June 01, 2009


Rastafarian reggae singer Etana made an important step towards bridging the idealogical divide between Rastafarianism and orthodox Christianity yesterday when she was baptized at the Emmanuel Apostolic church on Slipe Road in Kingston.

Etana, speaking in an exclusive interview with one876 this morning, said that the move was spontaneous and that most people in the congregation were shocked when she stepped forward to be baptized.

“No one knew…everyone was thrown off; they were shocked. When they saw a Rastafarian walking up the aisle then to see me embrace them as a Rastafarian, that was unseen,” she said.

She described the actual baptism as an ongoing conversation between herself and God.

“Minister Blackman said ‘yu know yu can’t turn back?’ and I said ‘turn back from what?’ Because when you think about it,the way I live my life is not unclean, the way I speak, what I express through my music. I don’t wear pants. If I embrace Christianity as I would my mother, or my brother or any member of my family, it makes a statement. If I say ‘love’ just as a Rastafarian, then you expect it, but if I embrace Christianity and preach love, it makes a bigger statement about how things ought to be.”

Etana said that she is hoping that this move will help to unite

“We speak of unconditional love and unity yet we are so separated and divided. I want to do my part to help get rid of the prejudice and division, and convey the message that no matter your class, race, creed or colour, it should be about one love and we should leave the judgment to God,” she intoned passionately.

“Why are we confusing the youths? If there is only one God, why the division? What kind of doctrines are we supporting?”

Etana said that the content of her music will not change because of her new-found faith.

“Don’t expect me to sing only religious Pentecostal songs, I shall remain the voice of the people. I will continue to sing about real life situation and the experiences of our life together as a people.”
SOURCE: one876entertainment


  1. His Majesty's ServantJune 4, 2009 at 7:05 AM

    Blessings on you Sister Etana

    I embrace you in Love then and Now

    I await with great anticipation the step for one man I have been praying for since the Lord spoke to me in 1998

    I remain in intercessory prayer for him , I am encouraged to remain in faith and prayer for Brother Luciano

  2. Blessings on you Sister Etana

    Im just rejoicing and giving thanks to God for this step that you hae taken I must say to you that this is a confirmation of God's word. Its no coincidence.
    I sought the Lord on your behalf and I continue to do so ther are many more that will take the step that you have taken, this is God's divine intervention, God's purpose in this earth must be fulfilled through His vessels that he has chosen. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, God Bless You
    i always appreciate your music, its positive and clean. But I have learned to look beyond the surface and i knew that you would take this step some day, I saw it in you and I pr

  3. Dear Etana,

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. I beg you beg you, beg you PLEASE do not try to come to the LORD on your own terms. Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him."Take time please to know Him"


  4. Dear Etana i'm happy that you have taken that important step.God has saved you for a purpose and this is where it all begins but keep your eyes on Jesus because he will take you through.Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. God bless and keep you

  5. LOL this is just another confusion she speak of about being spontaneous. I thought that you had to recieve counseling from the church before baptising there will she be a member of the church ? This is just for show ETANA is confused herself.

  6. Let me know when she receive the holy ghost...

  7. Evrol bell u are stupid, counseling doesn't mean a year of counseling. If her mind is already made up. what can man do. she must have got counseling before she did the baptizing. If God came while she was in counseling would she be saved no. Get a life and leave the servant of God alone

  8. A very good choice my dear, keep it up

  9. She's not the first "Ras" that got baptized their. I went their a few years ago and this "bubo dread" went up to the alter in tears asking them to baptise him.

  10. Etana,

    KEEP STRONG, We are soldiers of the MOST HIGH & When God Speaks we move.



  11. Amen... You are in a great Christian Family now etean...HAve faith....Neva Give Up...Not AFraid

  12. I will not say that the man is stupid for saying that she needed counselling... because that is what is taught and practiced in many churches. Yet I am not sure where that is found biblically. No recorded baptism the Bible mentions prior counselling. People heard the Gospel, believed and were baptized, there was a finality to it, a soundness of conviction to it. As for someone asking to be told when she receives the holy ghost, it betrays a particular doctrine of the holy spirit... I am assuming they mean they want to know when she speaks in tongues, which is held to be equal to receiving the holy spirit in some circles. That is a moot point... but a careful reading of Paul's writings as he develops his pneumatology (doctrine of the holy spirit) will show that one receives the Holy Spirit at conversion. Speaking in tongues, as recorded in Acts is more descriptive than prescriptive.

  13. This was a great move Etana but don't be fooled. No man can serve God and Mammon. If you mean to all the way with Jesus then please do that, if not then just let it go. You can't have it both ways. And as for the Holy Ghost it is evident in scripture that when persons were baptized with the Holy Ghost the sign of that was speaking in another tongue and glorifying God. When this Pentecostal experience happens to you my dear then let me know. I pray that you will receive the Holy Ghost soon though!!!


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