The Kenyan Church and Prosperity Gospel

prosperityI deeply appreciate Peter Oduor’s effort towards bringing to light the various problems plaguing the Kenyan church and 21st Century evangelicalism in general. On 13th February, he wrote an article on Daily Nation’s DN2 magazine, addressing the premise: “The Kenyan Church is on a roll, but what’s the inspiration behind its colossal growth over the past decade?” I do find his choice of title rather misleading though: “The Kenyan Church and the Gospel of Prosperity” Such a title gives one the impression that the article is going to zoom in on Prosperity Gospel, which wasn’t quite the case:

A TROUBLING TREND IN LOCAL CHURCHES

Peter Oduor provides a well researched, overall (albeit surface), diagnosis of the changes that have taken place in the Kenyan church in the past decade. Continue reading The Kenyan Church and Prosperity Gospel

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What Gossip Does

Ray Ortlund on the juicy grapes from the vine called gossip:

Gossip is our dark moral fervor eagerly seeking gratification.

Gossip makes us feel important and needed as we declare our judgments.

It makes us feel included to know the inside scoop.

It makes us feel powerful to cut someone else down to size, especially someone we are jealous of.

It makes us feel righteous, even responsible, to pronounce someone else guilty.

Gossip can feel good in multiple ways. But it is of the flesh, not of the Spirit.

Gossip is a sin rarely disciplined but often more socially destructive than the sensational sins.

Gossip leaves a wide trail of devastation wherever and however it goes – word of mouth, email, blogging, YouTube.

It erodes trust and destroys morale.

It creates a social environment of suspicion where everyone must wonder what is being said behind their backs and whether appearances of friendship are sincere.

It ruins hard-won reputations with cowardly but effective weapons of misrepresentation.

It manipulates people into taking sides when no such action is necessary or beneficial.

It unleashes the dark powers of psychological transference, doing violence to the gossiper, to the one receiving the gossip and to the person being spoken against.

It makes the Body of Christ look like the Body of Antichrist – destroyers rather than healers.

It exhausts the energies we would otherwise devote to positive witness.

It robs our Lord of the Church he deserves.

It exposes the hostility in our hearts and discredits the gospel in the eyes of the world. Then we wonder why we don’t see more conversions, why “the ground is so hard.”