I really wasn't going to post more about this but I saw someone else share this update from MacArthur's Facebook page and was just irate.
Well Conrad lives in Africa so he knows better than I do what is going on over there. This is a conference based on sweeping generalizations so why not add one more. Besides Africa is an exotic location many of us will never go to and they look different than us and worship differently so something is clearly amiss there. But maybe we should ask a few questions in return.
When Christians in Africa look to America, what do they see?
- Do they see American Christians in nice cars "going to Bible study" passing the homeless and the widow and the orphan with their $150 calfskin MacArthur study Bibles and $400 iPads with Bible study apps?
- Do they see American local churches bringing in $50,000,000,000 in revenue and using most of it to keep the American local church running as conveniently and comfortably as possible for their givers instead of sending men and equipping men locally to serve in Africa?
- Do they see churches holding "worship services" in opulent temples that combined are valued in the tens of billions of dollars while Africans starve for food and the Word of God?
- Do they see hundreds of their brothers and sisters paying hundreds of dollars to attend a conference in a multi-million dollar "church" to be told that there is no revivial in Africa?
I am thinking they might have a thing or two to say back to the American church, something about a plank in one eye and a splinter in another.
It is all fine and dandy to point fingers at Africa and say that there is no revival there. Maybe there isn't. It certainly seems reasonable to assume that at at least some of the conversions in Africa are real and some of the leaders of the church in Africa, who might just be charismatic, are faithful brothers.
I am a fan and a frequent users of hypberbole to make a point but an entire conference based on hyperbole, borderline hysteria and sweeping generalizations that slander a good many Christians was a bad idea from get go. I guess it will help to sell a few books though.