Christianity in Africa is a mile wide but only an inch deep. Many “reformed” Christians still have ancestor beliefs and paganism, and reject the authority of the Bible. Many preachers believe and preach that there are many ways to be saved, and know very little about the Bible. African independent churches display strong syncretistic characteristics, merging traditional beliefs with a Christian paint. Very few theological students realise that Christ is the only saviour.
Thus: how to remain a reforming influence in Africa? The most obvious way is reformed, biblical theological training. What is needed is training at different levels with emphasis on basic training. Good material should be gathered. Course and other literature about the Bible, preferably in the form of sermons, using simple English, must be widely distributed. Lectures must be confrontational, making the Bible relevant to the people.
(Emeritus Prof Koos van Rooy, Old Testament and Missiology, Bible translator and missionary for 60 years.)