From the September, 2004 issue of Touchstone
Orthodox Light from the Dark Continent by Mark Tooley

Light from the Dark Continent

Africans’ Orthodoxy Steadies United Methodist Church

by Mark Tooley

It was once the oft-stated goal of American missionaries to win Africa to the gospel. But is Africa now helping to win America’s troubled churches back to the gospel?

For the United Methodist Church, America’s third-largest religious body (behind the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention), that might be the case. Much of that denomination’s recent General Conference was devoted to talk about sex, primarily of the same-sex variety. And without the substantial, and growing, presence of African delegates, the denomination very likely could have gone wobbly on what . . .


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