By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu
This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its glossy charismatic shape has develop 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 bills for the increase of the recent self sufficient church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the past due Nineteen Seventies. as well as this, the ebook explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide worthwhile insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.
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These developments forced TWMCs to initiate reforms, albeit in limited ways, in order to hold on to their own. These reforms were instigated by a yearning of the membership of mission churches for the spirituality of the Sunsum sorè, a spirituality duly informed by their Pentecostal ethos. What follows is a discussion, under the ﬁve main themes outlined above, of what may be considered the core of Sunsum sorè spirituality. Through these we also encounter what may be regarded as their essential contribution to Ghanaian Christian religiosity and theology.
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. Christ is not only Saviour, Baptiser with the Holy Spirit and the soon Coming King, he is also Oduyefo Kese —‘Great Healer/Physician’.
Some of the people going through Pentecostal experiences found themselves having to start their own churches because their TWMCs were unable to countenance the emerging Pentecostal spirituality. The resulting churches are often referred to as AICs, an acronym meant to stand for any of the following: African independent churches, African initiated churches, African instituted churches, or African indigenous churches. These names undoubtedly served a historical purpose since the churches against which the AICs deﬁned themselves maintained historical and theological connections with Western mission bodies.
African Charismatics: Current Developments Within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism In Ghana (Studies of Religion in Africa) by Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu