“OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE”: A CASE FOR “HOLY GHOST FIRE”

Patrick Paul Udoh

Abstract


The invocation of the Person of the Holy Spirit has been an ancient tradition of the Church. But the invocation of “Holy Ghost fire”, that is, the invocation of the Holy Spirit in his fiery form and action is also, gradually, becoming a common practice in our Nigerian context. This latter invocation has deservedly drawn a lot of criticisms and condemnations because often times, it is wrongly used: either with an unchristian intention or irreverently. This write-up condemns in clear terms the abuse and misuse of the invocation, “Holy Ghost fire!” Nevertheless, using a good dose of biblical passages, evidences from tradition and submissions of some theologians, it argues that the invocation is not in itself theologically wrong; that instead of condemning it flatly, making no distinction between the invocation in itself and the abuses, what should be done is to help the faithful see how the aberrations go against the Christian spirit and teach them to do the invocation the right way, with the right intention.

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