Radio Tambua

Radio Tambua

The Africa Centre for Apologetics Research (ACFAR) equips Christians with resources and training for discernment, the defense of the faith, and cult evangelism. The Radio Tambua podcast features radio programs and conference messages on cultic movements and apologetics in Africa. (Tambua is a Swahili word meaning “discern.”)


May 22, 2024 32 mins

The scam is everywhere: Fake “men of God” in pulpits and on social media who twist the Scriptures to exploit vulnerable women and girls in the church who desperately seek spiritual help. Is there a solution?

In this engaging message, Tamira Mtonga Mutono of Project Priscilla at CFAR Southern Africa gives you clear strategies for identifying and avoiding false prophets and pastors who come with sweet words, but are eager t...

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In the Old Testament, God spoke to Adam, Noah, Moses and many others. He did this in many ways—such as parables, prophecy, dreams, visions and angelic visitations. Yet these revelations were never complete.

But we no longer need to seek visions or go to prophets to know God. Why? Because as the book of Hebrews tells us, that was how God spoke long ago to our ancestors. The good news is that today He has spoken to us by Hi...

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April 18, 2024 42 mins

“Deliverance ministries” are everywhere in Africa. Are you sick? Unable to have children? Maybe your finances are bad. If so, there is surely a “ministry” near you that promises to cast out the demon behind your problem! But is such “deliverance” what the Bible teaches? Rodgers Atwebembeire brings practical insights and answers on this vital topic.

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April 18, 2024 57 mins

Suffering is a common experience for all people everywhere. In the midst of it we can feel far from God—or even rejected by Him. Is there hope for believers who suffer? In this compelling message, Rodgers Atwebembeire explains how Psalm 22 can help us not just endure suffering well, but glorify God in the midst of it.

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January 30, 2024 44 mins

Three major movements have shaped how Ugandan Christians understand themselves:

1) The East African Revival emphasized that we are sinners.

2) Today’s hyper-grace movement emphasizes that we are saints.

3) Some Word-Faith teachers confidently say we are gods.

Is there truth to any of these positions? 

A healthy Christian life depends on properly understanding the believer’s position ...

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Many Christians are aware that the Jehovah’s Witness cult promotes heretical doctrines. But did you know that their aggressive denial of Jesus’ deity is nothing new? This teaching was first made popular in the fourth century AD by Arius of Alexandria, who claimed that “there was a time when the Son was not.” Danson Ottawa gives the biblical remedy for this deadly teaching.

The article on which this message is based was fir...

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In the first century there were dangerous “mockers” who caused divisions in the Body of Christ and were “worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit.” We, too, must be ready to recognize and respond to those who deny Jesus and His Gospel. Danson Ottawa of ACFAR Kenya applies Jude 17–23 to our day, giving three clear exhortations on how to respond to the challenge of false teaching and deal compassionately with those who are harmed by it.

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The Book of Hebrews emphasizes the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ. This focus is especially important for us today as cultic errors about Christ proliferate, Rodgers Atwebembeire explains.

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October 6, 2023 33 mins

Are you prepared to detect spiritual counterfeits? Cultic churches and “fellowships” are on every university campus, promising you prosperity and supernatural power. Rodgers Atwebembeire opens the Scriptures to identify key characteristics of these spiritually dangerous groups so you can resist temptation.

Key passage: 2 Corinthians 11

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In light of the unfolding Shakahola horror, what should Christians know—and do—about cults? Rodgers Atwebembeire and Danson Ottawa of ACFAR give practical responses to urgent questions in this wide-ranging interview.

(Originally broadcast on KUTV-Nairobi)

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August 9, 2023 62 mins

Across East Africa, cult recruiters are targeting students—and young people who don’t know they’re in danger are the ones most easily trapped. How can teachers, chaplains and CU patrons equip students to recognize and resist cultic groups on campus, on social media and elsewhere? ACFAR director Rodgers Atwebembeire gives solid answers to real-life questions in this special presentation to the 2023 East Africa Christian Teachers’ Co...

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August 2, 2023 9 mins

Have you heard of the “five-fold ministry”? Many Christians quote Ephesians 4:11 to claim that these five "offices" are active roles in the church today: prophets, apostles, evangelists, teachers and pastors. There’s no controversy about the last three, but what about apostles and prophets? Is God still calling people to fill these two roles, just as He did in New Testament times? Rodgers Atwebembeire explains.


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August 2, 2023 69 mins

What challenges does today’s Christian face in the area of discernment? What tools does the Bible give us to rightly distinguish between truth and error, sound doctrine and heresy? Are we actually using them—or just ignoring them at our peril? Rodgers Atwebembeire answers these and other vital questions in this live presentation.

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July 19, 2023 46 mins

Everywhere you look, the cross is the most popular symbol for Christianity. But have you ever wondered why? We know that Jesus died on the cross, but again—why? Was the Father unable to save Him from an unjust, painful death? Couldn’t He have found another way to forgive sinners without the murder of Jesus? Rodgers Atwebembeire guides us through these and other important questions.

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Shakahola. Kanungu. The Bible warns that “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Prov. 14:12). What makes some cultic groups so appealing? Rodgers Atwebembeire explains that…

• People are easily tempted by “new” teachings
• People are often tempted by exclusivity and elitism
• People are easily tempted by emotion and supernatural promises
And once you are captured, opp...

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July 12, 2023 53 mins

What motivates Christians to sacrifice their self-interest for the sake of others, and how can this transform society? Rodgers Atwebembeire explains from 2 Corinthians 5 how the gospel motivates the church—from the book of Acts all the way to the East African Revival and today.

Recorded at the 2023 Theological Education Association of Southern Africa (TEASA) consultation.

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Are you prepared to recognize and resist cults and false teachers that are willing to not only deceive you, but even destroy you? The Apostle Peter warns us that the danger is real, and history proves this again and again—not only in the famous Kanungu disaster, but in cults large and small, right up till now.

Rodgers Atwebembeire unpacks 2 Peter 3:17–18 and applies it to our real-life situations in this compelling interv...

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December 8, 2022 49 mins

Often we think of the New Testament—and specifically, the four gospels—when we are in the Christmas season. But did you know that the birth of the Messiah was proclaimed long before? The Old Testament is full of promises and prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. A good question to ask would be, What did the Old Testament saints think of the coming of the Messiah? What can we learn from them?

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November 28, 2022 29 mins

ACFAR director Rodgers Atwebembeire takes us through the “Colossian challenge,” exposing dangerous deception in some of today’s best-known cultic groups.

Originally presented at the 2022 Apologetics Kenya annual conference.

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False teachers and the harm they cause are a major topic throughout the Bible. How can we most easily know and avoid them? Second Peter chapter 2 shows clearly how to identify such teachers by their destructiveness, depravity, and deception. Rodgers Atwebembeire explains.

Originally aired on COU Family TV.

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