Poverty and the Poor in the Early Church: A Challenge to Prosperity Preachers in Nigeria

David Ononogbu, Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai, George Christian Nche, Christopher N. Ibenwa


This study compared the early church’s conceptualization of poverty, and attitude towards the poor, with that of the contemporary Prosperity Preachers in Nigeria. Hermeneutical and comparative phenomenological methodologies were employed. The study revealed that in the early church, the majority of the members were poor, yet there was no practice which involved the elements of modern ‘prosperity preaching’ in Nigeria. In fact, the early church had a view of poverty and disposition towards the poor that is different from that of the prosperity preachers in Nigeria. This served as a justification for the position of the study on the prosperity preaching movement.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n5p377

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