Theological Struggle in Kenya
Later this week, Brett Smith and I take off for a ministry of teaching theology to pastors and pastors-in-training in Kenya.
Pastor Situma Wanjala is committed to solid biblical theology and has asked for help in training his Kenyan brothers. These men are precious servants of Christ who are in great need of theological stability. They are attempting to serve as shepherds in an atmosphere where there are more wolves than sheep! They are often unarmed due to a lack of proper instruction, being taught that anecdotes possess authority. Experience overrules the Scriptures whenever they conflict. To be given a solid foundation of biblical instruction is critical to the preservation of the Gospel in these distant regions of God’s field.
Brett and I will be engaged in teaching perhaps the most controversial of all theological disciplines — the study of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology). The winds of Pentecostalism prevail — blowing away the convictions on the sufficiency of Scripture. The men who are coming to Grace Life Bible College realize that what they’ve grown up with is empty and devoid of the genuine power of God. Nevertheless, it is all that they know and they believe to depart from the “signs and wonders” of their Pentecostal/Charismatic roots seems an abandonment of God Himself. The cry of sola Scriptura is a sweet sound, but a bitter pill that some of them refuse to swallow. Others, knowing that the spiritual ailment is pandemic throughout their land, do all they can to “get the pill to go down.” This is a difficult struggle for men who have known nothing but the abuse of spiritual gifts.
Thus, we are heading into turbulent theological waters. The battles that we will be fighting will be honest differences between the sufficiency & power of Scripture and the “evidences” of the power of God’s Spirit through miracles, prophecies, revelations, and signs. Please pray for us in the following ways:
- That our love for these brothers will be in the power of the Spirit so that the fruit of the Spirit might truly prevail in how we interact with them, even if any of them revile or scorn the truth of Scripture (Galatians 5:22).
- That our confidence in Scripture would be modeled and we would allow it to do its own work without our being quarrelsome or argumentative (2 Timothy 2:22-24)
- That our teaching will be accurate and clear in exalting the amazing power and ministry of God’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3-4)
- That our health will be maintained as we eat and drink things our bodies may not welcome
- That we will be safe while in travel and in country from either “accidental” threats as well as deliberate malice of those who hate Christ or who are hostile toward Americans.
- That after our departure, the church in Kenya will be stronger and more committed to Christ and genuine Spirit-filled ministry!
Thanks for praying!!