believe in the bible, or you don't. There is no picking out the pieces you like and only listening to those, and there is no "updating" your holy scripture every hundred years to keep up with the times.
    yoman297
    I'm on my way to being agnostic... basically the only things I believe now are the things that came out of the mouth of Jesus himself. I know it's bullshit and I can't really defend that.
    DexterF
    You never heard what that carpenter from nazareth said. You know chinese whispers. But good thing you don't take for granted what the propaganda ministry throws at you.
    DexterF
    I renounced my faith anyway, but seriously, if christians said "we will update our holy scripture because we really really need to arrive in the 21st century" that would increase chances of them and me coming closer to being friends at least. Why shouldn't they?
    Zan595
    Because their "scripture" was apparently written by a prophet thousands of years ago, who was told what to write down by God himself. If these people truly believed in the Christian God, they wouldn't be changing his word every couple of years to make themselves more acceptable to the general populace's views. You can't just say "Oh, well people aren't agreeing with this holy scripture thing anymore, let's modify it." Even worse are people who claim to be Catholic and follow absolutely none of the bible's teachings, then say things like "I have my own relationship with God." or completely deny certain sections of the bible exist. My point- you either follow the original scripture and you're a mindless, racist, sexist, genocide enthusiast; or you follow the "new" scripture, and you're a mindless sheep that's following a religion so constantly updated that it isn't even close to being the same religion anymore.
    Zan595
    And don't take this as me hating all Christians, I don't- a few of my best friends and band mates are the modern "Catholic" type. We've just grown to accept that we don't like each other's views on the topic, doesn't mean we can't get along.
    Whiteboy_az
    It's Christians like this that slowly turned me Agnostic.
    shoule79
    They almost turned me off of Christianity, but I more kind of feel sorry for them now. They must have had something bad happen to them or to their families to harbor this kind of hate for someone who hasn't done anything to them.
    mrozzy123fest
    things like theese make me happy to be an atheist haha
    SteezyBeast420
    Everyone needs to watch this movie The Genesis Code it is amazing. And remain open minded for those who don't believe in the Bible
    DexterF
    Beware the cult of purity // Infectious imbecility What bugs me is that enough people who don't know the lyrics will like their music and propagate the band without knowing what sort of nazi shit they're supporting. While nazi rock bands don't make a secret of what goes around in their heads this "christian" thing disguises their mindset as being something about love harmony yadda yadda. Revelation, Revolution, I see through your Christ illusion!
    Shredderman2010
    This article is a joke. They left out the fact that the band kicked out that guitarist the next day, and that another member then posted a video saying how sorry he was and offering for anyone offended by the guitarist's comments to call his cell phone and talk to him
    Hungry_Hameds
    Ironically enough the now-ex guitarists comments have probably brought more attention to the band he's now left than they've ever had... sucks to be him in lots of ways...
    wmed05
    While I don't necessarily agree with everything he said, let the man have his beliefs just as you've been allowed to have yours. This whole "Christians are the Devil" thing is getting old. The level of close-minded, immature hate-mongering on this site is absolutely ridiculous. And the guys that write these articles aren't helping anything by constantly putting out articles meant to induce flaming so they can get more traffic on UG. It's good to know that the shocking level of unprofessionalism hasn't changed here.
    ThatZachGuy
    "I believe in morality, which is doing what is right regardless of what I'm told... not in religion, which is doing what I'm told regardless of what is right." - Anonymous I know it's not original, but I feel like this is the perfect statement against the whole "it's a sin" bullshit.
    MichaelScarn
    I actually disagree with him on the "there is no such thing as a gay christian" homosexuality is just another sin that people can struggle with- just like heterosexual lust or alcoholism or anything else- I believe you can be a christian and gay but I dont see how you can not try to to get out of that lifestyle when the Bible clearly says "it is detestable"- unfortunately many Christians are ignorant of their own religion
    dr718
    The angrier a person gets in response to comments like these, the more they should look at themselves and ask why it bothers them so much. Maybe it's how you feel about yourself that makes you so uptight about simple words from a guy in a band...
    Telemonster4
    I agree completely. It seems kind of ridiculous that everyone is calling him judgmental and saying he is hating, while at the same time they are judging and hating Christians based off of one persons words. Seems a little hypocritical imo