The Origin of Language

Number of living human languages: 6912

Number of those languages that are nearly extinct: 516

Language with the greatest number of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese

Language spoken by the greatest number of non-native speakers: English

Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages!!!

First language ever written: Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC)

Oldest written language still in existence: Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC)

Language with the most words: English, with approximately 250,000 distinct words.

English is also fast becoming the world’s universal language.

The number of different ‘language families’ vary and are difficult. But they are generally in the vicinity of some 8 to 20 (commonly 12 or 13)

All major languages are running downhill in terms of their syntax (structure). Ancient languages were much more complex in structure and pure in form than modern languages. This is the opposite of evolutionary theory.

Most languages are going uphill in terms of vocabulary, due to recent human input and increased technology

All languages have remained roughly equal in terms of their semantics (meaning) throughout out their history. All cultures have produced roughly equally complex languages

Which means any human can learn another’s language!

Many languages change rapidly in a few hundred years, then remained static for hundreds of years. English from 1600 is very readable today, but English from 1300 is incomprehensible.

English spelling was only standardised in the 1800’s with the wide-spread use of dictionaries

Each of the 12-13 language families is completely distinct from all others. The do not have a common ancestry

All of the facts above, especially those highlighted in italics, fit perfectly with the Biblical origin of language.

 

What is a Worldview?

Each of us interprets the events of our lives and our external reality through the lens of a worldview. A worldview is a philosophy of life that runs very deep into our soul. A worldview operates at the level of our subconscious thought and it teaches us early to make major assumptions about life. It is how we are taught to think as toddlers by the actions of significant people around us. Our worldview is largely locked in by the age of seven. Asking a person to describe their worldview is like asking a fish for a definition of water Its hard because its all they’ve ever known. Fish are not taught about water, they can feel it from the moment they are born. Water is the only medium through which they can sense and interpret reality. That’s how it is with your worldview. Every person carries in his or her head this subjective mental worldview framework of how external reality works. Worldviews are so well absorbed early in life that it takes a huge amount of effort, often a crisis, to change from one worldview to another when older.

A viable worldview must answer the six great questions of life. These are:

  1. What or who is the ultimate first cause of everything?
  2. What is the origin and nature of the universe?
  3. Where did humans come from and what is our nature?
  4. What is knowledge and truth, and how do we find it?
  5. What is right and wrong?
  6. What is the purpose of history and what is our destiny?

All the great religions, both supernatural (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam), and atheistic (Communism, Humanism and Post Modernism) are worldviews. The difference between these two camps is simply the answer they give to the first question. All subsequent answers flow from a worldview’s answer to that first crucial question.

It is a difficult task for any aspiring worldview to answer these questions in a watertight fashion. Hence, the development of a new worldview is rare. Once a worldview takes root in a culture it lasts for centuries and it requires an enormous amount of intellectual and social effort for the next worldview to dislodge it. Islam is attempting just such a shift in the Western world at present. It will be an interesting fight for a long time to come. Atheism has now decisively dislodged the Judeo-Christian worldview from centre stage in the Western world and is currently developing its moral code through the lense of sexual politics and offense.

Worldview shifts are therefore always times of great physical conflict, political change, legal flux and social anxiety. To understand the current global wave of historical and spiritual events you must fully understand this concept of competing worldviews. A worldview teaches the culture who is in charge, it is all about power and authority.

The Western world has been slowly expelling the Christian worldview from its traditional position of authority for over the last 100 years. This only happened because Christianity became weak, not because Atheism was strong. Christianity was and still is stuck in an outdated institutional structure that lost touch with the surrounding culture. It confused mission with ritual.

This is now changing. The non-Western church is booming inside hostile cultures. Hundreds of millions are pouring into God’s Kingdom. It is conquering other worldviews, be they Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. The mission hasn’t changed, this is because the methods they use are far closer to the methods Jesus taught his followers to use in their mission. These methods are non-institutional and have ditched ritual. They are now slowly seeping into the Western church too, with the same results. Outwardly the future for the church in the West looks grim, but spiritually, it is bright as we learn from our brothers and sisters who are doing what Jesus asked, making disciples of their nations, one person at a time.

This link will take you to a research article demonstrating how effectively the non-Western church is doing the Great Commission.

For Fun: Ask your friends the six big worldview questions above and you will have a very long and deep conversation!!!

Ten Tips For Finding a Marriage Partner (From Research)

The research backs up tried and true Biblical wisdom!

1. Marrying as a teenager is the highest known risk factor for divorce.

People who marry in their teens are two to three times more likely to divorce than people who marry in their twenties or older.

2. The most likely way to find a future marriage partner is through an introduction by family, friends, or acquaintances.

Despite the romantic notion that people meet and fall in love through chance or fate, the evidence suggests that social networks are important in bringing together individuals of similar interests and backgrounds, especially when it comes to selecting a marriage partner. According to a large-scale national survey of sexuality, almost sixty percent of married people were introduced by family, friends, co-workers or other acquaintances.

3. The more similar people are in their values, backgrounds and life goals, the more likely they are to have a successful marriage.

Opposites may attract but they may not live together harmoniously as married couples. People who share common backgrounds and similar social networks are better suited as marriage partners than people who are very different in their backgrounds and networks.

4. Women have a significantly better chance of marrying if they do not become single parents before marrying.

Having a child out of wedlock reduces the chances of ever marrying. Despite the growing numbers of potential marriage partners with children, one study noted, “having children is still one of the least desirable characteristics a potential marriage partner can possess.” The only partner characteristic men and women rank as even less desirable than having children is the inability to hold a steady job.

5. Both women and men who are college educated are more likely to marry, and less likely to divorce, than people with lower levels of education.

Despite occasional news stories predicting lifelong single-hood for college-educated women, these predictions have proven false. Though the first generation of college educated women (those who earned baccalaureate degrees in the 1920s) married less frequently than their less well-educated peers, the reverse is true today. College educated women’s chances of marrying are better than less well-educated women. However, the growing gender gap in college education may make it more difficult for college women to find similarly well-educated men in the future. This is already a problem for African-American female college graduates, who greatly outnumber African-American male college graduates.

6. Living together before marriage has not proved useful as a “trial marriage.”

People who have multiple cohabiting relationships before marriage are more likely to experience marital conflict, marital unhappiness and eventual divorce than people who do not cohabit before marriage. Researchers attribute some but not all of these differences to the differing characteristics of people who cohabit, the so-called “selection effect,” rather than to the experience of cohabiting itself. It has been hypothesized that the negative effects of cohabitation on future marital success may diminish as living together becomes a common experience among today’s young adults. However, according to one recent study of couples who were married between 1981 and 1997, the negative effects persist among younger cohorts, supporting the view that the cohabitation experience itself contributes to problems in marriage.

7. Marriage helps people to generate income and wealth.

Compared to those who merely live together, people who marry become economically better off. Men become more productive after marriage; they earn between ten and forty percent more than do single men with similar education and job histories. Marital social norms that encourage healthy, productive behavior and wealth accumulation play a role. Some of the greater wealth of married couples results from their more efficient specialization and pooling of resources, and because they save more. Married people also receive more money from family members than the unmarried (including cohabiting couples), probably because families consider marriage more permanent and more binding than a living-together union.

8. People who are married are more likely to have emotionally and physically satisfying sex lives than single people or those who just live together.

Contrary to the popular belief that married sex is boring and infrequent, married people report higher levels of sexual satisfaction than both sexually active singles and cohabiting couples, according to the most comprehensive and recent survey of sexuality. Forty-two percent of wives said that they found sex extremely emotionally and physically satisfying, compared to just 31 percent of single women who had a sex partner. And 48 percent of husbands said sex was extremely satisfying emotionally, compared to just 37 percent of cohabiting men. The higher level of commitment in marriage is probably the reason for the high level of reported sexual satisfaction; marital commitment contributes to a greater sense of trust and security, less drug and alcohol-infused sex, and more mutual communication between the couple.

9. People who grow up in a family broken by divorce are slightly less likely to marry, and much more likely to divorce when they do marry.

According to one study the divorce risk nearly triples if one marries someone who also comes from a broken home. The increased risk is much lower, however, if the marital partner is someone who grew up in a happy, intact family.

10. For large segments of the population, the risk of divorce is far below fifty percent.

Although the overall divorce rate in America remains close to fifty percent of all marriages, it has been dropping gradually over the past two decades. Also, the risk of divorce is far below fifty percent for educated people going into their first marriage, and lower still for people who wait to marry at least until their mid-twenties, haven’t lived with many different partners prior to marriage, or are strongly religious and marry someone of the same faith.

 

Matthew: The “Vladimir Putin” of Capernaum

Below is my best guess at what led up to the “instant” decision by Matthew to leave his sordid old life behind and follow Rabbi Jesus, as recorded by himself in Matthew 9:9. The scripture records only one sentence, but there has to be a back story to that decision.

The closest thing Jesus had to a home was his adopted hometown of Capernaum, a fishing village near the top of Lake Galilee (Matthew 9:1). He didn’t have a house of his own (Matthew 8:20), so when resting in Capernaum he was billeted out between five of the disciples who also lived in Capernaum: Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. It looks like he spent a lot of time at Peter’s house (Matthew 8:14).

Matthew was not initially a follower of Jesus. His decision came well after those of the fishermen and his story is interesting. He was a tax collector, and we need to drill down into what that really meant.

Throughout history when a foreign power occupied a region and needed locals to help with its dirty work of control and suppression, there was usually only one group who put their hand up for the job: The criminal class. When you take a region by force you need locals who are familiar with violence and extortion to back you up. This is how empires work. It will never change. Its human nature.

Why do criminals volunteer to help occupying forces? It’s because these people are already ruthless and outsiders. They lack a moral compass. They are considered lowlife so have nothing to lose. They have scores to settle with existing authority. They are brutal when they need to be. They are greedy and ready to sell their soul for a shot at tainted wealth and power. Matthew was one such man. He was a very nasty dude.

His job description was to confiscate a designated quota of money from his fellow Galilean fishermen, through traffic, local businesses and farmers. He would over charge, pocket a percentage and deliver the required quota to the Romans. Mockingly, this paid for the very army that violently suppressed Matthew’s fellow Jewish citizens.

Matthew would have overcharged as much as his poor countrymen could tolerate. Why not, the incentive was there without consequence. This guy deliberately impoverished his own village and his own people! He was the very one ripping off fishing profits from John, Andrew, James and Peter for himself and the Romans. Imagine the heated exchanges Matthew and Peter had engaged in over the years when tax had to be paid. Expletive’s all round!

The result was that Matthew was bitterly hated by all in Capernaum. He was a rich social outcaste (Matthew 9:13). He would probably have had to pay some local thugs for physical security. He walked around town with minders. All Matthew’s “friends” were also lowlife (Matthew 9:11). These would have been those thugs just mentioned, dodgy servants he employed in various tasks around his substantial home, fellow petty criminals, other tax collectors, corrupt businessmen sucking up in the hope of getting a discount on their taxes, corrupt extended family, local loose women, and the like. Imagine a mafia headquarters scene from a Hollywood movie and you get the picture.

These “friends” were the sort that only love you while there is something in it for them. They were the broken prodigals of Capernaum. The Roman tax system was rife for corruption and the Capernaum social underbelly all curried Matthew’s favour. He was the local alpha male, the Putin of Capernaum. He cared little for the Jewish religion, it was too late for him. Money was his god.

Then, out of the blue, another alpha male came down the hill to the village from Nazareth and stayed. Over the months this rabbi came and went, but he always came back. The two knew of each other for possibly six months or more, Capernaum wasn’t a big place. They crossed paths whenever the Rabbi came and left the village because Matthew’s tax booth was just out of town (Matthew 9:9) on the main road that everyone had to use to go north or south. This was the busy main road from Jerusalem to Damascus (yes, this was Paul’s “road to Damascus!”). The perfect place to collect tax.

Matthew had heard the rumours about this Rabbi. He’d met people who told him bizarre stories of miracles. He was very uncomfortable but intrigued. Was this new guy going to stir up trouble for him and his cosy business? Was he going to call him out for criminal activity? Could he read his thoughts? Would he “zap” him like he had recently done to the two crazy men and the pigs on the other side of the lake (Matthew 8:28-34)? Was the Rabbi actually…a prophet!

We don’t know the questions inside Matthew’s head. But what we do know is that Matthew’s conscience was working overtime. He was full of shame and guilt over what he had done to his local brethren. He was sick of being hated and rejected. Somewhere in his past there was a different Matthew, and the Rabbi was reminding him of that past.

He began thinking of quitting the tax business but didn’t know how to extricate himself. Did he share his thoughts with his wife? Was his wife feeding her thoughts about the Rabbi to him? We don’t know. But something was on the boil for probably a month or two. We know this because as soon as Jesus came by the tax station one day, he saw something in Matthew’s eyes. A silent but visible pleading for help. Something was different.

So, when the Rabbi challenged Matthew with the simple dare to follow him (Matthew 9:9), something suddenly leapt inside Matthew’s heart. In an instant he knew that this was his one and only opportunity to redeem himself, to do away with his disgrace and guilt, to make things right with his neighbours, to cleanse his conscience and to make a brand-new start in life. He was ecstatic.

Behind Jesus the Reaction was different. Peter, John, Andrew and James were in shock! As a chorus they shouted, What, him!

After an hour or so of adrenaline-fueled introductions, Matthew announced he would throw a big party to celebrate his new direction. He charged home and proceeded to shock his entire household and entourage with the decision he had made. He then spared no expense on a gala dinner and invited all the people he knew would come, that is, his sleazy mates. They would be his witnesses to his monumental decision, and also meet the Rabbi that he would now be submitting to wholeheartedly.

They all came, and some interesting extras were there as well.

Halfway through the dinner there was a commotion from some of the guests. Capernaum’s religious leaders were present at this dinner. and were pestering Jesus’ disciples with the statement why would your master dine with lowlifes? (Matthew 9:11). This begs the question: What were they doing there???!!! Were they in Matthew’s dirty pocket as well? Was he currying favour with them? Were they currying favour with him? Either way this side note doesn’t look good for the state of religion in Capernaum at the time.

In response the Rabbi said that he was there specifically to invite the outcastes and sinners, not those who think they are on the right path (Matthew 9:13). This olive branch of grace would have led to quite a few more decisions to follow the Rabbi that night. Capernaum would never be the same again.

This is how I imagine Matthew’s personal journey to becoming a dedicated follower of the greatest man who ever lived, Immanuel. His place in history is secure. Little did he know that day that he would become world famous for all the right reasons. Jesus saw something in his heart everyone else missed.

When I get to meet Matthew one day, I will be asking him many questions about that what really happened in those six months.

 

 

THE GREATEST DECADE IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY HAS ARRIVED!

NTRODUCTION

Out of roughly 200 decades since Jesus launched the Christian faith, the decade from 2020-2030 is going to see by far the largest harvest of all. The following essay unpacks this reality with a snapshot of what is happening inside a new and fast growing branch of Christianity. Global Christianity is about to change forever, and the coming decade will be seen one day by historians as the tipping point when this change took centre stage.

After a three century burst of early church growth, for the next millennium Western Christianity was largely associated with the Catholic and Orthodox faiths. Then came the Reformation which brought us back to a Biblical theology. We are now at the beginning of the second Reformation that is bringing the global Church back to its original Biblical structure.

This “new” branch of Christianity often goes under the names of Disciple Making Movements or Church Planting Movements (DMM or CPM). These commonly used terms reflect the missional heart of this new Reformation. Most Western Christians will not have heard very much about DMM/CPM movements as they are largely outside the Western world, outside Western denomination systems, outside traditional theological training colleges, outside visible religious buildings and they lack high profile leaders. This is in part because most DMM/CPM movements have to deliberately keep a low profile. They are often found inside hostile host cultures.

DMM/CPM’s are not an entirely new phenomenon. In fact the very first DMM/CPM was initiated by Jesus himself and was copied by the early church in the Book of Acts. Sadly, Jesus’ model of kingdom growth through rapid multiplication of strong and obedient disciples and simple churches fell out of favour when Christianity settled down as another religion several hundred years after Christ’s resurrection.

If you carefully read chapter’s 3-10 of the book of Luke you can see Jesus’ own DMM/CPM being birthed, growing and then exploding over three years in the fertile hills of Galilee. Jesus first launched his ministry, evangelised and gathered followers (Luke 4). Then he called out from among those followers a small group of 12 men for intense leadership training (Luke 6). They watched and learned. Then Jesus sent them out to obediently duplicate what he had done (Luke 9). Later, they in turn trained another 70 or so others in the same skills. These second tier leaders were then asked to find even more disciples and potential leaders (persons of peace) in every village in Galilee, and to train them in the way they themselves had been trained (Luke 10). Thus a sizable movement was birthed with several hundred leaders trained up who would lay the foundation of the coming spiritual harvest after Jesus rose from the dead and gave them the Great Commission.

Only an understanding of this very first DMM/CPM explains why tens of thousands flocked to hear Jesus teach, and why there were 120 in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Jesus had saturated Galilee with the Gospel and had trained enough leaders for the future harvest! These leaders knew exactly what the Great Commission meant, and what to do after the day the Holy Spirit was poured out. The book of Acts records DMM/CPM’s beginning to multiply around the Roman world, with Acts 13-14 being a good example of the birth of one of them. Outside the book of Acts, history also records many other DMM/CPM’s springing up all over the known world through the work of these very first church leaders.

Modern DMM/CPM’s are simply a return to the New Testament way of obeying the commands and the Great Commission of Jesus. They therefore work in any and every cultural setting. Over the last thirty years a rapidly increasing number of Christian leaders around the world have discovered Jesus’s original model in the scriptures and have begun to implement these practical methods of discipleship.

These DMM/CPM’s are not theological academic programs. They are a spiritual and social revolution based on real world obedience. The timing of the rise of this DMM/CPM revolution coincides with a radical shift in evangelical Christianity away from the Western world to the global south where we now find 4/5ths of all the world’s 600 million evangelical believers. Over the next decade the exponential increase in new and energetic DMM/CPM movements will begin to change the course of entire nations, which was the original intent of Matthew 28:19.

HOW MOVEMENTS ARE MEASURED

The International Missions Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention in the United States has taken on the responsibility for closely monitoring the growth of all existing and emerging DMM/CPM movements. Justin Long, who previously worked on the World Christian Encyclopaedia, is in charge of this task. In fact, the inspiration for this essay came from a recent IMB Missions Frontiers Magazine article titled 1% of the World: A Macro-analysis of 1,369 Movements to Christ that was written by Justin himself. The IMB coordinates with 1,600 Western and non-Western mission organisations to compile its statistics. This collaboration has spawned two training global networks called 24:14 Multiplying Movements Together and Finishing the Task or GAP4FTT. The latter is currently chaired by American mega-church leader Rick Warren.

All field data and the various reports coming into the IMB database are vetted and double checked. The data is then deliberately kept vague so it does not identify individual movements within a specific country as many governments are openly hostile to what is happening in their jurisdictions. The IMB therefore presents data regionally instead of nationally. For more detail on how DMM/CPM movements are measured please click here.

All DMM/CPM Movements are tracked according to a seven level scale. Level one represents an individual or small group just starting out on the DMM journey with one generation of new disciples or simple churches. Level two has daughter churches of the original church. At level three there shouldn’t be just a single line of three generations of daughter churches but multiple streams of third generation daughter churches. None of these first three levels are yet classified as a fully-fledged DMM/CPM movement.

Only level four is classified as a fully-fledged DMM/CPM movement as that is the point at which the movement is basically unstoppable. Think of level four as started by a fictitious church planter who trains 6 disciples who each then train 6 more disciples, who each then train 6 more disciples, who then each train 6 more disciples (6 x 6 x 6 x 6). At this point there would be four generations, roughly 1,300 disciples of Christ and approximately 100 simple churches or relational networks of disciples. Level four may take years to get to, but is often the ignition point for future rapid growth. Going deep into obedience before going wide in numbers was at the heart of Jesus’ ministry and is also the heart of all successful DMM/CPM’s.

Movements at levels five, six and seven represent DMM/CPM’s that are having regional and national influence. An example of a movement at level seven would be the Bhojpuri movement in North India, now numbering 15 million disciples, hundreds of thousands of simple churches and fostering new movements across India and other countries. Despite its enormous size, the Bhojpuri movement is still growing rapidly because all DMM/CPM movements are like trees; they grow from the tips of the branches, not the trunk. If a movement faithfully copies the methods Jesus taught us, then the spiritual DNA will be strong and there is theoretically no limit to growth.

THE DATA AS AT SEPTEMBER 2020

Data Point Numbers
Total disciples in all movements 76,900,000
% of the world now in all movements              1%
Global proto-movements levels 1-3          4,589
Global mature movements levels 4-7          1,369
Known movements that have shut down               18
Average people per movement        56,000
Number of simple churches   4,800,000
Average believers per simple church               16
Languages engaged          2,188
Countries without active movements               74
   
Asian Movements (52m people)  
Central Asia               45
East Asia               51
South Asia             208
Southeast Asia             154
West Asia             224
   
African Movements (11m people)  
East Africa             155
Middle Africa               71
North Africa             111
Southern Africa               14
West Africa             140
   
Europe (2.6m people)  
Eastern Europe               42
Northern Europe               16
Southern Europe               33
Western Europe               27
   
North America (0.5 million people)               31
   
South America (1 million people)  
Caribbean                 5
Central America                 4
South America                 6
   
Oceania (0.07 million people)                 6
   
Disciples From Religious Backgrounds  
Cultural Christians   1,800,000
Ethno-religious   1,700,000
Islam 29,600,000
Hinduism 30,500,000
Non-religious   1,700,700
Judaism    <100,000
Buddhism   2,400,000
   

Justin Long points out that all the figures in the table above are deliberately conservative so as to avoid exaggeration. Below are some interesting points that elaborate on the raw data above:

  1. Praise point: One percent of the world’s population is now involved in a rapidly growing DMM/CPM movement!
  2. Prayer point: Out of 229 countries, 113 still have no level four movements and 74 don’t even have anyone known to be trying to start a movement. There is still a long way to go.
  3. The large number of movements in Asia and Africa is a product of time. This is where the first movements started and have therefore multiplied the most. What has happened there is coming to all other regions of the world given enough time!
  4. The total number of simple churches in DMM/CPM movements now exceeds the number of traditional church congregations in all other global Christian traditions.
  5. These new simple churches are growing exponentially, roughly tripling every decade.
  6. Most DMM movements are currently in the size range of 1,000 to 10,000 people. The very large movements in India pull the average up to the number 56,000 you saw in the table above.
  7. Only a handful of movements are larger than one million. However, that will change this decade as others grow through level four toward level seven.
  8. Most movements outside the Middle East are in rural areas. More and more of these rural movements are now intentionally engaging people in cities and seeing fruit.
  9. Most movements in the Middle Eastern Islamic countries are in the cities.
  10. Some movements are now starting to deliberately plant new movements in unreached regions and unreached people groups, and this is expected to lead to even more growth.
  11. Most fast-growing movements are in countries where there are very few Christians and therefore no Western cultural baggage.
  12. The future of Christianity inside the Hindu world is very exciting.
  13. Likewise for Islam. Almost 500 of the 1,369 movements are inside the Muslim world or on the borderlands of the Muslim world.

REGIONAL SNAPSHOT

Asia: DMM/CPM movements are at their most advanced in India, where the oldest and largest movements are concentrated. We are beginning to witness a watershed movement of Hindus into Christianity. Respected Indian DMM/CPM leaders have been very busy training new movement leaders all over the world and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. A single movement in Bangladesh stopped counting Muslim Background Believer baptisms after 1,000,000. However Pakistan still needs to see a breakthrough. Indonesia is another hotspot for growth. There are also a surprisingly large number of movements (224) inside Muslim West Asia. And then there is China, where evangelical Christianity has grown from 2.7 million in 1975 to over 100 million in 2020, with an unknown number in DMM/CPM movements.

Africa: The Muslim strongholds of North and West Africa are now a hotbed of new DMM/CPM movements with at least 250 being active. The far south of Africa, where traditional Christianity is strong, is yet to embrace the new paradigm to any significant degree. The Sahel borderlands between the Muslim north and the Christian south are where we are seeing many new movements being birthed. East Africa is another interface between Christianity and Islam so it is encouraging to see at least 155 movements active in this area with many more starting out.

Europe: Given its history of fossilised Christian tradition, the DMM/CPM numbers for Europe are very encouraging. However, most of Europe’s movements are among the newer immigrant people groups and the Roma peoples. Very few of these movements are large; most are a few thousand disciples. All operate very much under the radar. They total about 1/3 of one percent of Europe’s population of 742 million.

The America’s

Most of the North American movements are also very small groups among diaspora peoples. However, there are growing movements among Anglo-Saxon Americans with one mega-church in Lubbock, Texas, already having disbanded so it can focus on DMM/CPM. As a consequence, the DMM/CPM vision is now catching on with traditional church leaders. There are only six known movements in Central and South America as most of the exciting growth on that continent is currently inside established Pentecostal church structures. The Communist country of Cuba is the exception, as it has seen strong growth in both types of church structures.

LOOKING TOWARD 2030

So what can we expect to see in the next ten years? Using current trends as a guide this is what will probably happen:

1. According to Operation World, approximately 8% of the world’s people are now born again evangelical Christian believers, with 1/8 of that figure inside rapidly growing DMM/CPM movements. In the decade ahead expect to see over 10-12% of the world inside the Kingdom of God by 2030 with the bulk of that growth coming from that the DMM/CPM movements. Thus a ratio of 1/8 will shrink to at least 1/3. This growth will represent somewhere between 200-300 million new disciples.

2. We currently see churches multiplying, but whole movements are not yet multiplying. We will see the first signs of exponential growth of whole movements in the next five years as more and more existing and experienced movements start new movements in unreached areas, and many of the emerging proto-movements reach level four.

3. South Asia has 52 million people in a myriad of DMM/CPM’s. This number could easily grow to 100-150 million by 2030. Most will be in India, which should be 10-15% Christian by 2030. This would represent the largest spiritual harvest in the history of Christianity and a monumental shift in the religious landscape of this rising 21st Century superpower.

4. The number of movements inside or on the edge of Islam is a phenomenal 500 or so. This number should be 1,000-1,500 by 2030. This would represent another 50-100 million new MBB disciples of Christ and the replanting of our faith to its original heartland. The great harvest inside Islam has begun after 1,400 years of waiting.

5. Currently there is little visible activity in the Western world; the Americas, Europe and Oceania. These regions are 1-2 decades behind the rest of the world in DMM/CPM growth. The next decade should see the adoption of DMM/CPM as a viable and valuable tool in the re-evangelism of these post-Christian and now spiritually hostile regions. There is a growing hunger for change within the Western church. Those that have bravely started movements are seeing some success, however, it is still early days and there is much cultural baggage to overcome.

6. Until the turn of the century North and West Africa were seen as a graveyard for traditional missions. However, this is a deeply spiritual region where Islam sits on top of a myriad of occult practices. DMM/CPM is the perfect vehicle for penetrating this darkness and this explains the surprisingly large number of new movements popping up across the region. Expect to hear great things in the decade ahead from this region with tens of millions more coming to Christ.

7. There are some 3,200 proto-movements in the process of getting started. None of the believers in these movements are included in the numbers above! Most will progress to fully-fledged level four movements this decade and perhaps 10,000 more proto-movements will take their place in the formation stage by the end of the decade. This is the power of exponential growth.

CONCLUSION

Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 that his gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Again he said in Matthew 28:19 that we were to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He expects us to get the job done. Only by using the blueprint he gave us can this task have any chance of being fulfilled in a world of nearly 8 billion people that grows by just over 80 million each year.

What we have seen so far in the growth of global DMM/CPM movements is just the beginning of the fulfilment of our master’s command. The last two decades have been stunning. The next decade will be breath-taking. We can only imagine what could happen in the six decades beyond that to the end of the century!

Lord, your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea 

The Christian Coronavirus Crackpots are Coming!

There is a recorded message doing the rounds of the Christian internet space at the moment of an un-named Christian “pastor” who claims to have worked at a high level in Vodafone and makes an incredible series of claims about a dark political connection between the 5G rollout and the spread of coronavirus. We even heard a neighbour sprout the same message last week!

Please do not send his talk about 5G to anyone. If someone talks to you about it please send them the information listed below. The man who spoke is not named but is a prodigious crackpot who dishonours the name of Jesus at every turn in the talk. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to profit from the ignorance of common people. The message comes from a website called brighteon.com, a fake news website and part of a whole cluster of fake news sites that are run by a major conspiracy advocate, Mike Adams.

Counterpoints to the speech in question:

1. He fundamentally doesn’t understand the physics of radio frequencies by claiming the 5G tower roll out is causing coronavirus by destroying normal people’s body cells. What a claim! Truth: As you double your distance from any radio frequency source, its power to impact your body drops by 75%. So usually the biggest source of RF exposure are mobile phones you are using and wi-fi routers in our home. Why hasn’t he told his viewers to stop using these or turn them off overnight. According to his argument, the strategy of getting rid of mobile phones should be the first line of defence to helping his listeners. I find it odd that he says he’s concerned about 5G but then doesn’t have any real tangible science-based recommendations to reduce exposure.

2. Coronaviruses are not caused by radio waves breaking down cells. Yes, radio frequencies can cause the generation of free radicals (what he unscientifically calls ‘poison’), along with increased inflammation and an inhibition of melatonin production. He’s not using any of the actual scientifically studied effects of radio frequencies on human cell cultures, and I think it’s because he has no clue what he’s talking about, because these could really strengthen his argument! There are already 400 known coronaviruses known to us. They all come from animals.

3. 5G has not even been rolled out to most of the places where the virus is spreading. Therefore on this point alone his case collapses. Also, what we currently call 5G is really just a bit higher in frequency than 4G and is largely in the same frequency bands. True 5G in the upper frequency range won’t be rolled out on a mass scale until later when more infrastructure is in place and more devices have the capability to use it. For his argument to still be accurate, this final roll out would kill us all instantly, including the 1% whom he claims is behind this conspiracy!

4. His argument that old people are most vulnerable is plain wrong, Children are more far susceptible to the effects of radiation than adults because of their softer bones, developing bodies and rapid cell duplication. That’s why we try to educate children about the dangers of mobile phones. For some strange reason the speaker thinks it’s the other way around.

5. He is selling merchandise!!! He sells VPN shields and other branded merchandise. He is also taking donations and trying to set up his own currency that he wants you to use. “Trust me. I have the answer! Buy my stuff as it will save you”. This is all very suspicious. He is just like the priests at the temple ripping people off before Jesus drove them out. He has a financial bias in this and should be treated with caution due to his obvious conflicts of interest.

6. Who is “they” he keeps referring to. This is the same old one-world government conspiracy theory flogged by Christians who don’t know how the world works and want to appear clever. It’s been going on for generations simply because gullible Christians have a flawed understanding of the Kingdom of God and the victory we were given when Jesus took authority over the earth after his victory on the cross. I find it instructive that this man says nothing about the salvation of souls.

7. Russia has actually been hiding it’s Coronavirus case numbers. Many countries have actually under-reported their numbers, especially China. Russia’s official numbers have nothing to do with their colder weather as he claims. He very conveniently left out South Korea In his broad sweeping statement of countries and infection rates. This is because they have a completely rolled out 5G system but have very low levels of the virus. Their problem was actually a Christian cult that thought they had secret knowledge and were cleverer than everyone else so they disobeyed the coronavirus warnings. This speaker is just like their leader… “the world is bad. I have the answers. I will save you.”

8. This pandemic is actually the biggest threat ever to the 5G rollout as the resulting decade-long economic depression we are entering will stall all sorts of economic activity.

9. His claim that the Spanish Flu was caused by the invention of the radio is ludicrous.
Spanish flu stayed around for nearly 90 years and became extinct in the late 20th century. It stayed around long enough to be gene sequenced. As a side note Spanish Flu died out because it devolved, not evolved. It was a great example of why the theory of evolution is also a conspiracy theory as it disobeys the iron-clad law of entropy. Everything is devolving (breaking down), including us at about 300 mutations per person per generation.

10. The claim that governments are deliberately doing this is also stupid. Between a conspiracy and a stuff up, always go for the stuff up!!!! Politicians are public servants for goodness sake, and want to get re-elected!!!! A plan for world domination this large and complex would have leaked long ago. Just ask Chuck Colson how hard it was to keep Nixon’s Watergate problem under wraps! This conspiracy is a million times larger.

11. The speaker also states that “evidence” demonstrates that vaccines are making you more susceptible to viruses. He says you can even look up the scientific studies, but then moves straight on to his next wow moment as if this is so self-evident that it doesn’t even warrant any evidence or explanation. Please explain!!!

12. He makes very a dangerous statement that getting tested for coronavirus will infect you with the virus! This is hugely irresponsible and will cause people who are stupid enough to believe him not to get tested and seek treatment when they are sick. He may well be responsible for deaths because of his ignorance.

13. Here we go again…the old micro-chip under the skin theory and mark of the beast! He hasn’t have a clue about the Book of Revelation and what it meant. Educate yourself and just read the first three verses to find out it’s purpose and timeframe for completion.

14. Finally I agree with him…yes coronavirus will usher in a global economic depression!

15. He says “they” want to take over the world’s money supply. “They” already control the worlds finance because “they” are called central banks issuing fiat currency. Sorry speaker, that takeover occurred a hundred years ago. The irony is that this coming economic disruption is so large that their precious fiat financial empire is going to collapse because of this coming depression. We will probably be back on a gold standard within a decade or two because fiat currencies are going to be printed to oblivion. God-backed money is God’s system, not mans.

16. He says the shutting of churches is part of the conspiracy because when we sing in church an electrical energy is released that somehow empowers us and the one world government hates us singing!!! Actually the shutdown of Western churches is a huge blessing. The Western system of doing church in a dedicated building was actually invented by the Greeks and Romans centuries after the Jews started Christianity with house churches. The forced move to house churches in the West means the church now goes underground and spreads to neighbours and friends far faster. House church is the reason why the church is growing much faster in the third world. Get a grip!

17. He suggests this global conspiracy is going to usher in the Antichrist. Sorry to pop his bubble but the term Antichrist is not in the Book of Revelation and has nothing to do with the present or the future. The only references are found in 1John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3 and 2John verse 7. PLEASE read them! There are no other references to the term Antichrist in all the Bible. Antichrist has nothing to do with the future, but the 1st Century readers of John’s letters and simply referred to people who strongly opposed the spread of the Gospel. This speaker has never read these verses and if you too think the Antichrist has something to do with an evil leader lurking somewhere in the future who will take over the earth…you haven’t read the Bible either!

18. The speaker concludes with some ideas about what the Body of Christ can do. Actually it could do no better than to get rid of idiots like this nutter! Who gave this guy a platform to speak? Stop listening to him and educate yourself about our future victory (Matthew 28:18-20). All authority over this earth now belongs to Jesus, not humans. The future will see the discipling of the whole earth. Otherwise Matthew 28:18-20 is a lie! But it’s not, this guy is the lie.

19. Right through the talk this man makes claim after claim but presents not a single piece of hard evidence to back his claims, just conjecture and broad unspecific statements. He is a cult leader in the making, if not already there. He preys on ignorant people who don’t want to think for themselves. If it wasn’t so serious I would have thought it was all a James Bond plot!

20. It is embarrassing to hear this man say all these lies in the name of Jesus. This is so offensive to the Body of Christ and he will pay a price before the throne of God for his deceptions. He also repeatedly mixes New Age “energy”, warped concepts about quantum physics and “electrical” powers with the work of the Holy Spirit. More nonsense and quite disturbing.

He makes me so angry!

Kevin

 

China Lied All The Way About Coronavirus!!!

When I read this today it made me very angry. It is something I have suspected for a while. China’s stupid governments need for secrecy and fear of the truth has directly led to a global pandemic. So I am sharing it with whoever wants to read it. Please pass it along.

Kevin

This chronology is partially based on one compiled by the Daily Wire

November 17 (2019): The first case of what was later identified as COVID-19 was detected in Wuhan.

December 10: 57-year-old Wei Guixian, a merchant in the seafood section of the Wuhan Animal Market, reported sick with what were later identified as COVID-19 symptoms.

December 26: Wuhan patients data were sent to several Chinese genomics companies, which were supposed to detect new viruses. Reportedly, at least one of these companies was ordered to stop the tests and destroy the material.

December 27: Zhang Jixian, a doctor from Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, told China’s health authorities that he believed the disease was caused by a new coronavirus.

December 31: Chinese officials told the Country Office in China of the World Health Organization (WHO) that cases of a “new form of pneumonia” had been reported in Wuhan. At the same time, CCP Internet censorship started preventing searches for “Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia,” “SARS Variation,” “Wuhan Animal Market,” and similar.

January 1 (2020): Eight doctors who had alerted about an epidemics caused by a new coronavirus in Wuhan, including Dr. Li Wenliang (1986-2020), who will later die of the disease, were detained and questioned by the CCP police for “spreading false statements.” Li was forced to sign a letter of apology.

January 1: The Hubei Health Commission ordered all genomics companies that had been contacted on December 26 to stop their tests and destroy the materials they received (which would have proved that data about the virus were already available from late December).

January 1: Authorities closed the Wuhan Animal Market, without swabbing individual animals and their cages and without drawing blood from everyone working there or otherwise checking who might have been infected.

January 3: China’s National Health Commission issued a national gag order, preventing all medical institutions in the country to disclose information about the disease.

January 5: Professor Zhang Yongzhen of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center provided the genomic sequence of the virus to Chinese authorities.

January 5: Wuhan Municipal Health Commission stopped releasing daily updates on new cases of the disease.

January 9: WHO released a statement about the situation in Wuhan, suggesting a new coronavirus was at work.

January 10: China Central Television broadcasted a statement by Wang Guangfa, a prominent government medical expert, stating that the “Wuhan pneumonia” was “under control” and mostly a “mild condition” (11 days later, Wang reportedly tested positive himself)

January 11: The Shanghai laboratory of Professor Zhang Yongzhen, who had provided the genomic sequence of the virus, was shut down for “rectification” by the Shanghai Health Commission, after Zhang had posted his data online to put them at the disposal of the international scientific community. Only after he did it (and was consequently punished), China’s National Health Commission announced it would share the sequence (which was by then already online) with the WHO.

January 12: The National Health Commission shared the virus genomic information with the WHO for the first time. It had been available from January 5.

January 14: WHO (rather than the Chinese authorities) advanced the hypothesis that the virus was spreading through human-to-human transmission.

January 14: Journalists trying to cover the outbreak at Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital were stopped by the CCP police, and their cameras and phones were confiscated.

January 15: China answered the WHO through a statement by Dr. Li Qun, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Center, who claimed that only a “low” risk of human-to-human transmission of the virus had been detected.

January 17: The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission resumed its daily updates on new cases of the coronavirus, which had been stopped on January 5.

January 18: Despite the virus outbreak, the city of Wuhan hosted a potluck banquet attended by more than 40,000 families, so the city could apply for a Guinness world record for most dishes served at an event. Wuhan authorities also announced they were distributing 200,000 free tickets to residents for festival activities during the Lunar New Year holiday.

January 20: Dr. Zhong Nanshan, an authority on SARS said in a TV interview that person-to-person transmission was a fact, and that authorities had been negligent in disclosing information about the virus.

January 20: Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang admitted that he had not released all the information the city had on the virus, but said he was just following “Beijing rules.”

January 23: The lockdown of Wuhan was finally ordered, but only after about 5 million people had already left the city without being tested.

February 6: President Xi Jinping personally ordered increased censorship of the Internet on all news about the virus, and to close the WeChat accounts of those criticizing the authorities.

February 6: Attorney and “citizen journalist” Chen Qiushi, who had posted on the Internet footage showing overcrowded hospitals and panicking families in Wuhan, “disappeared.”

February 7: Dr. Li Wenliang, the doctor who had sounded the alarm on the new coronavirus (and had been detained for this), died of coronavirus. A debate followed whether Li, who had joined a Christian chat room, had in fact converted to Christianity.

February 9: Another “citizen journalist” who had posted unauthorized videos on the epidemics, Fang Bin, “disappeared” in Wuhan.

February 15: President Xi Jinping made censorship on the Internet on anything concerning the virus even stricter.

February 15: Human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, who had publicly asked President Xi Jinping to apologize for his cover-ups about the virus and resign, was arrested.

February 16: Academic Xu Zhangrun was put under house arrest and banned from using the Internet after publishing an essay claiming that, “The coronavirus epidemic has revealed the rotten core of Chinese governance.”

February 16: A paper posted by two Chinese scientists, Dr. Botao Xiao from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, and Dr. Lei Xiao, from Wuhan University of Science and Technology, on the international scholarly database Research Gate, suggesting that the virus may have originated from bats from two Wuhan laboratories (rather than from wild bats), “disappeared” from ResearchGate.

February 19: China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters who were covering the epidemics.

February 26: The State press agency Xinhua announced the publication of a book by the CCP’s Central Propaganda Department, which will be translated in six languages and explain how President Xi Jinping’s “outstanding leadership as a great power leader” defeated the virus.

March 8: Reportedly, Chinese embassies throughout the world were instructed to promote the theory that the virus did not originate in China.

March 12: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian publicly stated that the virus did not originate in Wuhan, nor in China, but came from the United States through American soldiers who participated in the Wuhan Military Games in October.

March 14: Chinese tycoon Ren Zhiqiang “disappeared” in Beijing after posting critical remarks on how President Xi Jinping handled the coronavirus crisis.

March 18: China announced that another 13 journalists from The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal will be expelled.

March 19: Wuhan Public Security apologized to the family of Dr Li Wenliang, admitting his detention was “inappropriate” and stating that two officers who “mishandled” the case had been disciplined.

March 22: The CCP-controlled Global Timesmisquoting a statement by Italian pharmacologist Giuseppe Remuzzi, claimed that the virus did not originate in China (nor in the United States) but in Italy.

 

Coronavirus: Long Term Predictions

Here is an analogy of where the world is at today:

Airline captain to passengers:

“Passengers, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that we have flown off the map! We have no idea where we are or where we are headed. But the good news is that we are going faster than any aircraft has ever flown!”

I am sending out this blog to talk about the coronavirus and what I believe will be long term impacts on our collective futures. I will try to be as brief as I can, and will break my thoughts into four sections: Health impacts, economic impacts, social impacts and spiritual impacts, all from a Christian perspective.

Health Impacts

With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth now flooding the worlds media, there is an dawning awareness in most people’s minds of how badly this virus will affect millions in your country, and your family. Western leaders were intellectually lazy and slow in waking up to the fact of an exponential disease curve and how it devastates a country. Asian leader had seen this play out before so were quicker off the mark. However, western leaders are finally on board and locking down their people en mass to protect them. If the 3% death rate is going to be the average moving forward then this disease will be the event of our lifetimes, if we survive it.

Let’s run the figures: Three percent means 0.75 million Australians, 10 million Americans, 1.8 million Italians, 40 million Indians and 6 million Pakistani’s dead. Got the picture now? We are all hoping for a lower death rate, but even if you slash the rate to 1% we are still talking horrific numbers. Vaccines will be available in around 12 months at the earliest. In the meantime some anti-malaria drugs are helping. This event will leave us all emotionally scarred for the rest of our lives. It is a culling of the old, the obese and the sick on a monumental scale. Even among young people the death rate is one in 500 while leaving many more with lung impairments as this disease basically pours “concrete” into your lung’s air sacks in the acute stage.

Economic Impacts

The impacts on the global economy are many, much longer lasting and equally horrific for all of us. The world is about to become much poorer. Permanently! The whole world has been bingeing on debt for fifty years, deluding us with the lie of endless economic growth. Financial collapse was finally supposed to happen in 2008. We came within hours of a global banking collapse but more debt came to the rescue and we delayed the day of reckoning by 12 years. We are now paying the price and the coronavirus was just the pin (shotgun?) that popped a ludicrous financial bubble that should never have existed. In fact there were bubbles in global stocks, global bonds and global real estate, all built on debt. Debt robs the future to enjoy the present. It rots society. This is why the Bible speaks against it over 70 times. We were living beyond our means and now we must live below our means for quite a while.

The US Federal Reserve is expecting up to a 50% contraction of the US economy in Quarter Two (April-June) 2020. This is 2.5 times the contraction at the height of the Great Depression, and 10 times the contraction in 2008! Think about that for a minute. Now extrapolate this figure out to the whole world and to the unthinkable unemployment levels, the millions of bankruptcies and the end of millions of careers, dreams and futures. The experts are all hoping for a V shaped economic recovery. But with 10 months to go till a vaccine is found, and millions of deaths to come, the V will actually be an L.

The reality of this economic event is that the entire global fiat monetary architecture: The central banking system, the IMF, World Bank, never-ending and now exploding US deficit budgets, international trade, just-in-time finely tuned global supply chains and confidence in the US$ as THE global currency backed by the global oil trade…JUST BROKE!!! March 2020 will be looked back upon as the month the global elites lost control, forever. An entire generation will now grow up without much in the way of career or employment prospects, money or material hope, thanks to the collapse of their system. Personal and economic survival will be paramount. We are entering a global economic depression. Get ready for it.

Another long term economic impact will be the eventual return of  rampant consumer inflation, something we have almost forgotten about since the 1970’s. Financial inflation has been ongoing in stocks, bonds and housing, making the baby boomers very happy (but with the virus decimating them and their savings collapsing, their era just ended). With the many trillions of Dollars, Yen, Yuan, Rupees  and Euros now being helicoptered to us and, and with more promised to us almost daily, inflation is already being baked into the global cake.

All those extra units of currency will eventually come out of their bunkers and get spent. So expect uncomfortably rising prices for many years to come once the initial deflationary supply and demand shocks are over. Let’s hope it does not morph into hyper-inflation as it did in Weimer Germany, Zimbabwe and Venezuela. Sadly, for the last 800 years, this inflating away of financial problems has been the tried and true method of all European and colonial governments. Inflation is coming but it may eventually blow up in everyone’s faces if we keep trusting fiat currencies. Sound money, that is gold, will eventually come back as the basis of our financial system. The cause of this mess is our abandonment of sound money over the course of the 20th century as we walked away from God.

Choices will shrink, luxuries will disappear. I predict here and now that the world has just passed peak prosperity in 2019 and we will never see that level of affluence again. The reason is twofold. First, the world needs ever more oil production to have increasing affluence. This is simply because machines free us from manual labour in a million subtle ways. Machines mostly run on oil. Less oil; less machines; less global GDP. Conventional oil production actually peaked in 2005 and has remained basically steady ever since. Therefore the only reason we did not see a globally stagnating economy for the last 15 years after the peak of conventional oil production was because of the invention of fracking in the US. Even with the inclusion of US unconventional oil, the world was still going to hit total peak oil around 2021 anyway because of the imminent demise of those US shale oil reserves. That has now been brought forward because they, and many other global producers will all soon be going broke! The shale oil producers gave us an extra ten years of the good times. Second, we just hit peak fiat currency (I won’t use the word money for anything else but gold). Debt liquidation destroys currency because in the fiat system all the worlds currency is simply someone else’s debt. Less currency is like less oil. It can no longer grease the wheels of international trade and commerce. Liquidity has been seizing up for over six months in the US repo market, but now it has been completely frozen globally. The plane just flew off the map.

The double whammy of less currency and less oil will destroy the global elite’s global financial architecture. Banks will fail by the hundreds and businesses fail by the millions. Savings will evaporate if left in the bank. Trust in the god-like status of central bankers will be destroyed. They know there was a mess coming and started preparing some years ago. To this end bail in laws are already in place in all Western countries to confiscate depositors savings so they can recapitalise the banks in case of an emergency. This process began in earnest at the 2014 at the Brisbane G20 leaders conference, which by the way is just down the road from where I am writing! Australia’s bail in legislation was passed in 2018.

Social Impacts

This is where we begin to look beyond the immediate medical and economic future and imagine a different world longer term. I see a very low global birth rate for at least a decade as people fear their economic future and put off having families. Abortions will sky rocket at the same time as a baby bump!. Existing families will pull together, back each other up, and provide the support that families have always done for each other throughout history. We will learn to cook again! More people will live in each home for longer. Gardening and localised food supply will become much more popular and important, as will fresh air, bushwalking and sunshine instead of screen time. Neighbours will actually meet (if from a safe distance) and start to look after each other. This is exactly what happened in crisis past and in Cuba during the Special Period from 1991 to 2000. It will happen again globally.

At the same time capitalism will be increasingly seen as an evil and the cause of our coming economic depression. This is not true. The real cause was the fiat monetary system created by the worlds banks and the colossal amount of greedy debt they allowed the world to accumulate. The blame for this can be laid at the feet of the global fractional reserve banking system, greedy governments who spent more than they earned and global central banks that would not let zombie businesses, especially reckless banks and other financial institutions, go broke. Everything got propped up when debt could have been flushed out in 1987, 1998, and 2008. Socialism will become the norm for the next generation of voters in the west. Fascism will also become increasingly popular as strong men tell their people they have the answers. Last time this led to WWII. Let’s hope it doesn’t this time.

Localised learning will skyrocket. Digital schooling, digital parliaments, digital universities, working from home. Already entire newspapers have been designed and published from a thousand homes. The list of localisation events will be endless. This will compound the emptying out of CBD office space and revolutionise education, lifestyles and employment. I can see China collapsing as industries by the thousands re-localise back to their home regions and their debt-riddled economy implodes. The localisation revolution has already begun. Here’s a sample of an online philharmonic orchestra and an online choir.

Cities may lose population, reversing the trend of the last two centuries. Small towns could boom as people choose to be more connected to their food supply and can now work remotely. This social frugality will also extend to attitudes towards finances. Saving for a rainy day will skyrocket so people will live more humbly. Travel, tourism and entertainment will shrink dramatically as a social influence on our lives.

If hyperinflation sets in then social unrest could be widespread, especially in the USA with its culture of guns. The social contract with our leaders depends on them looking after us while we give them power. The first round of “stimulus” in the USA has already demonstrated a strong bias toward crony capitalists and lack of commitment to small America. This could turn very ugly very quickly.

The European Union may collapse. Northern countries resent the money they had to send to the irresponsible south to bail them out last time. They may refuse to do so again. The eastern members increasingly refuse to bow to the politically correct atheism of Western Europe and its rejection of Christian values. The euro is already in big trouble from the 2012 crisis and is on its last legs. This crisis will tip it over the edge. The European Central Bank will stupidly make sure of that. if that happens its game over for the European experiment and England will look like the smartest nation in Europe.

There will be many other long term social impacts. Many cannot be seen from this side of the viral divide. Some will be fantastic technological breakthroughs, others could be sinister. Another long term impact will be less climate change because of the massively reduced carbon emissions and pollution levels. That’s the silver lining nobody has yet talked about. Who knows where our brave new world will lead us, but it is us who decide our long term future. We house both good and evil within us, we will see both the best and worst of these two traits in the future.

Spiritual Impacts

Now for some good news! We played God and lost!

Millions will come to Christ their maker as their idols fall one by one. Jesus talked about money more than any other topic except the Kingdom of God. This is because the worship of money is the number on religion in the world. That’s why he called it mammon, the only inanimate object to which he gave spiritual power. We cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). The idol of mammon is now being smashed. The other idol being smashed is the cult of individualism fuelled by full employment. People will now stick together. Family will rise above the individual. Political correctness, collective selfishness, demanding one’s rights and various sexually political agendas will give way to love thy neighbour. As an example, Cuba’s church doubled in size during their Special Period. The same will happen all over the world as people realise the now need to trust in God rather than self.

The lockdowns could go on for months, not weeks. If they do then traditional Sunday church services may never be the same again. Traditional churches are rapidly organising their members into house churches or family churches. House churches and family churches will soon begin to find their feet and grow as time goes on. The coronavirus is creating the biggest shift back to the original New Testament church model in modern history. It will have many positive outcomes as western Christians begin to localise their thinking and outreach. Neighbours will be reached, targeted practical services will go to the needy and Christian social engagement will rise significantly. This was our experience when we did house church 10 years ago.

These two affects are a potent combination that will result in large but as yet unknown numbers of people coming to Jesus. Let’s hope the changes leave a lasting impact on church culture this is the only possible way of winning back the western nations. Jesus showed us exactly what to do when he started a small discipleship movement and won most of Galilee in just three years! The coronavirus will accelerate a global trend toward this same model of small scale discipleship as the means of winning the whole world. It has proved to be incredibly effective in other parts of the world and now it can begin in the West.

The church has the answer to this sinfulness of men. The economic principles of the Bible include minimal debt, the 50 year jubilee, gold as sound money, minimal government and minimal taxation. The government was never meant to play God.  The family was meant to be the first and primary form of government. Alas, all this has been turned on its head in recent decades. We have the answers, they are in scripture. Spiritual rebellion led to social and moral rebellion, which led to financial and economic rebellion. Now the house of cards is collapsing, people will soon listen to Biblical wisdom.

Finally, NO! This is not the end times. If it was then the world should have finished in 1918-19 with the Spanish Flu, or with the Black Death, or any of the dozens of the plagues of history. This is just the curse in action. The end of the world will only come when the scriptures at this link have been fulfilled. Spoiler alert: God wins! So forget all the spiritual doom and gloom. This is an opportunity, not a loss. The world will keep going and the church will keep growing.

So, back to earth. They say happiness is having something to look forward to. With not much else to do as we are already in self-imposed lockdown, we signed up for the Disney channel yesterday and the whole tone of the house has changed already!

Kevin

 

 

 

Pray For Pakistan!

I have just returned from visiting some good friends in Pakistan, friends we have known and loved for 23 years. I was also introduced to many more new and wonderful people who have a real passion and heart for this great nation. Below are some simple observations from my visit:

  1. The nation is suffering financially: Urban unemployment is on the rise across the country as the fallout from the China downturn bites, corruption saps incentive and the high national debt drains finance from the country.
  2. Many families I met are struggling. Most rent, so employment is crucial as there is no safety net. Everyone is worried.
  3. The ugly specter of the corona virus is real. Many Pakistani’s suffer from chronic coughs and colds because of the poor air quality in the cities. On  some days the visibility was down to 2-3 kilometers when I was in Lahore. It will wreck havoc with the health of older people.
  4. The minority religions are also suffering.  In spite of this the minorities are resilient and strive for the greater good for their country.
  5. Generosity abounds. The people I met were often poor but incredibly generous with their hospitality and even gave kind gifts that they could ill-afford.
  6. The Christian churches are stuck in the traditional Western mold and are only now getting a vision to take the love of Jesus to the Muslim community. Some are far ahead of others, but generally the Western system of doing church encourages passivity on behalf of the congregation and empire building on behalf of the leadership. This was particularly evident with some of the local Christian media ministries.
  7. One church in particular is doing a great job of adapting the Gospel away from the Western tradition and into the pattern of the New Testament.
  8. The country survives on the mighty Indus river irrigation scheme, the largest in the world. With the melting of the Himalayan glaciers and the drying of the Himalayan alpine climate, the long term future of this irrigation system is under threat. I also saw widespread salt damage on irrigation in the lower Sindh Province.
  9. Lahore is light-years ahead of Hyderabad! Lahore is the leading city of the country with wide avenues, a great transport system, the best hospitals leading universities and a new metro. Hyderabad cant even fix the thousand potholes outside the main railway station or the raw sewage that fills those same potholes!
  10. Pakistan is surprisingly British: Weekends are Saturday and Sunday. They drive on the British side of the road. Almost all advertising is in English and British legacy buildings and infrastructure is everywhere.
  11. Politics is incredibly corrupt. Power is the goal of most people in politics, and money gives you power. Corruption pervades most economic and political activity, particularly in the south where Hyderabad was crippled for years by a mafia gang.
  12. The military are the true rulers of Pakistan. This will never change. There are military bases scattered through the suburbs of Lahore to a level that is almost uncomfortable. Most military commanders live in luxury and control large business empires.
  13. The streets are dominated by men. Whether day or night, men are to be seen everywhere. During the day the ratio is 70-30. At night the ratio is 95-5. Women are almost never seen out at night while the men are obviously enjoying a great social time. It is a very unbalanced mental memory and one that raises significant questions about the status of women in the country.
  14. Phones have given young Pakistani men access to things they should not see. There is great concern over the safety of daughters from every father and mother I met.

I could go on, but this is a quick glimpse of today’s Pakistan: Half modern, half ancient. Half progressive and half ultra-conservative. Half developed and half economically backward. Half religious and half secular, but always and everywhere greeting me with a big heart and a big smile!

Kevin

Too Proud? Fifty Years After The Stonewall Riots

Note from Kevin: The following article, by James Parker, is the best summary I have ever read about the homosexual movement. James is a former gay activist who today supports same-sex attracted people and their loved ones.

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots: What the LGBTQI+ movement needs is less pride and more humility…

Fifty years ago gay, lesbians and cross-dressers fought back when police raided a seedy bar in New York, the Stonewall Inn. The ensuing riot lasted for a couple of days. It was the opening shot in the gay liberation movement and over the years has acquired an almost mythological status. This weekend, “pride” events will be celebrated across the world.

I became a gay activist 20 years after the Stonewall Riots. I set out to fight for a better world, where no one should feel shame for being honest about who they were sexually attracted to. I had been raised to believe that a person’s future flows from facing their present reality. My reality was that I fancied men, and only men.

Accepting during puberty that I was erotically attracted to my own sex was an excruciatingly painful revelation, and not without suicidal undertones. By accepting my reality I found a new inner strength, purpose – and yes, pride.

To the best of my knowledge, I was the first person to come out in my Catholic high school. I was also the first person to come out in my university college and consequently saw it as my duty to make a stand for lesbian and gay, or L & G, rights. (There were no BTQQIAAPP+2S minorities in those days.)

I learned of the successful attempt in 1973 by gay members of the American Psychiatric Association to tweak 81 words which suddenly redefined homosexuality and cast off its ancient shackles as a sexual deviance and a mental disease. Just this past week, American psychoanalysts offered an apology for labelling homosexuality an illness.

In the 80s, I engaged with leading gay strategists from the USA and the UK. I devoured their content which outlined all we are seeing transpire today.

Their strategy was that homosexual men and women should infiltrate and take leadership within key areas of society, most notably the entertainment industry, mainstream media, education, politics, healthcare – especially psychology and psychiatry, the military, religion and sport. The purpose was to use their positions to bring about homosuperiority. Yes, not homonormativity or even mere equality, but homosuperiority.

Homosuperiority was to be achieved by meticulously following the propaganda manifesto entitled After The Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays In The 90s, by neuropsychiatrist Marshall Kirk and communications consultant Hunter Madsen.

If you didn’t know, the manifesto is working exceedingly well, thank you very much, with its key themes on display in the Israel Folau debacle.

There were eight principles. Principle 5 laid down in After The Ball calls for portraying gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers, and the use of propaganda to rely “more upon emotional manipulation than upon logic, since its goal is, in fact, to bring about a change in the public’s feelings”.

Propaganda, it says, “can be unabashedly subjective and one-sided. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this.” Corporate Australia has dived headfirst into this principle.

To call people “homophobic” is also expected should opponents fail to wholly embrace homosexual ideology. Politicians and civic leaders have equally become puppets to this principle.

Any speech which opposes, or even questions, homosexual behaviour should be banned as “a clear and present danger to public order”. The school curriculum, psychology and psychiatry and mainstream media all now tow the rainbow party line.

Principle 5 states that “in time, we see no reason why more and more diversity should not be introduced into the projected image” citing “drag queens, bull dykes, and other exotic elements of the gay community”. Remember, this vision was cast over 30 years ago. You now need look no further than local bookshops and libraries to see this principle being lived out.

Once birthed, the seed of pride demands that layers of further lies and calumny be added to protect the original fault from being exposed. Welcome to the world of Gay Pride.

With every generation there is a growing demand to ensure each social stratum is more deeply inculcated with adherence to the original lie. No one must admit that the emperor has no clothes on. Therefore, “conversion therapy”, a term recently created by gay activists, has been used in the past decade to demonise any assistance given to someone suffering the pain of same-sex attraction.

To add another layer of lies to the conversion therapy myth is the phrase “internalised homophobia” which denotes that individuals who refuse to embrace and even celebrate their erotic attractions to the same sex are somehow turned in against themselves. Yes, they are their own problem.

No stone must be left unturned The same lie must be repeated incessantly that not only is gay good, but that gay is godly, and even that God is gay.

This of course requires a complete perverting of the natural world. Aldous Huxley wrote clearly of this when describing the results of social anthropologist J. D. Unwin’s study of 80 primitive tribes and six known civilizations through 5000 years of history laid out in the book, Sex and Culture.

Huxley wrote:

“Sex and Culture” is a work of the highest importance. Unwin’s conclusions… may be summed up as follows. All human societies are in one or another of four cultural conditions: zoistic, manistic, deistic, rationalistic. Of these societies the zoistic displays the least amount of mental and social energy, the rationalistic the most. Investigation shows that the societies exhibiting the least amount of energy are those where pre-nuptial continence is not imposed and where the opportunities for sexual indulgence after marriage are greatest. The cultural condition of a society rises in exact proportion as it imposes pre-nuptial and post-nuptial restraints upon sexual opportunity.

According to Unwin, after a nation becomes prosperous it becomes increasingly liberal with regard to sexual morality and as a result loses its cohesion, its impetus and its purpose. The process, says the author, is irreversible:

The whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.

The LGBTQI+ communities barely bat an eyelid to open relationships – before, during, after and without same-sex marriage. Group or polyamorous relationships are fast becoming acceptable. Any additional minority that wishes to add its letter to the alphabet acronym must be welcomed and incontestably supported, meaning that any sexual activity undertaken by any minority group who “cannot help the way they feel” be accepted. This should both frighten and anger us.

It is no wonder that 50 years after Stonewall, contemporary riots are not being waged on the streets against the police and statutory authorities but appear online with rugby at the heart, one of the globe’s toughest team sports that was deliberately formed not only on Christian values, but with the purpose of forming a strong, robust and masculine spirit evidenced in the witness of Israel Folau.

Our online riot is foremost a fight against Judeo-Christian values, the very glue that has held together Western society and permitted it to excel as it has.

The activists’ world I embraced demanded that I take on a calculated intolerance, a bigoted mindset, a capacity to rabidly hate, and the ability to reject, or at least to distort, everything I came across that even questioned the establishment of a homosuperior world. And all of this while bowing to the mantra that #LoveWins.

I had to believe first within myself that the lie I was being sold was nothing short of the truth. There is no wonder that lavender militants are alarmed to discover that the younger generation they have been resolutely brainbow-washing are now growing less rather than more tolerant of LGBTQI+ individuals and ideals.

Stonewall and contemporary LGBTQI+ activism have never been about an equal, diverse, inclusive and tolerant world. No. The illusory pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is more a darkened cauldron. It brings to the table a diminishment, and ultimate eradication, of mainstream freedoms such as speech, thought, association or a belief or anything which fails to pay total homage to what for millennia has previously been defined as a sexual deviancy.

If you think I have an axe to grind, well, you are right. I care too much to remain silent.

On a daily basis I walk with young people coming to terms with their same-sex attractions, with individuals struggling with the concept of being male or female, and with men and women ditching their other-sex spouse and children (and now even their same-sex spouse and surrogate or adoptive children) to pursue a “more fulfilling” relationship with one or more people somewhere over the rainbow.

Fifty years on from Stonewall, with every pillar of society now rainbow-friendly and frightened, I see 50 plus shades of gay grey which continue to imprison those who pursue an LGBTQI+ utopia. Five decades later, dysfunction has not only been accepted, but in places it has actually worsened.

The cocktail of gay hook-up apps along with accessibility to the drug Truvada taken by HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of HIV infection has birthed a more sexually compulsive world than existed prior to the AIDS epidemic of the 80s. Unbridled sexual activity only leads to more addictive and destructive disconnection, which in turn is leading to more partner interpersonal violence and sadistic practices.

The sexual health clinicians I have spoken to in the past month report working on a constant level of overdrive trying to deal with the inordinate numbers of problematic sexual health cases they have to diagnose and process.

Self-harm is on the rise, even if only looked at from the perspective of time spent engrossed in the consumption of pornography which cuts off individuals from the healthy engaging relationships which we all need to survive and thrive. Then there are the mood disorders, panic, bi-polar and conduct disorders. There is a new rise in agoraphobia, and no significant reduction in suicides, even in pro-homosexual nations like Sweden, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Is this the Golden Liberation we should be celebrating? For the most part, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is a celebration of man’s ever deepening foolishness. The story of Israel Folau reads like a fable and yet unravels before our very eyes displaying layers of pride woven to cover pride to cover earlier pride, all based upon one man privately posting online three verses of the Christian Scriptures.

I fear for members of the LGBTQI+ community and for those who join their ranks. I equally fear for any society that embraces essentialist viewpoints about human sexuality without the balance of constructionist and developmental viewpoints which are presently being silenced.

My activism today is born out of a different heart. For nearly two decades I have facilitated spiritual support groups for those who experience varying degrees of same-sex attraction and for those questioning their biological sex. Those who attend can ask deeper questions compared to those who remain isolated at home or who engage with the gay community as a whole. Attendee’s desire answers – and many get them, and especially to matters relating to childhood sexual abuse, to emotional or physical abuse or neglect.

If one person can move from being homosexual to heterosexual (and believe me there are thousands across Australia and in every nation who are rejecting homosexuality) then it is clear that the fundamental LGBTQI+ narrative of being born gay contains within it a number of myths, each one of which requires dismantling, not celebrating.

I still fight for spaces where young and old alike can face the reality of their attractions. No one should be afraid to admit to, or be discriminated against for, being erotically attracted to their own sex or for questioning their own gender identity.

And yet as celebrations of Gay Pride unfold across the globe, today more than ever I believe we need to take stock of the Biblical proverb quoted consistently throughout the ages, “Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

I was invited to reject pride. Today, my dominant attraction is very much towards women. I am one of the fortunate individuals who escaped the gay community and stumbled across professional therapy which enabled me to pursue the developmental viewpoint about human sexuality.

My earlier dysfunctions, still prevalent at the heart of the LGBTQI+ community, have diminished or disappeared. I am no longer a label, or divided from mainstream society, or fighting a losing battle.

Fifty years on from the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, much has indeed changed, but not all for the good. Instead of giving time and energy to matters of pride, I believe it is time to engage on a whole new level of forming a society where humility becomes ubiquitous at all levels. And for everyone’s sake, that is a battle worth fighting for.