08-09-07, 01:28 AM #1
Back to Jerusalem: 10K New Christians/day in China
A recent article reports that there are 10,000 new Christians per day in China. The estimated number of Christians already in China is 100 million. If this figure is correct, Christians would outnumber members of the communist party in China.
These new Christians are mainly evangelicals and have an audacious plan to complete the spread of Christianity around the world.
This plan is called "Back to Jerusalem". Christianity started there and then spread West to Europe to America and to China. The Chinese evangelicals want to convert the Muslims and thereby complete the circle of Christianity around the world.
Even if this plan never comes to pass, the increasing number of Christians in China is significant and, if it continues, may have profound effects on China and its role in the world.
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.  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.
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.
08-14-07, 02:40 AM #2
I have little doubt that there are more Christians in china then there are in Europe.
The fact is that Christianity has been persecuted in china for a long time, but the funny thing about persecution is that it refines the body of Christ making the body that exists far more dedicated to the Word of God then a church full of luke warm believers. You cannot be a fence sitting luke warm Christian in china, all of them get driven out as soon as persecution comes. The refined and more dedicated and serious Church body that is left is far more able to bring the Word of God to others with passion and courage and conviction.
Persecution always makes a people stronger. Maybe the Chinese authorities will follow the European example and go down the constantine route.
All Praise The Ancient Of Days
08-16-07, 12:28 AM #3
Thanks for replying to this thread. I thought it was interesting. Apparently no one else does.
08-16-07, 09:18 AM #4
08-16-07, 09:21 AM #5
Well, people in China have been living in a very oppresive government for quite a while; no wonder they relate to Christianity, it is a very oppresive religion.
08-16-07, 10:05 PM #6