Date

11-2020

Department

Rawlings School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Gregory S. Faulls

Keywords

Prosperity Gospel, Prosperity Theology, Gospel of Jesus Christ, Liberia, Theological, Theology, Leadership, Pastors

Disciplines

Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion

Abstract

Many indigenous Liberian pastors are not theologically grounded on a solid biblical foundation. As such, many Liberian Christians lack foundational knowledge of the truths of the Gospel of Christ for salvation. The prosperity gospel or “Faith, Wealth, and Health” theology in Liberia is a significant deviation from the Gospel of Christ that undermines sound hermeneutical interpretation of Scripture. This study examines why a growing number of pastors in Liberia are replacing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the prosperity gospel. An anonymous survey research study of 12 pastors from Unity Light Ministry Network (Unity Community Church) in Kakata, Liberia, West Africa found that most Liberian pastors view the prosperity gospel message as the most critical threat to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the spiritual growth of the church. However, this study concluded that preaching the prosperity gospel in the church increases quantitative growth.

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