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China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4/19/2014 | Tom Phillips, Liushi, Zhejiang province

Posted on 04/20/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.

Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

"By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon," said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

"It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change."

China's Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; christianity

1 posted on 04/20/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

I was quite pleased when my newest neighbor introduced he and his wife as lifelong God fearing Christians and told him so.

He said everything else about them comes after that.


2 posted on 04/20/2014 5:35:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RoosterRedux
Thank God. Of course, this is the kind of "revolution" that is opaque to liberals and the media.

And thank God that Mohammedanism hasn't made significant inroads, yet.

3 posted on 04/20/2014 5:35:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: RoosterRedux

“Onward, Chinese Christian soldiers!”


4 posted on 04/20/2014 5:39:59 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Cathplic ping!


5 posted on 04/20/2014 5:40:40 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

We can be thankful for it. China is still a generation away from a democratic transition but it will happen - and the explosive growth of Christianity will eventually bring an end to the official persecution of the church. And for reasons of political and social stability, the Chinese government will eventually come to terms with its existence.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 5:43:01 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: RoosterRedux

Nations that turn to Jesus for salvation grow and prosper. Those that turn their backs...well, you’ve seen what’s become of Sweden and the UK, and what is becoming of the U.S.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: RoosterRedux

I understand that in China, the govt forces abortion against their will, so you could be Christian in that respect

But here in North America, people that call themselves “Christian” demand abortions, with all the trimmings like homosexuality etc

Just pointing out the story could be true, certainly North Americans and the modern Western world are not Christian if they are either having abortions or voting for the parties that celebrate abortion and or gay marriage


8 posted on 04/20/2014 5:47:39 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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To: RoosterRedux

Praise God!


9 posted on 04/20/2014 6:10:00 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

While Western Europe becomes Muslim.


10 posted on 04/20/2014 6:10:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That would give “East vs. West” an entirely new twist.


11 posted on 04/20/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: RoosterRedux

China is sending missionaries to the Muslims...to teach them the truth about Jesus. Soon, they will be, I believe, sending en masse missionaries to the UNITED STATES.

A little over a year ago I read this book--the Holy Spirit is moving mightily in China.

12 posted on 04/20/2014 6:24:26 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: RoosterRedux

I read a study conducted by China’s head of propaganda. It was made to determine why the west had consistently beaten China for centuries. China had movable type and gunpowder but did nothing much with them. Those inventions remade the west. Everything they looked at had the same result. They concluded that Christianity was the big difference. Unfortunately, their answer was to create a state-sponsored and controlled version of their own brand of Christianity, not the real thing. We’ll see how it works out in the long run.


13 posted on 04/20/2014 6:30:13 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: RoosterRedux

The future belongs to China I guess.


14 posted on 04/20/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: RoosterRedux

“its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. “

Government is nothing more than an attempt to achieve “law and order” and Capitalism is about most productive and efficient use of resources.

You will not find God, you morals or your soul in either.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 6:42:38 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Friendofgeorge

Certain other religions, or I should perhaps say just one, mouth all the same things that are taken to be the basic tenets of Christianity, including the various manifestations of the divinity of the Christ.

But Christianity is much more than belief in Christ’s divinity. It is a moral code derived over the centuries, and includes some very grounded rules of conduct, spelled out in direct and unequivocal terms in the Decalogue. The faith was rooted in a semi-settled way of pastoral life, based on the herding of animals and the harvest of the fruits from tilling the land. Over time, some misinterpretations and some sophistry has crept into those high commandments, to the point that some may be regarded as meaningless in the “modern” world.

It is to the point that the greatest mischief that can be worked on the minds of the young is to prepare them to “fit into” the modern world. A study of Christianity and its history over the centuries provides a healthy skepticism of all the blandishments and “advantages” of the so-called modern world, which is not so very modern in many ways.

Most of the old ideas of tyranny and suppression get dusted off from time to time, and are re-instituted as a “new” approach, and that “this time, it will work, because we have the right people running things”.

But it never does.

A true, humble practice of the teachings of Christ by the multitudes, each brought to Jesus on an individual basis, is the greatest force ever evolved in mankind’s quest for a better and more just life. Folks have misinterpreted and rephrased these teaching, bending them to personal advantage, but this is not Christianity’s fault, it is the fault of those whose belief is compromised and incomplete.

Though still a relatively small minority in the vast Chinese population, the influence of these shall have a disproportionate effect on the future path of China, and China will have its own Renaissance coupled with resurgence of faith, a force of expansion and growth like none the world has ever seen.


16 posted on 04/20/2014 6:51:01 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: staytrue

There’s a huge difference between capitalism and free market. In practice, capitalism is fascism to varying degrees. Free market provides efficiency and social mobility while capitalism concentrates wealth and power and increasingly limits personal freedom.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 6:59:28 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Good news, but it may be even better than you think. For obvious reasons, the Chinese government is petrified of any organization that can motivate and organize people in significant numbers (and that's not tough to do in China), so the Official Church is closely monitored by the government, and often told what they can and cannot preach and teach. This led to many, many, many Underground Churches in China. Nobody knows how many more Christians there are in China, because they (properly) feel the need to hide, but I think it is an easy guess that the number exceeds the Official Church, and could possibly outnumber it by many times.

Why does China fear the Church? Because faith motivates, and religions are all about people acting and believing as one. It is important to note that there are frequent riots and protests all over China, particularly in the western half. They are usually small, and quickly snuffed out. The Central Party's greatest fear is that one day, one of these uprisings will get out of hand faster than they can squash it. Their entire military has "only" about 3 million active troops, and about 4 million "paramilitary" troops... to control 1,325 million people. Even utilizing advanced weapons, brutal tactics, and near-total media control, 1325 vs 7 is a really tough fight. If only 6% of Chinese people opposed the military (and the military lost absolutely zero troops supporting the populace), it would still be 80 vs 7... an 11-to-1 ratio is not that easy for every single soldier to handle. Also, the Chinese tend to have this habit of being highly populist. If there's something really popular and has an "everyone is doing it" feel to it, then the vast majority of Chinese will try to join in. Just watch any Chinese city street from 5:55am until 6:05am to get an inkling. If protest and revolt ever seem righteous and popular to the Chinese, the overthrow of the CCP will happen in a matter of days.

18 posted on 04/20/2014 6:59:55 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Teacher317
(Search the terms China house church or China underground church for more info)
19 posted on 04/20/2014 7:01:31 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I was about to recommend that book. I read it years ago and it changed everything about my spiritual perspective of the latter days.

When God unleashes His Chinese Church, the world will shake. It will be like nothing this world has ever seen.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 7:06:24 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: alloysteel

And it`s quite simple and uncomplicated.

We humbly ask Him into our life, with a prayer of repentance, something like this...God Be Merciful To Me a sinner, I thank You Lord Jesus for Dying on the Cross for My Sins, Come into my life Lord Jesus, please save me, Be The Lord of My Life

Thank You Jesus for dying on the Cross for my sins, you are now risen, you are at the right hand of God

Please Lord Jesus be my savior and Lord, I turn to you Lord from My sins Lord Save me

From this day forward I choose to live for you,One day at a Time, reading Your Word and obeying it, turning completely from my sin to You Lord

Thank You Jesus for saving me, please fill me with your precious Holy Spirit, guide me and keep me

A prayer along those lines is all that it takes, religion or going to Church wont save us, yes we need fellowship with other believers, and we need to share the saving Gospel Of Jesus Christ with all


21 posted on 04/20/2014 7:11:25 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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To: Teacher317

Christianity will unify China in a way that no human leader ever could. And it will do so in a peaceful, industrious, and constructive way.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 7:18:58 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: MNDude
The future belongs to China I guess.

Or, perhaps, the future just belongs to Jesus.;-)

23 posted on 04/20/2014 7:22:16 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
As the West sinks into decadence, poverty, and spiritual confusion, China rises into ascendancy, wealth, and Christianity.

And if anybody understands the cycles of decadence and ascendancy, it's the Chinese!

24 posted on 04/20/2014 7:34:52 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

There is a widespread belief among Chinese Christians that their duty is to transform their nation, and then mission Central Asia, the vaguely Muslim countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan etc. Islam was weakened there by communist rule, so its not as fervent as it is in the ME. Converting should not be so difficult.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Savage Beast
As the West sinks into decadence, poverty, and spiritual confusion, China rises into ascendancy, wealth, and Christianity.

Yup. We have a tendency to look at what's happening in the U.S. and see the end times, but that is self centered. God doesn't need the U.S. to build His Church.

If Americans are going to abort their own children, promote the sinful and deadly homosexual lifestyle, and slide into the other blasphemies they have adopted, then we'll just suffer the same fate as past civilizations that have abandoned God.

And if the Chinese and Russians turn to Christ, then that's where Christ will build His Church.

26 posted on 04/20/2014 9:24:50 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: RoosterRedux

All in spite of not being able to use media. Walking the walk.


27 posted on 04/20/2014 12:32:29 PM PDT by huldah1776
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