Just what Africa needs?

December 19, 2007 at 11:43 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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After a yearlong hiatus, pastor T.D. Jakes will be taking his MegaFest conference to South Africa. MegaFest is a two to three day event where there are conferences, concerts, and speakers. It started in 2004 in Atlanta and went until 2006 with attendance dropping each year. The return of MegaFest and its location in South Africa are due to the fact that Jakes sees the event as an international one, where he can “go beyond traditional walls and minister to the world”.

Is this what South Africa needs? Is this what anyone needs? Do they need the concerts and the seminars or do they need something else? And who will they preach to? The minority middle and upper class or the majority who are impoverished and need something substantial in their lives?

I cringe more and more as I see many of the pastors of “megachurches” go about promoting concerts and events. To me, it’s like saying, “the gospel of Jesus Christ and the radical truth that He preached won’t bring people to God, so I’m going to help Him by putting on concerts and seminars, because that’s what the unsaved people respond to”.

I wonder what pastor Jakes hopes to accomplish in South Africa? Will he tell them about sin and hell? Will he tell them about the judgment to come? Or will he tell them how to “Live Life Without Limits” and have their “Best Life Now”?

When MegaFest started in Atlanta, it had an economic impact estimated to be around $125 million. Is that what the gospel is now? Is that what it’s all about? Was Paul traveling the countryside preaching to the Gentiles and letting them know that Jesus died so they can live comfortable, normal lives? Was he preaching so that the people listening could know how to “give someone a high five and tell them they’re an Amazon woman”?

In the end, what will be the true impact of MegaFest in South Africa? Will it open the eyes of the spiritually blind and help them to see their need for a Savior? Will it unstop the ears of the deaf and allow them to hear the message of eternal life? Will it show the unregenerate, filthy sinner that the thing he has been stumbling over is the only chance that he has to escape the wrath of God and the judgment of hell?

Only time will tell…

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