Michael and Lisa Gungor of the Christian band Gungor
A singer of Christian worship music who ignited a hellfire of controversy due to his belief that events in the Bible’s Book of Genesis did not actually take place is now denying he’s an “apostate,” “heretic” or “false teacher.”
As WND reported, Michael Gungor of the band Gungor became a lightning rod of wrath for suggesting Jesus may have been wrong about the Creation story, or even lied about it to fit in with popular culture.
The comments rocked the singer’s world in a most unwelcome way, including vicious verbal attacks from believers, at least one church canceling a concert, and a Wisconsin radio station removing itself from an event featuring Gungor, saying it “cannot be a party to introducing more doubt into the hearts and minds of young Christians already being fed doubt and lies by the world.”
Gungor, whose hits include “Beautiful Things,” “Say So” and “Dry Bones,” subsequently pulled out of a Christian unity conference called “The Power of One” this month in Appleton, Wisconsin, where the band was scheduled to lead worship music.
In an attempt at damage control, Gungor hired Frederick & Associates, a public-relations firm specializing in crisis management and image restoration.
As part of his image repair, Michael Gungor, the son of a preacher, has just penned a commentary for Relevant magazine, in which he proffers a personal defense.
“In modern Christendom, I’m afraid we too often let our friction veer into blatant and hateful division,” he writes.
“In the last few months, I personally have been called a heretic, a blasphemer, a twofold son of hell and a fool that is leading thousands to hell, in which I happen to have a special spot reserved for me.
“Why? Essentially because I (like a lot of Christians) believe evolution is the means by which God created us. And I’m certainly not the first or the only Christian to receive the brunt of this sort of evangelical fervor for saying so.
“Again, I do not have a problem with Christians disagreeing with me about how I read Genesis. I don’t even have a problem with them getting angry and passionate about their opinion. The real problem begins when we start throwing around words that are intended to break unity, loaded words like ‘apostate,’ ‘heretic,’ ‘false teacher,’ and so on.”
Gungor explained that 2,000 years after Jesus walked the Earth, “The Christendom that claims to follow Jesus is divided into tens of thousands of bickering sects and denominations, more splintered and fragmented than ever before.
Written by JOE KOVACS
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