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Christianity is Shifting East

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Deacon, Mar 22, 2024.

  1. Deacon

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    Some claim that SPECIAL GIFTS have ceased, using 1 Corinthians 13:8f to support their claim.

    1 Corinthians 13:8–10 (NASB 2020)
    Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
    For we know in part and prophesy in part;

    but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with.​

    In no way am I supporting a popular 'feel good' charismatic movement,
    But I question the cessationalist position, personally believing that Special Spiritual Gifts can still be used by God to support his people who are separated from the body of professing Christians.

    Below is an article that confirms my belief.

    From a portion of an article that was in the THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER [March 22, 2024] titled, "Christianity is Shifting East" [LINK]:

    As the increasingly irreligious West decays and declines, God is showing himself to the East in unprecedented numbers. ...​

    The center of gravity for God’s more active efforts is quickly moving toward the East. Across the Eastern Hemisphere, unprecedented Christian growth is taking place, especially under the harshest conditions.

    Asia’s Christian population is now at roughly 8.2% of its overall figure, and it has grown twice as fast in the past century. All regions outside of Western Asia have seen rapid growth. The most notable development is in China. Many speculate that its Christian population now exceeds 100 million and is still growing, despite increasing harassment from its authoritarian government.

    The laws of Islamic countries are very harsh toward Christians, so faith has been slow to spread there for hundreds of years. However, that is beginning to change, as Christians there are appearing in large numbers. The most notable is Iran. The brutal suppression by its overzealous theocracy has led more residents to reject the Islamic faith. Amid this rift, Iran’s Christian population has spiked from 10,000 to 1 million in 20 years, making it the fastest-growing one in the world.

    There have been countless growing accounts of Muslims converting due to having dreams of Jesus. This experience is becoming so frequent that some missionaries now call it “the normal experience” and claim that “Muslims are responding to Jesus in levels we have never seen, not in 1,400 years.” Even in war-torn Gaza, 200 residents reportedly awoke one morning having had the same dream of Jesus and simultaneously converted.
    ARE THESE DREAMS A SPECIAL GIFT OF GOD?

    Rob
     
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  2. DaveXR650

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    I know for a fact that this is true. And it is definitely not to be confused with the Charismatic movement in any way.
     
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