One of the questions that bothers many gospel musicians is whether it’s alright for them to perform at nightclubs. While others argue that it’s a good way to reach out to souls and draw them to Christ, there are those who believe that performing in a nightclub is biblically inappropriate.
“Change Over” singer Mary Agyemang joins the list of gospel artists who believe performing at a nightclub is okay.
According to the singer, a gospel musician should always be ready to perform at any event as such platforms only present another opportunity to spread the gospel.
“We are to go anywhere and preach the gospel so I’ll go,” she said. “If I don’t go to the nightclub, who will be there to deliver the message to them. I always say that we should not be hypocrite. Will you be tagged as a sinner if you perform at nightclub?”
Agyemang pointed out that many people just want to preach the Word in church yet there are many sinners out there who need to be reached out to.
“We always want to preach at churches so how will the sinners outside the church know Christ,” she asked. “The Bible even tells us to go everywhere on this planet to preach the gospel but didn’t say only the church.”
Asked specifically whether other artists who have chosen to stay away from the club are hypocrites, she gave an emphatic yes and asserted that “if you won’t go and preach to them, who should go there? They are being hypocrites. If you tell me you won’t go there you are a hypocrite because you do not know the lifestyle of the person at church you are always preaching to.”
Some people argue that by performing at a nightclub, a Christian musician gives a bad image, which is likely to send people further away from Christ. The argument is that people whose weakness is clubbing may not quit if they see professed Christians joining them at the club, whether to spread the gospel or otherwise.
When it comes to preaching the Word of God, many Christians say it’s important to look for a neutral place to spread the word. Let it not be a place that can send wrong signals to those who don’t totally agree with Christians going to nightclubs.
For example, what happens when a pastor is seen walking into a brothel? Will people view him as someone going to preach the Word of God or simply giving in to his lust? Even though he might be going into the brothel to win souls, his action is likely to send more people away from Christ.
Still, others insist that it really doesn’t matter what people think as long as your intention is to spread the gospel word.