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