You're a lucky dog!
You're living in the biggest shift in human power
and status since the cross . . . and the biggest change in Christianity
since the church collapsed into an audience under Emperor Constantine
in A.D. 313.
The change is having a larger impact than the reformation
of doctrine begun through Luther in 1517, which itself was absolutely
essential for any progress of the church.
It is also larger than the Great Awakenings (1727 onward), the wonderful
revivals of spirituality in Europe and America in which God used men
like Wesley, Whitefield, the Moravians, and Jonathan Edwards to warm
the hearts of God's people and lead them to a deeper walk of personal
The current shift amounts to a AThird Reformation,
an era-ending transformation of the church and her people. Three main
· The church is morphing from an organization
into an organism. After 1700 years of top-down, institutional structures,
we are quickly becoming the body of Christ in a more New Testament
sense. We are starting to recover our original form and functions.
We are rapidly figuring out what to do with apostles, prophets, pastors,
elders, and Christians with hundreds of varieties of giftings.
In the open Christianity movement (that primarily
means house churches), we've cleaned up our act. We've gotten rid
of the "draggy" stuff, the sermons, programs, hierarchies,
committees, buildings, and salaried pastors, none of which are in
the Bible anyway. It's a long-overdue step up from Protestantism,
though our basic beliefs all remain the same.
· The participant base of the church, the number
of believers taking active roles, has expanded by a factor of perhaps
100 (from one "pack mule", pastor to everybody pitching
in). In many places, the grandstands are emptying as church members
surge onto the playing field. As a result, a flood of miracles has
been released in scores of nations overseas (not all through house
churches by any means, but total participation in ministry does help).
· Church growth outside of America is now breathtaking.
Every morning, there are 175,000 more Christians in the world. And
if current growth rates (8% a year) were to continue, everyone in
the world would be a core apostolic Christian by 2032! As a side effect
of this expansion, Christianity is no longer a white man's religion;
whites are now only 30% of the global church.
But aren't the other religions still growing? By birth
rates, yes. By conversion, no, not much. Wherever our grass-roots
brand of Christianity meets head-on with opponents from other major
faiths overseas, the results are almost always the same: The Christians
prevail, people get saved, and new networks of house churches start.
The other faiths, resting largely on foundations of fantasies and
misinformation, have few solid arguments, so when they win confrontations,
it is usually through violence, persecution, fines, imprisonment,
or confiscation of property.
The bottom line: The world is rapidly becoming all
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