We cannot understand how the church can champion something
as an acceptable alternative lifestyle that is so clearly identified
in Scripture as being patently sinful. There is pressure on the
African church to accept this new heretical view.
What was the motivation behind
African Christian University? Why is the
training ACU is offering important?
The Reformed Baptists in Zambia came together to establish this new university. We desired to use tertiary education
as a platform for ongoing evangelistic endeavours by running
such an institution ourselves, as we had begun to do with
primary education. At the same time, an American missionary
couple (the Turnbulls) wanted to set up a tertiary education
institution in Africa that would disciple young Christian
minds in the liberal arts from a biblical worldview and make
them the engine of holistic development in Africa. From these
two streams, the river of ACU began to flow. We look forward
to seeing what God will do with it. We emphasize not only that
Christ is the fountain of all knowledge, but also that no work
is too menial for us. One of our main distinguishing pillars
is a program in which students are taught to work with their
hands to look after their environment. They apply what they
are studying immediately in the context of the university. That
way, by the time they graduate, they will already have a few
years of working experience under their belts, gained while
being discipled by the lecturers. It will transform the work
culture. There is no other university on the continent doing
this, so far as we know.
You have written against false forms of
Christianity in Africa. Can you describe
how this is a destructive force there?
The growth of certain ‘health and wealth’ teaching in
Africa has been hailed as part of the growth of the Christian
faith in Africa, but that, too, is far from the truth. This is
nothing more than African traditional religion with a very
thin veneer of Christianity on top of it. The ‘prayers’ and
‘anointing’ of the ‘men of God’ are a substitute for incantations
and ‘treatments’ by witchdoctors. So, this is not something to
rejoice about. It is a false gospel that is sending people to Hell.
Its appeal to the popular mind is centred on temporal
benefits—riches, jobs, promotion, healing, marriage, and so
on. Its principal advocates have become extremely rich at the
expense of their gullible followers. Many of these ‘men of God’
are guilty of financial and sexual misconduct, but are untouchable because their followers are browbeaten into silence—
told they are not supposed to ‘touch the Lord’s anointed’.
Thank you, Pastor Mbewe!
If you would like to learn more about Pastor Mbewe’s
ministry and African Christian University, visit
kabwatabaptistchurch.com and acu-usa.com.
Lita has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and
an M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is the
full-time Information Officer for CMI-USA. For more: creation.com/cosner.
The Mbewe-family clan (L to R) Mwindula Nkole, Mwape Mbewe, Mwansa Mbewe, Mwindula Mbewe, Mwila Banda, Bwalya
Kapoma, Felistas Mbewe, Conrad Mbewe, and grandchildren (L to R) Mapalo Kapoma, Katango Kapoma.