Rocker Alice Cooper: TV Evangelism Is One of Satan’s Greatest Weapons

Alice Cooper (Jenny Risher)
Alice Cooper (Jenny Risher)

Alice Cooper, the dark, devilish rocker who hit mega-stardom in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s and is still performing today, re-converted to Christianity some years back and now warns that not only does Satan rule this world but many of the songs he wrote over the years were “always warning about Satan” and “God and the Devil,” and Cooper advised “don’t pick the Devil because it’s a bad idea.”

Alice Cooper, who was nominated for two Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also explained that being a Christian “makes your life harder” and noted that some televangelists, for instance, get taken down through temptations because “the Devil is very smart.”

“TV evangelism is one of Satan’s greatest weapons,” said Cooper. The Devil does not come with horns and a tail, he said, but as “the slickest car salesman you ever saw [and] I’ve seen some pretty slick pastors on TV.”

In an interview on The Harvest Show, an evangelical Christian program, Cooper explained his evangelical upbringing – his father and grandfather were pastors — the influence of the Beatles, and the growth of his band.

As the band grew in popularity, he said, “I looked around and I went, ‘there’s no villains in rock and roll — why not create rock’s ultimate villain?’ You know? And still, without thinking, ‘Oh, how would that bother or affect my faith at all?’”

“The Bible’s full of villains,” said Cooper.  “I’ll be this villain. And I gave Alice his perimeter, you know, his areas where he wouldn’t go past.”

“And I still find songs that from the first albums that have totally got all kinds of Christian bywords going all the way through it, because it comes out of you what’s in you,” said Cooper.  “So songs like ‘Second Coming’ and things like that were all pretty much always warning about Satan.”

Asked whether that was “the core kind of message” in his music, Cooper said, “It always has been.”

“[A]lmost everything I wrote was ‘good and evil, don’t pick evil,’” said Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier).

“You know, even when I wasn’t Christian I was saying that,” he said.  “You know, ‘God and the Devil, don’t pick the Devil, because it’s a bad idea.’”

Cooper went on to discuss that if there was a Bible story that reflected his life, it was Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale and then vomited out three days later.

“[P]eople laugh at me and say, ‘Well, you know, you can’t really believe that,’ and I go, ‘If I can believe that God created the world and created everything in it, then why wouldn’t I believe a simple thing like that?’” said Cooper.

“That’s not a hard thing,” he continued. “The very fact that He [God] cared enough about me to save my life about 20 times, you know, and help me survive a million different things to put me where I am now. And then the challenge I have now, being a Christian in the rock business. You know, He kind of put me in the philistines, the camp of the philistines, which is okay.”

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Michael W. Chapman

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