THE LEKGANYANES AND PROPHECY IN THE ZION CHRISTIAN CHURCH BY ALLAN H. ANDERSON (University of Birmingham) The Significance of Zionist Churches in Southern Africa The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) is the largest African initiated church (AIC) in Southern Africa and the second largest in Africa.' AICs in their many different forms today constitute about a third of South Africa's population, over ten million people, of which probably at least three million are in the ZCC.' There are also many other smaller Zionist churches which, together with the ZCC, are a prominent form of African Pentecostalism, at least as far as its phenomena are con- cerned.3 Both Zionists and Pentecostals preach deliverance from sick- ness and the oppression of evil spirits, and especially a message of receiving the Holy Spirit. This message, which promises power to cope with what is often perceived as a hostile spirit world, was a welcome one. The new and enthusiastic type of Christianity provided concrete answers to African problems, covering every area of human life and fulfilling felt needs. One of the reasons for the remarkable growth of Zionist churches in South Africa and Pentecostal types of AIC in other parts of Africa has
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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