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‘Function to Function’: Reinventing the Oil of Influence in African Pentecostalism

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This paper explores the practices, teachings, positive benefits, problematic aspects and perils associated with anointing with oil in recent African Pentecostal/charismatic ministries and churches. With particular focus upon the author’s first-hand encounters with these phenomena in Ghana and Nigeria, various anointing practices and teachings are commended and critiqued in terms of biblical precedents and sacramental theological insights.

Affiliations: 1: Trinity Theological Seminary, PO Box 48, Legon, Ghana, Email:


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