Number of Christians in China to surpass USA by 2025


While some see the decline of Christianity in the United States as a clear indication that we’re fast approaching the end times, the fact remains that Christianity is on the rise in other parts of the world.  Take China, for instance, where a recent article from The Telegraph cites research which projects that the number of Protestant Christians in China will surpass the number in the USA by 2025:

In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa, according to the Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline.

Unfortunately, this growth is divided between “illegal underground ‘house churches’, which hold unsupervised services – often in people’s homes – in an attempt to evade the prying eyes of the Communist Party” and those who are willing to fall in line with Communist ideology:

“They want the pastor to preach in a Communist way. They want to train people to practice in a Communist way,” said the house-church preacher, who said state churches often shunned potentially subversive sections of the Bible. The Old Testament book in which the exiled Daniel refuses to obey orders to worship the king rather than his own god is seen as “very dangerous”, the preacher added.

Read the full story here.


Link Roundup (April 28, 2016)



Here are some recent articles and links I found helpful and/or interesting (in no particular order).

Death to the Vague Facebook Status (Your Mom Has A Blog)

Why do we tell somebody off in the most passive-aggressive way, making everyone read what is intended for one person (someone we blocked who will never see the status)? Why do we try to pull all of the world, former school teachers, pastors, teenagers, acquaintances, into our very awkward drama? And, how can we claim to be Christians, people who are living by the light of the gospel, who have been forgiven so much, when we can’t even let some little offense pass by without posting a vague, leading, gossip-feeding status update about it?

Together for the Gospel 2016 conference videos

T4G has posted the sessions from their 2016 conference “We Are Protestant” including presentations by Matt Chandler, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, and many others.

3 Reasons You Should See Going to Church as a Privilege, Not a Chore (Trevin Wax)

One of the dads in my small group said that he corrects his kids if they ever ask about having to go to church on a weekend. “We never have to,” he says, “we get to go.” I like that. He’s policing the language of the house because he knows that the way he talks about church will send a signal to the rest of the family about how to view Sundays – as chore or as privilege.

Pioneering Neuroscientist Wilder Penfield: Why Don’t We Have Intellectual Seizures? (Evolution News)

Fascinating article about neuroscientist Wilder Penfield.  Observations Penfield made while performing brain surgery led him to convert from materialism (the mind is a product of the brain) to dualism (the mind is separate from the brain).

The Importance of “Accuracy” for Every Christian Believer


Lifeway End Times Beliefs Survey

Yesterday Christianity Today shared the results of Lifeway’s survey of 1000 Protestant senior pastors in regard to their end times beliefs.  They say:

A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the Antichrist will appear sometime in the future. A surprising number think the Antichrist has already been here, or isn’t on his way at all.

They sum up the various views on the rapture:

End Times Survey

And views on the Antichrist:


I’m curious how this compares with the views of senior pastors 20-30 years ago. Has there been a significant shift in end times views?

Many more details found in the full article: Sorry, ‘Left Behind’: Only One-Third of Pastors Share Your End Times Theology

Randy Alcorn on Heaven and the New Earth

In my opinion you’d be better off spending an hour with this video from Randy Acorn on Heaven/the New Earth than many hours with the “I died and came back from Heaven” books/movies. He examines many questions from a Biblical perspective including:

  • Should we call the New Earth Heaven?
  • What & Where is Heaven?
  • Is there time in Heaven?
  • Do we forget this life after we die?
  • Will we have a physical body after the resurrection?