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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Is Christianity Taking Over the World?

Christianity is now the fastest-growing religion on Earth. Many reports suggest that Islam has seen the greatest growth but recent evidence suggests a new – actually an original form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity is sweeping the world. China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia are now so markedly Christian that it is by far, the fastest growing faith on the planet.

In his book, “Megashift,” Jim Rutz says “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. This group is growing so fast that, under current trends, according to Rutz, the entire world will be composed of such believers by the year 2032.

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“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.”

These new sold-out disciples are often overlooked by analysts because most surveys look only at traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church, which are statistically stagnant. Now hundreds of millions of Christians are simply not associated with the institutional churches at all. They meet in homes and are knit in informal networks. They often meet secretly, much as the first church in the first century gathered… and grew explosively.

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And what is driving this movement? Miracles, says Rutz. He and other researches have documented clear cases of dramatic healings – blind eyes, deaf ears and paralyzed legs restored, amputated limbs regrown, even hundreds of cases of resurrections – not near-death experiences, but resurrections of actual corpses.

The Biblical book of Acts relays that 3,000 people became Christ-followers on the Day of Pentecost. Now that happens around the globe every 25 minutes. “By tomorrow,” writes Rutz, “there will be 175,000 more Christians than there are today.”  

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“Very few people realize the nature of life on Earth is going through a major change,” he writes. “We are seeing a megashift in the basic direction of human history. Until our time, the ancient war between good and evil was hardly better than a stalemate. Now all has changed. The Creator whose epic story flows through the pages of Scripture has begun to dissolve the strongholds of evil. This new drama is being played out every hour around the globe, accompanied sometimes by mind-bending miracles.”

“God, we pray for the dramatic growth of Christianity around the world. Protect these believers in dangerous places. Bring them solid and wise leaders. May the message of your hope continue to expand! In Jesus!”

  • http://worldsofmegraves.wordpress.com m.e.graves

    I’m sure it’s wonderful news for you to hear, but as a member of the GLBT community, I am always fearful whenever I hear of “explosions” of Christian activity. I’m always fearful and have to wonder whether it’s the Biblical as in “Sermon on the Mount” and “there is no male nor female, Jew nor Greek, slave nor free”, or whether it’s the Biblical as in “kill the gays Uganda Bill”.
    You may laugh at my fear, but to me, and millions like me, it is a question of life or death.

  • nnmns

    I hear you, m.e.graves. To the extent there’s truth is such claims let’s hope the majority of those new Christians are moral, not immoral like so many of the noisy ones here and around the world.
    It would be a shame if people were really that inept at parsing “miracles”. Maybe some good Christian wrote a manual on faking healings that’s being passed around the less sophisticated parts of the world. That could be very popular among those who want power without having to deserve it.
    Mightn’t you want to pray for them to be moral and accepting of others Mark?

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  • http://greeksrethink.com Sebastian

    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

  • June Pallie

    What is impossible with man, is possible with God. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever and I do believe that He performs miracles even today. He also promisesthat “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe,” and that’s what we see happening around the world. So we are being blessed. PTL!!! May Your kingdom come, may Your will be done in Heaven and on Earth… Amen, and come Lord Jesus!!!

  • AugustineThomas

    You’re buying into a fantasy. The Church is growing as fast as any heresy and there are more orthodox Christians than heretics, despite the fact that heresy makes almost no demands of its followers. Your churches are growing because they’re easy. The One True Church actually demands that people follow the sacraments and other beliefs. Your heretical churches are a theological free-for-all.
    Still, being a heretic is better than being an apostate so God bless you guys!

  • CommonSenseThoughts

    Be assured Christianity will grow. And it will be in the Roman Catholic Faith due to >>>DIVINE INTERVENTION<<< through the election of Pope Francis.
    .
    People of other faiths and no faiths continue to take notice of him…they are delighted to hear what he has to say…and the way he conducts his life.
    .
    33 A.D. JESUS CHRIST founded the Christian Faith when He said to Peter (which means "Rock")
    "Upon this Rock I will build MY Church and the gates of h e l l will not prevail against it."
    .
    Jesus gave Peter the Keys to His Kingdom:
    "What ever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven. What ever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
    .
    There has been an UNbroken line of Peter's successors, the Popes, to this very day with Pope Francis…and it will continue to be UNbroken.
    Therefore, we have the Roman Catholic Faith since Jesus Christ founded it….with consistent Dogmas.

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