|1977 Concert (Photo by Klaus Hiltscher)|
According to adherents.com, Lewis (like his cousin, Jimmy Swaggart) frequently attended Assemblies of God (AOG) churches while growing up. He was even a student at AOG’s Southwestern Bible Institute and did some preaching, “but was expelled after only three months when he played a boogie-woogie version of the hymn ‘My God Is Real’ for morning assembly.” His trademark music style has since included “more than a few Pentecostal hymns.”
Although Lewis is often remorseful about the life he has led (which has included bigamy, drug and alcohol
abuse, physical abuse, and a whole lotta profanity), he has also claimed to be a “rock ‘n’ roll cat” who is just
“too weak for the gospel.” He is quoted in Steve Turner’s Hungry for Heaven as saying: I have the Devil in me. If I didn’t, I’d be a Christian.
As for where he’s headed? Way back in 1980, Lewis told People magazine: …I don’t think I’m heading in the right direction… If Lewis still feels too weak for repentance (metanoia – “doing a spiritual 180”), then repeatedly asking for the strength that only God can give might just be the next best step.
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