Brian Welch Mocks His Viral Image Of ‘Metal Guitarist Getting Baptized’

Korn’s Brian Welch shared one of the most popular funny pictures of him while purposefully mocking himself. The picture had gone viral the day it came out under the title ‘metal guitarist getting baptized.’ The comments drawing parallels between the rocker and Jesus also contributed to its viral spread.

Though Welch is aware that many people made jokes about it, he also clarified that it was an important moment for him. He shared the picture on his Instagram with a touching message:

“1.9.05 – Happy spiritual birthday to me! This pic was the number one most downloaded photo on Yahoo, the day it came out, probably because of the ridicule that I brought on myself – a metal guitarist getting baptized in Israel, resembling the popular white American image of Jesus Christ haha.”

Apparently, there were people who thought the picture was taken as a joke. Touching on the fact that the picture is very much real, the rocker went on to explain how baptism affected him and his life:

“People thought it was a practical joke, but what happened on the inside of me was no joke at all and it is just as powerful and secure today – 19 years later! Coming to the end of myself was so precious because it helped me come to a profound realization: 1. I truly despised myself 2. my ecoic, depressed, addicted view of my existence had to die. Laying my life down in the Jordan river waters in Israel symbolized that death to self.”

He finished off by mentioning his ‘new life’:

“New life will never be birthed until a death happens; a laying down of one’s pride and egotistical state of mind. I want to thank you all for being on this journey with me and having my back, whether you are on a similar spiritual journey or not, I seriously respect and appreciate you all.”

The post received many heartfelt comments.

Welch ‘Went Too Far’ With Christianity

The guitarist got baptized shortly after departing from Korn in 2005. Approximately 20 other members of the Valley Bible Fellowship, the Bakersfield, California church where he had spoken two weekends prior, also participated. Apparently, it was his choice to be baptized in the Jordan River because he had received a divine message.

Despite appearing to be happy with his new life, Welch thinks he may have gone a little too far with his obsession with Christianity. He shared in an early interview:

“The crazy thing is I had an experience with something from another dimension. And it wasn’t the religion — going to church and being a good boy — it was, like, I felt something come into my house, and I can’t explain it to this day. But I believe that it was Christ doing something in me. So that was real — that was very real. But yes, I think I went too far with it. And I got obsessed with it, just like I was obsessed with the drugs. I believe I did, for sure. And I had to come out of that and find normalcy, because there’s nothing worse than a freakin’ irritating religious person just shoving it down your throat — there’s nothing worse than that.”

He has also been preaching that individuals don’t need to wait until their death to determine if experiencing the presence of God is real.

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