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Can Rock Star Alice Cooper Really Be A Christian?

The shock-rock star was brought up as a pastor’s kid. But his later stage shows, which featured electric chairs, fake blood and snakes were designed to shock. In the 1970s Cooper became addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Thinking back to the rock celebrity from the 1970s, Alice Cooper, and your mind will probably conjure up images of a creepy long-haired guy with runny black eye makeup who plays with snakes. In an age when hard rock was associated with all things evil, Alice Cooper seemed to epitomise that genre. His style was macabre theatre and he played it up with all his might.

But it wasn’t always that way.

Raised as a pastor’s kid (and the grandson of an evangelist) Alice Cooper grew up in Detroit and Phoenix as Vincent Damon Furnier. He even served in the church as a pre-teen. But as a teen, Furnier wandered off from the church to begin his rock career, eventually adopting the band name “Alice Cooper” as his own. In many respects, he became a completely different person.

Inspired by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and The Who, Cooper’s band jumped quickly into fame in the 1960s and 1970s with showmanship as well as musical talent.   Drugs and alcohol came naturally along with the mix, while violent stage antics began to draw more and more attention. Glam-rock costumes, fake blood, torture of baby dolls, and even mock human executions became trademarks, leaving audiences wondering what could be next.

The effect was controversial in public, to say the least, while Cooper’s life was on a downward spiral in private. Hospitalising himself for alcohol addiction in the late 70s, he wasn’t able to kick his habit of illicit substance abuse. Barely able to remember recording some of his albums in the 80s, Cooper was so addicted that his wife filed for divorce (they then reconciled). He began acting in B-grade horror films as well as appearing as a dark personality in many other formats.

Since then, things have drastically changed again.

The faith of his childhood never went away and Cooper eventually hit rock bottom. He looked around himself and saw his drinking buddies, including Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, realised they were dying before they were 30, and didn’t want the same for himself.

When he bottomed out, Cooper knew where to turn. He credits his full recovery to God.

Appearing as King Herod in NBC’s live version of Jesus Christ Superstar for Easter 2018, Alice Cooper’s dark experience likely allows him to identify with Herod’s dark side more than the average person.

Now 70 years old, Cooper declares that he and his wife are both Christians who read the bible and pray every day. Alice’s wife, Sheryl, also grew up as the child of a clergyman. The couple has remained faithful to each other throughout their 42-year marriage and are thankful that their three kids have never had any problems with alcohol or drugs.

Alice Cooper doesn’t consider himself to be particularly “religious” but he does go to church every Sunday. He also heads up a faith-based organisation in Phoenix, called Solid Rock, which ministers to teens in partnership with a local church.

Cooper says that Christianity is all about “dependence on Christ” and a “one-on-one relationship”. And he is adamant that there’s nothing in the bible that says he can’t be a Rock Star.

Check out these lyrics from Cleansed By Fire from the 1994 album “The Last Temptation”:

What about truth

What about life

What about glory

What about Christ

What about peace

What about love

What about faith in God above”¦.

You’re lost

And I’m found

And I’m Heaven Bound


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7 replies on “Can Rock Star Alice Cooper Really Be A Christian?”

1 Thesalonians instructs us to “abstain from the very appearance of evil”, and Jesus said “you will know them by their fruits”. As Christian’s, we have been tasked with something known as “The Great Commission ” which is to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to lost souls for the purpose of salvation. Although I pray his heart is sincere and he just hasn’t seen the error of his ways yet, I simply don’t see the “tree” of Alice Cooper bearing any fruit that is of a Christ like nature. I’ve read the lyrics to some of his most recent songs and I just don’t see how any Christian who is truly educated in Gods word can be anything but skeptical. Satan comes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t be naive. Jesus said My people perish for lack of knowledge. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit.

Vincent clearly states he is no theologian. Attention to sound doctrine is a very important thing. If he is smart enough to make millions off of continuing to perform secular rock music, he is smart enough to understand that his church is of the reformed (Calvinist) tradition and what that means. Every Christian is called to not remain a babe, so as to avoid being swayed by the winds of doctrine. Greg Laurie is not a Calvinist. Yet we live in a time where people are easily dropping important doctrinal differences that have existed for centuries, if not millennia, in some collegial spirit. If the solo from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is really the greatest solo of all time, then Vincent is also free from knowing and professing sound doctrine. We could go further in our analysis of the show, but ask yourself this. If Vincent’s message to Marilyn Manson was, “you can still be Marilyn Manson and live forever, just think of Jesus as a twelve steps guru”, is that really the gospel of repentance? Can “Antichrist Superstar” really be a ministry platform?

I think that’s great if he’s a Christian now. Thank God that He doesn’t take our past actions into account when we ask for forgiveness. Obviously what is in Alice Cooper’s heart is between him and God, but I hope he is. I’d love to go to church with him.

Thanks for commenting, Kevin. Isn’t it great that Jesus is happy for us to come as we are?! (Plus, I suspect Alice Cooper doesn’t wear his stage makeup to church every Sunday….) Blessings!

He is scary. I don’t think I could enter a church if that’s what I would see every week.

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