gospel of prosperity

Zimbabwe’s religious leaders on miracle money

January 11, 2013
In the first weeks of this year, Zimbabwe and neighboring countries like Botswana were in the midst of a strong debate over the ‘miracle money’ performance pioneered by the Pentecostal Prophet Uebert Angel. Here is an overview of what various religious leaders think about the ‘new’ claim of religion promising financial ...

Finance Minister asks Prophets Angel and Makandiwa to liquidate government debt

January 11, 2013
Finance Minister Tendai Biti has jokingly challenged Spirit Embassy founder Prophet Uebert Angel and United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa to “produce” over USD10 billion required to liquidate government’s debt and to fund national programmes. This follows claims that Prophet Angel enables congregants to “miraculously” receive money in their ...

Harare sociologist: home-based church is a megachurch counterculture, as well as gosprenuership product

January 9, 2013
Harare sociologist Darington Nyabiko said the existence of home churches in Zimbabwe was due to a number of reasons, one being the love of money as “gosprenuership” had proved to be a lucrative bussiness. “These are for the most part people who want to strip faith down to its bare minimum. ...

Prophet Angel produces miracle money in Botswana

January 7, 2013
Prophet Uebert Angel left believers dumbfounded when he raised more than P2,4 million during a “miracle money” crusade in Botswana. The event was broadcast on Angel’s TV channel Miracle TV. The miracle money crusade was attended by people from South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Zambia. “Father confound them, every skeptic, ...

Religion and media: the ultra-religious Zimbabwe of today vs the less loudly, aggressively religious Zimbabwe of 10-20 years ago

January 4, 2013
Alongside Zimbabwe’s great economic and political challenges, another big social phenomenon of the last decade or so has been the astonishing rise of an aggressive form of religious fundamentalism. Still to be well-studied and explained, it is perhaps not surprising that when a society is under deep stress, fundamentalist thinking and ...

Prophet Makandiwa makes predictions for 2013

January 4, 2013
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa allegedly said Zimbabwe could plunge into darkness and thousands of people could die due to the collapse of a “great wall” if authorities do not move with speed to avert the looming calamity. According to NewsDay, should this prophecy be about the Kariba Dam (which provides hydro-electric power ...

Discussing Zimbabweans who take gospel (of prosperity) to other peoples

November 12, 2012
The Gospel of Prosperity debate is alive and kicking in Zimbabwe. Moreover, it was taken to the foreign lands. Some observers like New Zimbabwe‘s Adventist Lot Masiane suggest that Christians need to uphold the standards in their faithful lives. While other Christians have no problem with agitating the poor from their flashy ...

Makandiwa’s divorce – sign of Christians lowering the standard

November 7, 2012
Couples experiencing marital problems usually run to the church – but a leading Harare preacher is proving that marriages are also collapsing in the church. Pastor Tawanda Makandiwa, the brother of the controversial Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, is divorcing his wife of five years, Lovejoy Choto, citing what he describes as her ...

Prophet Angel agitates Gweru’s poor on his way to Botswana

November 2, 2012
A Harare evangelist was given a rock-star welcome in Gweru after stopping at a fast-food outlet in his USD 200,000 Bentley. But Uebert Angel, the founder of Spirit Embassy, left Chicken Inn still hungry after fleeing a throng of “fans” who descended on the restaurant, a newspaper reported. The bizarre scenes ...

Mount of Olives in Bulawayo teaches senior citizens to speak right words to children

October 12, 2012
While some churches preach prosperity, Mount of Olives in Bulawayo is preaching the gospel of respect for the elderly who, they say, have wisdom and who are neglected by the society. Mount Olives is a church which formed an organisation called Freedom for the Elderly People which assists senior citizens with life’s ...
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