Posted: October 10, 2022
Skillet’s John Cooper Says God Made Rock Music
By Movieguide® Contributor
John Cooper, frontman of Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Skillet, said in a recent interview that rock music doesn’t have to conflict with Christianity and encourages Christians not to give the devil’s music that God created.
“I never understood the roots of rebellion in Rock’n’Roll – sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll”, Cooper said. “It meant nothing to me. I just liked the way it sounded. And I understood that God had created the music. The devil doesn’t create tricks; it distorts, doesn’t it?!”
“The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy”, the singer added. “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.”
In his interview with Pastor Shane Idleman, Cooper shared more thoughts on rock music, quoting Titus 1:15, which says, “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.
He explained how this concept resembles the biblical principle of food sacrificed to idols.
“As we see in the scriptures, someone is, like, ‘Hey, that’s not me anymore. I gave my life to Jesus. I don’t want anything to do with this meat. Then you can to have someone else who’s a Christian say, “I didn’t even know that was sacrificed to idols. I just thought it was meat. I was grateful that God gave it to me. I didn’t know anything. Music was kind of like that to me,” Cooper explained.
Cooper’s love of rock music began at a young age when he listened to “loud music” to get ready for basketball games.
“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,” he shared. “But I will say, on a deeper level, for me, I absolutely believe that music belongs to God. thing of 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 song and worship. We know it will be for eternity – it is one of the few things we have here that in some form will exist before the throne forever and ever and ever, when time is over,” he added.
The musician doesn’t want Christians to let Satan steal the music 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,” Cooper added.
“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 belongs to the Lord, and its fullness. Everything in it belongs to him. So that’s kind of the way I see it.
Cooper realizes that some believe rock music belongs to the devil, but he urges Christians to “capture this music and bring it back into subjection under the lordship of Christ.”
Movieguide® previously reported on how Cooper thinks music can impact culture.
Skillet lead singer John Cooper sat down with actor Kirk Cameron to talk about the role of Christian music in today’s culture.
“The power of music is pretty big,” Cooper told Cameron on TAKEAWAYS. “I think Christian music has done a good job of saying what we value, which is worship. We worship God.
“I think Christian music should have an element of John the Baptist saying to Herod, ‘You defy God with your sexual immorality. There is an authority above you. You must repent.” he continued. “There’s a problem there that I think Christian music has lost or maybe never had, I’m not sure.”
Cooper said Christian music needs to find a way to combat the messages people hear in secular songs by addressing various topics and “holding people accountable.”
The singer recently started a podcast, Cooper Stuff Podcast, where he covers topics like music, faith and marriage.
“I felt the Lord speaking to me,” Cooper said of his new venture. “He was changing my mission a bit…and it was time to move from just a ‘proclaiming Jesus’ stage to a bit more of a ‘defending the faith’ stage.”
Cooper has become quite vocal about his Christian faith and culture in recent months, speaking out in particular about the deconstruction movement within evangelicalism.
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