Veteran gospel artiste, Cindy Thompson has revealed the shock of her life as a Christian when she once witnessed choristers pulling out cigarettes and alcohol after they have beautifully performed in Holland.
The award-winning gospel artiste bemoaned the fact that the attitude of some gospel artistes and Christian singing groups do not conform to the genre of music they do.
She recalled how she praised the choir after their amazing performance at the event but was amazed when she saw the chor members who had just performed took their robes off, pull out cigarettes and alcohol.
Cindy Thompson asked people not to be moved by others’ ability to minister since it takes more than just a good voice to be a Gospel artiste and not every one of them has been called by God.
“I believe this so very much because I recall I had an event in Holland and before my performance, a choir came to sing very beautifully.
“After the show, we had to go and grab something to eat and to my surprise I saw the choristers taking their robes off, pulling out cigarettes and alcohol and I was shocked.”
Being inquisitive, the topnotch gospel artiste said she took a bold step to question the choristers about their unpleasant actions.
She was again astonished when they confessed not to be Christians but only performers.
“I went to ask them if they knew what they were doing was wrong and to my amazement, they answered that they were not Christians but only singers.
Cindy Thompson probed deeper only to be told by some of the choristers that they were urged to join the choir because of their beautiful voices and not because they were believers.
“Some said, they sang because they have the voice and people encouraged them to join the choir but they were not believers of the things of God or Christians.”
“I had another experience in Benin as well so yes it is not every Gospel artiste that is called by God,” she told Graphic Showbiz.
When asked how one who has been called by God would behave and operate, the Awurade Kasa singer said: “Anyone who is called by God understands the ministry he or she is in.”
“Whatever step one takes, one asks God for guidance; one waits for Him to speak before one acts. When one has been called by God, one does not associate with the things of this world.
“One is not in competition with anyone because one trusts the person who has called you,” she noted.
Recounting how she got into the industry, Cindy Thompson said, “I was singing in the church and people often told me how good I was. The pressure was that, I should do my song and produce an album etc but I felt that time was not right.
“So I went into my room and prayed, I asked God to show me a sign if indeed it’s His will and here I am today. It was so much to the extent that people actually came to me trying to poach me to their church etc.
“The fact that people tell you, you have a nice voice doesn’t mean you are called by God. You may have the gift which comes to everyone in different ways but God should direct you as to what you have to do with it and how to use it,” she said.
Cindy Thompson rose to fame with her hit song Awurade Kasa, which was used by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana in 2000 for its campaign. Some of her songs include: Calvary Nyankopon, Onokwafo Nyame, Jesus Wo Nkoa and Nkunimde3.