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Title:Prosperity gospel in Nigerian context: a medium of social transformation or an impetus for delusion?
Author:Dada, Adekunle Oyinloye
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:Baptist Church
Abstract:The Church in Nigeria has over the years explored different means of responding to the social maladies that are afflicting the nation. The prosperity gospel perhaps emerged as a response to these debilitating social conditions. The basic thesis of prosperity gospel is that God's plan for all believers is to have them free from sickness and material poverty. The exercise of faith is also one of the prerequisites for the generation of wealth and health. Following a brief description of the origin (to be traced to the activities of the neo-Pentecostal churches) and development (hinging on three factors: the unfavourable socioeconomic conditions; the long rule of the military; and undue emphasis on the other-worldly aspect of faith by the older mission churches) of prosperity gospel in Nigeria, this paper critically examines the claim that prosperity gospel has positively impacted on the socieoeconomic situation in Nigeria. Based on interviews with 50 church members, the paper concludes that the concern that inspired the birth of prosperity gospel in Nigeria is genuine, but it appears to be a half-measure panacea for the socioeconomic and political crises that have engulfed the country. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]