Dove-award winning worshipers Michael and Lisa Gungor, popular throughout the country for their anthems "Dry Bones" and "Beautiful Things," admit that they have departed from some Biblical orthodoxy and explained why in recent blog post.
In an interview with the Oakland Press, Michael Gungor explained that he first drifted away from some of the biblical teachings sometime late 2012, "I lost my metaphysic, if you will," he confessed. The band's new ideas are clarified in a blog post written months ago titled, "What do we Believe?"
In it he speaks of a conversation between himself and a friend that claims that he is no longer a Christian. His friend stated that he believes his heart is as the heart of Jesus, but the accounts found in Genesis gave him "no more ability to believe these things than... to believe in Santa Clause or to not believe in gravity."
He explained that he does not believe "the first people on Earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago" or "that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an ark and then somehow walked or flew all around the world from a mountain in the middle east after the water dried up."
After catching wind that his post was being reported on by "evangelical Christians" and in circulation resulting in churches cancelling concerts with the band, Gungor addressed the situation in a new blog post.
"Do I believe God exists? Yes. Do I believe Jesus is the Son of God? Yes. Do I believe that Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness? Yes," he outlined, but maintained his position on Genesis. "Do I believe that God literally drowned every living creature 5,000 years ago in a global flood except the ones who were living in a big boat? No, I don't. Why don't I? Because of science and rational thought," he explained.
Gungor said he knew that "biblical literalist" would question his rationalization because everything about Jesus is based on miraculous events, but said, "there is a BIG difference between individual instances and experiences of the miraculous and globally scaled matters of science and history."
The blog is very in depth and explains why Gungor does not believe in the Noah account specifically, but maintained that he believes the early biblical accounts can still be useful for teaching and edification.
Gungor boldly proclaimed that "NO REASONABLE PERSON takes the entire Bible completely literally" because then Jesus would in fact have to be a rock and not symbolically a rock like the bible states.
He then expressed that fundamental Christians like to be in "huddles" and do not accept anyone who is not in their particular group. "What's happening here is some people thought Gungor was in their huddle, and now we are displaying some signs that we might not be, and they are freaked out a little bit by it," he said.
"We might be one of 'them!' And if we were one of the outsiders (the dangerous, worldly people who threaten to tear apart the huddle), how can they know they are safe?," he mocked.
"Listen, huddle people... I'm for you. I really am," he declared, "And I'm with you. I was raised in the huddle. Some of the best people I know are in the huddle. But you don't need to be so afraid. You don't need to repress your intellectual ability to ask questions and seek truth in order to stay in the shadow of the huddle."
Gungor ended his post by addressing the publications that reported on the band's departure from Biblical orthodoxy. "So, no World Magazine, Charismanews, Christian Post, and whoever else is talking about this...Gungor is not, and has never been a fundamentalist band seeking to spread young earth, biblical literalism across the planet," he reiterated.
Many of the band's fans posted their thoughts on Gungor's post, some admitting their love for the band, but expressing their concern.
One wrote, "I love your music and you... but how easily you're willing to adopt the logic of the world over simple biblical interpretation that has many explanations besides non-belief."
Another said, "Reading this blog kills me. Here's why, when you deny one part of the Bible (a vital part I might add), you open a door for denial of any or all other parts."
Gungor who is a part of a group called The Liturgists has also been criticized for using a maternal metaphor to think about an aspect of the love of God in one of their worship songs, but maintain that they have a heart for Jesus.