By Nicholas Dechi
Mr Terfa Mgbateman, a secular musician, adjudged by a cleric to be the most profane of Benue musicians, received the sacrament of baptism on Sunday in Makurdi
Apostle Matthew Hwande of The Salvation of Christ Family Ministry baptized the musician popularly known as Osaze in the entertainment world in River Benue and gave him the name Thaddeus.
Before performing the baptism, Apostle Hwande emphasized that Christ came to call sinners to repentance.
He quoted several scriptures including Luke 5: 27-32 part of which states that “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’’
“God has performed this miracle as a demonstration of His power to deliver and as a witness against those who do not accept His call,’’ he said.
He said that of all Tiv, Benue secular musicians, Osaze was the most profane, but God called him to leave secular music and celebrate the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Responding, Mgbateman said that he surrendered his life during the New Year church service through the influence of one of his relatives who invited him to the church where he met Apostle Hwande who prayed for him.
“Following my repentance I took a decision to become a disciple of Jesus Christ hence the need to receive baptism as my first sign of repentance,’’ he said.
Mgbateman pledged that henceforth he would use his talents to worship God and called on everyone to surrender to God’s sovereignty.