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Contending for the Faith in America

An Open Letter to North American Churches

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The kind of Christianity that is being exported to the rest of the world (particularly the developing world) from America is incredibly harmful. As a Malawian Christian, I am concerned about negative influences of the American Church in my home country at different levels, not the least of all theologically.

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 3-4)


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1 [ Back ] See Michael Horton, Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008).
2 [ Back ] For more on the atonement, I highly recommend James Denney's Death of Christ, which can be accessed at: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/denney/christ_death.ii.i. html.
3 [ Back ] See http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/ifiwere.htm.

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Rev. Fletcher Matandika (B.A., Biblical Studies, African Bible College; M.Div., Westminster Seminary California) is founder and president of Joy to the World Ministries International (www.jtwministries.org) and founder of Ministry of Hope (www.ministryofhope.org), a Christian ministry that cares for over 3,000 orphaned children. He was born and raised in Malawi, and his father, Rev. R. A. Matandika, is a minister in the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).

Issue: "For You, Your Children... and All Who Are Far Off" March/April 2011 Vol. 20 No. 2 Page number(s): 31-35

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