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Turning the World Upside-Down: Chinese Christians
Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 8/27/2007 | Mark Earley

Posted on 08/27/2007 7:21:12 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback

Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley.

Every week during the fall, approximately 70,000 people attend NFL games in cities like Detroit and Houston. They pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for the privilege, and, if all goes well, they come away with some happy memories.

Every week throughout the year in China, approximately 70,000 people do something very different: they, too, pay a price, but it’s not measured in money. And what they come away with not only changes their lives but promises to change a nation, a continent, and even the world.

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, 10,000 Chinese become Christians every day. That’s 70,000 a week!

At the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, there were 4 million Christians in China. Today, there are an estimated 111 million, which makes China the third-largest Christian country in the world, behind the United States and Brazil. By 2050, the Center estimates that the number of Christians will have doubled.

The explosive growth of Christianity in China is only part of a larger story. The ordeal of Korean missionaries at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan reminds us of Christianity’s growth in Korea.

A happier story is the one Chuck told “BreakPoint” readers about the people called the Nagas. Little more than a century ago, these people living in the area where India and Burma meet were headhunters. Today, an estimated 90 percent of the population attends church on Sunday, and Christian leaders there have set the goal of sending 10,000 missionaries to the rest of Asia.

The Asia Times columnist “Spengler” recently wrote that China may soon occupy the role that the United States has occupied for the past 200 years: “the natural ground for mass evangelization.” He adds that “if this occurs, the world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it.”

He foresees Chinese Christians, like their Korean counterparts, “[turning] their attention outward.” Only, with a Christian population fifteen times the size of Korea’s, and a Chinese Diaspora all over the world, the impact will be far greater. “Spengler” uses the word “earthquake” to describe it.

According to John Allen of the National Catholic Report, the most “audacious” Chinese Christians dream of taking the Gospel along the historic “Silk Road” into Muslim lands. As David Aikman has written, they believe it is their task to complete the mission of preaching the Gospel in every land. To that end, Chinese Christians are already secretly “training missionaries for deployment in Muslim countries.”

This is what “Spengler” means by an “earthquake.” As he puts it, “the greatest danger to Islam” comes from Chinese Christians looking westward toward Jerusalem.

What’s remarkable is this vision is taking shape even as Chinese Christians undergo persecution. Then again, Christianity’s initial explosion took place under even worse conditions. So it probably shouldn’t surprise us that there are more Chinese worshiping in “house churches” than belong to the Communist party.

According to “Spengler,” the “fearless” Chinese evangelists may do more to transform their nation and the world than all the armies and diplomats combined. That would be an earthquake worth experiencing.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: breakpoint; china; christian; christianity; evangelization
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May my brothers and sisters in China indeed turn this darkened world upside down.

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1 posted on 08/27/2007 7:21:13 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback
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To: Mr. Silverback

Soon there may be more Christians in China than in the US.


2 posted on 08/27/2007 7:24:59 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks; 351 Cleveland; AFPhys; agenda_express; almcbean; ambrose; Amos the Prophet; ...

BreakPoint/Chuck Colson Ping!

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3 posted on 08/27/2007 7:31:25 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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To: Brilliant

Yep.


4 posted on 08/27/2007 7:34:45 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Praise the Lord if this is true.


5 posted on 08/27/2007 7:40:38 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rear view mirror.)
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To: Mr. Silverback
It’s a terrible thing, Silverback, but it seems the Church shines its brightest during persecution, and withers away during conditions of great ease and complacency. The European West is now described as "post-Christian" and is wandering in spiritual darkness. What goes around, comes around, and maybe we'll blessed by some of those Chinese Christian missionaries.
6 posted on 08/27/2007 7:54:33 PM PDT by xJones
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"Soon there may be more Christians in China than in the US."

I'm thinking that pretty much already happened back when there were about 50 million Christians in China.

7 posted on 08/27/2007 7:55:56 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: xJones

Yes! My Chinese brothers, don’t forget to come to America! We need you here, too!


8 posted on 08/27/2007 7:59:02 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

According to the CIA World Factbook, 76% of Americans are Christians.


9 posted on 08/27/2007 8:04:15 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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"According to the CIA World Factbook, 76% of Americans are Christians."

According to the CIA, in 1989 the Soviet Union was going to be with us for quite some time.

10 posted on 08/27/2007 8:14:29 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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Well, I'm not a CIA fan, but let's consider that when you said China passed us at 50 million, you're saying that about 16% of Americans are Christians.

Gee, I think the CIA is closer.

11 posted on 08/27/2007 8:35:45 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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Asia pinglist ping.


12 posted on 08/27/2007 8:42:28 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Brilliant

China could have already beat out Brazil as the country with the second largest Christian population.


13 posted on 08/27/2007 8:43:23 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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“As David Aikman has written,...”

Reference for the forum:

Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and
Changing the Global Balance of Power
by David Aikman

http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Beijing-Christianity-Transforming-Changing/dp/1596980257/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4093065-4320608?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188272545&sr=1-1


14 posted on 08/27/2007 8:44:40 PM PDT by VOA
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To: xJones
Europe is often neglected as a place for Christian missionaries to go, especially American missionaries, who consider Europe to already be Christian, and therefore not as much in need of evangelization.

Fortunately for the Europeans, African and Korean missionaries recognize there is a need in Europe and are going there, in the case of African nations, sometimes sending missionaries to the same countries who sent the Gospel to them.

15 posted on 08/27/2007 8:50:40 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Since God alone has the information on who or who isn’t a Christian, nominal Christian statistics should be used. Around 80% of the American population professes to be Christian.


16 posted on 08/27/2007 8:52:42 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: xJones

Several years ago I met a missionary to China. She said that the Chinese Christians, who were growing so fast in number and strong in their faith, that THEY were praying for US. That WE might be persecuted. I said “well thanks, I guess, but could you please have them stop!”


17 posted on 08/27/2007 8:54:12 PM PDT by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I wonder how many of the 76% can even tell you what the Gospel is if asked (faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God).

I wonder how many of them can tell you when or how they became Christians?

Theres something about the verse that says narrow is the way and few that find it telling me 76% may be high.


18 posted on 08/27/2007 9:11:24 PM PDT by bota
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To: Mr. Silverback

I agree America is long from desolute. Many powerful works by God in America. I don’t base any thing on the mainstream. We are going to be a part of the whole thing. Jesus Christ will be lifted up.


19 posted on 08/27/2007 9:42:41 PM PDT by jokar (for it is by grace, http://www.gbible.org)
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To: bota

I am not happy with the state of American Christianity, but when one considers the number of peopl who have lived in the last 2,000 years, tens or hundreds of millions of Christians would be “few.”


20 posted on 08/27/2007 9:47:28 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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