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Real Christianity is Growing in the USA

Today, as the research shows, the persons who remain in church are more likely to be real disciples of the Lord. In the world we are in there is a social pressure not to be a Christian. This is especially true of certain academic and service professions such as counseling. What remains in many churches, including the Anglican Church of which I am a part of, are persons who are truly Christian, believe in the Bible and pray powerfully.

This is a sea-change from most churches decades ago (excepting Pentecostals). In my childhood I never saw a person healed by prayer, a layman laying hands on a sick person, or someone in distress praying fervently. I see such things practically every Sunday and that now is common in many Evangelical and Spirit-filled churches.

All of which is to say that Christians in America have shifted from doctrinal confessionalism to doctrinally casual but experientially active, as in various healing ministries. This is especially true of many “non-denominational” congregations which blend Evangelical theology with various degrees of charismatic activity. Usually they are not bound to traditional denominational catechisms.

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So I personally witness to the correctness of this article. The statistics may show a decline, but in reality there has been a steady increase among devout Christians.

I think something else is happening. God is setting the stage for another Great Awakening in America. As this process of shedding the “nominals” and weak believers continues, the surviving churches will be filled by pastors and lay persons with ever greater faith and skills in effective prayer. This is an exciting time to live. There could be a moment, when all this comes together and churches across denominational lines unite in welcoming a new Holy Spirit revival.  Let us pray that we see a new Awakening begin!

 

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Category: Church History, Spring 2018

About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit Behind the Charismatic Controversy (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015), and The Public Prayer Station: Taking Healing Prayer to the Streets and Evangelizing the Nones (Emeth Press, 2018). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He continues in his healing, teaching and writing ministry and is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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