THE EVANGELICAL ROLE OF WICHCRAFT IN SOME PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENTS– AN AFRICAN PASTORAL CONCERN
AbstractThere is enough evidence that while listening to the preaching and messages of most Pentecostal preachers; or watching them on some free television channels today that the emphasis is on freeing people from the oppression of demons and witchcraft. Many people, the poor included risk asking for cash loans to use for travelling to meet with the so-called prophets in distant areas. There is an example of those South African people who died in Nigeria when the double story building fell upon their lives. Besides promising them prosperity, these prophets also promise to protect from those who bewitch them. This kind of message is fast to become the driving force behind the fast growing mega churches around Gauteng and in other parts of South Africa. It is the intention of this article to research if the method of using witchcraft as an advent of evangelization is in line with the biblical message of the Gospel. It will also be important to find out if this kind of advent is bringing out the intended task of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.