IT takes self-discipline for a born-again secular artist to switch sides to become a Gospel and Afrobeats musician acts Chemphe shares this sentiment.
So when the new found family treats these artists with contempt and they feel they don’t belong with them, it is very easy for them to go back and quickly return to their old way of life.
But Chemphe, a born-again secular musician, urges the Gospel fellowship to embrace them and help them integrate into their fold.
In an interview with Graphic ShowbizChemphe, real name Henry Agyekum says, most of the time, secular musicians who find Christ retreat because they don’t feel welcome.
“The fact that you’re not accepted as a gospel musician because you weren’t one of them originally is enough to bring you back into the world. When you don’t have shows to play at churches or gospel-related events, and you have bills to pay, the likelihood of you reverting to secularism is very high.
Gospel music is not guaranteed to go to heaven — Chemphe
“I know musicians who go through such challenges because our gospel colleagues who are supposed to show them the way and welcome them don’t. It is time for Gospel musicians to show love to those lay musicians who have found Christ and decided to live their lives for Him.
“In my case, in addition to fully preparing myself to serve the Lord no matter what, I had the good fortune to know many Gospel musicians who were already my friends. People like KODA, Akesse Brempong and Joel Mettle were very supportive of me when I decided to switch to gospel,” he said.
Asked what will make him return to the world after nearly a decade of giving his life to Christ, Chemphe said he doesn’t see that happening.
“Nothing will make me return to the world because I know where I am going. I don’t look at what people say about me but the message that God has for me. It may be difficult at the beginning, but the end is always the best. It’s a great feeling to have this good relationship with God,” he revealed.
Speaking of collaborations with secular artists, Chemphe, who has released gospel songs like Medo Yesu, Freedom and Conqueror, says he has no problem with it.
“I know most of these secular artists who are very good Christians. The fact that they sing secular songs does not mean that they are bad people. But before I get featured on a song, I have to listen to it first and decide whether to be in it or not,” he said.
Before giving his life to Christ, Chemphe, who is currently a pastor and worships with Empowerment Worship Centre, had songs like Number One, why do you treat me bad and Left over.