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 of indigenous Christianity. The publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, regardless of a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it money owed for the increase of the hot autonomous 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 publication explores how the emphases of the recent Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide necessary insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.
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Whereas leading members of nationalist churches, consisting mostly of the educated elite, dropped their ‘Christian names’ in favour of African names, founders of Sunsum sorè tended to emphasise their baptismal or ‘Christian’ names to emphasise their new identity following conversion and calling into ministry. One way to appreciate the Pentecostal orientation of the Sunsum sorè therefore is to compare their underlying motivation and nature with those of the African nationalist or Ethiopianist church movement, which, although intended as a rebellion against missionary control, eﬀectively maintained the missionary model of ecclesiastical life.
Against this backdrop, evil is not generally accepted as an inevitable part of life. Events are generally believed to be mystically caused and so divination plays a crucial role not only in revealing the meanings behind misfortune, but more importantly in prescribing the ritual means to counter their eﬀects. On the retention of ritual action in the independent Pentecostal movements of Africa, Ray explains: Most rituals are therefore assumed to have an eﬃcacious aspect; prayers and oﬀerings not only say things, they are supposed to do things.
The result is that traditional herbal medicine has never been fully integrated into medical practice on the African continent. By integrating traditional herbal medicine into Christian healing, the Sunsum sorè challenged Western perceptions on the use of herbs. This positive attitude to herbal medicine in Christian healing by the Sunsum sorè has an ingenious Christological import. 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.