Skillet’s John Cooper Was Told to ‘Stop Talking about Jesus’ – He’s Been Boldly Sharing the Gospel Ever Since

Skillet's John Cooper

Skillet’s John Cooper

09-19-2021 CBN News Andrea Morris

Skillet frontman John Cooper recently shared details about a time when he was told to “disassociate from Christianity” if he wanted to become truly successful in his career.

During a recent interview with Focus on the Family, Cooper revealed that a decade ago, a businessman tried to explain how much potential Cooper had but the caveat was that he should stop focusing on Jesus.

“After a gig, we were on tour with some mainstream acts … very popular acts. We were opening,” Cooper told Focus on the Family. “And we were just beginning to kind of hit a little bit. This guy, in his defense, was being very nice. I mean, he singled me out and he pulled me aside and said, ‘John, I wanna tell you this ’cause no one else was gonna tell you. You guys, I believe, could be the biggest band in the world. I think you could be the next biggest band in the world. You guys have the look. You’ve got the sound. You’ve got girls in your band.'”Related


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Then the gentleman warned Cooper about his Christian faith, which the man contended was holding him back from real fame.

“And he said, ‘You guys also sing about very spiritual things. People really want spiritual music and you’ve already got it. You’ve been doing it,'” Cooper continued. “‘So, it’s your time but you have got to disassociate from Christianity. You’ve got to stop talking about Jesus so much. Don’t do Christian interviews. Don’t do Christian music festivals. If people ask you what your song’s about, I’m not telling you to lie. Just don’t offer up the information about Jesus.'”

“And then he said something else. And this is what got me. This is what I think is interesting. He said, ‘But, John, think about the good you could do for your faith if you got rich and famous. Think about what you could do for Jesus if you stopped talking about Jesus.'”

Cooper said that was a crucial moment in his career but he knew that God had called him to sing about the Gospel and share the Good News.

“I told my wife about the conversation. We prayed about it. And it was instant – almost instantaneous, I know that that is not the Lord,” Cooper emphasized.

The singer explained that there has been a shift in the way people perceive truth and their willingness to manipulate a situation.

“And if this is gonna be the new – the new world, the new culture, the new way that people are trying to kind of steer Christians into a new kind of activism into Christianity that is void of the actual Gospel of Christ, I know that I need to be vocal against that move,” he said.

The 46-year-old also talked about his book, Awake and Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World, which talks about his faith journey.

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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