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"Is the Church Dying?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I sometimes hear people claim that the church is dying. Is that really true? I find the question to be somewhat disturbing, but the answer, in spite of what we often hear, is encouraging.

Timothy Keller recently passed away. He was the founder and pastor of a large church in New York City. I want to share a paragraph from his book entitled, “Making Sense of God.”

“In the non-Western world the growth of Christianity is stunning. Last Sunday there were more Christians attending church in China than there were in all of Christian Europe. By 2020 Christianity will have grown from 11.4 million Christians in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) in 1970 and 1.2 percent of the population, to 171.1 million and 10.5 percent of the population.”

Consider this fact from Christianity Today Magazine: In the last 15 years alone, the church in Africa has seen a 51 percent increase.”

Chuck Colson pointed out, “The story of Christianity’s explosive growth is one of the great untold stories of our time, a story that North American Christians need to hear.”

A headline in Christian Post stated, “Christianity is growing faster than any time in history.” (3/15/2020) But yet, the church in our own country is struggling. I just pray today that the growth of the church all around the world will inspire us in America to do better!

Jesus said about the church that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) That is my faith and confidence today.

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