• From: "philip madsen" <pma15027@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ABCs of Faith www.abcsoffaith.com" <latonyk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Governor" <governor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "geocentrism list" <geocentrism@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <TraditionalCatholicsUnited@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 11:55:10 +1000

FW: CHRISTIANITY GROWING FAST IN RED CHINADo you think, going on these figures, 
that God has dumped the RC church, and gone over to the Protestants, like he 
dumped the Jews? 

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  > from Hong Kong Asia Times
  > http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/IH07Ad03.html 
  > "The World Christian Database offers by far the largest estimate of the
  > number of Chinese Christians at 111 million, of whom 90% are Protestant,
  > mostly Pentecostals. "
  > Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning
  > report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran correspondent John
  > Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's largest
  > concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary
  > force in history. [1] If you read a single news article about China this
  > year, make sure it is this one.
  > I suspect that even the most enthusiastic accounts err on the downside,
  > and that Christianity will have become a Sino-centric religion two
  > generations from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was
  > during the 8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200
  > years: the natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the
  > world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat
  > the western Europeans, simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with
  > immigrants, but it will crumble beneath the challenge from the East.
  > China, devoured by hunger so many times in its history, now feels a
  > spiritual hunger beneath the neon exterior of its suddenly great cities.
  > Four hundred million Chinese on the prosperous coast have moved from
  > poverty to affluence in a single generation, and 10 million to 15 million
  > new migrants come from the countryside each year, the greatest movement of
  > people in history. Despite a government stance that hovers somewhere
  > between discouragement and persecution, more than 100 million of them have
  > embraced a faith that regards this life as mere preparation for the next
  > world. Given the immense effort the Chinese have devoted to achieving a
  > tolerable life in the present world, this may seem anomalous. On the
  > contrary: it is the great migration of peoples that prepares the ground
  > for Christianity, just as it did during the barbarian invasions of Europe
  > during the Middle Ages.
  > Last month's murder of reverend Bae Hyung-kyu, the leader of the
  > missionaries still held hostage by Taliban kidnappers in Afghanistan, drew
  > world attention to the work of South Korean Christians, who make up nearly
  > 30% of that nation's population and send more evangelists to the world
  > than any country except the United States. This is only a first tremor of
  > the earthquake to come, as Chinese Christians turn their attention
  > outward. Years ago I speculated that if Mecca ever is razed, it will be by
  > an African army marching north; now the greatest danger to Islam is the
  > prospect of a Chinese army marching west.
  > People do not live in a spiritual vacuum; where a spiritual vacuum exists,
  > as in western Europe and the former Soviet Empire, people simply die, or
  > fail to breed. In the traditional world, people see themselves as part of
  > nature, unchangeable and constant, and worship their surroundings, their
  > ancestors and themselves. When war or economics tear people away from
  > their roots in traditional life, what once appeared constant now is shown
  > to be ephemeral. Christianity is the great liquidator of traditional
  > society, calling individuals out of their tribes and nations to join the
  > ekklesia, which transcends race and nation. In China, communism leveled
  > traditional society, and erased the great Confucian idea of society as an
  > extension of the loyalties and responsibility of families. Children
  > informing on their parents during the Cultural Revolution put paid to
  > that.
  > Now the great migrations throw into the urban melting pot a half-dozen
  > language groups who once lived isolated from one another. Not for more
  > than a thousand years have so many people in the same place had such good
  > reason to view as ephemeral all that they long considered to be fixed, and
  > to ask themselves: "What is the purpose of my life?"
  > The World Christian Database offers by far the largest estimate of the
  > number of Chinese Christians at 111 million, of whom 90% are Protestant,
  > mostly Pentecostals. Other estimates are considerably lower, but no
  > matter; what counts is the growth rate. This uniquely American
  > denomination, which claims the inspiration to speak in tongues like Jesus'
  > own disciples and to prophesy, is the world's fastest-growing religious
  > movement, with 500,000 adherents. In contrast to Catholicism, which has a
  > very long historic presence in China but whose growth has been slow,
  > charismatic Protestantism has found its natural element in an atmosphere
  > of official suppression. Barred from churches, Chinese began worshipping
  > in homes, and five major "house church" movements and countless smaller
  > ones now minister to as many as 100 million Christians. [2] This
  > quasi-underground movement may now exceed in adherents the 75 million
  > members of the Chinese Communist Party; in a generation it will be the
  > most powerful force in the country.
  > While the Catholic Church has worked patiently for independence from the
  > Chinese government, which sponsors a "Chinese Catholic Patriotic
  > Association" with government-appointed bishops, the evangelicals have no
  > infrastructure to suppress and no hierarchy to protect. In contrast to
  > Catholic caution, John Allen observes, "Most Pentecostals would obviously
  > welcome being arrested less frequently, but in general they are not
  > waiting for legal or political reform before carrying out aggressive
  > evangelization programs."
  > Allen adds:
  > The most audacious even dream of carrying the gospel beyond the borders of
  > China, along the old Silk Road into the Muslim world, in a campaign known
  > as "Back to Jerusalem". As [Time correspondent David] Aikman explains in
  > Jesus in Beijing, some Chinese evangelicals and Pentecostals believe that
  > the basic movement of the gospel for the last 2,000 years has been
  > westward: from Jerusalem to Antioch, from Antioch to Europe, from Europe
  > to America, and from America to China. Now, they believe, it's their turn
  > to complete the loop by carrying the gospel to Muslim lands, eventually
  > arriving in Jerusalem. Once that happens, they believe, the gospel will
  > have been preached to the entire world.
  > Aikman reports that two Protestant seminaries secretly are training
  > missionaries for deployment in Muslim countries.
  > Where traditional society remains entrenched in China's most backward
  > regions, Islam also is expanding. At the edge of the Gobi Desert and on
  > China's western border with Central Asia, Islam claims perhaps 30 million
  > adherents. If Christianity is the liquidator of traditional society, I
  > have argued in the past, Islam is its defender against the encroachments
  > of leveling imperial expansion. But Islam in China remains the religion of
  > the economic losers, whose geographic remoteness isolates them from the
  > economic transformation on the coasts. Christianity, by contrast, has
  > burgeoned among the new middle class in China's cities, where the greatest
  > wealth and productivity are concentrated. Islam has a thousand-year
  > presence in China and has grown by natural increase rather than
  > conversion; evangelical Protestantism had almost no adherents in China a
  > generation ago.
  > China's Protestants evangelized at the risk of liberty and sometimes life,
  > and possess a sort of fervor not seen in Christian ranks for centuries.
  > Their pastors have been beaten and jailed, and they have had to create
  > their own institutions through the "house church" movement. Two years ago
  > I warned that China would have to wait for democracy. [3] I wrote:
  > For a people to govern itself, it first must want to govern itself and
  > want to do so with a passion. It also must know how to do so. Democracy
  > requires an act of faith, or rather a whole set of acts of faith. The
  > individual citizen must believe that a representative sitting far away in
  > the capital will listen to his views, and know how to band together with
  > other citizens to make their views known. That is why so-called civil
  > society, the capillary network of associations that manage the ordinary
  > affairs of life, is so essential to democracy. Americans elect their local
  > school boards, create volunteer fire brigades and raise and spend tax
  > dollars at the local level to provide parks or sewers.
  > China's network of house churches may turn out to be the leaven of
  > democracy, like the radical Puritans of England who became the
  > Congregationalists of New England. Freedom of worship is the first
  > precondition for democracy, for it makes possible freedom of conscience.
  > The fearless evangelists at the grassroots of China will, in the fullness
  > of time, do more to bring US-style democracy to the world than all the
  > nation-building bluster of President George W Bush and his advisers.
  > Notes
  > 1. The uphill journey of Catholicism in China, August 2, 2007, National
  > Catholic Reporter.
  > 2. See Luke Wesley, "Is the Chinese Church predominantly Pentecostal?" in
  > American Journal of Pentecostal Studies 7:2 (2004).
  > 3. China must wait for democracy, Asia Times Online, September 27, 2005.
  > forwarded by Bob Vinnicombe


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I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." - 
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