Friday, January 21, 2011

Christianity in China

In a time when there's so much negative news, not just in the world at large, but in the church world as well, its good to come across a really positive story concerning the church world.

In this article from "Christianity in China", we get some interesting insight in to the explosive, but relatively under-the-radar, growth of Christianity that's taken place in China over the last several decades. Good stuff. And it calls to mind the Lord's words in Matthew 24 v. 14: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached as a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come." Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Christianity in China

By Lauren Green
Published January 20, 2011

While religion in China may not be a big topic for discussion during President Hu Jintao's meeting with President Obamathis week, many experts say that an explosive growth in Christianity may be transforming the officially atheist regime.

According to China Aid, a Texas-based human rights group, the number of Christians in China has increased 100-fold since 1949. Current estimates range from 80 million to 130 million active members. And one startling estimate from a Chinese Christian businessman has that number doubling or even tripling in the next generation.
Christianity could become one of the macro forces shaping Chinese culture, say experts like Dr. David Aikman, author of "Jesus in Beijing."‬‪

"If the Chinese become Christianized ... which doesn't mean you have a majority of people who are Christians, but it means about 25 to 30 percent of people in positions of influence, in politics, in culture, in the media. If you have that component of a major power that accepts Christianity enthusiastically as a guide to life, that is going to change the world view of the leaders of China."‬‪

Full article here:  

Aslo... from this interesting website I came across,, I found these interesting facts I thought it would be good to post: 

Basic Facts:

  • In China, there are two official churches: three-Self Patriotic Movement (Protestant) and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (Roman Catholics)
  • There are around 20-50 million Chinese who are members of the official Chinese churches, with the majority Protestants
  • However, most of the Christians in China belong to so-called house churches (private gatherings might be more appropriate). Estimates put the population around 70-120 million
  • The Christian population has grown exponentially since 1949, especially during the past 30 years. By one account, the Christian population in China in 1997 is 20 times more than it was in 1949. Since 1997, the population has almost doubled
  • Overall, about 5% to 10% Chinese call themselves Christians
  • In 2007, about 50 million copies of the Bible were printed in China, making it the top nation where the word of God is spread and read

See also: (2007 video article from CBS News.)

1 comment:

Cheryl Petersen said...

I find the impact Christianity, or religion in general, is having on China to be intriguing. There seems to be a growing sense of courage and thoughtfulness that causes fear to belch forward. Humanity will prevail with love and understanding. Thanks for the info.