That said, there really is nothing Christian about their lyrics, except for a subtle reference here or there to their religious ways of old. However, as they got bigger (they are the biggest rock group in England, and arguably one of the top 5 most popular rock bands in the United States), their connection with the UPC got stranger...
In 2007, their breakthrough album was titled "Because of the Times." Named after the annual Because of the Times conference at the Pentecostals of Alexandria church....
After this album blew up, the oddest thing was how much they had blown up in the UPC amongst teenagers and twenty somethings....It was not because of any uplifting message in their songs, but simply because of their roots....Secular music is generally discouraged amongst us (if not outlawed), but yet Kings of Leon was the hip permissible exception to the rule for many youth pastors...it's even more confusing when on their most recent album their biggest hit was titled "Sex on Fire" and supposedly describes the difficulties of having an STD.
But just yesterday, my friend alerted me to a song that Kings of Leon has been playing live for the past year that is apparently gaining legendary status amongst Kings of Leon fans....it's unnamed at this point but online fans have given it such titles as "Devil's song," "Lucifer," or "New Song." (don't be fooled by the titles)...While no studio version of the song exists, feel free to listen to a live version below....
The lyrics are the most interesting part:
ain’t gonna sell my soul to the devil.
ain’t gonna get down on her level.
ain’t gonna sell my soul to Lucifer.
Tell your girlfriend I aint’ got no use for her.
I went and I sold my soul to Jesus.
Nobody knows just what he means to us.
I went and got me some of that Holy Ghost fire.
Ain’t nothing in this world that can take me higher.
Now I am in no way giving them a stamp of approval, and in no way am I suggesting that one song redeems their whole catalog of other less than Christian songs. I just think it's kind of cool hearing a shout out like this as a direct reference to their Apostolic roots.... (video below)