Narnia Comments On Westboro Baptist's Plans To Protest Dio's Funeral
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Christian power metallers Narnia recently announced their intention to disband. Narnia Guitarist CJ Grimmark has now checked in with the following statement regarding the plans of Westboro Baptist to protest Ronnie James Dio's public memorial service:
"With the resent statements of the 'Westboro Baptist Church' regarding Ronnie James Dio in mind, I feel obliged to make the following statement. First, I sincerely hope it's all a prank by someone with a bad and hopefully rare sense of humor (such as someone wanting to bash the WBC), but if it's not - let me say: Statements by fanatics does NOT represent a majority - never ever. What was said about Ronnie after his recent passing away made me sick to my stomach. As a christian believer there are many things that was written and sung by RJD that I'm not behind at all. But do I want to judge him? No!
"Does God allow or encourage ANY human to judge him or any other human for that matter, or wish someone 'to hell'? NO, it's strictly against the teachings of Jesus! What would Jesus do?
Think about it before you answer. Remember, we are all sinners but we're equally loved by God, and he wants us ALL by his side. The door is open to anyone who wants to enter. Not by our perfection but by the grace of God.
"I've read some flaming reactions on for example blabbermouth.net and as much as I can understand the aggressive reactions I'd like to ask everyone; please do not presume that this is the type of view all Christians have, because it's simply not, and lets try to move on and forgive. Lets not make a general bashing of christian or religious people in general. In closing I would like to say to Ronnie: Since the first time I met You, I have prayed for You - and I still am. You will be missed and I hope we will meet again. Thanks for You great music and for the little time we had together. My best wishes to Wendy Dio and everyone else who was close to Ronnie. Over and out."
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