Evangelism in Nigeria
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke
A Taboo that Unnecessarily Hinders
Unity Between Christians
As I understand the history of events that brought the a capella churches of Christ and instrumental Christian churches into existence as they are today, the issue that drew the line in the sand, was that of instrumental music. Lincoln's war, the Civil War, had a profound effect on the relationships of Northern and Southern churches. There is some evidence that Southern congregations were upset about the extravagance of spending money on instruments by richer Northern congregations after the war. Over time the subject became a doctrinal issue and in 1889 Daniel Sommer's Sand Creek Address and Declaration drew the line in the sand.
"Atavist" means the return or reappearance of traits and characteristics of previous behavior after a period of absence; a throwback.
We apply this word to the reintroduction of foundation beliefs, practices and issues of the first and second century Christian world. The fulfillment of early Christian apocalyptic expectations are fundamental to who we are. The moniker "Atavist Bible Church" will signal to Christians at home or traveling, that a Christian center exists which is after the order of belief and practice of pre-Augustinian, non-Hellenic, ancient Christianity.
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