Tim Lambesis, former frontman for Christian band As I Lay Dying, has been the subject of much controversy over the past six months. He was recently sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife earlier this year.
He's making headlines again after an interview with Alternative Press where he admitted to lying about his religious beliefs. Lambesis said he is a long time atheist since he dropped his religious beliefs in college.
He stated in the interview “In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one. When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I'd be like, 'Um, go ahead and pray!”
He also said other Christian bands are lying about their faith, saying he learned this by touring with the supposed bands over the years.
Speaking further on the issue, he stated “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. We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market.'
We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, "Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble.”
Lambesus was sentenced to prison in San Diego on May 16 where he pleaded guilty to paying a police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 to kill his wife. The rest of the band have recently stated they were not surprised to learn about his involvement with the murder plot stating it wasn't out of his character.
While the band is currently on hiatus, Jordan Mancino, along with ex-members Phil Sgrosso, Nick Hipa, and Josh Gilbert, have decided to make music under the name Wovenwar, whose debut album should be released some time this year.
As I Lay Dying's latest album “Awakened” was released in 2012. For more on the band, visit their website.