The Battle For Africa’S Mind

A Nigerian doctoral candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary, Byang H. Kato, was elected as the first African general secretary of the Association of Evangelicals of Africa and Madagascar (AEAM) at its General Assembly in Limuru, Kenya, last month. Altogether, 143 delegates attended, representing sixty-six churches and missions in twenty-seven nations from Egypt to Madagascar and Senegal to Tanzania. It was the second triennial assembly since AEAM’s founding in 1966.

“The spiritual battle for Africa this decade will be largely fought on theological grounds,” said Kato. “I have personally been challenged by the fact that most theological writing by African authors, at a scholastic level, is by liberals or those sympathetic to liberal theology.” He warned that New Testament Christianity in Africa is threatened by theological and biblical ignorance. “Christians in North America and other countries should be alerted to the dangers facing the tremendous work they have built in Africa over the years,” he said. Kato is a graduate of both the Sudan Interior Mission’s seminary in Nigeria and London Bible College, and was formerly general secretary of the SIM-related Evangelical Churches of West Africa.

Delegates rejected the popular cry among ecumenical churches for an “African Theology” and stressed the need for a biblical theology expressed in the context of African culture. They set up a theological commission and charged it with seeking accreditation for Bible colleges and seminaries, coordinating news and information, and upgrading theological training. Establishment of a post-graduate course for all of Africa along the lines of Yeotmal Seminary in India was also proposed. A newly organized Christian ...

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