Can a Christian Be Cursed?
An African Evangelical Response to the Problem of Curses
The belief in curses is widespread in Africa, impacting the lived reality of both Christians and non-Christians alike. In this book, Godwin Adeboye provides practical, biblical, and contextual guidelines for addressing the African conception of cursing, and for ministering to the fear and confusion such cursing elicits. He argues that African evangelical theology must begin by understanding, and valuing, the unique experiences of African Christians if it is to offer relevant answers to the real dilemmas they face. To this end, Adeboye draws on African traditional beliefs, empirical research, and the teachings of popular African pastors to provide insight into the religious and cultural contexts of the contemporary African church. Against this backdrop, he explores biblical passages on cursing and utilizes the evangelical positions on biblical authority, the atonement, personal conversion, and active mission to evaluate cultural beliefs and bring them into alignment with the gospel.
While this text is an excellent resource for students of theology, missiology, and biblical or cultural studies, it is also immensely practical and deeply pastoral. Ultimately, it is a book to empower believersto confront their fear of curses equipped with the truth of Scripture.
In this well-researched and intentionally easy-to-read book, the author provides an evangelical response to the belief in curses in contemporary African Christianity. This is a gem for the African church and the academy. Every African theological library must have a copy of this book.
REV. DAVID TARUS, PhD
Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa, Kenya
This publication is a beautiful juxtaposition of biblical hermeneutics and theological methodology. This is a book that all church and denominational leaders, other gospel ministers, theological educators, and ministers-in-training need to read.
REV. EMIOLA NIHINLOLA, PhD
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho
This book empowers African Christians to confront their fear of curses with thorough biblical exposition.
HELEN A. LABEODAN, PhD
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Combining biblical theology with practical and pastoral help, this careful, detailed, and wide-ranging book will be useful for pastors, preachers, theologians, seminary students, and lecturers across Africa.
PATRICK SOOKHDEO, PhDPATRICK SOOKHDEO, PhDOxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, UK
This book is timely, simple, and readable. It shines a clear light on how readers can understand and biblically respond to curses. This work will enrich the international discussion and it is my honour to recommend it for use in institutions of higher learning, churches, and society as a whole.
STEPHEN O. Y. BABA, PhD
ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja, Nigeria
In almost all African ethnic groups, people take curses seriously. Adeboye’s book brings comfort through a focus on the sovereignty of God, who has the power to overrule any human curse.
MOUSSA BONGOYOK, PhD
Institut Universitaire de Développement International, Cameroon
Table of Contents
- Is the Experience of African Christians Different?
- The Problem, the Controversy, and the Debate
- Theological Method for a Theology of Curses
- Biblical Theology of Curses and Cursing
- Curses in Traditional African Religio-Cultural Context
- The Reality and Fear of Curses in African Christianity
- The Treatment of Curses in Contemporary African Christianity
- An Evangelical Solution to the African Dilemma and Fear of Curses
- Christian Moral Responsibility and the Dilemma of Curses
- A Contextual and Biblical Guideline for Responding to Curses
- The Real African Curses
- God Is Sovereign and Christ Is Lord Over All Curses
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index