Many people are unaware of the Christian faith of hard rock music icon, Alice Cooper.
Although he originally tended to shy away from speaking publicly about his religious beliefs, Cooper has in recent years been quite vocal about his faith as a born-again Christian. He has avoided so called "celebrity Christianity" because, as Cooper states himself: "It's really easy to focus on Alice Cooper and not on Christ. I'm a rock singer. I'm nothing more than that. I'm not a philosopher. I consider myself low on the totem pole of knowledgeable Christians. So, don't look for answers from me".
When asked by the British Sunday Times newspaper in 2001 how a shock-rocker could be a Christian, Cooper responded "Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's real rebellion!” - courtesy Wikipedia.
The following is an article in HM magazine in 2002, where Cooper spoke in detail on his faith in Christ.
Going back to the beginning, Cooper recalls: "I grew up in a Protestant church - a very strong 'Bible-believing' church. My grandfather was an evangelist for 60 years. I was in church on Wednesday nights, Friday nights, and all day Sunday. All my friends were church kids, and I was very happy. In high school, all of a sudden, the Beatles came along, and I saw a way for me to basically express myself. I was going to be an artist of some sort. I didn't want to work at Safeway. I didn't want to work with my dad at drafting, or anything like that. So, we put a band together just to make some money on the weekends. Not realizing that it was going to develop into something that was going to end up being a life work - 35 years later I'm still doing this. I think that it's almost like winning the lottery - getting a break in this business.
"Unfortunately, along with that break comes all the things you don't see. You don't see the alcoholism coming. You don't see the sin that comes with it. I don't think I went out there in the world and said, 'Boy! I can't wait to get out there and sin.' A lot of my lyrics - even from the very beginning - you could tell there was a lot of Christianity in those lyrics, or at least there was some knowledge of the Bible. But I got caught up in it, just like anything else. You know, fame, money, power. And I invented a character that a lot of people thought was satanic. I never, ever once thought Alice was satanic. I always looked at Alice as being much more funny than that. And, even in those days, I was very insulted if somebody said, 'Satanic.' I always thought, 'That's really not what I believe in at all. I still believe in God. I still believe in Christ,' but I wasn't a committed Christian. My dad was a pastor, so it was probably hard on him, even though he was a music fan. He didn't mind the music. He just didn't like what came with it."
And then Alice returned to his roots. "About 1989 or '90, I had been wrestling ... I had been going to church with my wife. Her dad's a pastor. We almost broke up, because of the drinking. I had an alcohol problem. Finally, we went with a Christian counselor, and we decided to start going to church together. And I went to this church where there was this pastor - RV. Jackson - that was one of those hellfire pastors. There were 6,000 people in the room, and he was always talking directly to me. I would be hidden somewhere up in the 500th row, crouched down, and what he was saying was hitting me right between the eyes, hitting me right in the heart, right in the soul - God was speaking to me. I would squirm every Sunday I was sitting there. I would tell Sheryl when I'd leave, 'I'm never going back there again.' Of course, the next Sunday I was back there, because I knew that what he was saying was right."
"I think that I became a Christian, initially, more out of the fear of God, rather than the love of God. I truly did believe that He was in control of my eternal destiny. I did not want to go to Hell. And I became a Christian, I think, out of fear. But I think fear, you know what they say, is the beginning of knowledge. 'The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge.' When I started, you know, really understanding Christianity, that's when I started becoming more in love with Christ. I think that is an ongoing process. I think that you don't just fall in love with Christ and that's it. I think that you learn to love Him more all the time. So, I'm still in that process of learning more and learning to love more. My initial thing, however, was out of the fear of God. I didn't want to be standing in front of an angry God. I would much rather stand in front of an angry Satan than an angry God. And when I realized that, I said, 'Well, then I better be on the right side here. I better be on the side where Christ is my lawyer.' When my life ends, I want Christ to say, 'No, he's one of Mine.' And be washed in that blood, rather than washed in any other blood."
"So, that's basically where I am today. It's an ongoing thing. Being a Christian is something you just progress in. You just keep progressing. You learn. You go to your Bible studies. You pray. And it's not always easy, because there's so many things in the world that pull you away. But I think it's an ongoing thing. What Christ is expecting us to do is just keep going. Just keep the faith, and just keep it going." - courtesy HM magazine