Skip to comments.Chinese Christians aim to evangelize Muslim world
Posted on 09/24/2011 5:23:31 PM PDT by AfricanChristian
Although today is the dawn of the Chinese New Year, most people are unaware that Chinese Christians are gearing up to be the world's most potent missionary force.
China? Christians? Sure enough. For decades now they've had plans to evangelize the Muslim world that lies along the old Silk Road route. This could be one of the most ambitious missionary enterprises in 2,000 years of Christianity. No national church has amazed the world as much as that of the Chinese. From 1 million at the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, it's grown to 100 million followers, a breathtaking growth in 60 years.
Evangelical Chinese Christians have come up with a way to evangelize a large portion of the world that will never see a western missionary. These are countries with large Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu populations, most of them located somewhere along a 7,000-mile route stretching from Xian in central China to the cities of Jerusalem, Antioch and Istanbul in the Middle East. Those were the ancient terminuses of the famous Silk Road.
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By the blood of the saints!
Our God (of Christians worldwide) is an awesome God. Chinese Christians with a heart for Muslims. God bless them. This is probably THE most difficult evangelical task in the world.
And even more the blood of Jesus Christ Himself.
In the past few months I read an article about Chinese scholars coming to the United States years ago, maybe to Harvard,and they were very interested in the connections between Christianity, capitalism and successful societies. Maybe it in was American Thinker...?? Anyone else recall this. I am too lazy to search.
I know probably 50 Chinese. They are all now proud American citizens, 90% of them are devout Christians. My Doc proudly wears a Cross and American flag lapel pin.
If there is any body of believers prepared to take the Gospel to the Muslim world, it’s the Chinese Church.
40 years of persecution under Mao has prepared them for anything the Muslims throw their way. If the Chinese Church could thrive under the most crippling persecution under Communism, they can thrive in the Middle East.
We can only pray for them.
Evangelization of Muslims is actually a rather successful story that hasn’t been focused upon much. Ironically it’s only in Europe where Muslims have been growing in numbers against the Christian population.
God bless and protect these saints. Anyone read Randy Alcorns book “Safely Home” It’s inspiring. Bring tissues.
Even yet the Chinese government hasn’t officially taken the lid off of a native Chinese church, which is officially expected to warp its theology to salute the state as sovereign. But not even the Chicom government can stop the power of God in the saints. Like Chinese gunpowder, it becomes more powerful when pressed on every side.
Oh, God bless them and keep them safe, and give them the courage and strength to succeed and endure any and all treatment. I wish I had half their courage.
yes, i saw an article a few months ago here on free republic
about the same.
Splendid. Thank you.
There are no Christians left in Europe! Socialism has made sure of that. They are the beneficiaries of Christianity and the institutions it has fostered. This residual goodwill will in my humble opinion dissipate within one or two generations if nothing is done to correct this trajectory. Political Islam is making inroads in Europe not because it is Christian but because it is anything but. But there is hope. Europeans are realizing that they’ve been lied to for generations. The chickens are a coming home to roost. They still have time to right the ship, and movements are beginning to take shape i.e the EDL that if anything will realign the political dynamics in Europe.
Oh pshaw, there are still Christians in Europe, although nowhere near their past stature. There remains a fair sprinkling of little evangelical churches throughout Europe. And many Roman Catholics are giants of faith in Poland.
Increble. God be with them, and maybe they’ll send a few evangelists over here.
Flip a bunch of moose limbs?
Good luck with that.
Matthew 24:14 (NKJV) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
May God protect and encourage them, and meet their needs.
They’ve got a lot more courage than most American Christians.
Whoa! Good one! That is really a keeper.
And may the Good Lord bless and protect these Chinese Christians.
No national church has amazed the world as much as that of the Chinese. From 1 million at the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, it's grown to 100 million followers, a breathtaking growth in 60 years.
I'm sad to say that I did not know that.
China deflates its growing Christian freedom movement by sending them to pacify the enemy. And if they’re all lucky, will bring Muslim women into Chinese-Christian marriages and deflate the Muslim population bomb driving modern Jihad. If it works, the world wins.
Good, because they won’t hear any b.s. prosperity gospel or The Purpose Driven Li(f)e type nonsense. I’ll say it again. . .I don’t doubt there are more true Christians in China than there are in N. America.
Good grief. . .imagine our world, If those, 'otherwise disinclined'/resistant to the gravity of a moral universe; prevailed. We know, of course; all inherent, in such a threat.
By contrast, imagine the novelty to those heretofore, indisposed, to concepts such as "Do Unto Others" and "Love Thy Neighbor" - as Thyself'; newly fashioning one's moral 'lights'. Imagine the life-changing wisdom per the need and the power, of 'Forgiveness'. An alien idea to those not otherwise, acculturated to such.
Given the excruciating realities of today's ideological demographics; a conversion to an authentic - i.e. Moral - rationale; IS Humanity's ONLY hope, for a value-prosperous survival. . . in this world.
Oh, the Chinese have their fair share of mod-syncretistic wackos. When the Chicoms want to smear Christianity they often trot out some of these — not necessarily mainstream Christians — to be ridiculed, then shot or tortured. They know that mainstream Christianity gets wide popular respect.
Chicoms should also understand, and they do, that they can turn their backs to Christians without the danger of getting stabbed.
The same can be said about the Vietnamese.
Go to the Vietnamese shopping mall in Houston and nowhere do you read “Happy Holidays” during Christmas time — it’s always “Merry Christmas”. They even have the audacity to show a manger scene.
And you will never hear CAIR or the ACLU complain about it.
May God protect these brave believers and bless their efforts.
Then, convert the surviving Muslims to Christianity and drop their Imams in the crater where Mecca used to be.
I know. I'm such a softie for our Mooslime brethren . . . NOT.
I was getting excited about this until I noticed the source - Wapo.
This article states there are 100,000,000 Christians in China. More reliable sources admit they don’t know how many Christians there are with nearly that much precision.
These Christians from China ARE DOING what Jesus COMMANDS all Christian believers to do, get HIS GOSPEL out to ALL THE NATIONS.
Plus there are many areas in the global south where the Christian Church is growing. Most likely they will end up sending missionaries to the west to re-evangelize it.
Sending missionaries to the West is already happening, and has been for a long time.
Go look at the huge number of Korean Presbyterians and their growth rates.
Then take a look at the state of the Church of Scotland, the Presbyterian Church (USA), or most of the Dutch Reformed churches. Those were once the three major powerhouses of Calvinist worldwide missions and church growth, and all are now in steep decline.
Even in the American South with its strongly evangelical commitments, there are interesting situations. The Presbyterian Church in America, which by any standards is an evangelical denomination with deep roots in the former Southern Presbyterian (PCUS) tradition, never had a congregation anywhere near Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri until a Korean Presbyterian pastor who had served with United States soldiers decided to plant a PCA congregation for the wives of American soldiers since he saw from firsthand experience in the military that many American soldiers badly needed the gospel.
Kind of ironic that it took a Korean Presbyterian pastor to decide that American soldiers needed the gospel preached to them near a major American military installation in the South.
(Full disclosure: I happen to belong to an Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregation. I'm well aware of the confessional integrity issues with the PCA. I cite this not to say good things about the PCA.)
My point is that even in the South, it's increasingly common to find third-world missionaries doing church planting. For Presbyterians that typically means Koreans and sometimes Brazilians. For Anglicans, it usually means Nigerians or other African churches. For other historic denominations it may be different ethnic groups, but less and less commonly does that mean whites of European ancestry.