eNCA Feature: Charismatic Africa

eNCA reporter Thulasizwe Simelane takes a close look at politics, economics and faith, and how they are shaping religion in the country. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Every Sunday, they come in their hundreds of thousands, cramming into small family churches and massive auditoriums alike.
In cities, towns, villages and townships across the continent. Multitudes hungry for a word of hope, of prosperity and of healing.

Almost half of Africa's population is Christian, with a growing number migrating to churches on the fringe.
The group with the most explosive growth within the Christian faith, is the Pentecostal movement.
By 2008, membership had reached 12.5 million in South Africa.

Pentecostal churches now command an estimated following of between 250 and 500 million worldwide, and are reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century.
Their mass appeal has been attributed to the prosperity gospel. The message - poverty is a curse that faith can break and financial blessing is the will of God.
Are South Africa's charismatic Christians are being exploited because of their religious beliefs?

The country has recently seen believers eat snakes, grass and even drink petrol, all in the name of their faith, but why are such extreme acts necessary?

Watch the video above where eNCA reporter Thulasizwe Simelane takes a close look at politics, economics and faith, and how they are shaping religion in the country.

Charismatic Africa will be airing on eNCA Dstv channel 403 on the following dates and times

Wednesday 16/12/2015
11:30:00 - 12:00:00

Wednesday 16/12/2015
20:30:00 - 21:00:00

Thursday 17/12/2015
10:30:00 - 11:00:00

Friday 18/12/2015
15:30:00 - 16:00:00

Saturday 19/12/2015
11:30:00 - 12:00:00

Sunday 20/12/2015
09:00:00 - 09:30:00

 

Charismatic Debate is scheduled as follows

Wednesday 16/12/2015
15:30:00 - 16:00:00

Friday 18/12/2015
22:30:00 - 23:00:00

Saturday 19/12/2015
20:00:00 - 20:30:00

Sunday 20/12/2015
16:30:00 - 17:00:00

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