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Prophetic witness in weakness: A response to Prof Robert Vosloo from a Pentecostal perspective

In die Skriflig. 2019;53(4):e1-e7 DOI 10.4102/ids.v53i4.2419


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Journal Title: In die Skriflig

ISSN: 1018-6441 (Print); 2305-0853 (Online)

Publisher: AOSIS

Society/Institution: Reformed Theological Society

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Practical Theology: Practical religion. The Christian life

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: English, Afrikaans

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Marius Nel (Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, North-West University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In his article about the prophetic witness of the church, Vosloo emphasises the necessity that it should always be done in solidarity with society to represent the perspective of weakness as a form of performative resistance. In response to Vosloo, this article utilises a Pentecostal perspective to think about the church’s prophetic witness. ‘Prophecy’ means something else for Pentecostals. They hold a non-cessationist or continuationist approach to the Bible, implying that they are committed to a Spirit-centred, miracle-affirming, praise-oriented version of Christian faith where prophets still play an important role. The role of the prophet is defined in two ways: bringing a word from God related to the present situation, and engaging in prophetic politics to help solve society’s challenges.