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

Prophets praying for, or preying on people’s faith: A reflection on prophetic ministry in the South African context

Hulisani Ramantswana
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 4 | a2495 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i4.2495 | © 2019 Hulisani Ramantswana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 May 2019 | Published: 18 November 2019

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Hulisani Ramantswana, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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In mainline churches, the ministry of prophecy or the prophetic ministry involves the proclamation of the gospel. This, in turn, is related to the every-believer ministry. However, there is now a resurgence of the prophetic ministry as a special office as evidenced by the establishment of neo-prophetic churches. This article argues that neo-prophetic churches are tapping into people’s longing for the fresh divine word to speak directly into their personal situations. The article also probes whether neo-prophets in the prophetic activities are not also preying on people’s faith.


Prophets; Prophecy; Neo-Prophetic Churches; Threefold Office; Prophetic Theology; Prophetic Office; Traditional Churches; Pentecostal; Charismatic.


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