Cultic and controversial spiritual movements are flourishing across East Africa. The response of the Christian churches is not yet equal to the scale and severity of the harm caused by these groups and by unsound theological trends.
Below are just some of the movements that are now active in Uganda and its neighboring nations. To learn more about each group, just select its name from the menu below.
Note: Not all of the divisive and harmful groups in East Africa can be conveniently classified as "cults." Some admittedly operate within, or at the margins of, the mainstream evangelical church; and some are far more problematic than others. Nevertheless, because of their impact on the Body of Christ and the task of the Great Commission, they need to be properly understood—and answered.
IDENTIFY. UNDERSTAND. ANSWER. EVANGELIZE.
Pastors and Christian workers need help to deal with the groups now challenging the church in East Africa. And effectively addressing the problem of cultic and controversial movements requires research.
To equip the church to respond with courage, wisdom, and love to the challenge they represent, ACFAR will monitor and assess these groups biblically in order to provide Christians with accurate, balanced information.
Most groups fall into one of three broad categories:
• Imported cult movements—including the Jehovah's Witnesses, Bahá'í, New Apostolic Church, Mormonism, and followers of William Branham