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Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
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Adeleye tackles the problem with wisdom from firm Christian teachers, including A.W. Tozer. He is quick to address contradictions between the Bible and the prosperity gospel. One verse that he depends on throughout the book is 2 Timothy 3:12, which says, "Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." His straightforward, sensible criticisms reveal his thirty years of experience as an international evangelist.
Looking at the careers of various modern international "health and wealth" preachers, Adeleye reaffirms the impossibility of attaining God's promises without bearing one's own cross and following Jesus. The accounts of those who have withheld medicine up until death because of 'faith in faith" are especially impacting.
In this book, Adeleye offers a cultural window to the African continent and the problems that the charismatic church is now facing. With scriptural encouragement, he calls Africa to a revival of authentic Christianity. This book offers perhaps the clearest insight into the spiritual obstacles Africa must overcome. Preachers of a Different Gospel is for anyone who would like to expand his or her understanding of and empathy for the global church. Kyle Carruthers, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5good report on the state of the African churchJuly 3, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Adeleye, a Native of Nigeria currently based in Ghana, writes of the church in Africa.
"These are days of confusion in which the doors of the church are wide open to worldly values and standards. The result is a confusing mix of worldly holiness and holy worldliness. ...[M[en and women who are created in the image of God have seriously embraced the world and yet feel comfortable with both being 'holy' and clinging to values that contradict that attribute." (6)
Most African countries have a rich Christian heritage from the labor of pioneering missionaries, Adeleye notes. They preached a simple yet powerful gospel. The Nigerian preaching in the 1970s gave an emphasis on the cross of Christ. "It was not seen as a call to an easy life." (17) There was evangelistic zeal, an eagerness to share the gospel.
Now the Africans are embracing "all forms of strange gospels manufactured in other parts of the world..." (10) Adeleye calls it "the gospel of champagne." (19) It tells only half-truths and promises short-term thrills. It has produced a new generation of Christians who "want maximum celebration and pleasure here and now." (21) "Happisees" (as opposed to Sadducees) he calls them. They "are committed to perpetual celebration in and out of church and the acquisition of all that will make life here as comfortable as possible." (21)
We must choose, Adeleye says, "between the old gospel of the cross and this imitation gospel that denies the power of God." (22) He passionately calls people to return to the true gospel.
He reviews the transition of the church from the Charismatic revivals in the 1970s to confusion, then to the delusion today. He looks at particular preachers and how they have misused Scriptures, sometimes defending their own wrong behavior.
Adeleye has a great review of the faith teachers who popularized the teaching in the U.S. "Many African preachers have swallowed this teaching hook, line and sinker." (65) Adeleye identifies the errors and describes true faith.
Adeleye ends his book with a recipe for authentic Christianity. Be grounded in Scripture, using study tools to clearly understand it. Be committed to the true gospel in its simplicity and straightforwardness. Be part of a church community that is a transforming agent, salt and light in the society. Be a person of integrity, whatever the cost. Learn from what has happened and return to the gospel of Christ.
The American reader may not recognize the African pastors Adeleye writes about." Nonetheless, this is an excellent review of the "name it and claim it" teaching of prosperity preachers and the effect it has had on the African church.
This book was originally published in Uganda in 1999. Some of the footnotes are from sources within the last two years so it would appear the book has been updated.