Steven Edward Duren: A ‘Prodigal Son’ Finds His Way Out of Religion and Back to Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #243)

He is an American songwriter and musician best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band W.A.S.P. He sang with a series of bands in the 1970s, before forming W.A.S.P. in 1981. The band, which experienced its greatest success in the 1980s, has sold over 12 million albums and continues to tour today making it one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal outfits. Despite the genre’s reputation, many of the band’s songs deal with religious and apocalyptic themes due to the Christian upbringing and return to the faith of its lead singer. Continue reading “Steven Edward Duren: A ‘Prodigal Son’ Finds His Way Out of Religion and Back to Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #243)”

Brian Welch: A Rock Star and Drug Addict Finds Answers in the Bible and Gives his Life to Christ (Gospel Light Minute #110)

Brian Welch
Brian Welch

He is an American musician best known as the former guitarist and co-founder of the nu metal band Korn. He is ranked at No. 26 of Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time and his work has resulted in over 50 million albums sold. By 1995, his band was earning $25 million in royalties and performing in sold out arenas. By 2003, he had become addicted to drugs and would prepare for tours by stashing as much methamphetamine as he could in vitamin capsules, deodorant containers, and his clothes. His life began to spin out of control when his wife, who was also on drugs, left him taking their daughter with her.

One day, two Christian business partners sent him an e-mail with a single verse that said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.” Eventually, he went to church with these partners and then started to read the Bible for himself while still doing drugs. He searched for answers and cried out to God. One day he woke up and had the feeling to go to his Bible. He opened it up and the first verse he read said, “the soul who sins is the soul who dies.” He said, “To me, right then, it was like God told me ‘I revealed myself to you. It’s time for you to stop the drugs. It’s time for you to be done.’ And I was consumed with fear and I went and grabbed all my drugs and threw them in the toilet and I said, ‘I’m done God. I’m yours now. I’m yours.’ That’s the last time I did drugs.”

Now, he says, “God put me on Earth to have fellowship and intimacy with Him. And I’m going to spend as much time as I can possibly spend getting to know Him everyday. I don’t want to waste any more time. I have to let Him fill me with His spirit so He can do the work by bringing people into the Kingdom….This band stuff, the stardom, I mean everything, it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s God. He’s so real.” His name is Brian Welch.