Keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain of the rock ‘n’ roll band Journey recently released his memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song That Inspired Generations, and explains why his marriage to Pastor Paula White took his life to the next level.
In the book, Cain shares his remarkable 36-year career with one of America’s favorite rock bands as well as his upbringing and his life with White.
“Standing on the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band alumni [it] felt like that was the catalyst for me to actually put the right pieces together,” Cain told The Christian Post about the event that would encourage him to write his new book, Don’t Stop Believin’ named after the iconic Journey song.
Cain had been writing the book for almost eight years, but it wasn’t until that moment that he would find the structure for the memoir.
“All of a sudden it was crystal clear how it should all come together. It took that moment to really put the pieces into play for me,” he said.
The book centers around much of the rock star’s life leading up to his newfound purpose in Jesus Christ.
Cain recalled having an “outer body experience” after his first communion at age 7. He was fascinated by the priests of the Catholic Church and looked to them as his idols.
“I used to say mass with my father’s golf trophy. He had this trophy that looked like a chalice and my mother would catch me on my knees speaking in Latin with this chalice, and a blanket wrapped around my neck, which was my robe, of course,” he laughed.
Cain said his parents teased him as a child, telling him he’d become a priest one day. However, Cain became disillusioned with the Church after he survived a tragic school fire that claimed the lives of 92 of his classmates. He just couldn’t understand why God would allow that to happen to a school that was in the same vicinity as the church. Despite his having an affinity for God and Catholicism, it was that event that put him on another path.
“I was in trauma, all of us kids were. But my father declared [something] over me the next day, he said, ‘You’ve been saved for greatness. I know you consider yourself lucky to be alive but God has a purpose and I’m going to place a passion in you and I’m going to give you music,'” he recalled.
“My dad kept me in prayer and covered me when I was offline [with God]. You know, I didn’t know what to believe. I knew that I loved Jesus, but where was He that day and when I was 8 years old? We didn’t have grief counseling, we didn’t know who the enemy was. They didn’t teach us about the enemy,” Cain continued.
“When I look back on it [now], I don’t blame anybody. I just think it was an evil person looking to do something, just like God needs someone to do something. It was just a chaotic moment that happened.”
His dad later enrolled him in music school, which placed him on a new path that would go on to change the course of his life.
“He took me out of the terror of the flames. The Bible says, ‘Out of pain something new is born.’ And I just gained a true desire to move past it all and it gave me a supernatural acceleration to pursue my father’s prophecy over me,'” Cain added.
The musician would go on to become the innovative keyboardist of the band Journey in the world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and it wasn’t until his children were born that he returned to church.
” I wanted to lead them to the Lord and show them who God was, and through that process the healing began. And I began to get closer and closer and get more centered in my faith and worship,” he said.
Although his heart re-opened to God then, it wasn’t until he met Paula White, one of President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisers, on a plane that his faith journey really took off.
“Meeting Paula was a game changer. I wanted to go to the next level and she had a word for me, ‘You don’t have to run anymore, just receive the Lord,” he recalled. After getting to know each other better, the minister further invested in his growth. “She took me to Africa and surrounded me in prayer, and the next thing you know we got married in a prayer mountain in Ghana.”
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Source: Christian Post