The second Africa Evangelical Conference gave the Association of Evangelicals of Africa and Madagascar a clear, moderate position between the rightist and leftist forces at work in the Christian Church in Africa today. The position, roughly comparable to that of “neo-evangelicals” in the United States, allows for creative scholarship and social responsibility without compromising the Gospel.

The 160 delegates, representing eight national evangelical fellowships and several missions and churches in nineteen African countries, met in the lush green hills of Limuru early last month to appraise the evangelical thrust on the continent and to discuss the opportunities and problems of communicating “The Unchanging Word to a Changing Continent.”

Africa’s first continent-wide conference of evangelicals, also held at Limuru, gave birth three years ago to the AEAM, because delegates felt the need for an active fellowship among those who hold the same Bible-based doctrines, as a means of united witness and action.

But this second conference (concurrent with the association’s General Assembly) has given the association its form and program, and may prove to have been its real founding. Confidence and hope, observed acting Secretary General Eric Maillefer, replaced the uncertainties and doubts of the first conference; and Africans came forward to make the evangelical cause in Africa their own.

Declaring their “solemn responsibility before God to ‘earnestly contend for the faith’ in Africa and Madagascar,” the conference issued strongly worded statements against the “current dangerous trends of the Ecumenical Movement as evidenced in the increased efforts of liberals and neo-universalists to capture Africa and Madagascar,” and against “the ...

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