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

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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.


Prophecy; prophetic politics; continuationism; cessationism; prophetic politics


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