Megachurches Are Spreading Throughout India


If you take the Great Commission seriously you must take India seriously.

I’ve been to more than 60 countries and no nation pulls at me like India. With its more than 1 billion people, this ancient land of contrasts is an emerging economic superpower and one of the poorest nations on earth. India is a nuclear power where cattle roam the streets; a democracy that has consistently denied basic human rights to millions of its citizens.
There’s good historical evidence that, after experiencing firsthand Christ’s resurrection, the apostle Thomas risked his life to plant the gospel in India. Eventually he was martyred in the city now known as Chennai. The litany of missionaries who gave their hearts and lives to India comprise a spiritual ring of honor. Among the notables: William Carey, Amy Carmichael, E. Stanley Jones, Mother Teresa, Mark Buntain and P. J. Titus.
Thomas saw significant success for the gospel among the cultured and wealthy. But with the advent of British and American missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Christian message went almost exclusively to the lower classes. Despite heroic mission efforts, most estimates of the number of Christians in India has remained at only around 3 percent.
But something amazing has happened in the last 20 years. Massive evangelistic crusades have witnessed millions of Indians turning to Christ. When I first went to India in 1981, there were no more than a handful of churches of 1,000 people. Today they are multiplying rapidly. In some states of India, the population is overwhelmingly Christian. And behind the scenes, knowledgeable Indian missiologists believe that the percentage of evangelical Christians in India may now be as high as 10 percent.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
David Shibley