Former STRYPER bassist Tim Gaines has issued a statement explaining in greater detail his decision to leave the group this past August. His statement reads as follows:"On August 13th, 2004 — 21 years to the day that I joined STRYPER — I have given my resignation. Without going into any great detail, I made the decision to 'retire' from STRYPER in April of 2004, after what I felt was a successful end to a reunion tour and final concert in Puerto Rico the previous month. The decision was made after months of prayer, and ultimately it was the Lord who gave me peace about leaving. I wish the guys in STRYPER all the best. I pray for them and the ministry God has given them. I pray that the Lord continues to use them. "As for the fans, some of you have written and voiced your dissapointment, and some have voiced their support. To those who I have disappointed, I am sorry. There is a season for change, and now is my season. If I were to stay in STRYPER I would not grow into the person that the Lord wants me to be. I know that the new bass player for STRYPER will keep you well entertained. He is a great player and entertainer, and he is spiritually in tune with the Lord. For those of you who have voiced your support, myself and [wife] Irene do appreciate your prayers. Although I cannot personally write everyone back who has emailed me, I do read everything that comes in, and it makes me glad to see so much encouragement. Please pray for Gods direction in our lives as we move on to other things."
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