Original Research - Special Collection: Tjaart van der Walt Commemoration Lecture

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

Marius Nel
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 4 | a2419 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i4.2419 | © 2019 Marius Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2018 | Published: 27 February 2019


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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Prophecy; prophetic politics; continuationism; cessationism; prophetic politics

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