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Korn Guitarist Clarifies That He’s Still a Christian, Says Media Used His Words for Click-Bait

Brian Welch
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Grammy Award winning metal band Korn’s Brian Welch (also known as “Head”) made headlines last year after he said that Christianity was his “new addiction.” Some took Welch’s remark as him renouncing his Christian faith.

The world renown guitarist is one of the founding members of the secular band Korn. On February 22, 2005, Welch left the band he helped make popular in the metal rock-n-roll world after accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. Welch wanted to use his musical endeavors for things that honored Jesus, releasing a solo album titled “Save me From Myself.”

Welch later formed a Christian metal band with Spoken’s JR Bareis called Love and Death. The band has released two albums. Their latest album includes Breaking Benjamin’s bass player Jasen Rauch.

On May 5, 2012, Welch reunited with Korn on stage at a festival in North Carolina. Welch was there as a special guest for Red, a popular Christian rock band that has been invited to multiple secular festivals over their career. Welch announced he was rejoining Korn full-time on May 2, 2013, and recorded “The Paradigm Shift” with the band after a 10-year hiatus.

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A few years after Welch’s announcement of becoming a born again Christian, Korn’s bass player Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu announced he had found Jesus after the passing of his father. Arvizu stepped away from the band in 2021, releasing a statement that said in part, “I will be working towards getting the bad habits out of my system.”

The two bandmates can regularly be spotted praying with and witnessing to their fans at Korn concerts. On one particular occasion, they were filmed with Todd White at a show praying for concert goers, laying hands on them, and sharing the gospel.

Welch posted a video last month titled “Am I Still A Christian?” The two minute video addressed a podcast interview he did with Machine Head’s Rob Flynn in March of last year.

“The Christian news media and other websites and stuff—especially the Christian side—there’s been a lot of stories about Christian musicians renouncing their faith,” Welch said. The heavy metal rocker remarked that those types of stories are “really good for click bait.”

“A lot of these media outlets took [what I said in the interview] and thought that I was renouncing it. So it was definitely taken out of context,” Welch said.