You may never have heard of E. A. Adeboye, but the pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God is one of the most successful preachers in the world. He boasts that his church has outposts in 110 countries. He has 14,000 branches—claiming 5 million members—in his home country of Nigeria alone. There are 360 RCCG churches in Britain, and about the same number in U.S. cities like Chicago, Dallas, and Tallahassee, Fla. Adeboye says he has sent missionaries to China and such Islamic countries as Pakistan and Malaysia. His aspirations are outsize. He wants to save souls, and he wants to do so by planting churches the way Starbucks used to build coffee shops: everywhere.
“In the developing world we say we want churches to be within five minutes’ walk of every person,” he tells NEWSWEEK. “In the developed world, we say five minutes of driving.” Such a goal may seem outlandish, but Adeboye is a Pentecostal preacher: he believes in miracles. And Pentecostalism is the biggest, fastest-growing Christian movement since the Reformation.
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Gordon -Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for the study of Global Christianity, reports that Pentecostals are the one of the fastest growing denominations today; from 10 million in 1970 to 166 million today. Because of the influence and faithful teaching of sharing the gospel and planting churches, it is reported by Grant Wacker, professor of Christian History at Duke University, that by the year 2050 the majority of Africa will be a Christian continent and the majority of people will be Pentecostal.
To this I say, Hallelujah! I love my pentecostal and holiness brothers and sisters, even though we don’t always agree theologically, but I will say they do have a heart for people. I get so frustrated when people from my own denomination look down on other Christians because they’re not Southern Baptist (after all Jesus and Paul were both Baptist).
I think this denomination “gets it”. We’re called to go into all Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the Earth sharing the Gospel with others, and that is what this church is doing. Who cares if they’re not Southern Baptist. Souls are being won to Christ and maybe , just maybe, God is behind this.
I will say the one part of the article that is most disheartening, is made as a side note. Brother Adeboye notes that He has sent missionaries all over the world and that includes the U.S. The “Most Christian Nation in the World”, the USA, is having missionaries brought in from lesser known Countries. The very Nation that was founded for religious beliefs is now being evangelized by once non-Christian nations. To quote Virgina Slims “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! ” Unfortunately it’s in the wrong direction.