The Strange Fire Conference is going on right now which you can see livestreamed here and of course the internet is buzzing.
We will be blogging a bit on this topic the next few days and Lord willing I myself want to focus a bit on some of the problematic Charistmatic/Prosperity Gospel in the Asian scene. My concern is primarily centered on the issue of the Gospel and the worldliness of several proponents.
In this post I want to answer the question, “Why?”
Why should our blog tackle this issue when we can just focus on apologetics and only deal with Presuppositional apologetics and be happy with our niche?
Mennoknight over at his blog probably put it better in words than I could several days ago. Although he writes this in the context of the problem of false teaching in Africa, I think the situation applies in the Asian context or anywhere right now in the world for that matter. MennoKnight’s point is worth an extended block quote, challenging our priorities in apologetics:
Africa is drowning in prosperity gospel heretics and signs & wonders churches; the prosperity gospel is the face of Christianity in Africa…far more than I ever anticipated before I started this research. It’s absolutely disgusting, and the influential churches in the west need to take out the axe and start clearing up shop.
Forget the atheists. There’s a few thousand of them and they’re not worth wasting time on. They’ve proven to be a total waste of time, every time…
Forget 99% of Western apologetics. Who CARES about who’s debating another biology/zoology/whatever professor turned atheist/darwinist crusader? I’d dare suggest that the debates that need to be done have already be done fifteen times over again. Let’s give all our apologists a holiday and send in someone who will settle the issues at hand
I say a hearty amen.