Convicted Heavy Metal ‘Christian’ Singer Admits Being Atheist, Duped Fans to Sell Music

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Convicted Heavy Metal ‘Christian’ Singer Admits Being Atheist, Duped Fans to Sell Music

By Heather Clark |

Lambesis-300x165A so-called Christian heavy metal band whose frontman was convicted of attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife has admitted that it duped fans into believing that they were Christian in order to sell their music.

“Truthfully, I was an atheist,” Tim Lambesis, the lead singer and founder of As I Lay Dying told theAlternative Press in a recent interview. “I actually wasn’t the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I’m pretty sure they dropped it, too.”

The publication noted that his wife, Meggan, had likewise divulged in divorce papers that Lambesis had become an atheist. Lambesis, in admitting his atheism, outlined that he turned away from Christianity as he majored in religious studies while attending college through a long distance program.

“In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one,” he said.

And one sin led to another, turning his renunciation of Christ into justification for his actions.

“The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me,” Lambesis explained. “I felt less guilty if I decided, “Well, marriage isn’t a real thing, because Christianity isn’t real. God isn’t real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.”

But he continued to profess to be a Christian, as did others in the band, in order to sell records to Christian music fans.

“I remember one Christian festival where an interviewer wanted one of the guys [in the band] to share his testimony, and he just froze up and let one of the guys who was still a Christian at the time answer the question,” Lambesis recalled. “We laughed about it afterward, but we were only laughing because it was so awkward.”

“When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I’d be like, ‘Um, go ahead and pray!’ I would just let them pray. I’d say ‘Amen.’ If praying while I have my hand on their shoulder makes them feel better, I didn’t want to take that away from them,” he continued. “When they would specifically ask me to pray for something, I’d say, ‘I don’t really like to pray out loud, but I’ll take that with me to the bus.”

He said that during his tenure with As I Lay Dying, he realized that a number of bands that professed to be Christians were faking their faith just as he was.

“We toured with more ‘Christian bands’ who actually aren’t Christians than bands that are,” Lambesis stated. “In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands.”

As he continued to fall deeper into sin, Lambesis asked a personal trainer at his local gym if he knew any hitmen that could kill his wife. The lead singer was soon arrested and taken into custody following an undercover sting operation where he allegedly supplied police with directions and cash to carry out the murder. He was sentenced to six years in prison in March of this year.

But Lambesis just recently came forward with the truth about his atheism and the front that the band put on to sell records.

“A lot of Christian parents said, ‘Yes, you can buy this As I Lay Dying CD, because they’re a Christian band.’ They don’t even think to actually check the lyrics,” Lambesis stated. “So when you change your views, you kind of owe it to the fans to be honest.”


VultureTV / Interview with As I Lay Dying – Tim Lambesi 2012

Pyrithion concept & lyrics  2013

14 Comments on “Convicted Heavy Metal ‘Christian’ Singer Admits Being Atheist, Duped Fans to Sell Music”

  1. Who would ever think that this band were true Christians? I mean…..look at them! They look no different than the world.

    1. My thoughts exactly, Darla!

      Just because someone “slaps” Christian to their band, group, etc, doesn’t mean it is Christian.

      And may I had, TBN should be ashamed of their “youth channel” JCTV. The “Christian” videos aired on that network look no different than those shown on the secular cable channels such as MTV, BET, etc.

      Thank you EX Ministries!

  2. This serves to raise a question for all of us. How many gospel “Performers” we listen to really believe in what they sing? How many are fleecing the people that follow them?

    1. That was the first question that came to my mind as well. The first person that came to my mind is Lecrae. He has literally gone on a crusade to distance himself from anything pertaining to the Gospel. It’s like the guy said in Pride Of Life 2, that these guys use Jesus as a niche and then when they get to where they want to be they “fall away.” But, I believe John said it best in 1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

  3. What’s interesting to me is that this man admits to lying to people for advancement and success but does not APOLOGIZE for leading people astray. Obviously lying about being a Christian will rate him a punishment that only the Righteous Judge can pronounce. My other concern is those parents who blindly led their children to this music simply because of its listing as “Christian”…they are even more responsible. Who can even understand what they are singing????? If you can’t, “reading (the lyrics) is fundamental”….

  4. I almost admire his honesty…but he was sincere to a certain degree.It presents the notion that just as “so called” Christian rock groups are misrepresenting Christ as a whole so are the ones who never admit but their works are also contrary.

  5. This is a warning to all parents, just because it saids Christian, it done NOT mean that they are.. Read the lyrics, the words, if it is of God, and you are filled with the Holy Spirit , He will give you discernment , and you will KNOW if it is good or not. The only one thing I have to say is at least this man told the truth so that those who were blind, can stop listening to his music. Pray that he may know The Lord for real, while he is in jail…Jesus still loves him.


  7. Dude looks homosexual. The white church is just as feminized and antichrist as the black church. This is why most whites are cultural Christians that never get born again and not surprisingly accept atheism in college. He’s just following the trend that’s been going on in the white community for years.

    1. he don’t look gay but confused and when evil thoughts come you don’t answer to them one must use God’s word to COMBAT those force. Think now, there is spiritual warfare.

  8. Thank you for admitting and God allowing him to open up the reality of what’s going on in the music industry with Christianity as well. Thing is is he lost his faith and believe the lie of Satan, I have done it many time and he never searched for Jesus in the spirit for his personal self.

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