Cree First Nations Missionary Reveals Syncretistic Teachings

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Book tackles redemption of native culture through Christian worship.

In her newly released book, Redeeming Culture - The Other Side of the Coin ($13.99, paperback, 978-1-60477-706-2), Xulon Press author and Cree First Nations missionary Velma D. White says that increasing openness toward native people within the church has become prevalent in the last two decades. Many non-native churches, she says, are becoming aware of the injustices of the past concerning native people and are moved in their hearts toward them. They are endeavoring to make native people feel welcome in their churches and are beginning to realize the importance of their role within the body of Christ.

The question then becomes how do we reach the native population with the gospel of Christ? One of those objectives is to welcome traditions of native culture within churches--which most Christian organizations already do--and share with them the love of Jesus. But with non-native ministries' confusion about this matter and native ministries' concern over some non-native ministries embracing those traditions, many questions are raised.

"Redemption of native culture through Christian worship has brought confusion to many in the body of Christ; this confusion has led to syncretism," the author says. "This book hopes to address this very issue and looks to answer the questions that many have regarding the redemption of native culture through Christianity. This book [also] hopes to give the reader a more comprehensive understanding of what it truly means to be redeemed as a child of God versus redeeming culture."

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Redeeming Culture through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

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