Kevin Max, a singer with the Grammy-winning Christian band DC Talk, declared over the weekend that he is now “exvangelical.”
He also said recently that he has been “deconstructing” his faith and “progressing” in his personal understanding of it for some time.
But he said he is still for the “the universal Christ.”
His comments led to a “large response” on social media from many of his Christian followers.
“Some praised the musician’s post,” as The Christian Post pointed out, “claiming they were also exvangelicals, a term that has been used commonly in recent years to describe individuals who no longer identify as evangelicals.”
But “others on social media stated they had never heard the term, which has been associated with progressive Christians who have left evangelical Christianity due to theological or political reasons in recent years.”
Max clarified that he continues to follow “the Universal Christ.”
“I have no idea how many peoples [sic] blogs or podcasts are using that announcement for further division, but I’m here for The Grace,” he wrote.
He also wrote on Twitter, “For all those people using my post as plug & play for your own hot take or personal discourse, I offer the lyrics to an upcoming song off of my new band @AstronautsSad album ‘Adult Fears’ titled: ‘It’s okay’…. I’m sorry for being obtuse or difficult but it’s a process … love.”
In addition, he wrote on Monday that he is “anti-war, pro-peace, anti-hate, pro-live, pro-LGBTQIA, pro-BLM, pro-open mindedness, anti-narrow mindedness, pro-utopia, anti-white nationalist agenda, pro-equality, pro-vax, pro-music, anti-1%rs, pro-poor, pro-misfit-pro-Jesus, etc…”
On Twitter, he also describes himself this way: “Poet. Singer. Rebel. Hubs. Dad. Leftist. Mystic. Gothic. Liberal. Hippie. Zen-Motorcyclist. Bespoke Jesus Freak.”
Max founded DC Talk at Liberty University in 1987 with Toby McKeehan and Michael Tait. As Max’s bio on his website notes in part, “Their 1995 double-platinum album ‘Jesus Freak’ became an anthem for a generation of believers trying shine their light to the world, and Kevin Max’s unique vocals and eclectic contribution to the band’s evolution from hip-hop to pop/rock stood out in both their albums and their legendary, packed-out live performances.”
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—By CNJ Staff