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    Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    This is certainly not a world view that we hear every day.

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/printe...TICLE_ID=44309
    Welcome to my first column
    Posted: May 17, 2005
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    By Jim Rutz

    Let's start off with the biggest unknown fact of our time: The world is rapidly becoming all-Christian.

    That's not theology or wishful thinking, just statistics. And the numbers are shouting at me. A billion people are going to switch their loyalties to Jesus in the next 11 or 12 years and that may be just the beginning. As you might guess, this megashift could play hob with the citadels of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. They might even hit a crashpoint.



    It could also virtually wipe out secular humanism, the clueless corps of New-Agers, and the doomed hordes of post-modernists now wandering aimlessly about the wasteland of non-referential abstraction.

    How do I reach such far-out conclusions? Am I as fringy as I sound? Let's consult the hard numbers. I'll start with the 20th century:


    • In 1900, there were 2 million evangelical or charismatic Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 200 million.
    • In Latin America during that period, the born-again population zoomed from 1 million to 170 million.
    • And in China, just since 1950, Christianity has exploded from fewer than a million to almost 120 million.
    Do you detect a trend here? If so, congratulations, you're ahead of the New York Times, CNN and the massed legions of academe.

    But you may be saying: "Aww, that growth all happened before the '60s, Jim. The world has gone to pot since then."

    Ooh, are you wrong.

    You've looked just at the Western church, and you've seen a lot of stagnant or shrinking elements (notably liberal Christianity, whose basic tenets are the opposite of the Bible). The liberal collapse has fogged up the whole picture.

    Inhale deeply. You're about to see the true figures for the first time:

    I have discovered that there is a definable core of the Christian faith that is growing at a white-hot pace 8 percent a year. If that doesn't sound white-hot to you, consider these details:


    • This growing heart of the global church is a powerful mix of charismatics, Pentecostals, evangelicals, and a few Catholics. They are in countable networks. In 1970, there were 71 million of them. By 2000, there were 707 million.
    • Now, straight-line projections are silly because nothing ever goes in a straight line. But just to give you a comically precise picture of our current momentum: At 8 percent growth a year, the world would have more Christians than people by the fall of 2032!
    (Many thanks to Todd Johnson, co-author of the standard work in the field, the 14-pound, hernia-inducing "World Christian Encyclopedia," backed by $1.1 billion of research. Dr. Johnson and an associate generously gave me hours of their time to search out and isolate this growing heart phenomenon.)

    More: Up until 1960, Western evangelicals outnumbered non-Western evangelicals mostly Latinos, blacks and Asians by two to one. Ah, the bad old days. But as of 2000, non-Westerners had shot ahead by four to one. By 2010, it will be seven to one. (From Patrick Johnstone, "The Church Is Bigger Than You Think.") Remember that the next time you hear someone bad-mouth Christianity as the white man's religion.

    Never before in history has such a large part of humanity changed its religious loyalties in one century. And it's happening by acclamation, not by force.

    So what's going on? How could such a hurricane of change escape notice? What exactly is in back of all this?

    Oh, sorry I'm running out of room. I guess it will have to wait until next week.

    But I promise you'll find the events behind my numbers far more astonishing than the numbers themselves. In fact, you'll quickly agree that this movement is going to be much bigger than the Reformation. Even bigger than Wal-Mart.

    OK, stop grumbling, I'll give you a hint: My research for my new book, "Megashift," has found 52 countries where God has brought people back from the dead, mostly in the last 20 years. And these are not near-death experiences, where someone on an operating-room table passes out and sees himself going down a long tunnel. These are stone-dead corpses.

    Also, for what it's worth, I have zero interest in flying saucers, crop circles, the Bermuda Triangle, the anti-Christ, or the sexual preference of Spongebob Squarepants.

    But I am seriously interested in a megashift so life-changing that it dwarfs anything ever seen on this warm green planet. And I think you'll get serious right along with me.

    More next Tuesday.

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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    I guess it would be asking too much for all these new bible belters to just leave me alone. Oh well, if you can't beat em--- Praise The Lord.

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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    In Latin America during that period, the born-again population zoomed from 1 million to 170 million.
    So he's not talking about the growth of Christianity (Latin America has been Catholic for centuries), but the growth of his own silly version of it.
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    apperently he doesn't realize that as population goes up over a 100-year period, you're going to have more people believing now than you did then. it's simple math. i can walk down the street and tell you that Piqua Ohio is becoming less Christianized by the minute.
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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    My research for my new book, "Megashift," has found 52 countries where God has brought people back from the dead, mostly in the last 20 years. And these are not near-death experiences, where someone on an operating-room table passes out and sees himself going down a long tunnel. These are stone-dead corpses.

    Hmm...wonder if he could do anything for the Reds bullpen?

    Or perhaps rouse Miley from his in-game nap?

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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    OK, stop grumbling, I'll give you a hint: My research for my new book, "Megashift," has found 52 countries where God has brought people back from the dead, mostly in the last 20 years. And these are not near-death experiences, where someone on an operating-room table passes out and sees himself going down a long tunnel. These are stone-dead corpses.
    Ok, he lost me when I reached this paragraph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    Ok, he lost me when I reached this paragraph.
    it probably does happen. i've seen other miraculous things happen. problem is, most people think you're just crazy or lying when you tell them about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenlord
    it probably does happen. i've seen other miraculous things happen. problem is, most people think you're just crazy or lying when you tell them about it.
    I've heard of people whose hearts have stopped beating for several minutes suddenly come back to life, it's rare but not unheard of.

    But a stone-dead corpse? As in, one who has been dead for some time suddenly coming back to life? That I do not buy. As I read the paragraph, that's what he meant. And I don't believe that.

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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    You've looked just at the Western church, and you've seen a lot of stagnant or shrinking elements (notably liberal Christianity, whose basic tenets are the opposite of the Bible). The liberal collapse has fogged up the whole picture.
    Two uses of the word "liberal" as an epithet in the same paragraph. Nice. Unfortunately, no definition of what he considers "liberal" Christianity, and no numbers to illustrate its alleged "collapse."

    I also like how he claims to provide "statistics," but the numbers are threadbare at best and his manipulation of them is easily unmasked.

    Are we supposed to excuse those oversights because of the cop-out title "My First Column?" Sorry, Jim, but if you want to make bold statements, you'd better be able to back them up. Bring your A-game next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    I've heard of people whose hearts have stopped beating for several minutes suddenly come back to life, it's rare but not unheard of.

    But a stone-dead corpse? As in, one who has been dead for some time suddenly coming back to life? That I do not buy. As I read the paragraph, that's what he meant. And I don't believe that.
    i would assume that's what he meant as well. but where faith is involved....
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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    Can He bring the Reds back from the dead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo
    So he's not talking about the growth of Christianity (Latin America has been Catholic for centuries), but the growth of his own silly version of it.
    thanks so much for calling my faith "silly".
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    I wonder how that compares the the growth of Islam?
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    In a word: non-scientific.

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    Re: Columnist: "World is rapidly becoming all-Christian"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor
    thanks so much for calling my faith "silly".

    "It could also virtually wipe out secular humanism, the clueless corps of New-Agers, and the doomed hordes of post-modernists now wandering aimlessly about the wasteland of non-referential abstraction."

    What's good for the goose...

    Them's fightin' words: "virtually wipe out secular humanism."

    To quote the doyen of the rightsters: "From my cold dead hands!!!!!"

    But I'm a secular humanist, I must be clueless.


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