Preachers of a Different Gospel is a deep reflection by an evangelical on contemporary trends in Christianity in Africa. Femi Adeleye writes convincingly with facts and biblical justification on contemporary issues that have surfaced within contemporary Pentecostal Christianity, and which are undermining the evangelical faith in Africa. From a deep understanding of the Scripture and leadership in the evangelical students’ movements in the colleges and universities, Adeleye sounds a note of warning to the Church in Africa to remain faithful to the Scriptures.
One of the most challenging things for all of us called to teach and preach God’s Word is to learn to silence our biases and cultural expectations sufficiently to see what the Word actually says rather than what we expect it or want it to say. Here are three common hermeneutical and homiletical traits of the charismatic/pentecostalized tradition to recognize in order to move toward a more biblically-grounded homiletic.
As Christianity continues to shift to the global south, the gospel witness will be propagated from this continent. But what gospel will be proclaimed?
The continuing popularity of the Prosperity Gospel among African Christians arose from the fact that biblical metaphors have assumed new meanings in rapidly changing socio-economic situations. The emphasis on prosperity has become a powerful metaphor in negotiating wider socio-economic concerns.
Why does Neo-Pentecostalism flourish in Sub-Saharan Africa? It resonates with the African holistic mindset in its promises of personal well-being.
Neo-Pentecostalism distorts the Gospel and requires us to look at the important questions of “What does Christ’s atonement achieve?” and “How does Christ’s death relate to one’s relationship with the spirit world?”
Though denied by many who confess to be Christians, the dilemma of the original sin and human depravity is real and important.