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Evangelical growth is worldwide phenomenon
The Presbyterian Layman ^ | December 10, 1998

Posted on 03/31/2006 1:00:45 AM PST by Gamecock

Evangelical Christians are the main force behind the growth of Christianity, according to Patrick Johnstone, author of The Church is Larger Than You Think.

Johnstone's assessment of the growth in evangelical Christianity was reported in the November-December issue of Good News magazine, a journal that promotes evangelical renewal in the United Methodist Church.

The magazine story quoted Johnstone as identifying the following trends:

1. Evangelical Christianity has grown slowly but steadily in the West, while the rest of Western Christianity has shrunk significantly;

2. The real growth of Evangelical Christianity in recent years has been in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In 1960, non-Western Evangelicals were about half as numerous as those in the West; in the year 2000 they will be four times, and in 2010, seven times as numerous;

3. Although Christianity as a whole is growing slightly slower than Islam, Protestant Christianity is expanding faster than Islam at 2.9 percent per year, which is almost double the rate of population growth-currently at 1.7 percent;

4. The Roman Catholic Church is expanding more slowly than the population, which means that the percentage of Catholics in the population is decreasing. This is mainly due to the secularization in Europe and the trend to Evangelicalism in Latin America;

5. Protestantism is growing almost twice as fast as the world population, but this is almost entirely due to Evangelicals. Non-Evangelical Protestant churches are shrinking significantly. "Liberal theology is being preached in ever-shrinking churches in increasingly empty church buildings."

6. Evangelical Christianity is expanding more than three times as fast as the world population, and is hence the only religious group in the world with significant growth through conversion, at a rate almost double that of Islam.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: christendom; christians; evangelicals; growth; protestant

1 posted on 03/31/2006 1:00:47 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: AlbionGirl; P-Marlowe; drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; Gamecock; Jean Chauvin; ...

Ping

While the article is 8 years old, everything I have read lately indicates that this is still true.


2 posted on 03/31/2006 1:08:07 AM PST by Gamecock (I知 so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. (Machen on his deathbed.)
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To: dangus

Ping


3 posted on 03/31/2006 1:16:19 AM PST by Gamecock (I知 so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. (Machen on his deathbed.)
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To: Gamecock
I think the author failed to notice what is going on with Catholics in Africa.
Africa has witnessed the most explosive growth. In the 20th century, Africa went from a Catholic population of 1.9 million in 1900 to 130 million in 2000, a staggering growth rate of 6,708 percent. Half of all adult baptisms in the world, the surest sign of missionary expansion, are in Africa. Inexorably, pastoral and intellectual energy in the church will follow population, and this means that African leaders are destined to play an increasingly important role in the global church.

4 posted on 03/31/2006 3:22:37 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (The Stations of the Cross in Poetry ---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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To: Gamecock
"Protestantism is growing almost twice as fast as the world population, but this is almost entirely due to Evangelicals. Non-Evangelical Protestant churches are shrinking significantly. "Liberal theology is being preached in ever-shrinking churches in increasingly empty church buildings." "
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Maybe there really is something to this "Sola Scriptura" thing?

Thanks for such a great post. It just reaffirms that people who truly want to know the LORD are finding him.
5 posted on 03/31/2006 5:57:59 AM PST by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: Straight Vermonter
It isn't just the Catholics in Africa according to this article


" As a global phenomenon, Christianity is by no means withering away under the assault of modernization; the only exception is Europe, where Christian decline is the rule. The not-so-good news, from the point of view of Matthew 28: 19 and the "Great Commission" ("Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."), is that Christianity's impressive absolute growth in the last century is not matched by its relative growth: Christianity claims a slightly smaller percentage of world population today than it did in 1900.

Indeed, Christian growth in Africa is nothing short of astonishing. There were 8.7 million African Christians in 1900; there are 389 million African Christians today; and Barrett projects almost 600 million African Christians by 2025 (when Europe's Christian population will have fallen to 513 million). "

6 posted on 03/31/2006 6:39:13 AM PST by lupie
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To: lupie
"Indeed, Christian growth in Africa is nothing short of astonishing."
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Praise the LORD!

We forget, but Africa is also the front line of the battlefield with Islam.
7 posted on 03/31/2006 7:01:43 AM PST by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: lupie
Christianity claims a slightly smaller percentage of world population today than it did in 1900.

That's probably not that telling of a stat. I think India and China are a substantially larger chunk of the world's population now than they were in 1900, and neither nation has many Christians ... yet. ;-)

8 posted on 03/31/2006 7:13:34 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Gamecock; OrthodoxPresbyterian
Hey GC, thanks for the ping.

On another thread, OP was relaying that both Protestantism and Calvinism (worldwide, I believe) were growing at a decent clip.

Only thing I've read recently regarding the growth of Evangelical Churches, is that Roman Catholicism appears to be losing ground to them in Latin America.

The explanation offered for this goes something like 'we've got Larry Kudow, Laura Ingraham, Scott Hahn and Karl Keating, while you have, ahem, AlbionGirl. In the parlance of a country song, 'we got the gold mine, you got the shaft', so, sorry for that my friend.

The thing that strikes this corn-fed, country girl the most is that Protestant converts to Catholicism were able to convert in large measure because they were given the freedom to explore. That freedom, that blessed Protestant ethic, speaks for itself, and is of inestimable import and value.

Another thing that strikes me, is the difference between the Protestant, that is the OPC, and Catholic make-up as it concerns whose running things at the local level.

The RCC (at least in my experience) is being run at the local level mainly by females. The men seem definitely AWOL, and I think that's a huge problem. To sort of paraphrase Tip O'Neill: all religion is local.

The OPC on the other hand, seems to have been able to retain a very strong commitment on the part of the men in their midst, who seem to take Church discipline quite seriously. It seems a very well-run and transparent organization.

9 posted on 03/31/2006 11:17:33 AM PST by AlbionGirl (God made the Gate so narrow. No man has the right to make it more narrow still.)
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To: AlbionGirl; Gamecock

In case I need to make it clear, Kudow should read Kudlow.


10 posted on 03/31/2006 11:19:25 AM PST by AlbionGirl (God made the Gate so narrow. No man has the right to make it more narrow still.)
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To: AlbionGirl

Amen.


11 posted on 03/31/2006 11:28:24 AM PST by Gamecock (I知 so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. (Machen on his deathbed.)
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To: AlbionGirl
The thing that strikes this corn-fed, country girl the most is that Protestant converts to Catholicism were able to convert in large measure because they were given the freedom to explore. That freedom, that blessed Protestant ethic ...

??? "able to convert"? "freedom to explore"? As opposed to what? What were Catholic converts to Protestantism given that made them "able to convert," because they obviously are? Was that because of some "blessed Catholic ethic"? (Maybe the "blessed Catholic ethic" is bad catechesis?)

If Protestantism is objectively more true than Catholicism, you shouldn't do anything but mourn the conditions that led people to leave truth for falsehood. Something that leads people into error is not "blessed," but evil.

The RCC (at least in my experience) is being run at the local level mainly by females. The men seem definitely AWOL, and I think that's a huge problem.

It ought to be run at the local level by the parish priest, who ought not to be a female at all. Are most of the people who report to him female? Probably. That has a lot to do with the fact that there's not enough money in the kitty to pay men who have to support families.

12 posted on 03/31/2006 11:39:07 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: AlbionGirl

Amen, I am just happy Christianity is growing.


13 posted on 03/31/2006 1:45:43 PM PST by FreeRep
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To: wmfights
I wonder how "sola scripture" works with a population that is largely illiterate? Not that everyone in Africa, Latin America and Asia can't read I am guessing that a fairly large percentage would be.
14 posted on 03/31/2006 4:21:29 PM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: escapefromboston
"I wonder how "sola scripture" works with a population that is largely illiterate?"
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We support a large number of missionaries and are translating The SCRIPTURE into native languages.

Sola Scriputra is pretty straight forward, as people read and begin to understand the SCRIPTURES they quickly realize that they need to place their FAITH in JESUS CHRIST after that the HOLY SPIRIT takes over.
15 posted on 03/31/2006 5:46:08 PM PST by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: escapefromboston; Gamecock

>>I wonder how "sola scripture" works with a population that is largely illiterate? Not that everyone in Africa, Latin America and Asia can't read I am guessing that a fairly large percentage would be.<<

I certainly hope you're not suggesting that the soveriegn Lord of All Creation, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire Universe can be hampered by how well someone can read?

If He means for someone to come to salvation and know His Word, He will see it acomplished, regardless of whatever mental, physical, or geographical state the person is in.


16 posted on 04/01/2006 6:13:19 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.")
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To: wmfights

>>and begin to understand the SCRIPTURES they quickly realize that they need to place their FAITH in JESUS CHRIST after that the HOLY SPIRIT takes over.<<

The unsaved can't understand scripture unless the Holy Spirit illuminates it for them.

Faith in Christ is a result of, not a prerequisite of, salvation.


17 posted on 04/01/2006 6:16:56 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.")
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To: ItsOurTimeNow; escapefromboston
**If He means for someone to come to salvation and know His Word, He will see it acomplished, regardless of whatever mental, physical, or geographical state the person is in.**

I know a sweet little 9 year old autistic boy. His mother was talking about how everyone is in sin. She described it as everyone is real bad in God's eyes.

He looked at her and said "everybody? Even me?" She said "yes honey, even you."

His eyes got real big and he screamed out "I'm in trouble!" No God loves everybody, no God has a wonderful plan for your life, just the truth: we are all lost.

A message so clear even this little boy could understand his need for a savior.
18 posted on 04/01/2006 10:32:31 PM PST by Gamecock (I知 so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. (Machen on his deathbed.)
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To: FreeRep

Me too. And I'm a Jew.


19 posted on 04/02/2006 7:02:43 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Gamecock

>>just the truth: we are all lost.<<

Makes the atoning sacrifice of Christ all the more special when viewed through the eyes of a sinful worm.

Why God should condescend to save dirt like me is a mystery beyond my comprehension.

But Hallelujiah, what a Savior!


20 posted on 04/02/2006 2:48:14 PM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.")
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To: Campion
Tell me something, how wonderful was it for you, positioned as you were atop your un-garrisoned, Protestant parapet, to freely look about the splendor and grandeur of Rome?

And, then, when you ventured inside the gate, were you greeted with cheers and offered dainties, or were you fed the gruel of the cradled? Was your Protestant ego stroked, were your questions answered with kind, and loving lips. Were your questions ever treated as acts of treason, or was that now to be considered a dangerous additive to the grease applied to your landing gear? Were you subjected, even in the smallest degree, to the vagaries and cruelties of the shifting sands of Salvation? Did one of your RCIA lessons consist of expostulations on certain grave and damning acts, only to find on the next, that these grave and damning acts, while perhaps 'still on the books' had lost their damning and prosecutorial zeal?

Following all this, did you wake up one morning to find yourself like the Epileptic, the day following a Gran Mal, with neither a forward or backward looking gaze, but instead with a formless, frozen and amputated stare?

And finally, to prove your catechetical bonafides, riddle me this Convert: if I attend an Orthodox Divine Liturgy today, with the intent of leaving Rome for parts East, is that a grave sin that I must confess before approaching the Blessed Sacrament or not? If so, would the same have applied last summer, will the same apply this summer, barring Reunion?

Enjoy the dainties, Convert, but remember this, the dainties you feast upon come at the expense of the innumerable souls, who having suffered agonies and torment, were disposed of as yesterday's trash. Your welcome wagon is their ash heap.

21 posted on 04/03/2006 7:30:12 AM PDT by AlbionGirl (God made the Gate so narrow. No man has the right to make it more narrow still.)
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To: AlbionGirl

Ummm.............what???


22 posted on 04/03/2006 7:42:45 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: AlbionGirl
I second that. Ummm ... what?

I'm not a convert, so your emotional rant is meaningless to me.

if I attend an Orthodox Divine Liturgy today, with the intent of leaving Rome for parts East, is that a grave sin that I must confess before approaching the Blessed Sacrament or not?

The intent to leave the church is always a sin. Attending an Eastern Orthodox liturgy isn't. What is arbitrary about that? Nothing.

23 posted on 04/03/2006 7:52:41 AM PDT by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Campion

Sorry, then. I thought you said you were.


24 posted on 04/03/2006 7:59:55 AM PDT by AlbionGirl (God made the Gate so narrow. No man has the right to make it more narrow still.)
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To: Gamecock
I know a sweet little 9 year old autistic boy. His mother was talking about how everyone is in sin. She described it as everyone is real bad in God's eyes.

He looked at her and said "everybody? Even me?" She said "yes honey, even you."

His eyes got real big and he screamed out "I'm in trouble!" No God loves everybody, no God has a wonderful plan for your life, just the truth: we are all lost.

A message so clear even this little boy could understand his need for a savior.

I'm sorry, but that's pathological - the brainwashing technique of a cult. There isn't a lot of difference between that kind of psychological torture of children and what happens in the Islamic madrassas.

Evangelical Protestantism desperately needs to undergo a critical self-analysis. Too many unhealthy beliefs are justified by the priest-enriching doctrine of Original Sin.

25 posted on 04/03/2006 8:01:35 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Pelagianism is never a good idea


26 posted on 04/03/2006 10:59:43 AM PDT by Gamecock (I知 so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. (Machen on his deathbed.)
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