Guitarist Mike Reynolds has quit the Christian metalcore band FOR TODAY — just one day after posting a string of controversial tweets on homosexuality and religion.
The remaining members of FOR TODAY have released the following statement regarding Mike's exit from the group:
"Mike Reynolds is no longer a part of FOR TODAY. He has decided that now is the time for he and his wife to put their plans in motion to enroll in Bible college, and to begin working toward full-time missions work in the Middle East. Mike will be replaced by longtime friend of the band, and former IN THE MIDST OF LIONS guitar player, Sam Penner, who will be appearing with the band as they headline their upcoming Fight The Silence tour."
In addition, FOR TODAY frontman Mattie Montgomery has released a public statement to anyone affected by Mike's recent comments regarding homosexuality. The video can be viewed below.
Reynolds took to Twitter on Thursday to offer his response to 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.
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 was issued to major critical acclaim, with Revolver magazine declaring it to be "rife with crafty guitar hooks and scream-along choruses." Alternative Press commented: "FOR TODAY have dialed back the bombast just enough to make their pounding combination of furious punk and vicious metal sound more immediate and live sounding."
"Immortal" was produced by Will Putney (LAMB OF GOD, SUICIDE SILENCE) and features special guest appearances from Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., Jake Luhrs of AUGUST BURNS RED and Tommy Green of SLEEPING GIANT.