Long-time TWR veteran Bill Mial defines syncretism in the African Church as "a blending of the Gospel message with African tradition." While Bill is primarily talking about Africa, I believe this topic applies to the United States as well. Think about some of the ways that we blend American or western secular ideas with a Biblical worldview. For instance, what happens when you mix "the pursuit of happiness" from the Declaration of Independence, a greedy culture, a focus on self, and a sprinkling of Bible verses? The dangerous and distorted "Prosperity Gospel."
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