The issue of the supernatural in the Ancient African community is non -disputable .However as Africa gets more modernized the Christian community is getting divided on the issue of Witchcraft , Demonology and other Christian works concerning the supernatural. Is Africa headed to self destruction with this type of Christianity ? I believe so.
First of all one must be aware that Western Christianity is based on Western Culture which shunned its pagan past and witch hunt past , showing you that the West also has witchcraft .For in the 16 and 17 centuries, Western Christians were busy burning witches or alleged witches at the stake.
However, the Western Missionaries did not bring that brand of Christianity .They brought a reserved from of Christianity that was not concerned with Demonology and teh Supernatural.This is because they encountered afrcain Supernatural beliefs and Demonology.
This evidenced by the British Colonial Law known as the Witchcraft Act that is still in existence in most British colonies- even Israel.
They rarely had Miracle Healing crusades , healing was through Western medicine.
The supernatural returned to Western Christianity through Azusa street .But this time it was not Britain that exported it( for Britain was the home of Protestant Christian denominations) -it was America.
The new brand of Christianity exported by America was more African than Western as it believed in the supernatural as African pagan religions do .Speaking in tongues was similar to the scat singing of jazz musicians where jazz as its origins in Africa.
Thus the American Evangelical denominations which landed in Africa in the 60s onwards brought a Christianity that was virbrant , vibrancy being a common feature in Africa , thus giving an alternative to the British /Western Christianity that was more reserved .
Thus we find the Americanization of European Denominations in Africa through the Evangelical and Charismatic movement.
It is important to note that these denominations are thin on theology or dogma which is not the case in European Christianity that is very booky when it comes to Christianity.
American Evangelical Christianity just depends on Liberal interpretation of the scriptures .Private Interpretation is King, contrary to what the scripture says.
This is why the Evangelical Church in Africa is too fragmented to be joined up together , they only unite by using the name Jesusesus and even that is an issue these days.
So in Africa we have churches that preach polygamy and they have scripture to support it , preach drinking beer and there is a verse to support it, preach removing of shoes when praying in the church building and they have scripture to support it.
Since the Bible has over 50,000 verses there can be 50,000 denominations in one country.
Now, Nigerian Christianity is by far the most popular alternative to Christianity in Africa .
This is because it has mixed African belief system with Christianity , which we would want to say is unscriptural.False doctrines are leaking out of this Christianity just like Western Christianity.
1. PRE-OCCUPATION AND FEAR OF WITCHCRAFT
Witch craft is there . But just because it is there does not mean my life should be influenced by it .Witch craft is there but it is not God who is omnipresent.
Yet Nigerian Christianity that is being exported to Africa under the wings of Nigerian Imperialism of Africa through Nollywood, has created a great wiccaphobia.Witchcraft is seen as more influential than God -talk of reversed roles.
This has made many Christians in Africa become very insecure and cannot trust anyone not even themselves.Everyone is presumed a witch.
To make matters worse, all problems are being blamed on the devil and generational curses etc.
Nigerian Christianity is just headed the Galatians way in the time of Paul who saw salvation was no longer based on Jesus Christ but one’s works.
This is because the brand of Christianity being offered as an alternative to Western Christianity in Africa offers daily prayers , fervent fasting to big cash offerings are seen as the solution to destroing the effect of wicthcraft in your life.Christian works of praying and fasting are glorified and not Jesus.
Yet the Bible is clear that Jesus Christ has broken the curse , not fervent prayers or fasting or cash offerings !!
But because African Christians , majority, are economically hardprssed due to the poor political economic conditions , the belief that curses and witches are the cause of poverty is seen as gospel truth.
Even if one wants to believe that such things cause their downfall is that why we get saved ? is that why we trust in Jesus ? just to keep witches at bay ?
What is evident is that Christianity in Africa is not pressing on to know Jesu Christ and make him known; it is concrened with the materials and goods of this world.
Jesus said seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto to you.
This new brand of Christianity SEEKS THINGS FIRST not God.
THE EFFECT OF WICCAPHOBIA – wiccaphobia, the fear of witchcraft
1.Distrust in the Family
Family members are made to believe that those who have refused to accept their brand of Christianity , must be bewitched.
This why rampant cases of Child torture in west and Central Africa have arisen. Most pastors lie that since Children are weak minded , they are used of the devil and so they must be tortured to remove the devil from your house and business.
This has led to cases of Child abuse in the name of Jesus !!
2. ABNORMAL FEAR OF WITCHES AND DEMONS LEADING TO SUSPICION LEADING TO LYNCHING
Now when the business fails and gets no profits most Christian Pastors who are teaching this brand of Christianity counter attack the enemies of their followers either with prayers and fasting.
The problem here is that business failure is seen as a spiritual issue when the issue of sin is a spiritual issue that the Lord Jesus deals with.
Jesus is not concerned with your business whether it gets profits or not .He is more concerned with your soul.
Yet people are concerned about things and not Jesus saw anyone they suspect of attacking their property and family is a witch. If they are influential persons they share with their village mates that so and so is a witch.
Next thing you know they burn those people in their house without a fair hearing.Over 50 people have been burned in Kenya in the name of witchcraft .These are Kenyans who watch Nollywood – which does not teach them witch craft but confirms the preexisting wiccaphobia , that is entrenched in most African communities.
So many African Christians are busy murdering witches when Jesus and disciples cast out demons and did not murder the witches in Israel and Asia.
There are people who uses the occult and witchcraft to get power .That is not in dispute.We have revealed a lot of that in this website.
What we are against is the fear being spread by Christinity in Africa that witches and demons are more powerful than the blood of Jesus.
Of course these pastors will tell you that we know the blood of Jesus is powerful.Yet they preoccupy their followers with the idea of curses and demons following their careers and business and marriage because fear sells .
Yet Jesus said he has overcome the world and the world includes all the world has such as witchcraft, occultism, demons , authorities , principalities.
Why should you fear the very things Jesus has overcome if you believe in Jesus ?
This is the sad tragedy of Nigerian Christianity/African Christianity that is making a meal out of the real supernatural world.
God bless you,