Skillet frontman John Cooper spoke to Alisa Childers and shared his thoughts and ideas about non-Christian bands and performing with them. Also, he divided atheists into two, considering their perspective toward the gospel.

Skillet is considered a Christan metal/rock band founded by John Cooper and Ken Steorts, whose previous bands had disbanded. The founding members decided to form the band after their pastor encouraged them in Covenant Community Church in Memphis to be a worship band.

Then, the band went through several lineup changes over the years, but they never stopped reflecting their religious ideas in their songs and records. Skillet was appreciated a lot in the Christian community, but some have criticized the band for sharing the stage with non-believers.

Cooper responded to this criticism by saying that he doesn’t have any problems performing on the same stage with other bands as a part of some festivals and events despite being targeted due to this. Also, the singer highlighted that he has many atheist friends who don’t hate the gospel, unlike ‘angry atheists’ who are fighting against it.

The Skillet singer added that when he listens to a song that offends him as a strict Christian, he regards it as another form of art instead of pretending it never existed. Cooper shared his gratefulness towards his friends who show him respect and admire his works of art.

Cooper said in his interview that:

“There are people that criticize, and, honestly, I don’t even mind it. It’s never even crossed my mind to bother me, just because I’m, like, ‘Hey, they don’t get it and they don’t need to.’ So I don’t really mind it.

In terms of the bands, I have great friendships with so many atheist rock and roll singers who have shown me a ton of friends and a ton of respect. I’ve been very respected by people who, some of them are atheists and don’t know that they hate the gospel. Some of them are atheists, and they are what I would call ‘angry atheists.’ They know they hate the gospel, and they are actively at war.”

He added:

“Some of them just are atheists, and they don’t wanna fight. Even the angry atheists that I’ve met, we get along, and they’ve always been respectful to me, and they’ve always kind of said, ‘John, I like your music because you sing about what you believe in, and that’s what makes good art.’ I would say to them, likewise — some Christians get offended by this — but even if there’s a song that offends me when it’s authentic, I recognize that is good art; it’s provocative, and it makes you think.

It doesn’t mean I wanna listen to it; it doesn’t mean I want my kids listening to it; it’s just an acknowledgment that they’re making good art. A deeper subject would be that in the end, one way or the other, God is going to get the glory for that.

Even for people who hate him, God will find — in his mysterious will, he finds a way to bring people to their knees, and he takes the glory… So that’s kind of my take on it. I’ve got great friends in that world, and 99 percent of them have shown me an incredible amount of respect and friendship.

You can watch the interview below.