Phenomenal growth of Christianity worldwide


Regular readers will know that I believe God has prophesied that this world will experience revival everywhere.

The change is so vast that it can be seen in statistics. It’s a story unfolding in this world, but it’s not in the interest of the MSM to promote this story.

Id like to share four things…

One

An article I’d like to draw your attention to is: Nigeria’s Upcoming 3½ Sq. Mile Worship Pavilion Shows Growth of Evangelical Christianity

The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria’s most populous city of Lagos currently holds its all-night prayer meetings in a covered pavilion that can seat about a million people. It’s the size of 87 football fields, and yet not big enough. The new pavilion under construction will be 18 times the size of the existing one, or three and a half square miles, reports Public Radio International.

Two

The Atlas of Pentecostalism is a unique and dynamic online database, mapping an expanding global religion as it evolves. The project uses global crowd-sourcing and big data to provide an independent perspective on Pentecostalism and offers various narrative pathways through the materials.

Im excited to see the growth, but Im alarmed to see an increase in the numbers of people worldwide who don’t believe that there is a devil. That is a big mistake, to let him hide away and not confront him and defeat our common enemy who enslaves us.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Eph 6:12

The Atlas of Pentecostalism is available as a book and also as a free PDF download.

Three

Another article I’d like to draw your attention to is: Pentecostalism: Mapping Its Global Growth

Some quotes…

  • “Pentecostal Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is here and now. An estimated 35,000 people join the Pentecostal church each day.
  • Of the world’s two billion Christians a quarter are now Pentecostal—up from 6 percent in 1980.”
  • “Because heaven is real, God is real, and that is why we want to plant churches like Starbucks.” – Pastor James Fadele

Here is a quote I totally agree with… “The growth of the church should not be based on orthodoxy but orthopraxis so as to change society for better.”

Four

Another article I’d like to draw your attention to is: Jim Rutz: The ‘Megashift’ of the Worldwide Church

Some great quotes about Christian growth from Jim Rutz…

  • When I was a kid in Sunday School, I was really impressed that 3,000 people were saved on the Day of Pentecost,” he says. Now that happens around the globe every 25 minutes.
  • Jim believes 2003 probably saw the last war of massed armies. For the church, the 1700-year nightmare is over, and we are launching the final transformation of the Earth. “Predominant power has suddenly shifted into the hands of us nobodies,” Jim says.
  • The Lord is working quietly, continually, and spectacularly. God has brought people back from the dead in 52 countries, mostly in the last 10 years. All documented.
  • Jim says time is up; God is taking over. In 1960 there were 24 nonbelievers for every believer in the world. Now there are only six.
  • This is the biggest megashift in history. But as national strongholds of sin are dismantled and pits of misery cleaned up, the true purpose of God for many nations will be revealed. We are in the early stages of a total transformation of our planet.

Jim credits a lot of this growth to “open churches”… although Im not sure about this…

How does an open church look different from a traditional church? Most of them meet in homes, offices, schools, and restaurants. A bigger difference: they aren’t once-a-week affairs. They offer a 24/7 support community that’s somewhere between a volleyball team, college fraternity, etc. They don’t have programs. Projects sometimes, but not programs. Their meetings are highly participatory. The good ones are viral — what baseball calls expansion teams.

 

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