African Charismatics: Current Developments Within by Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its sleek charismatic shape has turn into the main obvious expression of renewal inside indigenous Christianity. The publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, inspite of a gift decline, the AICs have left an everlasting theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it debts for the increase of the hot self sustaining church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Nineteen Seventies. as well as this, the ebook explores how the emphases of the recent Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide important insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.

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14 Pentecostals affirm healing as being integral to the ministry of Jesus and that of the early church, viewing it as an essential part of the salvation mediated by Christ to humanity. In the African traditional context, medicine and healing are important functions of religious leaders. Consequently there is an inseparable link between the medical function of traditional priests and their credibility in African society. In the theology of the Sunsum sorè, the centrality of healing in both Pentecostal and African traditional religiosity is affirmed.

But, as is evident in what follows, the reforms that the activities of the Sunsum sorè instigated in the mission churches underscore their invaluable contribution to the changing face of Ghanaian Christianity. The religious legacy of the prophets, and the churches their activities spawned, continues to endure not through literary works but in the historical and theological impact of their work and ministry. 2 Harold W. K. Hall, 1979), chapter 14. 38 chapter two Sunsum Sorè Spirituality: An Enduring Impact on Ghanaian Christianity Even if the Sunsum sorè dwindle numerically as they seem to be doing at present, two things continue to bear testimony to their dominant presence in Ghanaian Christianity during the first half of the twentieth century.

The expression ‘neo-Pentecostal’ is used here as an umbrella term to encompass Pentecostal renewal phenomena associated with trans-denominational fellowships, prayer groups, ministries and independent churches, which came into existence or prominence from about the last three decades of the twentieth century. In the Ghanaian context the historical reference is 32 The UK-affiliated Apostolic Church of the Gold Coast was granted limited autonomy by Britain in 1965, and full autonomy in 1985. pentecostalism in context 27 important, but the neo-Pentecostal movement has a theological distinctiveness that is not as evident, at least not to the same degree, in the other versions of Pentecostalism.

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