The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
Chapter 1: The Fruit of Personal and Pastoral Experiences
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The Fruit of Personal and Pastoral Experiences
This book is a qualitative study of the Prosperity Gospel (or the Gospel of Prosperity)1 and its soteriological significance with respect to the Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal Churches in Ghana. The motivation for this study comes first and foremost from my pastoral experiences with the Prosperity Gospel and secondly, as a response to the Church’s2 call, and to the prevailing world situation of Christianity.
The Prosperity Gospel is a phenomenon I have had to confront now and then in my pastoral work as a Catholic priest since my ordination in 1999. Two particular instances are worth mentioning here. From September 2004 to September 2007 I was appointed curate of the St. Kizito’s Catholic Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale located in Kpandae, a district of the Northern Region of Ghana. Upon my arrival in St. Kizito’s Parish after my appointment, the parish priest whom I was to assist briefed me about the pastoral situation of the parish. One of the issues he informed me about was the fact that he had suspended common and inter-church programmes and relations with “our sister churches”3 indefinitely, because he had realized that “the Charismatic Churches steal our parishioners”. Upon further enquiries he explained that a good number of his parishioners had left and joined the Charismatic Churches in search of miracles in the form of healing and economic betterment, among other things. He ← 1 | 2...
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