African Focus Countries
What you see above is a map of the countries that the Tabernacle Movement will first target in Africa. Essentially, these are staging areas from which to train and then depoly those God selects for the work of the ministry to other parts of the continent.
Islam is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the Tabernacles movement and has thus far has proven fairly resistant to the westernized Christianity. While Muslims do acknowledge Jesus as a prophet they categorically deny that He was the Son of God. Missionaries who have tried to minister to followers of Muhammad have had little success. In fact, Islam is gaining ground in Africa (as in other parts of the world) and history proves that once a country is under Islamic control the practice of Christianity is usually suppressed and sometime forbidden altogether.
There are two stumbling blocks that Christians needlessly put in the way of Muslims who may wish to convert to Christianity. The first and foremost is that many times those who share Christ demand that in order to be saved they must accept the teaching of the Trinity. Being that Muslims are strictly monotheists this does not play well.
We, as truth seekers should not demand that others exchange their belief in one God for a belief in three. Unfortunately, the belief in the Trinity false and as such we should not teach it to others as gospel truth. It is a perversion of the the understanding of who God is that largely prevents Christians from understanding the nature of God and what His purpose for mankind truly is. Demanding that Muslims give up what is right in order to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is adding to the gospel.
Belief in the Trinity is fueled by fear. People fear being ostracized by their churches and other missionary organizations for they know that if they ever stray away from this doctrine their funding from the normative church will cease. This is why, in order to move on with God, the Tabernacle movement has needed to develop alternate sources of income that does not depend on an apostate church that will pull their support when someone chooses the truth over their dogma.
Secondly, western Christianity has insisted that polygamy is immoral and non-scriptural. Again, like the fallacy of the trinitarianism, they have gotten it wrong. Polygamy is biblical and has been practiced by many of the most revered men in the Old Testament. The proof text for the scriptural of polygamy is:
“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Jesus demonstrated to those who said there was no resurrection that, due to the fact that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob were presently with God, there is a resurrection. This text also proves that God accepted these men of faith to be in heaven with Him presently. Historically, we know that Abraham had 2 wives, Issac had one wife, and Jacob had 4. These facts lead us to the inescapable conclusion that God accepts both monogamists and polygamists because men who practiced both types of marriage are currently with Him in heaven.
Through demanding that Muslims and other indigenous cultures in Africa become monogamous “like us,” well meaning missionaries have put a stumbling block before men and women who may otherwise be open to salvation. Due to our western ignorance and ethnocentric vales we are blinded to the truth of this matter. I believe that we need to re-examine the scriptures on this subject and reverse the long standing western error that a man can only have one wife if he wishes to serve God.
The true challenge in dealing with those of the Islamic world is their insistence, radically so, that Christ is not the literal son of God. If we focus on the real issues instead of letting pseudo issues stumble those we wish to persuade, we can start to allow God to help us share the actual Gospel with those of Muslim religion. It is important to make the good news as accessible as possible to those that we desire to share it with. Through being careful not to add to what Jesus said we can do this much more effectively and therefore be more successful in helping lost souls know the joy of His salvation.