Afrika Mhlophe completes book on Ancestral worship

Afrika and Lindelwa Mhlophe, celebrating the completion of Afrika's book, Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors.
Afrika Mhlophe and his wife Lindelwa, celebrating the completion of his book, ‘Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors’.

Port Elizabeth pastor, Afrika Mhlophe, believes that his new book, ‘Christianity and the Veneration of the Dead’, will help to set people free from the deception that dead people can influence the lives of living people and will help them discover what the Bible says on the issue.

In the book, which took him two years to complete, he tackles the issue of ancestral veneration in the greater African context and offers a Biblical perspective on issues such as life after death, ancestors and ancestral spirits, burial rites and practices, syncretism and idolatory.

Mhlophe said that he is confident that God will open the doors for the message of the book to spread and impact people who need to receive it — including those who need to be set free, believers who have friends who have unbiblical beliefs about ancestors, and people who are ministering in cultural contexts where ancestral worship is practiced.

“God wanted to release the message and the book was the best model. He is the one who will open the doors,” he said.

He said he anticipates a hectic season ahead sharing the message of the book on many fronts.

“I will be on television, radio, in newspaper, in electronic media and at seminars in towns and cities,” he said.

‘Christianity and the Veneration of the Dead’ , which is published by Salt Publishers, is Mhlophe’s first book. Mhlophe is a regular writer for Gateway News which is also assisting with the sale of the book, which costs R220 (including shipping). The book includes a forward by Floyd McClung, a veteran Christian leader and author.


  1. Hi guys, I was excited about the book when Africa mentioned it @ KMMC earlier in the year. Trust this book will cast light on a dark and at times secretive issue, especially for us “westerners”. I believe with You for brilliant sales and exposure. God Bless.

  2. Blessings

  3. I look forward to reading the book, especially because this topic is one of the contentious issues in our province. There are christians who are still deep in the practise of “imisebenzi” and traditional circumcision. All the best with the book Mfundisi.

  4. Congratulations Pastor Afrika! May this book be a great blessing to many!

  5. The question to ask :
    Are you a Christian or a Culturalist?
    You can’t be both!!!

    • Hi Hamish. Surely bad culture can corrupt Christianity in that community,and pure Christianity should purify a bad culture?! I’m sure Afrika aims for the latter outcome in his book. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to read the book!

  6. This is great news. Can’t wait to read it

  7. Hi Afrika, I’m hoping that our community will have the oppotunity to have you as a speaker soon. This is an important message at this time in our country as well as the African continent!

  8. This is Great News !Ancestral worship very big among our people. The situation is desperate.

  9. I am looking forward to reading the book – well done my brother. You will need much prayer and wisdom in the days to come – you are exposing one of the biggest principalities and deceptions in Africa. Do not be reticent in asking for prayer. Zechariah 4,6. Blessings. Jama

  10. I would like to book Afrika to speak to our parent body next year….it’s an ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT MESSAGE that needs to get out to African Christians!

  11. excellent …this book is so necessary

  12. I’ve always read Africa’s articles. He has a broad knowledge of what he is talking about. I can’t wait to get the book for myself, and I pray that more of our people gets to read it as well. It’s time for my dear African brothers and sisters to be awakened to the lies the enemy had filled our minds with. We are a different generation and choose to worship the one and only true God. May God protect you, and give you boldness as you fulfill His purpose. I pray for more doors to open for this teaching, and may God confirm His Word with signs and wonders.

  13. Congratulations, Afrika! We corresponded on this before – and sent you the book :Inkonzo yamadlozi” by Alex Mpanza. I hope you also address the habit at western/white funerals of addressing the dead in the Tributes family and friends give. All cultures are on this slippery slope. It’s not just an African cultural thing. Be strong because there will be opposition from The Pit – so wear the full set of God’s armour and don’t be intimidated by anyone.

  14. Wow I can’t wait to get the book because God is the one who opens the doors that are closed.

  15. Is there a way to get this as an ebook? I checked Amazon and could not find it there. Please let me know if there is a local ebook store I can go to and purchase it.

  16. i heard about you on radio pulpit on Ayanda’s show and would like to correspond with you daily for daily devotions.Do you teach the bible or can one asked you through your your book available in our local book stores.

  17. This is a much needed book and I congratulate Afrika for it. When will there be a Xhosa versiom?

  18. I would like to read this book.
    Where can i get a copy!!!!!