China's Christians grow in numbers and passion for God

( [email protected] ) Jan 09, 2004 01:19 PM EST

There are 1.3 billion Chinese, while 70 million are Protestants. The number of protestants have increased by 100-fold since 1949, while the general population increased by a mere 1.5 times.

"It is plausible that in 30 years, 20 or 30 percent of the population will become believers," said Aikman, who is author of "Jesus in Beijing". That means that "important positions within the government and intelllectual class will be held by Christians. The case that I am making is that China is going to be Christianized if this trend continues."

The Christianization of China may parallel its emergence as a global superpower. China's severe persecution on house churches attests to the government's concern for the spread of the gospel. As christianity spreads like fire in countryside and distribution of introductory literature of the Bible becomes prevalent in china, intellectals are changing their attitude on christianity and have begun to attempt to learn more about christianity.

Chinese Christians, who are overwhelmingly evangelical, believe they are destined to complete the last phase of the Great Commission.

This involves evangelizing all of the nations and ethnic groups between China and Israel.