By T. Aechtner
This publication investigates an African diaspora Christian neighborhood in Calgary, Alberta, and explores the ways that the church's ideals and practices impression the lives of its migrant congregation. particularly, it unearths the church's said predicament with the software of the Prosperity Gospel and Holy Spirit strength.
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On the contrary, participants never denied the benefit of modern healthcare, and some church periodicals included a section titled “Your Health Matters,” in which medical practitioners detailed various ailments so that congregants may prevent and alleviate sicknesses. Additionally, the “Testimony Corner” of church periodicals, which often announced cases of divine healing, demonstrating how “God is bigger than any sickness or disease,” also praised the help of medical doctors. ” The direct utility of the Prosperity Gospel, then, included an assurance of health that extended beyond even the curative abilities of modern medicine.
In fact some church members, such as Stephanie Marova, insisted that they had never spoken in tongues, and have never been compelled to do so while attending APCC. Stephanie even went on to joke that if she would ever be asked to perform glossolalia in the church, she would simply speak in the language of her Liberian ethnic group, which other congregants could not comprehend. Nonetheless, one aspect of Holy Spirit Power that the participants agreed was necessary in the church, and which was often linked with glossolalia, included the gift of prophecy.
Every congregant declared that such demonic powers were readily active in Canada and that people with ill intent could harness these forces against others, making it necessary to turn to divine protection in the form of Holy Spirit Power. ” As such, church members articulated strong beliefs in the devil, and most church members alleged to have experienced demonic activity within their own lives. In fact, these demonic intrusions were most often cited as being the cause of difficulties experienced as immigrants in Canada.
Health, Wealth, and Power in an African Diaspora Church in Canada by T. Aechtner