Kevin Max, the vocalist of Grammy-winning Christian band DC Talk, has announced on Twitter that he has left evangelical Christianity.
“Hello, my name is Kevin Max & I’m an #exvangelical,” he tweeted on May 15.
In a later tweet, he added that he still follows “the Universal Christ,” although it’s unclear what he means by that phrase.
“I have no idea how many peoples blogs or podcasts are using that announcement for further division, but I’m here for The Grace,” said Max.
Max’s deconversion observed the vocabulary and terminology for departing evangelical faith that’s become common with “exvangelicals.” He mentioned “deconstructing” without saying what he planned to deconstruct. He also mentioned “progressing forward” without mentioning an end goal.
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However, when explaining his political views, Max is very clear.
“Anti-war, Pro-Peace, Anti-Hate, Pro-Love, Pro-LBGTQIA, 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….” another of his posts reads.
His tweet received a mixed response. Some people congratulated him, while others questioned his decision.
“Yay! Welcome to the exvan fam!” said Twitter user and exvangelical Julie Holt. Holt said that she had played DC Talk’s music while working at a radio station as a college student.
“Someone woke up and decided they needed attention,” another user said. “But seriously, this is the most ridiculous, anti-biblical nonsense I’ve read today.”
Pastor Stephen Mitchel speculated on whether Max was done with Christianity or the evangelical subculture. He noted that the two are different things.
“Kevin, it’s one thing to be disgruntled with evangelical subculture, but its another to be disgruntled with biblical Christianity. I hope and pray its the former not the latter for you, but regardless, I will forever be grateful to the role you played in my spiritual journey,” said Mitchel.
In leaving evangelical Christianity, Max follows an increasing number of celebrity Christian leaders who have publicly departed from evangelical faith.
His fellow “exvangelicals” include John Piper’s son Abraham Piper, I Kissed Dating Goodbye author Josh Harris, former Hillsong worship leader Marty Sampson, and Moody Bible Institute professor Paul Maxwell.
The reasons these leaders left evangelical faith included dislike of Christian sexual ethics, questions about the justice of God, frustration with the corruption of evangelical church leaders, and disappointment with the foolishness of the evangelical community.
But all these objections aren’t new, Skillet lead singer John Cooper noted in a Facebook post in 2019. Believers have asked questions about God’s justice for thousands of years and found the Bible’s answers sufficient.
Often, the people who leave the church end by telling others to love people, be generous, and forgive others, Cooper said. But they don’t acknowledge that these values come from Christianity.
“No child is ever born and says ‘I just want to love others before loving myself. I want to turn the other cheek. I want to give my money away to others in need,’” said Cooper. “Those are bible principles.”
As part of his new direction, Max said he will be playing in a new band called Sad Astronauts.
Jackson Elliott is a Christian journalist trained at Northwestern University. He has worked at The Daily Signal, The Inlander, and The Christian Post, covering topics ranging from D.C. politics to prison ministry. His interests include the Bible, philosophy, theology, Russian literature, and Irish music.