The Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
Chapter 4: Manifestations of the Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
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Manifestations of the Prosperity Gospel in Ghana
One may say that the Prosperity Gospel is alien to the Ghanaian religious landscape. In the words of Gifford: “The Prosperity Gospel does not belong in Africa’s revival. It did not originate in Africa. It originated with the media evangelists of the United States.”1 In making this statement Gifford has in mind the classical understanding of the concept of the Prosperity Gospel as defined and presented in chapter 2 of this book.2 Lovemore Togarasei,3 Nimi Wariboko4 and J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu5 are among the prominent Pentecostal theologians of African descent of our time who also subscribe to this claim that the Prosperity Gospel was not originally part of African Christianity. In what is regarded as one of the most recent scholarly works on the Prosperity Gospel, Kate Bowler ← 153 | 154 → speaks of the Prosperity Gospel as “a uniquely American phenomenon”.6 It is this understanding of the Prosperity Gospel as of the Christian message and theology that is new in the religious landscape of Ghana. However, the general idea of material prosperity as a motivation for the practice of religion in general is neither alien to the traditional Ghanaian religious practice7 nor to the pioneer foreign religions in Ghana such as Islam8 and historic or mainline Christianity,9 which preceded the Neo-Pentecostal or Charismatic Churches that are boldly advocating and propagating the Prosperity Gospel in its classical form in Ghana now.10
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