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Saturday, April 30, 2005



The Fastest Growing Religion


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(Hat Tip: The Black Kettle, Cross Posted on Blogger News)

According to this report it isn't Islam.
In "Megashift," author Jim Rutz coins a new phrase to define this fast-growing segment of the population. He calls them "core apostolics" – or "the new saints who are at the heart of the mushrooming kingdom of God."

"The growing core of Christianity crosses theological lines and includes 707 million born-again people who are increasing by 8 percent a year," he says...

"There will be pockets of resistance and unforeseen breakthroughs," writes Rutz. "Still, at the rate we're growing now, to be comically precise, there would be more Christians than people by the autumn of 2032, about 8.2 billion."


Despite facing persecution in places ranging from Nepal to Russia , the Christian faith seems to show no signs of slowing down.

In 1960 Western Christians outnumbered non-westerners by two to one. As of the year 2000 non-western Christians outnumbered the Western Christians by a factor of four to one. According to Rutz by the year 2010 this will increase seven to one. With approximately 175,000 being saved (i.e converted to the faith) a day, mostly in underground churches who are not affiliated with the mainline denominations (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox) it will only be a matter of time until the goals of Christ are fulfilled in this generation.

While most of this evangelic activity is mainly in nations lying in the "10/40 Window," some extremely conservative churches in the West are reporting an influx of new members, although it seems mostly from other denominations.

DALLAS-The Eastern Orthodox Church, as far removed from a nondenominational or evangelical congregation as you can get, is nevertheless attracting a growing number of converts who are drawn by the tug of an ancient faith...

The Antiochian Orthodox Church, the most evangelistic of the American Orthodox churches, has tracked conversions for several decades. The number of its churches in the U.S. has doubled in 20 years to more than 250 parishes and missions. About 80 percent of its converts come from evangelical and charismatic backgrounds, 20 percent from mainline denominations.


Although Christianity seems to be on a decline in the west, it has gained a substantial increase in places like India capturing about 2% of the population. With ministries such as Gospel For Asia (as well as a host of others) encouraging new forms of "native evangelism," it may not be long until the entire globe has heard about the message of Christ.




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