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Under the heading entitled “Monte Christo Local to Local Reading Materials Dishing and Region to Region Resources Distributing Ministry” one of the department in our Focal Field Force, we said:

“We believe that, every person has to hear God’s word as soon as possible, to believe it if he is predestined to, and live it if he is ordained to that end [Acts 13:48]. We hold to the truth that every individual who is saved is saved from something to something. We refuse to sound empty trumpets or echo unclear words, which define salvation as something from nowhere to nowhere. We do not believe in a grace without cost. Neither do we define faith, love or hope without demonstrating them. We refuse to be servants of no Master. We know that we are saved from:

a. Self to service
b. Sin to sanctification
c. Satan to savoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that, nothing can move things for God apart from God’s ordained means of grace. Nothing can break things through and enter the innermost place to accomplish and bring unexpected results without God’s ordained movements or unwavering organizations. A. W. Tozer is much helpful in this regard. Commenting on Titus 1:5 on the subject “Church Organization,” he says:

“I am and have been for years much distressed about the tendency to over-organized the Christian community, and I have for that reason had it charged against me that I do not believe in organization. That truth is quite otherwise.

The man who would oppose all organization in the church must need be ignorant of the facts of life. Art is organized beauty; music is organized sound; philosophy is organized thought; science is organized knowledge; government is merely society organized. And what is the true church of Christ but organized mystery?…

Many church groups have perished from too much organization, even as others from too little. Wise church leaders will watch out for both extremes. A man may die as a result of have too low blood pressure as certainly as from having too high [blood pressure], and it matters little which takes him off. He is equally died either way. The important thing in church organization is to discover the spiritual balance between two extreme and avoid both” .

No man is worthy to succeed in business, politics or education until he is willing to fail. No man is morally worthy of success in religious activities at home, in church or in state until he is willing that the honor of succeeding should go to another if God so wills. We cannot break through if we fear to organize, timid to face facts or fear to live a life of faith in God is a spiritual suicide. In Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 we read:

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”

For these reasons, Monte Christo had adopted a method of dishing material in attempting great things for God. We are entangled in what we call “Local to Local Reading Materials Dishing and Region to Region Resources Distributing Ministry. We do not profess to be wealth individuals, the materials and resources we refer to are not tens or hundreds. We refer to even two or three second hand books, as long as they are good material, biblical in nature, reformed in shape, and culture transforming in action. It must just be well targeted and well directed.

If you were given one bullet to go and hunt, left children starving at home, what would you do with that one bullet? Would you play with it or shot it in the air for fun? Will you not target that one bullet to the object, and make sure that you are focused on it before you pull the trigger? So we focus on local to local missions and region to region ministries, by that we refer to the physical, intellectual and mostly spiritual need in our communities, countries and continents. Of course are referring to

All the way from Orange River to Kunene and from the Hub of Walvis Bay to Zambezi. As far as African continent is concern, we speak of the entire journey from Cape to Cairo and from Senegal to Somalia. Remember we stand on the shoulder of those who have gone before us. Man like David Livingstone, a Scottish Missionary and Explorer who discovered Zambezi River and Victoria Fall between 1813 and 1873. It is this good Dr. who believes that

“The only way to reach Africa was for Africans to form Churches and reach their own people” .

What does Dr. David Livingstone means in making a statement like this? I hope he was paving a way to prepare answers to challenge questions related to the development of Africa. He seems to see that:

Africa is in need of Africans, who understand its content and context to penetrate into its cradle, neuter its younger generations and breaks holy horn to oil African young hearts and minds to enable them to develop their own continent to a highest degree. Thus far, we have people who claim to bring development in African continent, but what you and I see is more replacements rather than development.

When you give me a Western manner of dressing, Western method of contacting weddings or funeral etc. without explaining them to me, you are tempting to me as an African to use them or misuse them. A wedding may cost me N$ 30, 000 to N$ 50, 000, if I wisely plan it. Otherwise, it may go up to N$ 100, 000. It is the same with funerals and other feasts which we have either grabbed or illegally imposed on us without proper defined or explained to us.

We fear every imposed or deposed idea. Even what seem to be a danger, need clear explanations as to why I have to let it go, and what must I replaced it with. For example, if I have to give away [let go] my N$ 10, 00 note in order to get N$ 200, 00 note, I still need explanation, especially if I do not know the N$ 200, 00 note, and the value upon it. For practical examples

1. To leave okuruwo [a holy fire for Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Ovadhemba speaking people etc.] in order to accept Jesus Christ, what is needed first is an explanation. This is what Paul did in Athens. He explained, preached and proclaimed the value of the true God and His worthiness to help the Athenians to give up their idols and return to the true and living God [Acts 17:16-34]. What is wrong with modern missions, they are more political baptized rather than gospel centered. They present more Western ideology than biblical Christianity by doing more replacement in the name of development.

2. To depart from Pan Africanism and join whatever ism you have prepared for me, it may be not a problem. The question is; can you prepare me first. I do not want to be tricked in something that does not work, although I am not a pragmatist. Many people have been tricked into something that does not work – into unworkable solutions, for instances:

a. We have thousands of thousands of God’s people who are tricked in Christianity through infant baptism by main line churches. They are not saved, and they will no longer believe because they think they have believed laready.

b. We have other thousands tricked into Christianity through physical claim healing, tongues speaking and other spiritual gifts respectively by the newly upcoming churches. Others were tricked into Muslim, Baha’i, and many other faiths by different religious leaders. We have no time to mention those who are tricked in to wrong marriages, wrong business and other enslavements, including alcohol and drug abuse etc.

c. You have people who are tricked into socialism and communism, democratism and capitalism and many other ism without proper definition that leads to proper understanding. In my article in a Journal entitled “Grace to the Nation”, Issue 1, volume 1, For April to June 2010, in dealing with the theme; “the Sovereignty of God in the entire Universe” I said;

“The above mentioned theme is not the only subject that matter most in biblical Christianity, but it is the most neglected subject, especially in the context of African culture. Western theologians have accepted and developed themes in their contexts, using their Western adages; analogies and allegories or parables, parallels and proverbs, which is good on one hand. On the other hand, these idioms and axioms do not make sense to most of us as Africans, unless they are re-expounded, terms re-arranged and their axioms replaced with terms and axioms that give meaning to African people in the context of our culture, without distorting or dismissing their original meaning…

I said, People who have not yet read Richard Dowden’s writings, especially his book called “Africa: Altered State, Ordinary Miracles” will not see the need for bringing such subjects, in the context of African culture, until he understands what this true adopted son of Africa meant in his book, under the title “The end of Colonialism, New States, Old Societies” where he said:

“Three words come to mind when people try to explain the failure of Africa’s first generation after the independence, namely:

1. Leadership
2. Tribalism
3. Resources

These are not bad starting points, but they do not fully explain why Africa, free at last, endowed with enormous potential wealth and people with bright, optimistic men and women, failed. Leaders do not emerge from nowhere. Could it really be coincidence that all of Africa’s forty-odd leaders who came to power at independence were bad rulers who took bad decisions? Not all of them were corrupt tyrants and many were decent men who believed that what they were doing was for the best.

The new presidents inherited total power from the colonial rules, but the states they ruled were made up of old African societies, once self-governing and still held together by their own networks of power and influence. Trying to use the tools of a Western-style state to control these rooted societies was like trying to herd cats and a dog-training manual.

In Africa - as anywhere else, ethnicity and culture are greatly important. Imagine if, after two world wars that have slaughtered some 90 million people, America and Soviet Union exasperated by tribal warfare in Europe, create a single country called Europe. They impose it from above, creating provinces by drawing lines on maps with no regard for the identity of the people living there…

Imagining a “tribal” Europe gives you some idea of what African citizenship is like. The European Union has but only 23 languages. Africa has at last 2000 [languages], and between 6000, and 10, 000 political or social entities, each of which once had its own governance and legal system, its leadership, and customs, and culture. And, like an imagined Europe unified by force by outsiders, Africans played no part in the creation of their nation states.

Their boundaries were drawn on maps in Europe by Europeans who had never ever been to Africa, with no regard for existing political systems and boundaries. Half a century later Africans were given flags, and national anthems, airlines and armies, and they were told they are now independent: Kenyans or Nigerians or Chadians etc. ”

I pointed out that, the picture Mr. Dowden had pasted in our mind is indisputable. It is that; at Independences, African countries have been assisted by the Western world. As a result:

1. We have been given new titles, such as “Presidents,” which we have either grabbed or they have been imposed on us. Many of us had no idea as to what does the word president real means both theoretically and practically sense.

2. We have been given new palaces, called “State Houses.” Namibian and other African massive State Houses are adopted and muster-minded from the Western world, under Western influences.

3. We have been given new binding documents known as “Constitutions.”

4. We have been given new houses called “Parliaments.”

5. We have been given new systems called “Democracy.” Richard had no time to mention in detail the Western-given budgets, airplanes, armies etc.

The vital point Mr. Dowden has brought to light, as a true adopted son of Africa, is that, Africans are fighting two major battles at the same time. We, Africans, are heavily immersed into two massive wars. On one hand, we labor to meet the Western demands, and wholeheartedly strive to be faithful to their rules and regulations to maintain the above mentioned inheritances, under the new state. While on the other hand, we have to meet the old African tradition and demeanor, under the old society. Under the second mentioned stage – old society; we labor to meet the old African requirements.

For example, when you meet an African person on the road, you have to stop and greet him. If you do not know each other, you have to introduce each other, e.g. asking each other names, relatives, origins and destinations. If you know each other, you have to tell each other as to how Hangula and Nailonga are doing. Where are you going? Why are you going there and for what business? When are you coming back etc?

You do not tell an African person that you are in a hurry, or time is money. In Africa we rely more on verbal information. We are communal more than individualists. To an African person, time is not money. The two are separate entities. Time is a gift from God, while money is a paper with an imposed value by man.

In the old Africa we do not run after money, and leave people unattended. That is an undeniable fact taught in the Bible, registered with nature and affirmed by human logic. As a result, it is believed and maintained in the old African Continent. The new state, under Western mindset, adopted, grabbed or imposed, is not the only state believed and lived by the people of God called Africans, but they live in an old society, under the African mentality; manner of living and method of communication” .

If what is mentioned above is true, what is the way forward? Is there any hope for Africa to function in unhindered way? The answer is positive Yes. I am optimistic that it is reformedable. It can be radically changed for good. The God of grace will soon visit us and feed us with His breastfeeding. We will soon be fattened with love, peace, joy etc.

Expecting something of this nature, we are attempting it therefore to a high degree. We labor to open a horn of God’s oil and oil every aspect of the Continent through God’s divine aspect [the presence of God the Holy Spirit]. We use every means of grace, including prayers and planning, preparations and preaching, pastoral counseling and people’s respond to God in obedient lives of faith until Africa is loosened again and enabled to function as she was in early centuries when she demonstrate her capabilities in social, moral, educational, political and financial welfare.

We are aware that, Africa was the first developed continent and well shaped phase of the earth. Due to this truth, Dr. Thomas C. Oden says in his book entitled “How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind … Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity,” he table some facts to remind us about the following:

1. “The two Rivers: the Nile and the Medjerda [the seedbed of early Christian thought].

2. “The seven ways Africa shaped the Christian mind. One of these seven ways is the way Western idea of Universities was born in the Crucible of Africa.

3. “The blood of African Martyrs which became the seed of European Christianity” . etc.

Upon the three above mentioned point, I can add many other evidences, including the fact that:

a. Africa is a place at God’s heart for saving lives. The lives of many patriarchs, including that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not mentioning many good kings from many Middle and Near Eastern nations including that of Israel, and even our Lord Jesus Christ has been a refugee in African soil. Africa the place of peace. Although we have been misinterpreted by some people who seem to run around with only critical mind-set.

b. It has cradled God’s great leaders like Moses. It has nursed and educated them in all wisdom of Africa [Acts 7:20-22]. Moses become the first writer of the first five books of the Bible [if any continent has to be guilt of initiating education that led to the global print of what we call “the Bible” today, that continent is Africa].

c. It has translated the Old Testament from Hebrew language unto Greek [a translation called Septuagint] through the African Institution of High Learning. It is said that, it was translated by 70 African scholars within seventy days. These men – although were Nilotic language speaking [languages developed along Nile river, long before Judaism and Christianity came to Africa]: they were fluent in Hebrew and Greek languages. Nilotic were interior African languages largely unaffected by Mediterranean cultures, which became the major linguistic vehicles for grass-root Christianity in the middle of Nile valley. Alexander was clearly the main connecting point between Nilotic Africa and the rest of the world.

From the other angle: One has to remember that, many men and women who were in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended from heaven were of African origin. The Bible tells us that they were religious people who had come from every country in the world [the known world of that time]. It says:

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. There were Jews living in Jerusalem and religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed,

"These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia – Yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done" [Acts 2:4-11]! Some of these countries mentioned here like Egypt, Libya etc. are of African origin.

You may says, some of these were not black. The issue black and wait has no ground in God’s creation. A red cow can eat grass green and clear water, and yet still give you wait milk. If God convince you about that one piece of true, you must be convicted also that out of one man, Adam, He can create black, white, colored etc.

So Dr. Thomas C. Oden is right when he says:

“Africa played a decisive role in the formation of Christian culture from its infancy. Many of the most decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity were explored and understood first in Africa before they were in Europe and millennium before their way to the Americas. Christianity did not come from North to South [did not come from Europe to Africa] but the other way around. ”

I think you know the three brothers [the three sons of Noah] that is

a. Sam who occupied what is called today great Asia and its minors.

b. Ham who had occupied what is called Africa today.

c. Japheth who had occupied what is called Europe and later Americas of our days [Genesis 10:1-13:2].

The story we read in Genesis is telling us how people of Africa and the people of Asia had something more in common than any people in the face of the earth. Although one cannot speak of Christian doctrines, science, history and many other subjects and limit them to his locality or context of culture alone. These subjects are universal subjects, dealing with universal need in life and faith. Even the God, whom these subjects are dealing with direct or indirect, is not local or cultural God. He is the God of the universe, who can unite Africa to Asia or Europe to America.

Think of cellphones, internet, airplane and many others technologies, they are not limited to one and specific locality or culture alone, they belong to all of us and are there for our good. For reasons related to these, even

Abraham the son of Sam has to go to Egypt to the sons of Ham in African continent for survivor [Genesis 12:7afvs]; a brother helping brother. In realities all of them have come from the same Garden of Eden. All of us, as human being, have one home and that is Mesopotamia. Genesis 1:1—38:30 are reflecting chapters, dazzling on what we know from other source about the ancient Mesopotamian life and culture. In this list we can learn what is confirmed in other source to prove that Abraham was real a Mesopotamian man like most of us, who real shares a Mesopotamian life and culture.

The list of things mentioned in Genesis 1:1—38:30 and in other sources which prove the real cradle of Abraham and Sarah are; creation and genealogies, destructive flood, geography, mapmaking and construction techniques as well as the migrations of people like Abraham and Sara themselves, sale and purchase of land, legal customs and procedures, sheepherding and cattle raising etc. All these subjects and many others were matter of vital concern to the people of Mesopotamia during that time. The above mentioned subjects are connected to Abraham’s life and culture. The word culture is defined as

"A vivacious lifestyle developed under or within the midst of multiple challenges attached to people’s mentality – their ways of thinking, manners of living and methods of communication".

The above related issues are linked to the first 38 chapters of the book of Genesis. Remember we said:

1. Chapters 1:1—38:30 are truly Mesopotamian [Asian] in their character and background. while
2. Chapter 39:1—50:26 are reflectors of the Egyptian [African] life and influences.

Although not in a quite direct, nevertheless the examples of such influences as Egyptian grape cultivations [40:9-11], the riverside scene [41:1fvs], Egypt being Canaan’s breadbasket [42:1fvs] and Canaan being the greatest source of numerous products for Egyptian consumption [43:1fvs], Egyptian religious and social customs [43 to 46], Egyptian administrative procedure [47:1fvs], Egyptian funeral practices [50:1fvs] and several Egyptian names, words and characters used through these chapters [39:1—50:26] are proofs that Genesis has the true history of all these nations and tribes around Middle and near East.

Fascinatingly, the author of the book of Genesis appears to locate the Garden of Eden [humankind’s first Home] in or near Mesopotamia. For sure the tower of Babel was build there, Abraham was born there, and Isaac took his wife from there, while Jacob lived there for twenty years.

Although these patriarchs settled in Canaan, their original homeland is Mesopotamia – a land between the Tigris and the Euphrates [site of several ancient civilizations] and part of what is now known as Iraq today. Mesopotamia is worthy of human studies, because it is the origin of human histories with its historical geographies and historical revivals of religions. Many years later, most Mesopotamians came to Africa as refugees.

1. Remember we said that, Abraham have been in Africa [Genesis 12:9—13:4]

2. Jacob and the whole family had to come to Africa too. His descends has resided in Africa for 430 years [see Genesis 46:1a in the light of Exodus 12:40-41]

3. Joseph has been a resident of Africa, God had mightily used him in Africa and died here [Genesis 37:1—50:26]

4. Most Israelites, rich and poor alike, together with their king and army officers, left and came to Egypt [Africa], because they were afraid of the Babylonians [2 Kings 25:22-26].

5. Jesus came to Egypt [Africa] for his safety. For after the wise men had left them, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said:

"Herod will be looking for the child Jesus in order to kill him. So get up, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt and stay there until I tell you to return" [Matthew 2:13].

6. The gospel has been gladly accepted in African continent. Although in many cases, and especially in our days, African people’s hearts has been ill-treated, and the gospel seed has been ill-planted in ill-prepared ground. This is why we have many weak Christians today. If I had time, I can elaborate more on the

a. Ethiopian Eunuch who has been an African man [Acts 8:26-40]
b. Apollos who was an educated man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scripture, was a native of Alexander in African continent [Acts 18:24-28]. To prove to you that Africans are just people like all other people. They are capable to do anything through God’s grace, people can do on this planet called the earth.

Dr. Thomas C. Oden has gone further and says:

“The unrivaled library of Alexander was the model for university libraries all over Europe. It was unexcelled for five centuries. The experimental academic model that later became transformed into the Western idea of the university was an embryo in the community that surrounded Alexander library. Is it not proper to say that the European university was born in Africa? If not born, at least [it was] conceived [in Africa].

The vast learning community of philosophers, scientists, writers, artists and educators that surrounded the Alexandrian library of the third century provided the essential archetype of the University for All of medieval Europe. The history of the first medieval universities such as Padua [Italy], Paris [France], Salamanca [Spain] and Oxford [England] all follow the methods of the text examination, curricular pattern and philosophical imperative that were refined in second century African Christianity as early as Pantaenus and Clement of Alexander. Clement’s writings, the Stromateis and Paedaogus, reveal much of the method and content of education that became normative in the medieval universities. ”

If I had time and space in these pages I could tell you that Cassiodorus had founded his Scriptorium of school in the sixth-century south Italian Vivarium [a monastery] based on the models that had been well-tested in Alexandria two centuries before he found them operational in the world of Constantinople. The academic community in Constantinople, still located in the physical residence of the University of Istanbul today, was patterned after academic communities and libraries in Cyrenaica [in Libya], Alexandria [in Egypt], Carthage [in Tunisia] and Hippo [in Algeria]… Christian scholarship was born in the leading academic center of the ancient world around Alexandria. That vital crucible of learning was itself transformed by Christianity and exported to Rome, the Rhone Valley, Byzantium and Antioch etc.

As Dr. Thomas C. Oden put it:

“That is only the first step in unpacking the African seedbed hypothesis… there are many others steps…”

One may want to know immediately as to what make us to write about Africa in these pages? He may want to know if we are promoting Pan African World-view on the expenses of Christianity, or what is the agenda behind the article? The answer is a straight forward one. We are defending biblical Christianity from anyone who wants to make it part of his ethnicity on one hand, and assist our fellow Africans who real want to become Christian but afraid because Christianity has been regarded as Easterners or Westerners ideology.

We write to dismiss the propagandas of some Western missionaries who came to Africa with hidden agendas. Some missionaries – not all, of course, there are good missionaries who came to Africa with godly agendas and preached a glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; but there are those who have been calling Africa “a dark continent, and a world of extreme paganism”. We pen this article to make issue clear, to put the case right and state that Christianity is not a Western or Eastern property. Of course, she can save African, Western and Eastern equally, till we all became sinners saved by grace. Yet, she has neither anything to do with Western philosophy, Eastern Ideology or African World-view. She is an independent Agent from heaven.

She is unique, a pure and God-appointed and God-sent Agent on this planet called the earth. As a result any Westerner can become a Christian without become an Easterner. Easterners can become Christians without becoming Africans and Africans can become Christians without becoming Westerners or Easterners. As we said earlier, we state it again, that, if any continent has to be blamed for being the cradle of biblical Christianity, Africa is that continent. We are more guilt for been the early recipient of Christianity. We say:

1. The Hebrew Old Testament was initiated in the way from Africa by a graduates of African Institutes [Acts 7:22] in 1500 B.C. and was later translated into Greek [LXX] in African continent by African scholar in 285-246 B.C. [We have been told that, LXX was translated by 70 African scholars within seventy days].

2. The Institutions of Africa had played a major role in shaping a people and molding generations for God, among whom most of our Church Fathers were part and parcel, among them we can list

a. Tertullian of Carthage – who was among the first African theologian, under Western Church [150-212 A.D]

b. Origen of Alexander – who was another African theologian [185-254]

c. Cyprian of Carthage, who was a giant in the Northern African Churches [200-258]

d. Athanasius Bishop of Alexander and the pillar of Orthodoxy theology [296-373]

e. Aulelius Augustine, a Bishop of Hippo [354-430] who became a Father of Europeans and American theologians, to whom Dr. Martin Luther and John Calvin had learned lessons of Reformation and owed great respect.

In other words, Christianity has longer history in Africa than it has in Western world. It has been here since A.D. 50 to A.D. 500. Just as South Africa was able to host the 2010 World Cup, so Africa has been hosting Judaism and Christian Religion for decades. Read David Barrett, Rodney Stark or Philip Jenkins or our own colleague, Father Kaluwapa Lukas Katenda of the Anglican Diocese in Namibia in his article in our magazine entitled “Grace to the Nation” to see and learn unwavering lessons. All of these men had confessed that Europeans and Americans are now realizing that the future of Christianity lies far more to the south of the equator than to the north.

Dr. Thomas C. Oden is too sure about this, as a result he said:

“When I speak of ‘early Christianity’ I am referring to all the early forms of Christianity in the first millennium in the four billions of square miles of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, and possibly further south than we now know… The geography of the continent shaped the fact that African Christianity first appeared north of the Sahara in the first millennium, and then its second millennium saw exponential growth in the south. Both north and south have been blessed by an enduring heritage of centuries of classic Christianity.

Early Africans Christians spoke many indigenous languages and were not limited to the major commercial language along the Mediterranean coast… Cut Africa out of the Bible and Christianity memory and you has misplaced many pivotal scenes of salvation history. It is the story of the children of Abraham in Africa, Joseph in Africa, Moses in Africa, Mary, Joseph and Jesus in Africa, and shortly thereafter, Mark and Perpetua and Athanasius and Augustine in Africa.”

The story of the nation of Israel and that of Jesus Christ cannot be told without Africa involved. Most of biblical Christian apologetics were African born, African brought and African bred. The narrative of Africa and Asia are Egypt to Judea, Samaria to Antioch. Follow the story of Nile River in Africa and Don River in Asia to see that, Mediterranean Sea is our main belt. The old City of the first century world was Rome [of what we call Europe today], Antioch [of what we call Asia today] and Alexander [of what we call Africa today].

Although Alexander was larger than either Rome or Antioch, in those days, Africa has more other well-known places like Nilotic, Berber, Libyan, Numidian, Ghanian and many other places if we have to go back to prehistoric times. Today you still have leading cities in Africa, which had replaced Alexander, that include; Nairobi of Kenya, Cairo of Egypt, Logs of Nigeria, Johannesburg of South Africa etc. It is a sign of ignorant and lack of proper research to conclude that, Christianity is a Western religion.

If we were to take this Ideology to International Court of Justice, to find out as to which is the guiltiest continent which God had mostly used in initiating the Bible and Christianity, Africa will be in forefront, Asia second and Europe third. Do not forget that North America is the branch of what we call Europe today. Americas does not have their own original or identity, apart from England.

So Monte Christo Baptist Church had all right to introduce her Local to Local Reading Materials Dishing and Region to Region Resources Distributing Ministry; all the way from [countrywide] Orange River to Kunene and Hub of Walvis Bay to Zambezi. [Continentwide] we dish and distribute them all the way from Cape to Cairo, and from Senegal to Somalia.

Finally, what Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had done to the nation of Israel, or Constantine has done to the people of God called Africans must not be repeated. In Daniel 1:1-4, we read:

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.

Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skilful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.”

We see from the above quoted text that,
Nebuchadnezzar has commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some
a. of the people of Israel,
b. of the royal family and
c. of the nobility,
d. youths without blemish,
e. of good appearance, and
f. skilful in all wisdom,
g. endowed with knowledge,
h. understanding learning, and
i. competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

I hope you can see that, if any nation can be robbed or bribed of its royal families, people of nobilities, youths without blemishes, and good appearances, skilful people in all wisdom, people who are endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand…

That nation will have no hope or future left for them. That is exactly what Constantine did to people of Africa, when his people at Constantinople removed our scholars, gifted men and skilful people in all wisdom, including our institutes of high learning and take them to Constantinople in Europe. Please, do your own researches, read history, forgive people and start to inform, reform with an attempt to transform your community, country and the entire continent.
God bless you…


 

 

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