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Tim Lambesis, frontman of Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, shocked fans after he was charged with conspiring to murder his wife and sentenced to six years in prision in March. Now, Lambesis admits that he is actually an atheist and tricked fans into thinking he was Christian to sell more records, Christian News reports.

“Truthfully, I was an atheist,” Lambesis told the Alternative Press. “I actually wasn’t the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I’m pretty sure they dropped it, too.”

Lambesis claims that he began to stray from his Christian faith while he was majoring in religious studies in college.

“In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one,” he said.

The rocker admits that he leaned on atheism to justify many of his actions.

“The first time I cheated on my wife, my interpretation of morality was now convenient for me,” Lambesis explained. “I felt less guilty if I decided, “Well, marriage isn’t a real thing, because Christianity isn’t real. God isn’t real. Therefore, marriage is just a stupid piece of paper with the government.”

Despite his personal revelation, Lambesis continued to keep up his Christian front to keep the band’s religious fanbase. He claims that there are many other bands out there that put on similar airs.

“We toured with more ‘Christian bands’ who actually aren’t Christians than bands that are,” Lambesis said. “In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands.”

Lambesis was arrested earlier this year after he approached police officers under the guise of hitmen and gave them money to murder his wife. He will serve six years in prison.

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