June 3, 2020

Category - Historicity of African Christianity

Even prior to Pentecost and the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8, scripture documents that God was actively evangelizing the African nations. Thus, Africa was second to none in the original establishment of the Christian Church, and played a unique role in preserving biblical Christianity for 1,500 years, when it helped to inspire and inform the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Far from being a “white man’s religion,” Christianity began in the nation of Israel, situated in what was then known as northeast Africa, was preserved free from the influences of the European Empire, and Roman Catholicism in Ethiopia and other African nations, which then helped influence and confirm the Protestant Reformation. Thus, the Christian Church in Europe and the Americas is a much younger sibling of the Church in Africa, not its predecessor.

We hope these resources will help both the white church in America and proponents of the “Christianity is a white man’s religion” error to better understand western protestant Christianity’s existential debt to the predecessor African Church, and promote a oneness that is the essence of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.