CAIRO: Ugandan Archbishop Blasts Corruption in Africa, Condemns False Teaching and False Unity
By David W. Virtue in Cairo
October 5, 2016
The Primate of Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, denounced corruption in Africa and said that any message which contradicts the apostolic teaching is false teaching. "Any theology that comes against the truth of the Bible is false teaching," he said.
Ntagali, vice chairman of the Council of the Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) said that in Africa we have corruption. "We have been removing Jesus from the center. In our countries corruption is a result of this but false teaching on sexuality is a result of this."
Ntagali said people came to Uganda facing many hardships but changed us through the gospel. "We [have only] ourselves to blame if we do not preach the real gospel. We should not blame others."
Archbishop Stanley also named nominalism where people who call themselves Christians but who do not follow Christ the head of the church and secularism where people no longer put God in the center, but who put materialism, liberalism, violence, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism, youth unemployment and people getting involved in cults and commercialization of the gospel. "Preaching has often become a business," he said.
"Africa is the richest continent with the poorest people. We need to wake up. We need our mindset changed. God has endowed us with riches -- the heritage of Christianity in the northern part of Africa in the early centuries of the Church. If we say we are okay the way we are, we will be judged by history. We must start from within -- and be an agent of God's transforming and liberating love. We need to bring people to Jesus who is able to save. We should not stop people from seeing Jesus", he concluded.
Earlier in the day, Archbishop Ng Moon, Primate of South East Asia, addressed the challenge of unity in the church. Neither theocracy (for who interprets God's will) nor democracy (which can become power play) seem able to foster unity. The whole mindset of the church needs to change. He said that Paul's letter to the Ephesians (chapter 2) identified the root of the problem as the Christian's refusal to accept and adopt God's design for his people. "Paul's stress was that Christians should become citizens of Christ's kingdom and responsible members of the household of God, to live a life worthy of God's rule, and rather than only wait for God's benefits and blessings, become responsible citizens of his kingdom and faithful members of God's household."
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