Pictures by Mike
Wedding Party is a band that one must see live to appreciate all of their theatrics. Their mixture of goth and metal is one of a kind, to say the least. The original interview was conducted on Halloween night of 1998, with both Will and Sherri, but due to time, I sent Sherri the questions through e-mail and just put them on paper without me having to type them out. Can you say lazy? Sorry guys.
The Outcast: When did you become a Christian and how do you know that this is the path to walk in life?
Sherri: At age nine. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. My personal experience is quite in depth. No one could convince me otherwise.
The Outcast: How do you know that this is the only path in life to walk to have a peaceful after life? What is your proof?
Sherri: We are born in sin because of what took place in the garden. We are spiritually dead already. God made a way so that we donít have to be separated from him through Jesus who died on the cross; rose again, took the keys of hell and death from Satan. So that now, when we believe in Jesus we are saved. No longer are we separated from God, here or for eternity. We are not trapped in a coffin under the ground. Jesus conquered death! The bible tells us so! When you are born again, the Holy Spirit will reveal mysteries to you. Please donít take my word for it! Get alone and ask God to reveal Himself to you and to show you what truth is.
The Outcast: If you havenít been a Christian your whole life, what was your life like before you became a Christian?
Sherri: I can say that after I became a Christian, later on I didnít put my trust in Him at all times. I was also deceived, tempted, hurt, angry, etc.., before I was saved. I wasnít reading the bible and standing on what it said. Lucifer came to me at one point in my life very often and lied to me to the point where I believed him. In Godís eyes, I was still saved, even though I was getting deceived and lured into all kinds of crap that I wonít go into. I was still a child to God. The bible says that God is my father and I am His child and that God will NEVER disown me or disinherit His child. He does not get a giant eraser out and erase my name out of the Lambs Book of Life every time I screw up. My salvation was a free gift and nobody deserves it by being good. I want to please Him because I love Him and I know He loves and accepts me, but I still screw up some how, even if I donít try to.
The Outcast: If youíve accepted this faith since childhood and never questioned it, how are you so certain that this is the right choice to live by?
Sherri: I had many questions growing up. My mother was born again, my father an agnostic, lots of Jewish and Native American beliefs mixed in there too. My grandfather was a preacher and there I was with my own twisted way of thinking. I screamed and cried out to God, who in fact, at that time was high on my question of trust list, but He answered me and revealed Himself to me. He also stripped the blinders off my eyes. I saw that Lucifer hated me and didnít love me as he had said.
The Outcast: Why do you think people go from one extreme to another (from being a Christian to a Satanist and vise-versa)?
Sherri: When you see in the spirit realm, it tends to really make an impact. I can only speak for myself, but this is a real war where Demonic powers are stronger than humans, but Gods power is stronger than demonic powers. If youíre involved with the occult, it will influence you. If you are involved with God, your life is changed forever. You are spinning on a planet in the middle of space and you are in an invisible war. You are! You can deny it or try to hide or run, but that wonít make it go away. Just because you donít believe in something, that doesnít make it unreal.
The Outcast: Have you ever felt like giving up on your faith and living a different life?
Sherri: The thought of just doing anything I want to do has crossed my mind, and when I entertain the thought, I realize this will never be a reality for me. I am not my own now. I know what Jesus has asked me to do and I will follow him to my death, but I know that I have boundaries that I am not to cross. I feel the sting of this but I am at peace with this too.
The Outcast: What is your opinion on religion?
Sherri: I think most people are trying somehow to get to God and they probably mean well, but religion is NOT what Jesus was talking about. The relationship with Him is what is important. So many people alienate other people and judge them on their appearance and this is totally wrong.
The Outcast: Do you ever feel like a hypocrite?
Sherri: Well, Iím sure I have been guilty of that sometime in my life, but it is important for me not to tell someone to not do something that I do or to do something that I myself wouldnít do.
The Outcast: Do you think that by "forcing" a child to go to church or by following "rules", that when they reach a certain age (16-whatever), they will rebel against it/God?
Sherri: We are instructed to bring children up in truth and to teach them the Bible and to gather with other believers, but nowhere in the bible does it say you have to go to a particular church. Now, if you have found a group of people at a church that teaches the Bible, then good! Remember to not put your focus on any man (pastor, etc...), put your trust in God. Anyway... the relationship with your family is important. The Bible clearly says, "Fathers donít provoke your children to anger, and children, obey your parents." The Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. God gives children to parents to love and to raise them in the teachings of Christ.
The Outcast: Do you think that people have a right to voice their opinion about a religion, or a religious belief without actually experiencing it first?
Sherri: Everyone has a right to question and comment about anything. I have never climbed an icy mountain, but I would say that it would be cold and risky, and probably give you a rush!
The Outcast: Do you believe that evil can be used for good and good for evil?
Sherri: This is a trick question! In my experience, God has used what Satan meant for my destruction, and turned it around for my good. True evil is often mixed with enough good to disguise itself.
The Outcast: What are your concerts like? Do you preach your beliefs at shows? What factors are involved whether or not you preach at a show?
Sherri: We let the Holy Spirit have each show, it varies.
The Outcast: Have you ever played with any secular bands? How do you feel they looked at you for what you were singing about? Do you think they accepted you well?
Sherri: They might or might not like the music, but they definitely are faced with a deeper question: Do they accept or reject Jesus? They know what itís like to be rejected and misunderstood. Jesus knows both well. They might reject religion or the rules and regulations that certain people put on them that have NOTHING to do with Jesus! So then itís sorting out the crap time and especially with the goth scene, these are the dearest people I have ever met, but 99% of the time they respect us for being ourselves. Now there are also those who appose Jesus Christ and who hate us and I donít know who is scarier, the true followers of Satan or the close minded judgmental modern Pharisees in churches today, pointing their fingers at us telling us we canít be a Christian and look the way we look!
The Outcast: What does your bands name mean to you? The definition?
Sherri: Wedding Party - "Going to the highways and the byways, inviting ALL to the marriage supper of the Lamb, inviting ALL to know Jesus Christ."
The Outcast: Have you ever had any bad experiences with Christians? If so, does that ever make you want to give up your faith?
Sherri: Itís not Godís fault that people are sometimes complete jerks. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, are full of love. They are nothing like a lot of people make them out to be. These poor people are deceiving themselves. Behind every lie is the father of lies. Satan is the one who will use anything to get us to be angry with God, when he is the one who is really screwing us over!
The Outcast: What makes an individual a Christian? Define Christianity in your own words.
Sherri: Believe that Jesus died on the cross; rose again and you shall be saved. What Jesus did when He died on the cross was erase all our sins! He bought us with his blood, paid in full! Spending time with Him, just talking (thatís how you get to know anyone). Everyone has their own walk with Him. What He calls you to do isnít my business, only to encourage you. He wants to love on you, talk to you, and listen to you. He has a plan for your life. You are alive for a reason. Just open up to Him. He is most high. Follow Him.
The Outcast: Would you say that a lot of Christians and Satanist alike are very judgmental, critical, and closed minded towards each others beliefs? Do you think that is normal/human for a lot of people?
Sherri: Iím not going to categorize the groups in a whole. We must look within and ask if we are being judgmental. We all fail. We must show unconditional love to ALL people. Thatís what Jesus is like. Do you think people deny God? Sometimes and sometimes they donít know the difference between who God is and the religious crap. If they actually knew God, they would embrace Him, but what they thought was God was a poor representation! God has been so misrepresented and Iím no better. Who knows who I turned off to God along this life Iíve le, but Iím sorry for it and in my heart I truly want people to see Jesus and to know Him!
The Outcast: Do you think that by listening to band lyrics about death, destruction, hate, etc..., can influence someoneís state of mind? Maybe making their lives/moods/state of mind a bit negative because theyíre exposed to it everyday if theyíre heavily into a style of music that tends to talk about negative subjects?
Sherri: We feed our body food. What do we feed our spirits? Here is a thought; cast down vain imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and brings into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. When you take into effect that demonic forces that try to influence us every day, if I were them, I would use anything I could. But if you know what the Bible says and you believe it, and you know who you are in Christ, no matter what sort of assignment is coming against you, you will be able to stand, and the assignment wonít affect you the way the enemy would want it to. I work at Hot Topic, a secular goth store. I hear all kinds of music and I am surrounded by many things that are evil, but greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Iím not scared of Satan because I belong to Jesus Christ who overcame Satan the day He died and took the keys of hell and death from Satan. But I personally donít listen to a lot of music on my personal time. I do listen to Saviour Machine; it feeds my spirit so much! I listen to "Anthems" and I listen to some other stuff. I had to burn something I had a long time ago because it was something that the lyrics were also what I believed at one point and it was also something I used to worship Lucifer with, but that was my own gig. Itís over now! Yes, music is a very powerful language and it can influence you as well as so many other things seen and unseen.
The Outcast: Who are some of your favorite bands?
Sherri: Saviour Machine!
The Outcast: Do you think itís wrong, immoral, or against Christ to listen to secular music?
Sherri: Thatís between them and God. What goes on in your head is between you and God and you know if itís poisoning or hurting you, but what might cause me to sin or fall, might not be the same for you. If you indeed have a relationship with Jesus Christ, simply ask Him what He wants you to do and how He feels and He will tell you.
The Outcast: Whatís one thing you struggle with in your faith, if anything?
Sherri: I donít have any struggles with my faith in Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. I struggle enough in other areas!
The Outcast: Would you agree or disagree, that there are a lot of people that use Christianity for their own evil intentions? Do you think that is one of the many reasons why people canít accept faith?
Sherri: Unfortunately yes, I agree.
The Outcast: Are all the members in your band Christian? Would you ever consider having non-Christians in your band? Why or why not?
Sherri: All the members are Christians. This is Godís ministry, His will be done. Thus far this is what He has led.
The Outcast: Any closing words?
Sherri: Thank you for asking me to give my thoughts. I appreciate anyone accepting me, more so, I ask, no I plead with all of you who read this to please open yourself up to the possibility that God is good and loves you and He longs for you. Please call out to Him and He will come to you! Thank you for the interview! God bless!
Sherri Luckey Watters
c/o Wedding Party
P.O. Box 271235
Nashville, TN. 37227
PS I think this band no longer exists - Mike - 2006