Marques Houston celebrates Jehovah’s Witness conversion
R&B star Marques Houston appears to have fully completed his Jehovah’s Witness Conversion, after he took to social media to celebrate his baptism. The former child star looks to be fully committed to his new religion, judging by the information he has shared on social media sites such as Instagram. While marking his baptism day, Marques commented to his more than 637 thousand followers: “8/13/16 The best day of my life!!! I got baptized today I’ve never been this happy #JW Jehovah my God, thank you for allowing me the privilege to be one of your Witnesses now #DayTwo #RemainLoyalToJehovah Convention.”
Marques, known for hit songs such as “That Girl” and “Clubbin.” He also uploaded a video collage commemorating the baptism, which had the caption: “My Baptism: I can not even put into words the feelings/emotions and overwhelming joy running through my mind. To know that Jehovah God, or Heavenly Father, the CREATOR of any and everything chose me to be his loyal servant! I am humbled beyond words, and I am so grateful to all who embarked on this journey with me! This is only the first step and I look forward to where life is gonna take me now that I have Jehovah behind the wheel.”
Houston has had a long relationship with stardom, first as a child star with a singing group known as Immature, then he became an actor in a television comedy, Sister, Sister starring Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell (identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry).
The online reaction to his conversion and baptism has been largely positive, although there have been some negative reactions as well. Houston recently had to come out and address some of the negative comments. He remarked, “Dear friends. Please do not post negative comments on my pictures. I would never disrespect anyone’s page and I hope that you all respect my page the same. I am very happy with my choices and my decisions and I would love if everyone just left positivity, especially with so much negativity going on in the world today. My IG is just like the rest of you, to express myself and show you just a little of my life. I am still a very private person and a lot of my life I don’t post. Peace. And make sure to continue to keep God first in all you do.”
Houston is not the only celebrity to have converted to Jehovah’s Witness. Celebrities such as Prince, Michael Jackson and Serena Williams have been counted as members of the church. Jehovah’s Witness are a sect of Christians who espouse the conviction that Jesus is God’s “only begotten Son.” They also do not celebrate birthdays, are not blood or organ donors and, they do not believe in war as a solution to humanity’s problems. Their official website says they “strive to adhere to the form of Christianity that Jesus taught and that his apostles practiced.”