ADVERTISING
 
Saturday, January 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Kenya
2
 

African pastors against prosperity theology

“Church planting is a business here”, Dan Huffstutler, director of East Africa Baptist School of Theology, denounces.

SOURCES The Gospel Coalition KENYA 29 DECEMBER 2016 18:20 h GMT+1

A 2006 Pew report found that 70 percent of Kenyans who identify as Christians follow extreme charismatic or Pentecostal teachings.



Dan Huffstutler is the director of East Africa Baptist School of Theology (EABST) in the capital city of Nairobi. He says Bible-based churches led by doctrinally sound pastors are not common: “They are like diamonds scattered around Kenya.”



 



“CHURCH PLANTING IS A BUSINESS”



Over the last decade, Huffstutler has observed an increase in adherents with “very little understanding of Christian doctrine or the church’s gospel mission.” He attributes this to wide access to prosperity preachers.



Church planting is a business here”, he said, “and men with zero training and biblical knowledge enter the field in the hope of acquiring income from unfortunately gullible people looking for a blessing or to have their problems fixed.”



To combat such false teaching, EABST focuses on equipping pastors for ministry. Many students come with little more preparation than the ability to mimic the methods of preachers they’ve seen on TV or the internet.



“TBN [Trinity Broadcasting Network] massively impacted East Africa by modelling word of faith, prosperity, and extreme Pentecostal beliefs and practices as ‘the way to do church’”, Huffstutler explained.



 



EABST Students



 



STUDYING THE BIBLE PROPERLY



Ronald Kogo is a church planter in the slums of Kabiria, in western Nairobi. He once followed the teachings of a Pentecostal church though he knew nothing about the Bible—until a friend showed him how to study Scripture.



Kogo embraced biblical doctrine and became an advocate for solid theological resources. He continues his studies at EABST. Kogo later began translating into Swahili classics by J. C. Ryle, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and John Piper.



He teaches weekly Bible studies for pastors from several different churches in Nairobi. He begins with the ESV’s introduction to each book, then moves to cross-checking of references. “Now they know what [themes] to look for, instead of finding things that will simply affirm their own ideas”, he said.



One man in Kogo’s study group had been a leader in the cult-like African Divinity Church, where his high position granted him god-like status. “He became a member of a Reformed Baptist church, with no desire to become a pastor again,” Kogo said. “He is reading and studying the Word—humble and willing to learn.”


 

 


2
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 

John van der Dussen
30/12/2016
12:09 h
2
 
Please be careful with what you publish and double-check your sources. You accuse the African Divinity Church to be a cult. If you type this name on Google, you will find that a very conservative church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the city of Haarlem, Holland, has a partnership with this Kenyan church for already 10 years (if you read Dutch, like I do). They visited the church in Kenya, and the Kenyans visited Holland. These Lutherans found nothing cult-like. It is easy to accuse others.
 

John van der Dussen
30/12/2016
11:53 h
1
 
I find the article very generalizing and unfair to the more complex real situation. Not all prosperity teaching is by definition wrong. As with many other subjects, there is unbliblical and biblical prosperity teaching: 'By the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life' (Prov. 22:4) 'The man who fears the Lord: wealth and riches will be in his house' (Psalm 112:1,3). According to God's Word, prosperity, riches and wealth are part of the blessing of the fear of the Lord. Not all, but a part.
 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - African pastors against prosperity theology
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List

There has been an serious increase in persecution of Christian communities in China in the last months.

 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
The reliability of the Bible The reliability of the Bible

Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor, Campus Bible Church, answers the question Why is a defense of the reliability of the Bible important?

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.