Dark-themed rocker Alice Cooper — whose onstage theatrics included handling boa constrictors and staging mock suicides with guillotines — has returned to the God of his childhood after dumping alcoholism and feeling dissatisfied with riches.
“When you get out there and realize you’ve had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that’s not the answer,” Cooper told CNSnews. “There’s a big nothing out there at the end of that. So, materialism doesn’t mean anything. A lot of people say that there’s a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that’s filled, you’re really satisfied, and that’s where I am right now.”
“The so-called “Godfather of shock rock” was born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948 to a pastoral family in Arizona. He performed missionary work with his dad among the Apaches. His grandfather was a pastor too. But when he went AWOL on God, he stretched the outer limits of what it means to be a prodigal.
His high school band from Phoenix was discovered by Frank Zappa in 1969. They struck gold with the album Love It to Death, which gained national notoriety.
Meanwhile, he drew on lessons from Edgar Allan Poe to optimize publicity with lurid dramatizations of horror in his concerts. His creepy makeup and macabre shenanigans drew ire from Christian leaders, which only served to fuel his sales to disaffected, rage-filled adolescents. Giddy with his success, Cooper conveniently forgot the early chapters of his life and his relationship with God as he entered the stratosphere of mega-stardom.
What brought him back to Earth was the booze.
“I was throwing up blood every morning,” he said. “I was really a bad alcoholic. I wasn’t a cruel or mean alcoholic, but I was certainly self-destructive. My doctor said I was a textbook alcoholic. He said, ‘You drink in order to get things done, it’s like a medicine for you.’ I said, ‘You’re right.’ I was always on a golden buzz. I drank all day, but I never slurred my speech or anything.
“When I came out of the hospital, I kept waiting for the craving to come, and it never came. It was a miracle,” he said. “I tell people I’m not a cured alcoholic, I’m a healed alcoholic. I never went to AA or anything like that, and I give all credit to God for that. Even the doctor said, ‘This is a miracle that you’re not falling back on alcohol every time there’s a stressful situation.’ So, it’s gone. It’s just gone.”
When God delivered him from alcohol, he went back to church. Cooper and his current wife of 41 years, Sheryl Goddard, now attend the Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, to focus on growing and strengthening their faith in Christ.
“When you get out there and realize you’ve had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that’s not the answer,” he said. “There’s a big nothing out there at the end of that. So, materialism doesn’t mean anything. A lot of people say that there’s a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that’s filled, you’re really satisfied, and that’s where I am right now.
“God has a plan for everybody. I look at my life and I think, ‘How is it possible that I didn’t die?’” he said. “God’s chipping away at your life all the time to try to make you more like Him. That’s what a Christian is, a person that’s being molded and shaped all their life. I think the Lord expects you to do your best in His name. I had to struggle a long time about rock and roll. I realized it’s not really the music. It’s what’s being said with the music. So I think you have to be careful of what you’re writing, what you’re representing.” Read the rest of the macabre article.
I love stories like this. The Lord works in mysterious ways for sure.
Good news. God is abundant to pardon, and his mercy is endless. He even saved me! Every soul saved is a victory but some are much more visible than others. They have a lot of influence.
Who knew? thank you so much for showing us how greatly God is moving on earth today! Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and ever! Thank you Abba Father!
Speaking of ABBA, I wish they would get saved !
SO close – and yet so far away. Bjorn (or is it Benny?) is a member of the Swedish atheists association. Sigh……
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This may be his first decision but he will have to make decisions over descions to live for Christ..great post..
I sense a trend among celebrities. God’s love is so amazing.
I love dear Alice Cooper! His song, “Only Women Bleed.” Such a meaningful song about how women suffer and raise families.
Although it was shtick and theatrics, Alice Cooper started the whole death-trip/gothic shock-rock style. I am unaware of anyone before him who perfaomed that way. (Maybe Iggy & the Stooges?). I remember ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ and ‘Schools Out’ from my elementary school days in the 70’s but I didn’t know about his horror show antics until much later. Praise God for salvation of all and every type. Today’s death-rocker may become tomorrow’s saint.
It is SO hilarious to imagine this guy playing golf and talking theology with R.C. Sproul…which he apparently does.
I still like his FM radio show.
‘Billion Dollar Babies’ also rocks… was it about Planned Parenthood?
Better check the lyrics.
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