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SKILLET’s John Cooper: ‘If You Are Saved By Jesus Christ That’s As Good As It’s Ever Going To Get’

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SKILLET’s John Cooper: ‘If You Are Saved By Jesus Christ That’s As Good As It’s Ever Going To Get’

By Movieguide® Staff

In a recent interview on Kirk Cameron’s show TAKEAWAYS, Skillet’s frontman John Cooper shared his testimony and emphasized the power of the gospel.

Cooper, who started the Christian rock band in 1996, said that his mother taught him and his two brothers the truth of scripture at the earliest age.

“My mom was a Jesus fanatic,” Cooper joked. “My mom loved God and she made it her mission to teach her boys about the Lord. There was no choice in the Cooper family. From as early as I can remember, two years old, three years old, we’d sit before school, she would read the word she would make us memorize bible verses, we’d have to pray together, that was my mom’s mission.”

“I say that to encourage all of you parents,” he added. “I’m a parent as well. This is our job. We have to instill this into our kids like my mom did for me.”

Cooper said that he is thankful that God spared him from the pain of living a life separated from God. At the age of five, Cooper gave his life to Christ.

“I gave my life to Christ when I was five years old,” he recalled. “I am so thankful to the Lord. I never had a testimony of you know the backsliding and drugs and then came back, it wasn’t like that. I’ve known the Lord since I was young. He saved me at an early age, his grace over my life has been so amazing.”

However, Cooper’s faith journey was not without its hardships. When he was fifteen, his mother died due to cancer. Even then, his mother’s teaching about God and the bible helped Cooper keep his faith through tragedy.

“My mom passed away when I was 15 from cancer,” he explained. “She struggled with cancer for about three years but she had prepared me, no matter what happens, God is good. You may not be upset with God because everything that God does in the end will be for your good and for his glory. She impressed that into me and I’ve held on to that for all of my life.”

Although there is a ride range by which God chooses to save his people, Cooper encouraged viewers not to get caught up in the story and instead dwell in Christ’s sacrifice.

“The great part of it is this: In the end, all of this is for the glory of God. All of this is not about us, it’s not about how great my story might be or might not be,” he said. “The great news is I used to not know God, I used to be dead in my sins, but I am saved now through Christ Jesus.”

He added: “I think that some of that comes down to sometimes we want to try to make the story seem better than it is, let me tell you if you are saved by Jesus Christ that’s as good as it’s ever going to get.”

 

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