- Sufficiency and Authority of Scripture
- The Preeminence and Headship of Christ
- Holy Spirit Filled and Empowered
- Indigenous Churches
- Self-Sustaining Churches
- Self-Governing Churches
- Self-Propagating Churches
The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, Public Domain, pg. 1-2.
So much of the weakness we see in other countries is through exporting western methods and programs that are not biblically required. This has caused many native people to look at Christianity as a “foreign religion” that must be avoided at all cost. In addition, there has been a tradition in the west of sending missionaries to a foreign field and insisting they stay in that place to make sure the new converts follow our forms rather than letting the Holy Spirit teach them through Scripture. More will be said about this under “Self-Governing Churches’.
I trust the point is clear. If we insist on controlling native churches, they will not be indigenous and we are in essence questioning whether the Holy Spirit is able to teach them (See John 14:26).