Well know Evangelist Nick Vujicic has said the prosperity message being preached has “disabled” Africa, warning that people need to go back to “the basics of the Gospel”.
The 35-year-old, born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs, said this while answering several questions on the importance of evangelism when interviewed by Hannah Schuller, the wife of pastor Bobby Schuller, at Shepherd’s Grove church in California – USA.
The preacher argued in a video posted to Facebook on Sunday that evangelists need to go back to focusing on the “original Gospel,” without “adding or subtracting” from it, the Christian Post reported.
“The prosperity gospel has disabled two continents as we speak — Africa and Latin America,” Vujicic warned. “It is time that we go back to the basics.”
Jeff Atherstone who serves as president of Africa Renewal University (ARU) recently told the Gospel Coalition that the prosperity gospel runs rampant through Sub-Saharan Africa, and Uganda is no exception.
“Churches don’t call themselves prosperity churches and even churches claiming to oppose the prosperity gospel have it proclaimed from their pulpits. The prosperity gospel has attached itself to the theological framework that runs through this region. It has spread primarily through television,” he said.
Adding: “The prosperity gospel robs people of joy, leaving them empty, lusting after more, and searching for something they cannot find. Since God has already poured out the riches of his grace on us, we can daily delight in his presence free from the empty promises of this world.”
Evangelist Nick Vujicic warned that there is an entire generation that is “kind of illiterate” when it comes to the Gospel, and people struggle to explain what has changed inside them after they’ve become a Christian.
Vujicic said that according to Scripture, every follower of Christ “must always be ready to give an account as to why you believe what you believe.”
Speaking of his ministry goals, he continued: “I want people to get saved, to get transformed; but how will they be transformed until they hear about the Gospel, and how will they hear about the Gospel unless someone tells them?”