In a recent interview with pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, the legendary rocker Alice Cooper, who has been a committed Christian for many years, opened up even more about his faith.
Having grown up with a dad who was a pastor, Cooper had always had religion as a part of his life. But it wasn’t until he quit drinking and doing drugs in the 1980s that he dedicated his life to Christ, partly at the urging of his wife, Sheryl.
“Sheryl had gone — she had gone to Chicago and said, ‘I can’t watch this,'” Cooper said about the moment that he finally accepted Jesus into his life. “But the cocaine was speaking a lot louder than her. Finally, I looked in the mirror and it looked like my makeup, but it was blood coming down [from my eyes]. I think — I might have been hallucinating; I don’t know. I flushed the rock down the toilet. I woke up and I called her and I said, ‘It’s done.’ And she goes, ‘Right. You have to prove it.’ One of the deals was we start going to church. I knew who Jesus Christ was, and I was denying him. I knew that there had to either come a point where I either accepted Christ and started living that life, or if I died in this, I was in a lot of trouble. And that’s what really motivated me. I just got to a point of saying, ‘I’m tired of this life.’ And I know that this is right when the Lord opens your eyes and you suddenly realize who you are and who He is.”
Cooper even confessed that he contemplated the idea of changing his name after he came to accept Christ. However, his pastor advised him not to.
“I went to my pastor and I said, ‘I think I’ve gotta quit being Alice Cooper now.’ He says, ‘Look where he put you. What if you’re Alice Cooper, but what if you’re now following Christ? And you’re a rock star, but you don’t live the rock-star life. Your lifestyle is now your testimony.'”