For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds Leaves Band After Firestorm Over Anti-Gay Comments
For Today guitarist Mike Reynolds stirred up quite a bit of controversy responding on Twitter about the decision of President Barack Obama choosing Rev. Louie Giglio to deliver the benediction at his inauguration. Giglio's past anti-gay messages resulted in pressure from the LGBT community, and the Reverend has since bowed out of the opportunity. Reynolds' commentary turned into his own views on homosexuality and religion and sparked quite a bit of outrage.
After reading a Dallas Voice article on the situation, Reynolds offered a series of tweets that read, "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. 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 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."
The comments sparked some outrage online, including a commentary from Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds (no relation). "The thought that we actually toured and shared the same stage as this musician in 2011 now makes me feel a bit nauseous," said the outraged singer. "There is obviously no place in our modern metal, punk, hardcore, rock (whatever you want to call it) scene for homophobia. In fact, there should be no place for these views anywhere full stop, especially not in music." The vocalist would add, "Music is a beautiful tool to educate ourselves with … so to anyone spouting these divisive and disgusting views, I say simply but vehemently, please educate yourself or put down your instrument." To read Reynolds full commentary, click here.
After quite a bit of backlash that resulted in a band statement and singer Mattie Montgomery's own video apology to their fans (which can be viewed below), the For Today guitarist stepped down from the group. A statement from the band read:
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.
Watch For Today Singer Mattie Montgomery's Apology