Monday, September 7, 2015

Is the World Getting Better?

The international director of the World Revival Network has reported statistical research that he says demonstrates that the "world is getting better" in large part due to the massive growth of Christianity around the globe, a fact he says is contrary to popular belief.

In a recent blog post entitled "Why You've Been Duped into Believing the Myth that the World is Getting Worse and Worse," J.D. King contends, "The earth is constantly improving because the gospel of Jesus Christ is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Kingdom of God is advancing and things are truly reflecting the Lord’s great kindness and love."

Citing statistics purportedly showing diminished violence and poverty in the world along with increased health and life expectancy, King anchors his claims of world betterment in research showing the spread of Christianity globally in the last century, with evangelical Christianity leading the way.

"Many aren't ready to accept this, but the number of those who claim to be Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last century, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2.3 billion as of 2011. Christians represent roughly 33% of the world population," he writes.

"There is little doubt that the Church is rapidly advancing around the globe. With the unfortunate exceptions of the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and a few other isolated places, Christianity is actually outpacing population growth everywhere. "

Quoting several studies, King notes that Christianity is making massive inroads even among Muslims.

"In fact, it appears that more Muslims became Christians over the last 20 years than in the previous 1,500 years combined," he writes. "Based on the observations of missiologists, journalist Audrey Lee suggests that 'more Muslims have committed to follow Christ in the last 10 years than in the last 15 centuries of Islam.'"

King says that in spite of the intense persecution, assassinations, and widespread church bombings, revival is exploding throughout North Africa and other parts of the Middle East. 

"It has been conservatively estimated that at least ‘2 to 7 million people from a Muslim background worldwide now follow Christ.’ Other reliable reports suggest that there may be as many as 10 to 15 million undocumented Christians in Muslim countries. Perhaps there's even more,” he says. 

"I'm aware that many don't believe it, but unbiased analysis and a multitude of relevant statistics confirm that the world is actually getting better. There is greater prosperity, peace, and health than ever before in recorded history. The Kingdom of God is boldly advancing and it's transforming everything in its wake," King concludes.

"I wish that many of my fellow Christians would gain a better grasp of what is going on in the nations. We need to let go of our pessimistic "doom and gloom" worldview and truly embrace the good news of the gospel. Jesus is on the move, and He is bringing His blessing and life to a world that has been ravaged by darkness."

King says that what is now transpiring in the nations really shouldn't surprise any Bible-believing Christian. "It's something that the Prophet Isaiah assured us centuries ago:

The government will be upon his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the growth of his government and peace there will be no end. He will rule over his kingdom, sitting on the throne of David, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time onward and forevermore” (Isaiah 9:6b-7a).

Read about Greenville Seminary's increasing role internationally in the latest edition of our Foundations Update newsletter, page 2.