“The prosperity gospel is a disease”
Costi Hinn ends a chapter entitled “A Dangerously Abusive Theology” in his 2019 autobiographical salvo against the Prosperity Gospel with that statement. Throughout this book, Hinn weaves together stories, theology, biblical exposition, and exhortation. In doing so, Hinn answers the question, “So why did you walk away from that life?”
Many of us expect the blessings of family, marriage, and children from God as a reward for our faithful service to Him. Yet our eyes turn to the words of God to Jeremiah and we see that when we serve God, sometimes we must break culture.
Preachers of a Different Gospel is a deep reflection by an evangelical on contemporary trends in Christianity in Africa. Femi Adeleye writes convincingly with facts and biblical justification on contemporary issues that have surfaced within contemporary Pentecostal Christianity, and which are undermining the evangelical faith in Africa. From a deep understanding of the Scripture and leadership in the evangelical students’ movements in the colleges and universities, Adeleye sounds a note of warning to the Church in Africa to remain faithful to the Scriptures.
As Christianity continues to shift to the global south, the gospel witness will be propagated from this continent. But what gospel will be proclaimed?
The continuing popularity of the Prosperity Gospel among African Christians arose from the fact that biblical metaphors have assumed new meanings in rapidly changing socio-economic situations. The emphasis on prosperity has become a powerful metaphor in negotiating wider socio-economic concerns.
How does ‘seeding’ work when you cannot make God do anything? The answer lies in understanding the bible writers’ use of this agrarian term.