The senior Pastor of Power City International Church, Uyo, Dr. Abel Damina is among the new crop of pastors and Christian leaders who have come out openly to denounce prosperity theology and repent of their days of asking for money in exchange for divine blessing.
Pastor Damina recently told his packed congregation, in a video recorded message now circulating on the media, that he was very unfulfilled while he was teaching prosperity theology. He said while he was enmeshed in prosperity theology, he was capable of collecting donations from even the devil by using embellished words.
According to him even his conscience was not aligned with his claims and he goes to bed every night a disturbed person. He claimed that He is not alone in repenting from prosperity theology and that his friend in ministry Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission also made this decision after celebrating his 70th birthday.
The Uyo based pastor who started and nurtured his church with students and young people as pioneers said he made several retreat in quest for self-discovery before finally catching a revelation while reading the works of American conservative Charismatic TV evangelist and faith healer, Andrew Wommack.
Dr. Damina claimed that his emptiness was so deep seated that he had to earnestly seek the face of
God for help. He made several trips out of the country to take time off his church pastor duties in Uyo and seek help spending weeks alone with his wife.
Damina’s case is similar to that of the famous Televangelist Benny Hinn who recently renounced his Selling of God’s Blessings. on September 2, during his 3-hour, 50-minute weekly broadcast, Hinn said he had changed.
“I am correcting my own theology and you need to all know it,” the televangelist told his studio audience and those watching online. “The blessings of God are not for sale. And miracles are not for sale. And prosperity is not for sale.”
Hinn said he now believes such give-to-get theology is offensive to God. He specifically repudiated the practice of asking for “seed money,” where televangelists tell people that God will bless them if they give a specific dollar amount. Hinn himself has done this numerous times, promising God will give material blessings in exchange for a gift of $1,000. On Monday, he said he wouldn’t do it anymore.
“I think giving has become such a gimmick,” Hinn said. “It’s making me sick to my stomach. And I’ve been sick for a while too. I just couldn’t say it. And now the lid is off. I’ve had it. You know why? I don’t want to get to heaven and be rebuked.”
Some of the Christians who have watched him closest, however, viewed the apparent renunciation with skepticism. While they want to be open to the possibility of true repentance, and say God could have changed Hinn’s heart, they are waiting for some evidence of his transformation.
“I think time will tell whether this is a minor correction, something for publicity, or the beginning of a new trajectory towards greater maturity,” said Charles Self, a professor of church history at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). “I’m taking a wait-and-see perspective, because we’ve been down this road before.”