John Cooper is the lead singer, songwriter, and producer for the Christian rock band Skillet. He was on tour with a number of common mainstream acts when he had a dialog with one of many trade’s movers and shakers that grew to become a pivotal second for his band and his stroll with Christ.
The man approached John and informed him instantly, “You could be the biggest band in the world. You have the look. You’ve got the sound. And you play the kind of spiritual music people are hungry for. Just stop talking about Jesus so much. You don’t have to lie about your music or who you are as a person, just don’t put Jesus in the center of everything. Think about the good you could do for your faith if you got rich and famous.”
The factor that struck John was that the man was proper. With sources and affect comes alternative, and a lot of excellent might be carried out. But what could be the deeper price of supporting Christian activism that was devoid of the Gospel itself?
Like the serpent’s misleading phrases to Eve, wasn’t there’s at all times a little bit of reality in each lie? Didn’t Jesus rebuke Judas after he argued that the ointment Mary used to anoint Jesus’ toes may have been offered to do good for others?
After that dialog with the music trade insider, John and his spouse (who can be within the band) prayed collectively and sought God’s will about what it meant to be a follower of Christ in that circumstance. John says readability got here nearly instantaneously.
The tradition at giant doesn’t consider in goal reality. Some who establish as Christians don’t consider in goal reality, both. They’re swayed by relativism, which mainly says that there isn’t any goal reality and, subsequently, no goal actuality. Ultimate reality is no matter you make it to be. No have to pay attention God or to something exterior from you.
John needed to be extra vocal towards such lies, not much less. He needed to publicly stand for reality within the title of Jesus Christ. He says, “The world is not shy about saying who they are and what they believe. Why should we be shy about the Word of Life?”
On the Focus on the Family Broadcast “Be a Bold Witness for Christ,” John Cooper is with us to share his story of being daring in his witness for Christ and that will help you turn out to be daring, too. Listen to John Fuller’s dialog with him in your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, by way of Google Podcasts, or take us with you on our free phone app.
We wish to thank John Cooper for partnering with Focus on the Family as a spokesperson for our Bring Your Bible to School Day occasion in simply a few weeks on Thursday, October 7th. If you’re not acquainted with it, Bring Your Bible to School Day is a nationwide, student-led motion that’s noticed by a whole bunch of hundreds of scholars from over 50,000 faculties throughout the nation. Events are designed for two functions: first, to share the Bible’s message of affection and beauty. And second, to have a good time non secular liberty and freedom of speech within the United States.
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John Cooper’s e-book is known as Awake & Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World. It’s obtainable for a present of any quantity. Visit our website or give us a name at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).