Depending on location, the church is dying or thriving

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I read an article recently that asked the question whether the Christian church is dying or thriving like never before? It’s a relevant question.

The media has never missed an opportunity to report how people are turning away from faith, church, God and religion in general.

Yet, in remote parts of the world where missionaries are serving as the heart, hands and feet of Jesus, the church is exploding. There are reports of miracles, supernatural healing and people on fire for Jesus — just like in the book of Acts.

Even in countries where Christianity is outlawed, it seems to be gaining steam even as authorities tighten their grips. There is nothing like a good persecution for making the Christian faith real for its followers.

From the publishers of DW:

Across Western Europe, the number of people who identify with a Christian denomination continues to decrease every year.

A 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center in the United States found that Central and Eastern Europeans were more likely than Western Europeans to consider religion very important in their lives. In an area where Christianity was once strongly established, the future doesn’t look so good for churches.

It’s totally different in Zambia. There, young people seem to be particularly thankful for the church. It helps many of them get an education or find a job.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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