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Politics in Christian missions

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5657 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5657 | © 2020 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 August 2019 | Published: 02 April 2020

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Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Humanity, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

For decades, the mobilisation of Christian missions has encountered a number of setbacks and barriers because of several factors and elements that pose severe impediments to the conduct of missionary activities. Amongst these factors and elements, the involvement of politics in the activities of the Christian missions is prominent. The goal of the Christian missions is to expand the kingdom of God, as well as the salvation and restoration of lost souls, while the goal of politics is to secure power and authority through manipulation for selfish interests or gains. A Christian mission seeks spiritual and heavenly fulfilment, while politics seeks mundane and worldly gains.


Keywords

Christian missions; missionary; heavenly fulfilment; politics; worldly gains

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