The Prosperity Gospel in Africa

Christianity Today International, Out of Ur’s publisher, and The Lausanne Movement, a worldwide movement of evangelical Christian leaders, present The Global Conversation: a year-long series of essays, short films, and photo essays about issues facing the church worldwide. These videos highlight topics to be addressed at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization being held in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2010.

In November the Global Conversation focuses on the prosperity gospel—the teaching that true Christian faith results in material wealth and physical well-being. While it has its roots in America, it has found fertile soil on other continents as well. To accompany the lead article in Christianity Today by Ghanaian scholar Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, director Nathan Clarke went to Ghana to explore the forms the prosperity gospel takes in that West African nation.

 

Confession: the Prosperity Gospel makes me angry.  As I talk with student after student who have been turned off Christianity by the abuses they see from prosperity preachers in rural Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.  This video is both balanced, fair and yet disturbing.

 

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~ by John on November 4, 2009.

2 Responses to “The Prosperity Gospel in Africa”

  1. It is interesting the way in which we can claim to be following God in Christ Jesus yet preach a doctrine that can only be substantiated by piecing together out-of-context Scriptures. Grains of truth taken to the extreme. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness . . .” Could we hunger and thirst for righteousness? Of course, some people are balanced, but it is too easy to abuse and manipulate.

  2. I know that the “prosperity gospel” has had a few positive spin-offs in for instance increased or more productive work ethic (by the way I always wonder when people mention this whether this is a Western framework or an African framework through which we are evaluating work).

    But I think it is fair to say that we can judge a movement by its fruit, and the overwhelming fruit of the prosperity gospel in Africa has been manipulation, exploitation, feeding of materialism, passion for wealth not for service. When you are told of pastors driving BNW’s (bought from the giving of their churches) whilst their people cannot pay for food or electricity or school fees is not just a difference in theological emphasis it is ungodly and heretical…

    If the church in SA was forced to call “separate development” (the theological justification for apartheid) a heresy based on its fruit then I feel compelled to call the prosperity gospel the same.

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