By Rufus Okikiolaolu Olubiyi Ositelu
One of many amazing gains of the replaced demography of worldwide Christianity has been the emergence and development of the African Instituted church buildings (AICs). This booklet is consequently supplied in case you wish to learn the African projects in Christianity. The e-book is meant to function a worthy fabric to lecturers and scholars of African Instituted church buildings. The customs, tradition and traditions of the African or the other peoples of the realm are to function attractive compliments to the Christian religion and trust, and never diametrically against it.
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In order to do justice to this aspiration while also reflecting the historic change implied in the world-wide spread of these churches, it may be appropriate to invest the initials 'AIC' with a new meaning, that of African International Churches. , Haltway To Paradise, Cardiff Academic Press, Sheffield, 1998, p 24. 48 VII CRITICISM OF AFRICAN INSTITUTED CHURCHES Accusations by Some Western Writers and Some Members of the Old Mission Churches: Contextualization Some of the Western writers on this subject accused the AICs of being syncretistic and separatist.
34 Late Bishop Leslie Newbigin (1909-1998) who was ordained as a Presbyterian in 1936 by the Church of Scotland started his career as an ecumenist when he was sent with his wife on mission to India. He was vel)' instrumental to the establishment of the World Council of Churches (WCC). In his eighty-eight years on the planet earth, he was an ecumenist, a believer and an activist of "Gospel and Culture". 35 We have already mentioned some of the reasons for the establishment of independent churches in Africa.
Some of the AICs are only asking their followers to stop trying to make contact with God through any divinity or spirit but pray directly to Him. Most of them forbid members to smoke, drink alcohol, eat pig meat etc, and also urging them to respect and keep the Ten Commandments. During worship services in the independent African churches, the atmosphere is very African to Africans. In other words, they feel very much at home unlike during worship services in the old mission churches. Therefore, any misinterpretation of Africans for the search of identity and authenticity as racism or discriminatory is nothing but prejudice.
African Instituted Churches: Diversities, Growth, Gifts, Spirituality and Ecumenical Understanding of African Initiated Churches by Rufus Okikiolaolu Olubiyi Ositelu