False teachers are taking the African church by storm.
Some of the worst theological aberrations from the West have found home and are thriving in Africa. The Health & Prosperity Gospel, Little-gods Theology, and Name-it-Claim-it ministries have mushroomed across Central, Eastern and Southern Africa over the past twenty years. These ministries assure people that they have god-like power to speak their desires into reality, as long as you believe God will deliver the goods.
Many in the west rejoice to see the gospel taking root in Africa. Sadly in many cases the true gospel of Jesus Christ is being lost in a mad-pursuit for immediate here-&-now solutions for sickness, impotence, bad luck, business failure, barrenness, and a host of other maladies. The authority of Scripture has been substituted for the authority of “prophets” and the authority of personal experience.
African prosperity preachers are some of the richest men on the continent. One extremely popular Nigerian prophet has a large following in Zambia. Those who can afford to make pilgrimages to his church in Lagos in hope that they will be healed. Now this prophet sells bottles of holy water that is widely popular in Zambia. The bottle of water has a label with this message: “Anointing water: For good health & Breakthrough in all areas of your life and for the SALVATION OF YOUR SOUL.” Holy water is so popular in churches that the Zambian government has expressed concern because of people who stop taking their drugs for HIV believing that holy water has healed them.
In response to these theological aberrations our 10th annual Leadership Conference at CABC dealt with the theme: “A Call To Biblical Discernment.” Over 500 people attended the conference with 430 people registered for the week. Dr. Sam Horn taught the Book of 1 Corinthians in the Pastors Class. In the Church Leaders workshops Pastors Ken Banda, Ben Straub, Saidi Chishimba, Kabwe Kabwe, Conrad Mbewe, Isaac Makashini and Grave Singogo taught a total of 27 workshops on the theme. Pastor Saidi Chishimba taught the Chaplains during the week on the subject of Biblical Leadership. The sessions were broadcast live on Central Africa Baptist Radio (106.9FM) allowing many more people to listen to the workshops.
Audio from the workshops and general sessions are available for free download here. We will also be uploading the notes in PDF format on our Resources page on this website.
One of our Keynote Speakers, Pastor Conrad Mbewe blogged about the Conference. You can read his thoughts here.
The 11th Annual Leadership Conference scheduled for 1-5 December 2014. Mark the date in your calendar and make plans to attend!
Here are some photos from the Conference. You can view all the photos from the conference on our Facebook Page.