WHILE some players in the Gospel music fraternity regard secular musicians as evil and would have absolutely nothing to do with them, the General Overseer of Believers House of Worship International, Rev. Abraham Lamptey, thinks otherwise and sees nothing wrong associating with the supposedly ‘artistes of the world’.
The man of God, who is also a musician, believes most secular songs could be considered gospel because of the message they carry.
Rev. Lamptey’s belief is most likely to raise a lot of eyebrows in the Christian community because there are verses from the Bible that tell Christians not to sit in the counsel of sinners or to be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
“First of all, what is gospel? It simply means preaching the good news and most of the secular songs we have around do that. Take Highlife musician Amakye Dede’s Bebrebe Yi for example.
That song is a complete gospel song. Just check out the lyrics and the message it carries. You cannot tell me that song is not preaching good news.
“And he is not the only one. There are loads of them out there, such as Kofi Kinaata, who have great songs that can be considered gospel,” he told Graphic Showbiz on the sidelines of his recent press conference to announce his annual event, Art of Worship.
According to Rev. Lamptey, there is nothing wrong with secular songs so far as the lyrics are clean and not vulgar or profane. He doesn’t even mind sharing a stage with them.
“I don’t mind performing with secular musicians or inviting them to perform at my church. After all, collabos are a form of evangelism. We are all winning souls for God and if it will take a secular artiste with numbers to do that, I don’t have a problem with that at all. God can use anyone to win souls for Him. The person does not necessarily have to be a man of God or a gospel musician,” he explained further.
This year’s Art of Worship is slated for December 3, 2023, at Believers House of Worship International (Spintex Branch). Artistes joining Rev. Lamptey on stage include Diana Hammond, Perez Music, Kofi Peprah, Cassey Mantey and Terry Johnson.