The Gospel in Brazil

Alex Duke | August 18, 2016

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For the past two weeks, millions of eyes have focused on Brazil’s Olympic Games. From the track to the court to the pool, to watch these men and women perform is to watch unparalleled expressions of individual athletic ability and global cooperation. (See “6 Christian Athletes to Watch at Rio 2016.”)

And yet . . . the Brazilian picture is not always so pristine, particularly as it relates to the state of the church.

We corresponded with Augustus Nicodemus Lopes about the prosperity gospel, how many Brazilians have recently embraced the doctrines of grace, and more. Lopes, who was a plenary speaker at our 2015 National Conference, lives in Goiânia where he serves as a Presbyterian pastor and seminary president.

How would you describe the state of church in Brazil?

I have mixed feelings. On one hand, there’s a growing interest on the part of both Pentecostals and neo-Pentecostals for the Reformed faith and expository preaching. Unfortunately, this growth has provoked counter-measures from various Assemblies of…

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