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Prosperity Gospel

An aberrant theology that teaches God rewards faith—and hefty tithing—with financial blessings, the prosperity gospel was closely associated with prominent 1980s televangelists Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Bakker, and is part and parcel of many of today’s charismatic movements in the Global South. Orthodox Christians wary of prosperity doctrine found a friend in Senator Chuck Grassley, who in 2008 began a thorough vetting of the tax-exempt status of six prominent “health and wealth” leaders, including Kenneth Copeland, Bishop Eddie Long, and Paula White.

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    This was not the release of a smartphone. There were no Beyoncé tickets on sale, no books featuring vampires or boy wizards to be purchased. What these people wanted was to be the first in the United States to purchase the autobiography of Bishop Edir Macedo, a Pentecostal pastor with some five million followers worldwide. (NYT)
  • Christianity is Under Threat, Says Primate Okoh
    Anglican leader says greatest threats are Boko Haram, African traditional religion, and prosperity gospel (Vanguard, Nigeria)

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