KORN frontman Jonathan Davis recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions from the readers of U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine. When one fan asked if Jonathan has ever been to church with KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, both of whom are devout Christians, Davis responded: “No. I’ve been to church and I respect their beliefs.
“The world would be a much better place if people would just stop fucking sticking their noses where they don’t belong and respect people’s beliefs.
“My only problem with Christianity is the fucking ‘holier than thou, we’re better than you’ bullshit,” he continued.
“But those two, especially Head, don’t talk about that stuff. He just kicks back and accepts everyone for who they are.
“We played a livestream in a church when we released the new record and that was cool,” Davis added. “I love the actual buildings. I decorate my house like a church. I just don’t necessarily like what goes on in them. [Laughs]”
Less than three years ago, Jonathan touched upon his feelings about Christianity while speaking to Mistress Carrie about his appearance in the first feature-length documentary about Welch. “Loud Krazy Love” is Welch‘s story of faith-based redemption and Davis‘s skepticism about Welch‘s spiritual awakening helps to provide balance in the movie, which debuted in May 2018 at the Dallas International Film Festival.
In the film, Davis is particularly blunt about his feelings toward religion. While he is happy that religion has helped Brian come to terms with his issues, the singer criticizes what he views as the assimilation tactics of Christian recruiters.
“I don’t buy into that bullshit, and they all fucking know it,” Davis said. “Don’t even try to do that to me, ’cause I’ll shut your ass down in two seconds.
“If you look at it, it’s pretty fucking funny how they believe and how they act,” he continued. “It’s ridiculous. I think [Head] agrees with a lot of what I was saying. It wasn’t to be mean; it’s just real and it’s true.
“I respect anyone’s beliefs, but when it’s radical, like some of those people, I don’t like that. And the whole way everything happened, I was just being real, and everybody liked that.
“I have no problem with [Head‘s faith]; it’s just the religion in general,” Davis added. “I have no problem. I’m glad that something could get him out of his dark hole and dark place. So I totally respect that. And if people need that, fine. Just don’t throw your views on me. That’s the only problem I have. Don’t push what you believe on me. I’m not doing it to you. So get the fuck back.”
Back in 2018, Welch told Billboard that he loved the fact that Jonathan spoke his mind in the film. “He just was honest, whether it offended me or the guys doing the movie,” he said. “We just wanted him to share his feelings on everything. When he talked about me going back and all these things that I was saying, he’s like, ‘Man, that’s not God telling you; that’s your head telling you.’ I think it’s good because that’s a lot of what people think, and it was good to have his opinion. And you know what? Family can have different beliefs and different things going on. And what do you do? Do you leave your family because they believe something different? No, you stick it out and you stick together and you work out life.”
Welch left KORN in early 2005, at the same time announcing that he kicked his addictions to drugs and alcohol by becoming a born-again Christian. He rejoined the band in 2013.
Both Welch and Arvizu have had highly public, though separate, conversion experiences, ones that have been greeted with a certain amount of skepticism.