PENTECOSTALISM AND THE MINISTRY OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN NIGERIA TODAY: A PERSPECTIVE FROM JOEL 2:28-29

Ignatius M. C. Obinwa

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This article examines the phenomenon of Pentecostalism vis-à-vis the ministry of Catholic priests in Nigeria today, all viewed from the perspective of Joel 2:28-29. Pentecostalism is regarded here as a movement which emphasizes reliving the experience of the Pentecost day as narrated in Acts 2:1-41, namely being baptized in the Holy Spirit, and manifesting it by speaking in tongues. On the said Pentecost day, Peter stated that the outpouring of God’s Spirit promised in Joel 2:28-29 was fulfilled in the experience of the apostles upon whom the Spirit came that day, making them proclaim the Gospel to people of various linguistic extractions, who surprisingly understood in their native languages what was spoken in the Galilean language. Exegesis of Joel 2:28-29 has revealed that the outpouring of Spirit in it and in Acts 2:1-41 was for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel, which the Pentecostals and mainline Christians, like the Catholic priests, are doing. But the contents of what is preached and how they affect behaviours, like the undue stress laid on miracles, earthly prosperity, and speaking in tongues, against Paul’s teaching about spiritual gifts in 1Cor 12-14, would need serious amendment by the Pentecostals and those Catholic priests who have been influenced by them.

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