The Gospel in Guatemala

| February 5, 2015

Commonly referred to as “the land of eternal spring,” Guatemala is a country filled with lush forests and imposing, volcanic mountains. It has a rich history and culture as the cradle of Mayan civilization and for centuries has preserved the architectural memory from its Spanish colonial past.

While Spanish is Guatemala's official language, there are about 23 Mayan languages still in use among indigenous groups. As a teenager I visited Guatemala for a missions trip. One treasured memory from that visit was sitting around a campfire singing “Shout to the Lord” in three languages (English, Spanish, and a local Quichean dialect), a tangible reminder that our Lord has “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9b).

Guatemala has enjoyed relative peace the last 20 years after a tumultuous 20th century of civil war, ethnic genocide, and various coups d'état. Statistically, Guatemala is one of the most evangelical nations in Latin America, boasting 35 percent of the population; and yet these figures can be misleading for those of us who oppose health-and-wealth teaching and view it as nothing less than a false gospel.

As we continue our series on the gospel

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