John Cooper, the frontman of Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Skillet, said in a recent interview that listening to secular rock music does not conflict with his Christian faith and urged Christians not to not let the devil commandeer the music created by God.
“I really don’t want to use the scriptures in a cavalier way, but I’m going to throw some scriptures out there that I think mean something to me, and maybe it’s applicable, maybe it doesn’t. isn’t,” Cooper shared in a recent interview with Pastor Shane Idleman about why he’s always loved “loud music.”
Cooper quoted Titus 1:15, which reads, “To the pure all things are pure.”
“One of the things that this scripture, from what I understand, is that sometimes there will be something, it can be related to something that is really negative for someone, but maybe be that it’s not negative for someone else,” he said. said.
The platinum entertainer likened his take to food being sacrificed to idols. The food itself is not bad, and people who come to Christ no longer offer anything to idols.
“As we see in the scriptures, someone says, ‘Hey, that’s not me anymore. I gave my life to Jesus. I want nothing to do with this meat. Then you can have someone else who is a Christian saying, “I didn’t even know that was sacrificed to idols. I just thought it was meat. I was thankful that God gave me gave it. I didn’t know anything.” The music was kind of like that to me,” Cooper described.
“I never understood the roots of rebellion in Rock’n’Roll – sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll,” he continued. “It didn’t mean anything to me. I just liked the way it sounded. And I realized that God made the music. The devil doesn’t make stuff, he distorts, right? !”
Cooper pointed out that “the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy”.
“But he wants to steal something that God made that was good, and he wants to play with it and change it where he’s trying to get the glory,” the 47-year-old said.
The lead singer maintained that he had always believed that music glorified God.
“I was pure and knew nothing about rebellion,” he said.
Cooper grew up listening to rock music and said it helped motivate him for his basketball games as a kid.
“I never prepared for this basketball game and I was like, ‘Man, I feel like this makes me love the devil.’ It was just loud music, and it was cool. So that was part of the reason,” he testified. “But I will say, on a deeper level, for me, I absolutely believe that music belongs to God. There’s something about eternity with music.”
“The Bible doesn’t talk much about music. But there is something eternal. We know that angels sang before our creation. We know that music is singing and worshiping. one of the few things we have here that in some form is going to exist before the throne forever and ever and ever, when time is up.”
Cooper encouraged Christians not to let Satan “steal something that God created.”
“It’s like that great old Christian song, ‘Why the devil should have all the good music?’ But we’re not going to let the enemy steal something that God created He may have twisted it, but we’re bringing it back under the lordship of Christ, where music and art belong because everything belongs to the Lord. The earth is His, and in all its fullness. Everything in it belongs to Him. So that’s kind of the way I see it.”
While some Christians may argue that Satan tends to work through rock music, Cooper shared in a 2021 interview with the “Undaunted.Life: A Man’s Podcast” that “Satan can go through just about anything” .
“So instead of thinking the devil owns a genre of music, I would say capture that music and resubmit it under the lordship of Christ,” he said.
Cooper also has a popular YouTube series and uses this platform to talk about his faith. He regularly shares his thoughts on the news. Since its inception, the musician has faced backlash for biblical positions.
In an interview earlier this year with The Christian Post, the rocker, who is also a graphic novelist and video game creator, noted that many atheists and LGBT activists aren’t afraid to share their beliefs or protest marriage. traditional and Christianity. Christians, he said, should also be more outspoken.
“They’ll tell you what they think about everything, and they don’t hesitate at all. Why should we be shy about what we believe?” he applied. “It’s the truth. We celebrate freedom in Christ, no matter what. And if the worst happens, then we celebrate Jesus Christ in the gulag, and the Holy Spirit will do an amazing job, I believe, everything as he did in the New Testament.”
Cooper urged Christians not to be ashamed and to express their faith, not out of pride but because of the great privilege of Westerners to freely worship their God.
“You cannot stop the movement of the Holy Spirit. And you cannot stop the Gospel of the Kingdom from invading people who do not expect it because they see it,” he concluded. . “So we celebrate that freedom in Christ, even if the worst happens. And I don’t think it will, by the way. I’m just saying no matter what, the gospel cannot be extinguished.”
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