Demonic look and drugs ditched for Jesus

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Rock star Alice Cooper has ditched the demonic-looking stage make-up and drug-binge lifestyle for Jesus and a new role, explaining: “My job is to warn about Satan.”

The Devil is someone the iconic ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Elected’ singer knows all about, having descended into the depths of addiction. He was drunk nearly every day and using drugs heavily while at the height of a fame that made him the number one rock star in the world.

“Any drug addict will tell you, that drug becomes like oxygen,” said Cooper. “If you don’t have it, you will sell everything in your house to get it.

“You will always be trying to fill that hole with something. It is either going to be drugs, or it’s going to be Ferraris, or it’s going to be houses, or wives, or fame. And you’re never going to achieve it.”

The singer with a career spanning five decades tells his story to evangelist Greg Laurie in the newly released documentary FAME, a companion to the book Fame: Fortunes, Failure and Faith.

Cooper, now aged 75, added, “There comes that point in your life where you go, ‘What is this about? Is this really it? Because it can’t be.’ And I think that’s when you start hearing the Lord knocking.”

For the former singer with the Hollywood Vampires, snorting cocaine alone in his room at the height his excesses led to a literal moment of reflection.

Laurie told CBN’s Faithwire: “He was snorting it, and he looked in the mirror and said, ‘I saw blood coming out of my eyes. I don’t know if it was a hallucination or if it was really happening, but all I knew was I was going to die’.”

The singer “called out to God” in front of that mirror, and his life was transformed.

“My wife and I are both Christian [now],” he said. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it – almost died – and then came back to the church.”

Laurie’s faith-based documentary, produced with the Harvest Christian Fellowship, also chronicles the careers of Major League Baseball legend Darryl Strawberry, Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash and many others in an effort to answer the question, “Is fame all it’s cracked up to be?”

Laurie wrote on X: “A recent poll was taken among young people and they were asked what they wanted most out of life. The majority of them said, ‘To be rich and famous’. Is that the answer? This new film shows the emptiness of pursuing notoriety and forgetting about God in the process.”

Alice Cooper is one of the best examples of how fame can destroy, but he is now using his fame to help young people understand God loves them and the Devil is real. 

“Be careful! Satan is not a myth,” said Cooper. “Don’t sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke.”

From New Life Newspaper issue 349

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