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 noticeable expression of renewal inside of indigenous Christianity. The ebook 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 a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. moreover, it debts for the increase of the recent autonomous church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Nineteen Seventies. as well as this, the e-book explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide helpful insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.

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Matters came to a head in 1952 when 26 chapter one McKeown, in spite of doubts in Bradford, received a US-based Latter Rain evangelistic team led by Dr Thomas Wyatt. This culminated in McKeown’s dismissal from the Apostolic Church, Bradford, and led eventually to the formation of McKeown’s own Gold Coast (Ghana) Apostolic Church. The faction that refused to identify with McKeown’s secession continued to operate under the auspices of the UK body as the Apostolic Church of the Gold Coast (Ghana).

Initially the CoP benefited immensely in terms of membership from those sceptical of the strict faith healing position of Anim’s group. Many such disenchanted members, unable to cope with the risks and dangers to health of this doctrine, joined the CoP. Except for its faith healing doctrine, which has since been abandoned, Anim’s Christ Apostolic Church shared a common pattern of church organisation, a common body of doctrine and teaching with both the Apostolic Church of Ghana and the Church of Pentecost.

7 prophetism and renewal 41 enhances her own thinking. In terms of inculturation, that is translating Christianity into African cultural terms, indigenous renewal movements seem to be the ones that took the African ethos seriously. They initiated a shift from the reductionism associated with the TWMCs in which peoples’ religious experiences were explained away either as superstition or as figments of their imagination. Rather than deny the reality of the African supernatural world, the Sunsum sorè virtually institutionalised what they considered to be more effective ways of dealing with that world.

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