The attitude of evangelical churches towards syncretism in Tshwane Townships
A study was carried out to establish the strategy of responding to syncretism practices in the church. Syncretism poses a significant challenge to the Christian witness in Soshanguve Township. The objectives of the study were to create awareness to evangelical churches that syncretism and Christianity are not compatible, and to suggest strategies that confront syncretism. The methodology used in this investigative and evaluative exercise was qualitative. The study revealed that some of the members visit diviners, some of the preachers preached a modified version of the gospel, and some of the members are involved in African religious practice. Some of the members do not understand the gospel and they resulted into syncretic practices. The pastoral leadership may be to blame for, among other things, not preaching the gospel clearly, and not doing appropriate evangelism, not following up those who convert to Christianity, and not being role models in their lifestyle. The research findings have the following implications for the church: Pastors need to exercise serious pastoral oversight of the flock to avoid filling the church with unconverted members. Members need to be taught about the non-negotiable core values of a biblical church. The church needs to emulate and practice the Five Solas of reformation. Pastors need to teach biblical truth about demons and how to deal with them biblically. The church needs to develop mutual accountability structures. The church needs to understand Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church). The church needs to be taught about evangelism and discipleship. People need to be trained to have a Christian worldview and to develop qualified biblical leaders.