NIGERIA (BP, BWA) — Nominal Christianity fueled by a lack of discipleship is a major obstacle in standing against Boko Haram’s persecution of believers in Nigeria, said Durosinjesu Ayanrinola, general secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF) consisting of more than 10 million Baptists in Africa. He said, “The issue of nominalism is nothing more or nothing less than lack of discipleship. … We discovered that even though … (many Nigerians) go to church they don’t have that in-depth relationship that can make them … stand [during] the difficult times like this.”
According to a report by Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, the Boko Haram in Nigeria has affected at least 32 Baptist churches and just fewer than 2,000 individual Baptists. Boko Haram has killed more than 13,000 Christians and nominal Muslims in Nigeria since 2009, according to some counts.
See the full story in the April 2 issue of The Alabama Baptist.