Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. Psalm 78:1
…the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ Deuteronomy 4:10
First, let’s use his real name: Vincent Damon Furnier. Vincent, it turns out, was a pastor’s kid. And grandkid. He was raised in a Christian household and did mission work with his dad. At some point he forsook all that and created the persona of Alice Cooper. Today he speaks of Alice in the third person. That isn’t him. It’s a character. Period.
He was a typical rock star all about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll. His wife tried to get him to quit the drugs, but as he says in an interview, “The cocaine was speaking a lot louder than her.”
She left, and he kept going with his drugs. He says he looked in the mirror at one point and saw what looked like his traditional Alice Cooper eye makeup on his cheeks. It wasn’t makeup, though. It was blood.
“I might have been hallucinating. I don’t know.”
In any event, he flushed the drugs, slept for three days, and called his wife to say it was over. She was unconvinced and told him he had to prove it. They reconciled, and part of the deal was to attend church every week.
Another interesting point is that he did not come to Jesus, because he loved Him. Oh, no! He returned to God out of plain fear! He knew that hell wasn’t going to be “getting high with Jim Morrison.” That’s what he got from the first church he attended; fire and brimstone. Later he went to another place where the love of Christ was preached. He then had the right balance.
Fear as motivation is something God has used since Old Testament times. Today we rely almost exclusively on the Gospel and shy away from telling people that hell is real and that’s their destiny if they don’t repent.
God has brought this message back through people like Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell in which he describes how God took him to hell so he could bring the message back that hell is real and to be avoided at all costs! Wiese later discovered that there is a whole community of people who have had the same experience and been given the same commission. I even met one of them last year. It was a profound experience!
Vincent proves that people need both the law and the Gospel in order to be saved! Some people need more of a stick, some more of a carrot. We need to be ready to use both! Pure fear is what drove Vincent back to God. The Gospel cemented it for him.
Vincent calls himself the ultimate prodigal son who went out and nearly destroyed himself, but somehow found his way home. The YouTube video is a collection from several interviews, which you should find very interesting! Another video you would enjoy is an interview he gave about his good friend, the late Glenn Campbell, and the faith they shared.