moffat principal urges christians to remember the gospel

 

September 5, 2012

Principal Paul Kamunge

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University officials welcomed Moffat Bible College Principal Paul Kamunge to campus Wednesday to speak to students at the school’s weekly chapel service. Early this summer, Wayland announced that it was entering into a partnership with Moffat Bible College, effectively moving the WBU degree offering program from the Kenya Baptist Theological College in Brackenhurst to Moffat, located in Kijabe.

This was Kamunge’s first visit to the Wayland campus since the schools partnered in July.

“This has been our dream for six years,” Kamunge told students, faculty and staff during the chapel service. “That Moffat would be able to offer degrees. We are very happy to see what God has in store for us.”

Since its founding in 1929, Moffat has been a leader in educating Kenyans for Christian ministry in Kenya. With Wayland located on the campus, students will now be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in religion.

Speaking with a heavy accent to the chapel gathering, Kamunge urged Christians to never doubt the Gospel or their Christian faith. He referenced Paul’s writings to the Corinthians in the New Testament in pointing out that the Gospel is real based on three principles: It has history, it has content and it has witnesses.

Kamunge gave an illustration of a family he was staying with when visiting the United States. The boy in the family was not a Christian and began questioning everything about Kamunge’s religion.

“He started telling his parents that Christianity is stupid,” Kamunge said. “He went to the extent of saying even the very God you talk about is stupid. He repeated the word stupid a million times in my presence.”

Kamunge said the people of Corinth were questioning Christianity and the Gospel, prompting Paul to write and challenge them to rely on his original teachings. Paul had originally taught the gospel, based on the “writing of old,” or the Old Testament, giving the Gospel a historical perspective.

“This Gospel was not new,” Kamunge said. “It had history. The Gospel is that Jesus died according to the scriptures.

“If you see it as stupid … I think you are the one who is stupid.”

Kamunge went on to point out that the Gospel had content based on the death of Christ bringing forgiveness to those who received it. He said the Corinthians thought they could achieve forgiveness, but it is not like a mortgage – you don’t pay as you go to earn forgiveness.

“Forgiveness is right there when you ask for it,” he said.

Kamunge concluded by saying the Gospel is real because there were witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Not just the 12 disciples, but also 500 others who saw a living Jesus after his death.

“We should never, ever deny the reality of Christian faith,” he said.