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Friday, August 29, 2014

The end of Christianity? Why we must act NOW to stop Islamic State before it's too late

Prophecy Sign:  Christian persecution and spreading the gospel

The last great gathering of new Christians would seem to be the far East, (Asia), while those areas with centuries of Christian history are being swept clean of Christians through major persecution.  Truly the gospel has now been preached throughout the world which means the end cannot be very far off.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 NIV

The end of Christianity? Why we must act NOW to stop Islamic State before it's too late
No European capital has been brought to a standstill by a march expressing outrage. There are few calls for war-crimes trials of the perpetrators. The crime is the wholesale eradication of Christianity from the continent that gave it birth. Across the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, Christians are in the process of being ethnically and religiously cleansed. It is a genocide and a crime not just against humanity but against our civilisation. Even under the tyrannies of Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad there was a degree of religious tolerance in Iraq and Syria towards minorities. Certainly there was a tolerance not present in Saudi Arabia, Iran or other hardline theocracies in the region. But as the dictators began to fall - in 2003 and then in the so-called "Arab Spring" from 2010 onwards - these societies gave way to civil wars of unimaginable brutality. They were Muslim on Muslim. But Christians ended up becoming the focal point.

Will China be world’s largest Christian nation by 2025?
Fenggang Yang is a sociology professor at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival Under Communist Rule.  He believes that "China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon."  By his calculations, the number of believers in the People's Republic of China will rise to 160 million by 2025 and 247 million by 2030.  If so, the country would be home to more Christians than any nation on earth. When I visited Beijing a few years ago, I was told that the rate of Christian growth is even higher than Professor Yang documents.  By some measures, as many as 100,000 Chinese people come to Christ every day.  Growth there is hard to document, given the large underground Christian movement in the country.  Some observers believe that there are more followers of Jesus in China than members of the Chinese Communist party. 

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