The Unstoppable Gospel

The cause of Christ is gaining strength and accelerating. Though I’m not a postmillennial, seeing stats like these cause me to rethink!

The U.S. Center for World Missions tracks the growth of the Christian movement. Though these numbers are approximate, they are scholarly and responsible approximations.

Here are some statistics for you to chew on in regards to the spread of the gospel of Christ in the world over the course of 2,000 years (since Christ’s first coming):

By A.D. 1430, about 1% of the world’s population were Christians, meaning it took about 1400 years to get up to 1%.

By A.D. 1790, 360 years later, 2% of the world’s population were Christians.

By 1940, 150 years later, 3% of the world’s population were Christians.

By 1960, 20 years later, 4%.

By 1970, 10 years later, 5%.

By 1980, 6%.

By 1983, 7%.

By 1986, 8%.

By 1989, 9%.

By 1993, 10%.

By 1997, 11%.

By 2010, 12% of the world’s population were Christian.

….. meaning that 1 in 7 people worldwide are Christian!

The darkness is losing because Christ was here first. John 1:1-18:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
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2 thoughts on “The Unstoppable Gospel

  1. I am postmillennial and I find these statistics very encouraging as well. It all began with that band of disciples. Thanks for the post and the reminder that we cannot base the “Gospel barometer” on what our news channels are reporting, but what God has told us in his Word. Just found your blog, looking forward to more posts.

    • Travis, thank you very much. I am encouraged as well. Though I’m not a postmillennial, I hope postmillennialists are right. The Gospel is powerful. It transcends cultures and customs. It truly is glorious. I, too, am encouraged by those statistics. I appreciate your kind words.

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