The damage from aggressive missionary cults and false prophets in Africa is both great and growing. Congregations and families are divided, women and children suffer from financial and sexual exploitation, and disillusioned believers abandon the faith.
Rodgers Atwebembeire and his team at the Africa Centre for Apologetics Research (ACFAR) are actively working with denominations and parachurch ministries, like TGC Africa, to equip believers to defend the faith and exercise biblical discernment.
“I have been greatly changed by your teachings on cults and can’t thank you enough,” a Christian leader wrote to ACFAR not long ago. “When I started following you, my eldest son had joined [a local cultic group]. I didn’t know how to help him, since I didn’t know about the group. I went to your website and found helpful information.”
Africa’s vulnerability to cults exposes a lack of education and discipleship. God’s Word makes it clear that the antidote to deception is discernment grounded in a mature grasp of Scripture and essential doctrine. That wisdom, enabled by the Holy Spirit, will allow Christians to identify errors, confidently defend the gospel, and evangelize those who are spiritually trapped.
Ways to pray:
- Praise for the faithful leaders who are preaching the whole counsel of God throughout Africa
- For a vision and desire for rigorous discipleship to spread among church leaders
- For revival among the followers of Uganda’s “Faith of Unity” cult, whose god-man founder died in January—leaving hundreds of thousands simultaneously bereft and newly open to the liberating good news of Jesus
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4:11–14
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