The prosperity gospel in Ghana

thanks to Gabi Bogdan for this link. While there are thousands of christians in Africa who are preaching and suffering for the true Gospel of Christ, there are also some who have „borrowed” the american false teaching of the prosperity Gospel that enriches the preachers and deceives the masses.

About the video (9 minutes):

In November 2009, the Global Conversation focuses on the prosperity gospel—the teaching that true Christian faith results in material wealth and physical well-being. While it has its roots in America, it has found fertile soil on other continents as well. To accompany the lead article in Christianity Today by Ghanaian scholar Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, director Nathan Clarke went to Ghana to explore the forms the prosperity gospel takes in that West African nation.

Read about the „behind the scenes” story – bit.ly/1oRzUb

The Prosperity Gospel from The Global Conversation on Vimeo.

6 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Chris - Delight in Truth
    nov. 23, 2012 @ 13:44:19

    How sad Rodi! The prosperity message has a good reception in Africa because these poor folks strive for prosperity instead of (sometimes in addition) to eternal life. And these so-called pastors and prophets are getting rich bigtime. I’ve seen on the news some African mega churches who preach this false gospel who are extremely wealthy… they have armed men guarding the premises… with AK 47s… the „pastors” roll in with limos… they put on a nice show thou 🙂

    • rodi
      nov. 23, 2012 @ 20:35:18

      It is very sad. My husband made a great point in all this, though. He pointed out that none of these poor people have a Bible and neither are they given one. There is no way for them to know the Gospel except from hearing it. And these false preachers trick people by showing their own wealth to be proof that this is how God really works. But, we can all surmise that these poor folks that get fleeced walk away with an ill feeling toward God in the end because they have been ‘promised’ hope only to fall flat once again in their desperation. It is truly heartbreaking and those false preachers will answer for every soul that they caused to turn away from, rather than towards God.

      I was thinking though, that the burden still rests on us… those that do have the truth and we are guilty of our own inactivity in getting it to the African continent. I think that God will judge us, too, for not acting. We recently corresponded with a preacher in Africa and found out that even in the big cities where churches are flourishing, most in the congregation don’t own a Bible. They lend it to one another and it is so precious to them. And Pastors don’t have any reference materials to help them study the Bible. It made us think about what we should and can personally do to advance the kingdom of God so these precious people can know the real saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sending Bibles is the easiest thing to do, amazon even delivers to many big towns in Africa and many other third world countries. I wish more churches would get involved. The need is wide and deep, may God lay a burden on us to step out of the sidelines and do something…

      • gabi
        nov. 24, 2012 @ 00:04:35

        excellent observation … but in USA is a little different … everybody has at least 10 bibles… and most christians still fall for these pseudo gospels … I know guys that are very knowledgeable and read their bibles constantly and still can’t see the errors in these teachings…
        People believe what they like to believe
        They love money , they listen to preachers that promise them money..

        • rodi
          nov. 24, 2012 @ 00:34:56

          that’s true, but as you point out people get to choose. In Africa they don’t get to choose, most of them only hear the prosperity Gospel in their region because those guys choose to go and preach this heresy and they have a bigger zeal than the churches that preach the true Gospel (of course those prosperity preachers highly profit from it too). There are thousands of unreached people groups that have never heard the Gospel even once – in Africa it’s 13% of the population, 60 million people. Then there’s about 34 million that have only heard/known the religion of Islam. So over 90 million people have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Africa. (http://www.joshuaproject.net/regions.php?rog2=7)

          So, my opinion is that these people have NOT heard THE GOSPEL at all in Africa. And that takes us back to Paul’s rhetorical question: Romans 10:14-15 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

          The churches need to help. We need to help in whatever way we can. If the word of God is living and active, then imagine getting a Bible in the hands of the people. The sincere ones going after the almighty God will actually find Him on the pages of the Bible.

          Here in the US, you are right, people choose the theology that most fits the way they want to live even though they have heard the Gospel preached. So the prosperity gospel tickles their ears and fosters an environment of entitlements and narcissism where people read the Bible to see what ‘it’ can do for them. That is totally antithetical to the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus.

  2. The Master's Slave
    nov. 23, 2012 @ 17:12:12

    The Prosperity Gospel has done more to strengthen the chains of poverty than poverty itself.

    • rodi
      nov. 23, 2012 @ 20:40:31

      it certainly has. Since there is no discipleship taking place, neither is there any room to teach the churches to help the poor, as the primary church did in Acts. The prosperity preachers are just there to take everyone’s money and move on. It is indeed an ugly thing to behold.

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