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Reimagining the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa: A critical engagement

Mookgo S. Kgatle
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5183 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5183 | © 2019 Mookgo S. Kgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2018 | Published: 26 September 2019

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Mookgo S. Kgatle, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is a critical engagement on the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa. Pentecostal prophecy is widely practiced in Southern Africa and other parts of the African continent, especially West Africa, in countries like Ghana and Nigeria. The phenomenon is related to divination in African Traditional Religions. The practices of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa include forensic prophecy, prophetic titles, prophetic objects, prophetic consultation and prophetic miracles. This article critically engages these practices and reimagines the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa. The article suggests a prophecy of salvation, prophecy of love, prophecy of humility and approved prophecy as a remedy for bizarre practices of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa.

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Prophecy; Divination; African Traditional Religion; African instituted churches; Pentecostal

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