Samuel Penner has been asked to leave For Today. A statement from him is in the replies.
I was told that I was unequally yoked with the band because of my personal beliefs of how I should live my life after coming to know Jesus. For this reason, the band could no longer support me or walk with me on this path. (To be clear about this, for those who care, my personal belief is simply that a standard of living our lives after salvation has been set by God in the “Old Testament” law. Not for salvation but for living a life in service to God.)
MetalInjection posted an article today that highlighted a blog post from For Today's frontman, Mattie Montgomery, that sort of contains an apology to the LBGT community ... then a lot of talking about marriage within the church. The post has been pulled from Mattie's website; however, some quotes can be read here, and the cached version still exists.
I have never heard a homosexual couple tell me that the reason they are together is because, out of a place of devotion to the Lord in prayer and scripture study, He commanded them to be together. And, until that happens, there really is no discussion to be had. They will receive the same response I would give to a straight couple that is...
Hey guys, wanted to make everyone aware that I’ll be staying home for a portion of our current tour with AILD to take care of my newborn. Samuel Penner from For Today will be filling in for the time being and we’re very glad to have him. I’ll be back as soon as possible, and I hope you all can go check out a show! Thanks - Chris Rubey
Some nerd stole our van and trailer (and a couple hundred-thousand dollars of equipment) from our hotel parking lot last night. So now we're rolling to Houston in rental cars. They can steal our stuff, but they can't touch our joy! Jesus Reigns! (Unshakeable). Get pumped.
After yesterday's comments by For Today guitarist Mike Reynolds, he has decided to leave the band in pursuits of Bible college with his wife. A statement from vocalist Mattie Montgomery can be viewed in the replies.
Update:Mike Reynolds has posted a statement of his own.
For Today's Mike Reynolds sent out a series of tweets claiming there is no such thing as a gay Christian. You keep on preaching all about that love and respect, Mike.
Update: Futhermore, Stick To Your Guns drummer George Schmitz has stated that the band will never tour with For Today ever again. You might recall Stick To Your Guns supporting For Today on the band's "Fight The Silence" headliner in 2012. - JD
For Today drummer David Morrison has left the band in order to move to South America to do mission work. He has been replaced by David Puckett (ex-The Crimson Armada). Watch a video statement from Morrison in the replies. You can donate to his mission work here.
"Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives" screams For Today frontman Mattie Montgomery to kick-start the band's new song, "Immortal." You can hear the track now on their AP.net profile. The Christian metalcore group's new album, Immortal, will be released on May 22nd via Razor & Tie. Recommended for fans of August Burns Red, Misery Signals and Texas In July.