TCPUNK: Are there any misconceptions about
Stryper that you would like to clear up?
TIM GAINES: I don't know. There were many misconceptions
about Stryper over the years. People said that we used
God as a gimmick, but that isn't true. We were and still
are believers in Jesus Christ. We probably would have been
a bigger band at the time if we didn't speak out on our
belief in Christ. In a world full of darkness, the majority
of people would rather not hear about the light. As a band,
Stryper was called by God collectively to tell the world
about his son Jesus Christ. Many people heard about Christ
who normally would not have stepped one foot into a church
building. I think that is our real success, that we were
able to reach the unreachable.
TCPUNK: Jimmy Swaggert once wrote that Stryper was being
disrespectful to the bible by throwing them out into the
OZ FOX: I don’t recall him saying that but if anyone
did think that way, let me say that I have received many
e-mails from people who have caught bibles at our shows
and because of that made decisions to follow Christ. I
see no disrespect in that at all. To me, that’s being
productive in the kingdom of God.
TCPUNK: Where did you guys get all the bibles?
OZ FOX: The bibles were purchased from
a bible company. They were pocket sized New Testaments,
Version (NIV). Every bible got a large label with the Stryper
logo placed on it. I still have a few of those lying around
the house. We threw out to the audience between fifty to
a hundred bibles every night.