Ex-Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Discusses Faith
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Jeremiah Gregier of Christian Post recently conducted an interview with former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Christian Post: I read somewhere that you grew up in a Christian household. Do you think that was a big part in helping you find your faith?
Welch: [Actually,] I didn't grow up in a Christian household. Yeah, I went to church, an Episcopalian church, probably like 10 times, and I got baptized on my forehead. And I went to Sunday school for like a summer, but that was it. My parents didn't talk about God. There was no God. We just had a family that worked hard. You know, they tried to be good parents, and that was it.
What happened was, when I was in junior high, I was into watching all these horror movies and metal music. I was hanging out with these kids that weren't really nice to me. They were like bullies. And I met this one Christian family at the end of my eighth grade year, and they just told me about Jesus the whole summer.
Toward the end, I went home one night, and I was watching horror movies, I felt led, turned off the TV, and went and prayed. I said, "Lord, let Jesus please come into my heart," because that's what she taught me to pray. And I said, "Amen," and I got up and turned the flick back on. I felt something going on, but I didn't know what it was. And I didn't go and tell her because I just didn't know to.
When high school started, I started drifting back to the old friends and away from the family. I got out of high school, moved to L.A., within a few years I was in KORN. I was living that life without even thinking about that experience. That was until I sunk, you know. So it's all a purpose. God rules.
Christian Post: What do you inevitably want people to take away from your book after they've read it? Do you have a goal for it?
Welch: The goal for my book is like a prayer that I have. It's like, God, I don't want people to read my book and say "Oh, wow. That's cool. Religion worked for him, and if he thinks Christ saved him, that's good." I don't want someone to read it and think "Oh, I'm strong enough to get it on my own. I'll start exercising or something." My prayer is that people would realize how real God is and want to hunger after Him more than anything in this world. I just pray that eyes will be opened.
He's lovable, man. He's so awesome. It's like I'm so content with everything. I could be on a boring plane ride and just think about the Lord. You're in love with God, and He loves you. That's just so awesome.
And I want the whole world to be saved. I know that's kind of an immature Christian, but "Why me, you know? Why do I get this goodness, Lord?" I'm saved by grace only. I didn't do anything except just ask Him. He led me into that church. I just said, "Lord, show me You're real." I even prayed the "doubting Thomas prayer." I was like, "Show me You're real."
So I just want people to know God. I just pray that it imparts a hunger, even Christians, to know God more. You know, deeper. There's always more going to God. Never settle. There are so many Christians that grew up, and they level off somewhere. I've been talking to people, and they're like, "Meh." They even grew up with Him.
We've got to dive into Him. There's so much more. He's a big God. I pray that it imparts a hunger to Christians and others. That's what I want. And if tons of drug addicts get set free from their drugs by the book, that's awesome.
Read the entire interview at www.christianpost.com.
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