By Rufus Okikiolaolu Olubiyi Ositelu
One of many extraordinary gains of the replaced demography of global Christianity has been the emergence and progress of the African Instituted church buildings (AICs). This e-book is as a result supplied should you wish to learn the African tasks in Christianity. The e-book is meant to function a useful fabric to lecturers and scholars of African Instituted church buildings. The customs, tradition and traditions of the African or the other peoples of the area are to function attractive compliments to the Christian religion and trust, and never diametrically against it.
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The language of syncretism does not only confuses issues but it is completely oblivious to how the Church has acted from its very beginnings. The introduction to the Gospel according to John (John 1:1-14), did not invent the word "Logos". Rather, the author borrowed a word, which was very much in use in the books of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato and his adherents (the Platonists), to designate the divine order as the rationality of the universe, the principle of its coherence. Those who labelled the AICs as syncretistic should be reminded that no religion has ever existed in a cultural vacuum and that culture has always been the solvent of religion.
It looks as if anything goes as long as it is done discretely. Same applies to the question of monogamy and polygamy. Some European Christians have their government recognised one wife but one or more concubines. At conferences of interdenominational nature, the question on extra marital activity, which is common among the Western World, is never discussed while that of polygamy, whereby the West can point an accusing finger to Africa and other developing countries, readily makes the day. The said Newspaper reported the marriage of Archbishop Milingo to a 43-yearold South Korean doctor Maria Sung in New York on May 27,2001 at a mass wedding: "The bizarre saga of Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo has taken on a new twist, with the Vatican strongly denying the renegade clergyman is being kept in the papal palace.
It is derived from the word, "spiritus" meaning the life-giving force, which stems from God and quickens the soul of a baptised Christian. It is the spirit of transformation. Basically, Evangelical Churches stress that the Bible is the inspired word of God; the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through a "new birth"; and the commitment to win souls for Christ Jesus. Most of the AICs can be described as Pentecostal, Charismatic and Evangelical in nature. According to The New Dictionary a/Theology, p 183: "The charismatic renewal movement consists in an experience of an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ and in a spiritual empowering by His Holy Spirit.