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Pentecostals and apartheid: Has the wheel turned around since 1994?

Kelebogile T. Resane
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 1 | a2324 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i1.2324 | © 2018 Kelebogile T. Resane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2017 | Published: 09 April 2018

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Kelebogile T. Resane, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa

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The article gives a brief origin of the three classical Pentecostal denominations in South Africa, namely the Apostolic Faith Mission, the Full Gospel Church of God, and the Assemblies of God. The aim is to demonstrate the Pentecostals’ docility in the socio-political space in South Africa due to their church governance, structures and polity designed along racial lines. The main question is: Has the wheel in these churches turned around since 1994 after the dawn of democracy in South Africa? The conclusion suggests that these churches should demonstrate intrinsic reformation by continuing with proclamation and participation activities to demonstrate their alignment with the new democratic dispensation. A brief summary is given of these churches’ current activities in answer to the main question.


Pentecostal; Apartheid; Politics; Race; Proclamation


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