February 12, 2005

Good Charlotte's Joel Madden on God

(Filed under: Spirituality)

“Each day, I’d read and think a lot. I also started thinking about God again for the first time in years. My mom is a devout Christian, but I used to be like, Forget about what God wants, I’ll do what I want. Yet once I thought about what I really wanted, I realized it was to get close to God. And I knew that I had to stop the things I was doing because God wanted me to respect myself.”

-Joel Madden of Good Charlotte who released their latest CD, The Chronicles of Life and Death last fall. (Source: Seventeen, March 2005)

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hey um my friends dont belive in god but i do and my family is wicca.i dont no what to do.

Posted by: katy at February 28, 2005 3:37 PM

Hey Joel
I just want you to know that i love you and i have all of your cds i love you so much i have a whole wall full of good charlotte mega posters pin-ups everything I just wanted to tell u that I love you

Posted by: Kristeena Rushing at March 2, 2005 9:41 AM

I love this website not as much as JOELMADDENFAN.com it is full of Joel Madden if u like him u should visit

Posted by: Kristeena Rushing at March 2, 2005 9:43 AM

I love u so much plz e mail me

Posted by: Sarah Carr at March 8, 2005 3:00 PM

Joel i love u so much, i have all your cd's and would u pleaz email me back. i love u

Posted by: Bethany Miller at March 13, 2005 4:31 PM

hey, honestly, i dont really like u guys anymore (its the new CD...sorry)... i used to love u guys...but i wanna tell u that im exciteted u came to God, hes the only way to live ur life, i was so exciteted when i heard about that...so keep goin for God...ROCK ON!

Posted by: Sarah Baldwin at March 14, 2005 11:48 AM

i really like all of u guyz, and it's kinda wierd having a name that a band already has. no, seriously, my name is really charlotte, and i luv it cuz you guyz are named good charlotte! i would luv to meet u guyz someday, and i have some level27 stuff.....BILLY? ;) i hope u are happy, cuz i luv ya! good luck!

Posted by: Charlotte at March 18, 2005 8:31 PM

Hey guys,
I just wanna tell u how much i like u!Benji, u r the best, u r sooooooo cool dude, keep it up.Benji, i really love u more than my whole life!and u Joel, I just wanted u to know that u rock.

Posted by: Elena at March 21, 2005 4:56 AM

i got pushed away from god when sum1 i loved died, so i dont know, wot 2 du, the song HOLD ON helped me, even thought it wasnt suicide, but i still feel that wot has god ever dun 4 me? so y shud i bover, y shud i? help me! wot shud i do? b happy! + luv ya joel!

Posted by: beth at March 27, 2005 11:37 AM

hey joel i am a huge fan of good charlotte i think u guys ROCK i am a goth person and so i think that wat u said about telling kids who have the dream of being a singer in the future was right it really doesn't matter of the money it matters about being loved by the fans and u need to feel at home on stage and everything else it b cool 2 b friends email me back and mayb we can work things out i will tell u everything about me and i can't wait 4 u and simple plan to come here 4 the noist to the world concert its going to rock so if u get this email me back pls it would b great luv ya lots and tell the other boys luv them 2 peace out

Posted by: alisha at April 9, 2005 11:44 PM


Posted by: CatelynH. at April 10, 2005 7:06 PM

thank you for all that you have helped me out with even though you may not know it you mean a lot to me...i love God too. i am so happy you have decided to trust in him again. no matter what he will always be there for you whether you realize it or not. thanks for always being yourself and not caring what any one else thinks...i feel the same..especially with my religion..i am a mormon(member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and most people spread bad rumers about it so that other people dont like it. but it is awesome! it has helped me out just as much as your music has...if you have any questions for me about my religion just email me and i will be more than happy to answer them the best to my knowledge or if you just want to talk( i would love to get to know you and good charlotte)you can email me(sillymormonjessica@hotmail.com).thanks again for everything... tell chris i pray for him always...as well as the rest of good charlotte!
love ya much,

Posted by: Jessica at July 7, 2005 3:48 PM

Good charlotte is really sexy and kool

Posted by: cara at July 21, 2005 1:12 AM

hey,love ya joel and i wanna make it in bed with you.

Posted by: Casie at July 22, 2005 1:19 AM

Hey! Well I think ive emailed you a million times telling you that ive moved and im going crazy and Im freaking out and i have no friends knowing that in my country. I guess I can say im a punker but i dnt label myself,i like alot of devil music i guess thats what i should call it but I do believe in God, These pass fewn weeks of the whole move I started to come more closer to God and stop doing the crazy things I do. I agree with you Joel and u guys are helping me out go by this. Actually im in your fan club and i couldnt go to ur concert in manila philippines cause i lived to far away,i dont like it here and i thought it would be great seeing u when i was suffering. Thanks for everything.

Posted by: Casie at July 22, 2005 1:30 AM


Ey dude...iono if your reading this but heres what my heart has to say...thanx for being a good inspiration and influence to me and helping me out wif my cruddy life...but through it all God is the one who does the miracles for us. Dude I'm glad your close to God even if sometimes were ashamed to express it but im not like that anymore...i believe he's always there making sure were ok and all and I still remain faithful to Him no matter what! He is the "Awsome One" as i call Him! Yes he works in mysterious ways and saves lives...! Salamat Panginoon Diyos! LOL! Sorry i was speaking tagalog or Pilipino...Yap i drove 6 hours from the north of the Phils to watch your Awesome Concert in Manila! Dude i cant stop finking about it i mean...i can't believe you guys had the gutz to come here despite our political problems (i hate that tpic) Anyways...you guys rock hard!!! and sound way better live...im not kidding! You guys gave out a kickass concert Manila ever experienced! dude...one i will never forget...i cried my heart out after the concert and couldn't stop listeing to the whole cd of Chronicles...you dont know how much you guys mean to me even i didnt get to meet you backstage *awwww*...sure wish i did...but what more can i ask when you guys, Good Charlotte the band of my life actually came to the Phils and gave out an awesome show...hope you guys enjoyed the hospitality of the Filipinos! Astig kayo! (you guys are awesome)It was because of you, you brought me up to be the kid i am today...thanx for all your support and influences you have shared in my life! God is good talaga and he will never stop! He rox too ya know!!! I'll always remember to Hold On and Believe no matter what! Thanx Joel and tell that to the guys too! I will always represent GC coz I know you always reprent us! *wink* *does rock on sign* Love you guys so much...my prayers are always wif you esp for Chris! Come back to Manila sometime...cant wait and BTW Your all HOT! LOL...i guess thats it...plz email me if you have the time samag77@hotmail.com and im sorry for letting you read this long fingy...Always be faithful to God and live in his ways he has plan for us...GC ROX wif Noise of the World Tour! Whooohooo! GTG!...there's scul tomorrow...God bless you always! Never stop lovin Him dude!

Sam Magsino from the Philippines \m/ ;)

Posted by: Samantha Magsino at July 24, 2005 9:19 AM


ur one awesome, sweet, hot guy! u and ur twin rock!! juz wanna say i love all ur songz and im alwaiiz here to support ur band, i love u joel ur the hottest guy i ever met!! anywaiiz, i havent been into any of ur concerts, coz i dont have money lol! and my parentz would not let me.... my dream is one day we'll get to meet each other and be good frendz!! once again i luv yah joel!!

Posted by: mae at August 4, 2005 4:09 AM

joel i love u, i love all ur songz and im a big fan of gc!! i came from the philz. and juz arrived here on feb. i juz wanna ask help from god, i pray that me and my family can be permanent res. here in aussie, i love my life here!! plz. help us, god!! anywaiiz im gonna buy a made shirt in the city, i love all the clothes that u wear joel!! im only 13 and im a gud girl, i obey my parentz.. sometime (cant help it being lazy) anywaiiz hope u email me joel!!

Posted by: anne at August 4, 2005 4:18 AM

omg, sam!!! i was searching good charlotte on the web and it said something good charlotte.....samantha magsino.....quotes.....somethign! hahaha so cool....sam iv never heard u express urself liek this.....gc IS an inspiration! my gosh joel u are a genious.....gc is truly blessed..... to have fans like us, and we're truly blessed to have them...;D right joel? lol...

Posted by: bebop balce at August 7, 2005 2:41 AM

Joel,Billy,benji, and paul
Hi guys i just wanted to tell you that if you guys read this and you guys are invited to my b-day party and if you guys come over to my house to my b-day party all of my friends will come over and give ya long hugs lol and that will also make my crush think i'm kool cuz my crush doesn't know alot about me so please come and make my life sooo nicer. i love all of ya guys.

Posted by: Tiffany at August 28, 2005 7:01 PM

Hey, I'm not a fan or anything, but I heard your song We Believe and wondered what you were talking about so I did some surfing and found your comments here. I don't want to preach at anybody, but I do want to share my own view if that's okay. You're not obligated to read it. To put it simply, God is bringing a revival in our world in these next few years. It's the end of an age, and the last chance for a lot of people to discover him. As an example, he is stiring something in Joel who is someone people look up to and want to be like, not to say that he is tempting people with that fact that God is suddenly the in thing, but only that he is using a willing voice or a spokesperson. Someone the world of today will listen to. I found this article the other day and I feel like sharing it. I know it's long, but even if you just read a little bit you'll get the picture;

Billy Graham's daughter was being interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, “How could God let something like this happen?” Ann Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, “I believe that God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our Government and to get out of our lives. And, being the gentleman that He is, I believe that He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us our blessing and His protection if we demand that He leave us alone?”

In the light of recent events - terrorist attacks, school shootings, etc. – let’s see. I think it started when Madeline Murry O’Hare (she was murdered, her body was found recently) complained she didn’t want any prayer in our schools. AND WE SAID “ÖK.”

Then, someone said, “You’d better not read the Bible in the schools – the Bible that says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal and love your neighbour as yourself.” AND WE SAID, “ÖK.”

The, Dr Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide) and we said. “An expert should know what he’s talking about.” SO WE SAID, “ÖK.”

Then, someone said teachers and principals had better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said, “No faculty member in this school will touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity and we surely don’t want to be sued.” (There is a big difference between disciplining and touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.) AND WE SAID, “ÖK.”

Then someone said, “Lets allow our daughters to have abortions if they want and they won’t even have to tell their parents.” AND WE SAID, “ÖK”

Then some wise school board member said, “Since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they want.” AND WE SAID, “ÖK.”

And then the entertainment industry said, “Lets make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. Let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes.” And we said, “It’s just entertainment, it has not adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, SO, GO RIGHT AHEAD.”

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience; why they don’t know right from wrong; why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW”


Posted by: Noisysarah [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 12, 2005 4:08 AM

heya joel, i just wanna let u know that ur soo lucky 2 have God in ur life.i'm a christian 2.it's gonna be soo good wen we c eachother in heaven!!!just 2 let u know i totallt luv ur band, and let chris know that i'm praying 4 him...and u guyz 2.i just want 2 let u know that u and hilary make a gr8 couple.

your aussie chick....christie(plz e-mail me back on 'goodcharlotte_rox8@hotmail.com'.

Posted by: Christie at September 22, 2005 4:55 PM

Hey Joel...just to tell u, today me and my friends had a discusion in music, and thanx for the testimonial that u have in seventeen cause everybody is following u...thanx for sharing about God....love ya tons....chao...te quiero un monton!!!!!....by the way my email is hot_drama_queen92@hotmail.com

Posted by: Gaby at October 20, 2005 5:29 PM

hey that song we belive really hit me.when i first heard it i was in the hospital do to a major car accident that killed me 8 year old brother my mom spent every night crying.i almost didn't make it. my brother was her only son so the song made an even bigger impact on my life.he was killed by a drunk driver and i was wondering if you guys support any groups against drinking and driving? If not i think you should. I'm a masive fan and i've been a fan for years. BTW Benji is hot.

Posted by: don't got one at October 20, 2005 9:52 PM

hey joel!,,

i hope ure reading this...
um,, i juz want u 2 know dat i rily luv ur band!!.. i luv evrything bout ur band.. nd i rily like u!.. ur really great!.. nd im really hapi 4 u!..


Posted by: faith at December 27, 2005 10:26 PM

hey i know joels email address it is joel_hilaryforeverandalways@yahoo.com

Posted by: michelle at January 30, 2006 2:44 PM

Happy Birthday for the 11th! i love you so much plz email me!

Posted by: Roz at February 7, 2006 5:55 AM


Posted by: Erinnn at March 9, 2006 9:01 PM

Hey Joel,
I haven't really listened to Good Charlotte before, but I recently heard "The River" and I absolutely love that song! I also think it is wonderful that you are growing in a relationship with Christ. He is a strong rock that will never let you down. My dad has been a music minister for years, so I absolutely love music, and I love that you are displaying your Christianity to others through music. It is a wonderful way to minister to others! Well, I will be praying for you and the rest of the band! God Bless!

Posted by: songbirdlep [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2007 4:18 PM