As a Hollywood fixture, he knew what it was like to live “the high life.”
He enjoyed his fair share of fame and fortune, and the sin that came with it.
But his entire life turned upside down when one incredible, but simple, thing happened.
Becket Cook went to church and for the first time heard the message that God loved him and wanted him to leave his life of sin behind.
Before that moment, Cook had spent his life pursuing pleasure and fame.
He wanted to stand out and make his mark on the world, but was conflicted about his sexuality and what it meant for his identity.
“At a very young age, I knew that I was attracted to the same sex,” Cook admitted.
“I had to keep it to myself. I dated girls. In elementary school, I went steady with girls. In high school, I dated girls. But it was all a façade.”
Determined to act on his homosexual urges, Cook searched for a place that would accept him “for who he was.”
“After college, I ended up moving to L.A. to pursue acting and writing and…a creative field.”
“I just came out to everyone,” he said. “That’s when I fully embraced homosexuality as my identity.”
In L.A., Cook made a big splash, finding a place in Hollywood as a set designer and costumer. The loose, “creative” atmosphere made it easy for him to practice homosexuality and avoid all thoughts of his lifestyle’s consequences.
“I was very successful in my career as a set designer, production designer. I was doing covers for Vogue and for Harper’s Bazaar.”
“And I worked with a lot of pop stars like Katy Perry and Paris Hilton and Oprah,” Cook said. “Everyone you can imagine, I worked with them.”
Cook was the darling of Hollywood society, enjoying parties, shows, and invitations from everyone on the social ladder.
“I went to all the shows, I went to all the after-parties,” he remembered.
But, oddly, it was at one of these after-parties that Cook started to think about the meaning of life—and the meaning of his life specifically.
“I was…looking out over the crowd. It just struck me so profoundly. I was like: is that all there is to life? Just going to parties for the rest of my life?…Is this what it’s all about?”
“I really started to panic that night,” Cook said. “I was overwhelmed with a sense of emptiness.”
That sharp sense of “emptiness” is what drove Cook to ask Christians about their faith, even though he called himself an atheist at the time.
When Cook stumbled upon a Bible study being held in an L.A. coffee shop, he asked bluntly, “So what does your church in Hollywood believe about homosexuality?”
“And they were just like, ‘Well, you know, we believe it’s a sin.’ I appreciated how kind of frank they were and honest,” Cook realized.
When the Bible study invited him to attend their church, he jumped at the chance, wondering if this could be the key to finding the meaning of his life.
The pastor preached on Romans 7, delivering a powerful message about God’s faithfulness to free His people from sin, and Cook was hooked from the beginning.
“I was on the edge of my seat,” he said. “It was the first time I had really heard the gospel and understood [it].”
The story of God’s love captivated Cook like no movie in Hollywood ever could, and it changed him in ways he couldn’t have imagined.
“All of a sudden, the Holy Spirit floods me, and God…revealed Himself to me in that moment,” Cook said.
“I knew it to the core of my being, that being gay was no longer who I was. But I didn’t care…I had just met Jesus Christ.”
In an instant, Cook realized that the gay “identity” and extravagant lifestyle he had built in Hollywood were all a lie.
The only identity that truly mattered—and the only identity that could give meaning to his life—was his place as a child of God.
“This is actually really who I am now,” Cook said of his relationship with Christ.
He longs to help others come to the same understanding of the Gospel through his own powerful testimony.
“My hope is that people will realize how much more amazing it is to deny yourself and follow Christ rather than to just give in…to satisfy some immediate need.”
“With God, I feel this unconditional love from Him that will never leave…He’ll never leave or forsake me.”
Of his former life of fame and debauchery, Cook says, “I’m happy to leave that dead man behind because [Christ is] worth it.”
Praise God for Cook’s amazing testimony! Keep him in your prayers as he ministers to those still trapped in the lies of Hollywood culture.