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Published On: Sat, Jan 3rd, 2015

Alice Cooper talks drugs, alcohol, salvation, ‘world belonging to Satan’

Rock star Alice Cooper is being vocal about his battle with vices, coming to Jesus Christ and the spiritual war in the world.

“The world belongs to Satan,” Cooper  says, adding that it is his job is to warn people that the Devil is real.

Alice Cooper at a screening of "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" photo by Thomas Brodbeck

Alice Cooper at a screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” photo by Thomas Brodbeck

In an interview with CNS News he spoke of his struggle with alcoholism, saying: “Thirteen years ago I stopped drinking and I started going back to church. I was throwing up blood every morning, I was really a bad alcoholic. I wasn’t a cruel or mean alchoholic, but I was definitely a self-destructive one.”

For folks battling drugs and booze, Cooper says “The world doesn’t belong to us, the world belongs to Satan. We’re living in that world, bombarded with that every day. If you don’t have Christ in your life, you’re a victim to that.”

Cooper reflected on growing up in a Christian home with a pastor father: “…I went out and the Lord led me through everything, maybe allowed it but then started reeling me back in, saying OK, you’ve seen enough, now let’s bring you back to where you belong.”

He continued: “When I stopped drinking I started going back to church with my wife and there was this pastor in Phoenix who was just hellfire. There’d be 6,000 people there and he was talking to me, every Sunday. I was exhausted. Every weekend I’d come out of there and I’d be, ‘I don’t want to go back.’ But I always came back and I finally realised I had to go one side or the other.”

While he was “still a rock and roller”, he said, “I certainly don’t do it in the same spirit I used to do it in. And I watch the songs, lyrically, about what I’m singing about. A lot of the songs I used to do were way over the line.”

On the difference his faith had made, he said: “Before, you’re always self-centred, everything is always for you, your self is god. Humans make lousy gods, we have to let God be God and us be what we are.”

Cooper says that he sees himself as “the prophet of doom”, warning his audience: “Be careful! Satan is not a myth. Don’t sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke.” He said: “I think my job is to warn about Satan.”

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