Africa & Christianity

Christianity in Africa dates to the first generation of the church as described in the book of Acts in the Bible where we find Philip and Ethiopian eunuch. This Ethiopian official was not only had access Old Testament but that he ended up repenting and believing the gospel of Jesus as described in Acts 8:26-38.

Any attempt to label Christianity as a “white man’s religion” or European religion should be rejected since we do have Ethiopians exposed to the Old Testament in the book of Jeremiah with EbedMelech as well as the many early church fathers like Tertullian and Augustine of North Africa as well as Origen and Athanasius of Egypt just to name a few all before the infamous council of Nicea.

Africans played a crucial role in establishing the doctrines and theology of the early church as we see with Athanasius who was known to heavily defend the trinity when everyone else was backing down. We should stand on their shoulders in the way we seriously study the Bible and not be misled that African Christianity should be identified with the “prosperity gospel” or the “hyper grace gospel” or the “word of faith movement”.

Praise God for his work across Africa like with what organizations like Apologetics Kenya, RZIM Africa, Conrad Mbewe, Africa Center for Apologetics Research, Saturday PM, etc are doing. His Spirit has moved in many different ways: through African leaders, through foreign missionaries, and various political movements. We should rejoice in our diversity and unite around the core doctrines of our shared faith.

The powerful African church is coming to maturity in the twenty-first century. We should claim our Christian identity and mission with both boldness and humility. Boldness in proclaiming our vibrant faith to the world. Humility in learning from others and working together. Building churches based on both biblical teaching, excellence and integrity in organisation and leadership.

References | Gospel Coalition – Africa


2 thoughts on “Africa & Christianity”

  1. Although you made such a remarkable points, these are not the only or main reason what qualifies Christianity to be the faith of all Africans, or of any nation for that matter. If we were to decide based on such facts, what about those nations/races whose their names are not mentioned or found in the Bible? Can they afford to say Christianity is not my faith? To my understanding, far above anything else, what qualifies Christianity to be the only faith to all Africans and the rest of the nations is, the the indisputable truth of what is written in John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, and scriptures such as Romans 5:12-21; 1st Corinthians 15:21-57; Ephesians 4:1-

    In the Old Testament we read as the God of Hebrew did everything what He has done in order to prove He alone is the one true God with no other beside Him. And when the expected saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus came at His appointed time, not only He proclaimed what is written in John 17:3, but also in John 14:6 most specifically said ” I AM the way, the truth and the Life, no one come to the Father except through Me”!
    The Chinese and all the rest of the Orientals might assume and consider the dragon, as their god, but the fact of the matter is, none of them could boldly say the dragon is his/her creator. Likewise,
    the Hindus and all their associates might assume and consider a cow to be one of their gods, but again, the fact of the matter is, none of them could boldly say the cow is his/her creator.
    Now in the very same token, how about the Africans? If we don’t make Christianity (the genuine faith on the one true God and Christ Jesus), who are we going to say our creator is?

    Can you see how not only the African nations, but the entire world has no other choice but Christianity. This is why as God was telling everyone through the prophecy in Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45, when the appointed time came His Word became in flesh through virgin birth full of truth and grace and dwelt among us (meaning that Stone of Daniel’s prophecy is Christ Jesus of the gospels who came full of truth and grace, and whoever believes in Him will be saved, but whoever does not believe in Him is destined already to be eternally condemned! John 1:1-18, 3:14-18)

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