Pentecostalism and the Yoruba World View: The case of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Nigeria

By Rotimi Williams Omotoye.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Pentecostalism is the latest brand of Christianity in Nigeria. It became popular in the last four decades. Our focus in this study is the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries founded by Pastor (Dr) Daniel Olukoya in 1981 in Lagos. The Church has introduced a new dimension to the understanding of Christianity in Nigeria and beyond. The focus of the Church is deeply rooted in African cosmology of evil, magic and witchcraft. These phenomena have attracted both Christians and non-Christians to the church. It is believed that the malevolent forces are responsible for sicknesses, misfortunes, untimely death, poverty and oppression. Within few years of its existence, branches of the church are found in many states of the country and countries like Ghana, United States of America, United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries. Our concern in this study is to examine critically the reasons for the phenomenal growth of the church.

Keywords: Pentecostalism, Fire, Miracle, Ministries, Witchcraft, Cosmology, Malevolent, Magic, Nigeria, Olukoya

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.181-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 735.669KB).

Dr. Rotimi Williams Omotoye

Senior Lecturer, Department of Religions, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

I am Dr. Rotimi Williams Omotoye, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin. My area of specialisation is Church History and Inter-religious relations. I obtained B,A and M.A degrees at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and PhD at the University of Ibadan, Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from Bossey Geneva in 2000.