‘ZIMBABWEAN POVERTY IS MAN-MADE!’ DEMYSTIFYING POVERTY BY APPEALING TO THE PROPHETIC BOOK OF AMOS

Obvious Vengeyi

Abstract


This article serves as a critique of the gospel of prosperity in general although particular
focus is on Zimbabwean Pentecostal churches. The model for this critique is the prophetic
book of Amos. The article assumes that Amos dethroned a theology similar to the gospel of
prosperity – a system that legitimised ill-gotten wealth and condemned the poor for their
predicament without critically assessing historical and economic policies militating against
their advancement. Pentecostalism is equally blind to historical and economic policies that
stand in the advancement path of the poor in Africa. With Africa being one of the fertile
grounds for Pentecostalism, the critique of the gospel of prosperity becomes important

Keywords


Zimbabwe; Poverty; Gospel of Prosperity; Prophet Amos

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/107-0-138

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