Photo : Hannes Britz
The Namib Desert during the "rainy season"

Friday, February 13, 2015

WHY I MUST PREACH ON SUNDAY (and everyday) !

I am sitting in my study preparing  for Sunday morning.  

We are currently  preaching through  Paul’s first letter  to the Thessalonian church. Our current morning sermon series  is  called  "Portrait of a God-centered  church".  

As  this  wonderful pastoral  letter moves  my soul, I am moved  to  think about the  state  of the church in the world. 

I am forced to  rethink and to  rehearse  and to consider  how we  may  rebuild our broken churches  upon  this  Thessalonian model,   in our own day when the church at large is anything but God centered.  

If anything,  the modern  church  has a tendency to be self -centered and man  centered. The Bible  and the  internet and  the  newspapers and my own experience  tells me so ! 

This problem is, of course  not unique to our own age,  for this has been the constant struggle  of the church ever since she was born  on the day of Pentecost. 

And I remember  that  the effects of sin  upon our world  have had a heavy toll upon us all.  The pull is ever  downward,  as indicated by  the law of gravitation. G = 9.8m/s. 

Things fall down, not up!  

The tendency is always towards decay, towards  disorder – towards a state of entropy   – as illustrated by the second law of thermodynamics [1].  

So too  it is with the church. 

One of my favorite poets is  T.S. Elliot[2]. He   has expressed  himself  in powerful poetry on the subject:

Of all that was done in the past, you eat the fruit, either rotten or ripe.
And the Church must be forever building 
And always decaying - and always being restored.

For every ill deed in the past we suffer the consequence: For sloth, for avarice, gluttony, neglect of the Word of God.
For pride, for lechery, treachery, for every act of sin.
And of all that was done that was good, you have the inheritance.
For good and ill deeds belong to a man alone, when he stands alone on the other side of death,
But here upon earth you have the reward of the good and ill that  was done by those who have gone before you.
And all that is ill you may repair if you walk together in humble repentance, expiating the sins of your fathers;  And all that was good you must fight to keep with hearts as devoted as those of your fathers who fought to gain it.

The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without;

For this is the law of life; and you must remember that while there is time of prosperity
The people will neglect the Temple, and in time of adversity they will decry it.

T.S. Elliot  recognizes that the church is in need of constant reformation, for she is constantly subjected   to  sin and decay. 

Every generation must understand  this, and every generation of believers  must  rebuild her walls  which  are constantly being  assailed. 

We cannot  live on borrowed capital

A house lived in for along time must be renovated. 

We  cannot   presume that our fathers yesterday have done a good work. 

We  must work  today and  labour today   to maintain the faith  as it  was once   delivered  to us  by our Lord Jesus.

And that is why I must preach on Sunday, praying that the Word, the gospel will come  in power  and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction! (1 Thessalonians 1:5) 

[1] The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth, by Henry Morris: (p. 14) All processes manifest a tendency toward decay and disintegration, with a net increase in what is called the entropy, or state of randomness or disorder, of the system. This is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics.Scientific Creationism, edited by Henry Morris:  (p.25) The Second Law (Law of Energy Decay) states that every system left to its own devices always tends to move from order to disorder, its energy tending to be transformed into lower levels of availability, finally reaching the state of complete randomness and unavailability for further work.

[2] T.S. Elliot : Chorus from the Rock 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Danger of Free Speech without the Counsel of Biblical Wisdom

In  recent weeks the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”  was attacked  by   Islamists.  The killing was   cruel, and it has been justly condemned, and we suppose the perpetrators have received their just  punishment. However,  there can be no doubt that this  magazine   is highly provocative, making its living by often  mocking religious institutions.  

Clearly, many people  feel  provoked, and even the latest  issue following the killing has  provoked  Muslims in Niger (a former French colony)  to burn down churches.
Many people in the Western world  have  seen this  brutal killing  spree as an attack on free speech, but  very  few  people  have spoken  about   the responsibility  that  ought  to  be  associated  with free speech.

Is unrestrained speech  a good thing?   
The book of Proverbs thinks not.  It  reminds us  that words have incredible power. They go deep.  Proverbs 18:4  says  “ the words of a man’s mouth are deep waters”. Proverbs  12:18 says  that  “rash words are like sword  thrusts”

The book of Proverbs advises  us   to  restrain  our words.  Proverbs 17:27,28 says  that “whoever  restrains his words has knowledge… even a fool  who keeps silent is considered wise…”. Proverbs  29:20 says: “Do you see  a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope  for a fool than for him.”   
In his letter to the Ephesians  the apostle Paul gives us  a  very  important  principle  with respect to our use of words.  He says: “Speak the truth in love“.   It has been well said  that  “love without  truth  is hypocrisy , and “truth without love is brutality”. The biblical  and balanced  ways is always,  “speaking the truth in love”. (Eph. 4:15) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Praying for Namibia as we Prepare for National Elections on the 28th November 2014

“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.”  ( 1 Chronicles 12:32)

Every age has its unique challenges, and  the challenge is basically  always the same— to  understand the times  and to know  what to do in such times .  Those who understand the times  within the framework of    biblical wisdom,   will be  our wisest  leaders.  Namibia  is  standing on the threshold of  a new era  and of  another   election  in which a  new president and  a  new national assembly  are elected. 

In  1 Chronicles 12:32   we find   this  interesting verse.  Soon after  Saul’s death the  nation of Israel  was in turmoil.   A change in leadership  always  has the potential to disturb the peace of  a nation. Saul’s  tribe, the Benjamites,  had their own  ideas about who was to be the successor  to the throne in Israel.  The majority of  Israel  however were not of the same mind, and so  they  aligned themselves  with a rising star in their midst,  whom God actually had chosen prior to this-  David, the son of Jesse  of the tribe of Judah (1 Samuel 16). They  were  now  assembling in  Hebron to  make  David  their  new king.   

Now,  at that point in Israel’s history,  there were  two hundred leaders of the tribe of Issachar  of whom we are told that they  were  “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
Two hundred  wise  men – what a  dream  - what a bonus!  Blessed is that nation that has such men.   It shall be well with that nation, and so it proved to be under the leadership of David.

The outgoing president  : Mr H. Pohamba
The ability to correctly analyze contemporary situations and to know what to do  is what good  leadership is all about. Every generation needs such  leaders who can understand the times and  who  know what to do in the light of  such times.

The God who has created this world and all there is in it (Psalm 24:1) has given us  a Word about  wise governance as well as many warnings  concerning abuse. Now,  Namibia is not a Theocracy  like Israel, and Namibia may  well consider itself to be a secular state but this fact does not  impress God.  God remains the rightful owner of this earth, and He will hold the nations of the world, including  Namibia,   accountable. (Psalm 2)

It is  right therefore that  we should seek the LORD  in seasons  of prayers  in these days. We  must  pray  for  future leaders  to be endowed with   an understanding  of, and a commitment  to  biblical  wisdom as applied  to the issues of our day.  Wise men need to know that “true truth”  needs to be fought for in every new generation.  The current war  against   a distinctly biblical world view  needs to be  discerned.  Evil is never distant.   We need  people  of the statue of the  sons of Issachar , “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do .”

Monday, September 15, 2014


Please Note  :  This  Ordination Service took place on  Sunday, the 14th  September . The sermon  of this occasion is found  on the Sermon blog  which you can access from this page 

Frans Brits (l) and Joachim Rieck 
Everyone knows that church elders are not thickly sown!  The making of a pastor -elder  is not  an instant achievement. It can be a long journey!
It  all begins  with a calling. It is further evidenced by a desire on behalf of the elder candidate (1 Tim  3:1)  to serve as an elder, and furthermore it ought to be recognized by the church, whose shepherd  he is to become.

When a man  desires to become an elder at Eastside Baptist Church, the  current  eldership   examines  him with regard to his  basic suitability. If the  elders  are satisfied  that   there is a genuine desire and suitability,  the church is asked   to endorse  him  as a ‘trainee elder’. 

Pieter Slabber, Frans Brits , Joachim Rieck
Then he  enters upon a two year internship, whereby he  attends  elders meetings,participates in church leadership meetings, leads in worship services,  is exposed to  eldership training, learns to preach, attends doctrinal classes, does  visitation   and engages in various other disciplines.

The Brits  family is prayed for 
Frans Brits  and his family came to us a number of years ago. He  had been trained  in a Dutch Reformed Seminary in South Africa and  during his  internship years  at a  church  in South Africa , he  decided to give up on the  work of the ministry. He had  felt ill equipped for this task  at that time.

Times of  terrible confusion and despair ensued. Eventually   he  re-trained as an audiological technician, working in a team  with his wife, Janet who is  by all accounts  an accomplished audiologist . 
When  their company sent  them to Swakopmund in Namibia  to work  at  their branch,  Frans  met with Pastor Francois Koch  of the Swakopmund Baptist Church. Pastor Koch  helped   Frans Brits    significantly through wise pastoral counsel , and the Lord  restored  him  wonderfully at that time.   
Frans and Janet  were   then posted to Windhoek  by their  company,  and  here  they  joined  in the  membership  of  the Eastside Baptist Church.

It  soon  became  apparent  to the elders at Eastside  that  the Lord had  a greater  work for  Frans  in the congregation. It seemed therefore good to the congregation  and to  the elders  to encourage him to prepare for eldership.
Frans Brits gives his testimony 
He has  done well, and  he has  won the hearts and the confidence of  the congregation, so that  the church  under the leadership of her elders  was able to ordain  him  on  the 14th of September 2014, after a two year internship.  

To God be the Glory !

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Myth that Religion is the # 1 Cause of War

How many times have you heard this argument : " Religion is the # 1 cause of war ?" I have heard this many times. But it is a case of classic misinformation and of historical amnesia. These are the kind of  things that an ignorant public laps up , and so it perpetuates the myth. This article written by Robin Schumacher (edited by Matt Slick) makes an important point : 
Atheists and secular humanists consistently make the claim that religion is the #1 cause of violence and war throughout the history of mankind. One of hatetheism's key cheerleaders, Sam Harris, says in his book The End of Faith that faith and religion are “the most prolific source of violence in our history.”1
While there’s no denying that campaigns such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years’ War foundationally rested on religious ideology, it is simply incorrect to assert that religion has been the primary cause of war. Moreover, although there’s also no disagreement that radical Islam was the spirit behind 9/11, it is a fallacy to say that all faiths contribute equally where religiously-motivated violence and warfare are concerned.
An interesting source of truth on the matter is Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars, which chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been waged over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being religious in nature,2 which is an astonishingly low 6.98% of all wars. However, when one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%.

That means that all faiths combined – minus Islam – have caused less than 4% of all of humanity’s wars and violent conflicts. Further, they played no motivating role in the major wars that have resulted in the most loss of life.  
Kind of puts a serious dent into Harris’ argument, doesn’t it?
The truth is, non-religious motivations and naturalistic philosophies bear the blame for nearly all of humankind’s wars. Lives lost during religious conflict pales in comparison to those experienced during the regimes who wanted nothing to do with the idea of God – something showcased in R. J. Rummel’s work Lethal Politics and Death by Government:
Non-Religious Dictator Lives Lost
·        Joseph Stalin - 42,672,000
·        Mao Zedong - 37,828,000
·        Adolf Hitler - 20,946,000
·        Chiang Kai-shek - 10,214,000
·        Vladimir Lenin - 4,017,000
·        Hideki Tojo - 3,990,000
·        Pol Pot - 2,397,0003
Rummel says: “Almost 170 million men, women and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed or killed in any other of a myriad of ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners. The dead could conceivably be nearly 360 million people. It is though our species has been devastated by a modern Black Plague. And indeed it has, but a plague of Power, not germs.”4
The historical evidence is quite clear: Religion is not the #1 cause of war.
If religion can’t be blamed for most wars and violence, then what is the primary cause? The same thing that triggers all crime, cruelty, loss of life, and other such things. Jesus provides the answer very clearly: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man,” (Mark 7:21–23).
James (naturally) agrees with Christ when he says: “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel,” (James 4:1–2).
In the end, the evidence shows that the atheists are quite wrong about the wars they claim to so desperately despise. Sin is the #1 cause of war and violence, not religion, and certainly not Christianity.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Soccer - the New Religion ?

Soccer world cup 2014  in Brazil  has now truly   come and gone! 

We have enjoyed a  month of  great soccer.  The standard of  soccer is phenomenal, and one cannot but admire the skill of the modern  soccer players whose  brains are surely in their feet.   It is indeed “the beautiful  game” - a term apparently  coined by  the sports commentator Stuart  Hall in 1958 .  And what  a  great demonstration  once again of the fact that a united team   is  a formidable  team !

Statue of Christ the Redeemer  in Rio de Janeiro  in front of a full moon 
And yet  I can’t help but thinking that  soccer  has become  a  religious  affair. 

Think about this :  The  soccer players  huddle together for prayer  before the  game. They  look to   whatever god to answer their  prayer  for a win. They give whatever god the glory when they score  a goal . They  make the sign of the cross  before they go  on,    or  come off the field .  The coach   acts  the “pastor or priest ”,  and the players  perform  the sacred rites  trying to please the gods.  The   strongest god on that day wins !  The stadium is the cathedral (the soccer temple) and the tens of thousands are the worshipers, fervently praying  to their gods  for their team to win. In the process  they  become an emotional community,  singing  their anthems (hymns) ,  and raise their hands  like a bunch of charismatic worshipers!

I came across a blog written by Jonathan A. Lopez,   in which the fact that “soccer is religion  is  unashamedly asserted .  He writes :  “What is it about soccer that creates these emotions and feelings found in events like the World Cup? Well, there is a simple response to this. Soccer is no longer just a sport but a religion. To be specific, it is a civil religion. According to author Jordi Xifra, the term "civil religion"refers to a religion that demonstrates both the moral and spiritual values of a community or modern society. It is meant to uphold the political and social culture of a people. It involves myths, symbols of popular devotion, and public rituals. In light of this, civil religion stresses identity amongst a people. .

Sport  in general  is  indeed  the  primary religion of the world of our  day, although  it had been common  in the days of the  ancient Greeks and Romans,   who  in their times had built impressive sport stadiums.  An interesting article in this regard can be found at :

A Christian Mind ?

Christians  need to  think  carefully  about the the place and influence of sport  in society . Here are  a couple of my personal  reflections on the matter : 

1.      Our world   continues   to seek human heroes whom they  may  idolize.  Sport  and music  are  the primary  contemporary forums  for this purpose. This desire for  ‘idols‘  is   an indication  of  the fact that the human heart is made for worship.  Unfortunately  human sin and  pride refuses to come  to  God the Creator, choosing   to exchange the truth of God for a lie, worshiping and serving the creature rather than the Creator (Romans  1:25) 

2.     Is it possible  to  enjoy sport  (soccer)  in a God centred way ?  I believe that it is. There are many things that are good about   sport. Physical discipline , endurance , patience , commitment , fair play , consideration of the other  team member, team effort, enjoyment, skill , humility (the  ability to  lose  gracefully)    are all godly virtues , and those who practise them ,  may glorify God  in them.  Eric Lidell[1] (1902 – 1945)  a Scottish athlete, Rugby player and missionary , made famous by the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire”,    is a famous example  of a  man  who glorified God in  the sport arena.

3.     Having said this, it is doubtful that the 2014  Soccer World cup displayed  much of God’s glory. Rather, it was an exercise of human glory, (and make no mistake – it was glorious!) – but it  was a cheap imitation of  the Glory of God .  Sadly,  when human glory  eclipses  God’s glory    it becomes idolatry  and so we are tempted  to become  children of a lesser god.    

So, how  did  I  as a Christian,  deal with  the world cup?  I enjoyed  it for what it was. I enjoyed the skill  of the players  and the  thrill  of competition. 
I even chose a side  - that side which happened to win the world cup this year! But I refused to pray for the German team to win J. I determined not  to  have a blue Monday, just   in  case they had lost  the match on Sunday evening  L

I refuse to  build my  hope on something  that is  nice but … ultimately oh so superficial and so utterly inconsequential  and  so temporary !

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest  frame , but wholly lean on Jesu’s Name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand!
All other ground is sinking sand !

(Edward Mote – 1832)

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Please note:  This article is not an attack on western people. I myself am a product of  European Western culture.  There are however many aspects about modern western culture that are deeply subversive to the Christian faith. They must be named ,  they must  be warned against and  they must be avoided.

We must admit that western   culture has a winsome flavour.  Everything,  from TV programs and movies,  from to fashion to food, and  from  western Christmas celebrations   to   western  Christian wedding rites  is being exported into all the world. The  West  has become the pacesetter  in many things . The world desperately seeks to imitate the West.   India can come up with nothing better than calling its growing movie industry ‘Bollywood’! 
Christian Dior, Mercedes Benz , Coca Cola , Kentucky Fried Chicken and Mc Donald’s are house brands in every part of the world. Truly, it seems as if western civilization has subdued the modern earth and…  Namibia.  

Do we want Western  Democracy and Capitalism ?

Most political  systems (except those  guided by an explicit atheism)   will work provided  that God fearing men  are behind it. 
There is the problem … the lack of God fearing men in western democratic and  capitalistic  thinking!  But capitalism   without Christ  is catastrophic! Democracy without  Deity  is dangerous!  Man’s pursuit  of  life  without God as the final  reference point  is  self –destructive!

Many seem to think  that   western    economic systems are biblically   sanctioned. After all, they appear to be successful on the surface of things. Are  we  saying  that  democracy  or capitalism  is  God’s truth per se because we perceive it  to be  successful? Health, wealth and prosperity teachers seem to think so, but the biblically saturated mind can come to no such conclusion. The parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21)  teaches us that  wealth is  a deceptive measurement for success.

Western culture is not presently influenced by a God-centered worldview. If the truth be  told  modern   western culture is  strongly  influenced by ‘secular humanism’,  a man centered worldview.  We must never  forget  that  the present  form  of western  humanism  was  conceived during  the  French Revolution   in 1789, when  the  “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”  was formulated.  Now to be  fair, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”    was  formulated  against the background of severe political and spiritual abuses by the French monarchy which was  then  in cahoots with the Roman Catholic Church. 

The authors of the humanist declaration rightly  rejected the   concept of the “divine right of kings“ and they  rightly rejected the false authority of the Roman Catholic church, but they made a huge mistake  by excluding God and His Word  from their manifesto, which was  based on what they called, “natural law”.  This secular document  succeeded  to throw out the baby with the bathwater, and it has managed  to   dispose  of God centered thinking  in terms  of  politics,  economics, science, education   etc. , giving  rise to the thought of the ‘secular state’ – an ideal also enshrined in the “Preamble of the Namibian Constitution” !  

In tandem  with  this  concept of  “natural law”  the  theory of evolution , the brainchild of Charles Darwin  (1809 – 1882)  was  conceived and   born into  the framework  of  western  thinking  in the 19th century.  The ‘theory of evolution’ became the replacement for the biblical account of creation. This secular doctrine of creation provided an alternative viewpoint to the  biblical  view  of  “creatio ex nihilo”  by a Sovereign Creator,  and it helped the secular humanists to do away with the thought of God.  

Western Culture   as the Primary Exporter of Immorality

While the western world cannot be held solely responsible for the degree of moral decay in the world  (for clearly every  human heart  without Christ  is  a fallen heart – Romans 3:23 ), we do know that the   present western world has been the leader  and  prime exporter of    perverse sexuality. Apart from the dissemination   and legalizing of pornography in   so called ‘western liberal societies’, many forms of deviant sexual expression have come to the world through the western door.   The west leads the world in presenting homosexuality as ‘normal’ sexual behaviour.  From a biblical worldview[1]   this clearly clashes with Scripture and with nature.  Can the Anglican Church in Africa   with good conscience look to the mother church in the UK for an unflinching commitment   to the authority of Scripture?    Thank God that African Anglicans are taking a strong stance against the homosexual agenda of the western liberals!

The West also leads the agenda on gender equality, maintaining that there is no functional difference between male and female. [2]  In this regard we   are made aware of some   bizarre stories, like the Canadian couple in Toronto raising their 4-month-old without identifying the child as a boy or a girl. This, as you might imagine created a media firestorm in Canada:

Kathy Witterick, 38, and David Stocker, 39, are raising their third child, Storm, to be free of societal norms regarding gender. Is Storm male or female? The parents won't say, so no one knows except Storm's older brothers, Jazz and Kio, as well as a close family friend and two midwives who helped deliver the baby, according to the Toronto Star.” (Fox News:  24th May 2011).

A BBC report of the 7th July 2011 reports that Sweden has opened its first gender neutral school! Where is this happening? Not in Namibia – not in Africa! This is happening in the so called western world!

Do we really want to look to the church in the western world as our definitive guide for life and faith in these challenging days?

The liberal theology   of the 18th  century  which   has  so profoundly undermined  the historic Christian faith   came as a reaction to the 16th century  theology of the Reformers, and it  has been much more insidious  and  subversive  and  devastating  in terms of  its effects,  than the Roman Catholic “Counter Reformation” of the 16th century.

Whereas  the  theologians  of the Reformation  affirmed the  SOLA SCRIPTURA principle – namely  that the  Bible  was  the Word of God , and as such  they affirmed  that  it  was  authoritative  and sufficient, Liberal theology (one of the horrible  children  begotten  of humanism), “made in 18th Century Germany”[3]  did exactly the opposite. It dismantled the Scriptures and rendered them “unbelievable“ and thus essentially useless!
Human opinion triumphed and was declared sovereign.   The venerable, God fearing evangelical  Dr. Martin Luther would turn in his grave if he  knew how neo- Lutheranism has infected an overwhelmingly large number of Lutherans with this liberal virus.

This liberal virus had affected every Protestant denomination.  My own Baptist denomination  were not immune from this cancer.  Charles Haddon Spurgeon a prominent Reformed Baptist of the 19th century battled the forces of the German led “Higher Criticism movement” which was undermining the English Baptists’ historically solid view of the authority of Scripture.  He was eventually excommunicated from the fellowship of English Baptist churches, because he dared to challenge the liberalism of the 19th century church.

Liberalism and the 20th century Western Charismatic Phenomenon

Theological liberalism is a destroyer of the Word of God and thus it is a destroyer of  the biblical church.  But it has a surprising ally, which came to us from the American   West: the Pentecostal  and Charismatic movement!

I know that many would like to make a distinction between the two, and there are always exceptions,   but it must be said that Pentecostalism is the seed bed for the later charismatic movement. 
This movement  rooted in the “1906 Azusa  Street  revival” , a spin off  from  the 1904 Welsh revival began to make more of signs , wonders and ecstatic phenomena  than of  the  plain revelation  of the Word of God. The results are now clearly seen.  American neo-Pentecostals  having dismantled the  SOLA SCRIPTURA principle  now have the world eating out of their  hands.  They are now the prime exporters of the new health, wealth and prosperity message.  It is amazing to see how Africans have bought into  Americans T.V. preachers like  Benny Hinn, Fred Price, Joyce Meyer, and Myles Munroe etc. . . .  These  western figures  have become celebrity figures in Africa! 

Apart from this the western world in America has become the prime exporter of cults and sects into the world! Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Science, Scientology, Seventh Day Adventism etc. . . . .  These weren’t born in Africa, they were born in America - but they flourish here!
The 20th century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements (which were born in the west)   have continued to dismantle the  authority of the Scriptures  as they generally have relied  more on  their prophets, healers and tongue speakers  than on the  Word of  God.

The result is that we are now speaking about a post Christian world – a term that, I believe may have been coined by the eminent  American-Swiss theologian, Dr. Francis Schaeffer.  Dr. Schaeffer once observed that   western culture has continued to flourish for a while on the residual moral principles taught by Christianity; on what the Christian philosopher Henry Van Til called “borrowed capital”. The sun of the gospel which once shone so brightly in the west is setting at an alarming rate!

My question is  this: Does the African church  at large wish to continue borrowing from the morally and spiritually bankrupt West?  I know that there are wonderful exceptions  in the West, but it cannot be denied  that  the African church by and large feeds  on the West.  

When will  Africa  choose  to obey  the Word of God rather than the  enticing  and corrupt  values of  the West?

[1] Romans 1:18-32
[2] Gen 1:27 ; Eph 5 :22-33
[3] The Higher criticism movement  led by the likes of Graf Julius von Wellhausen  led the charge  to destroy the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.