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Pipes is right: Assertions do not make facts

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Submitted by Wes Hull (United States), Nov 26, 2002 at 11:33

Mr. Pipes is absolutely correct. Commenters Mr. Klotz and Mr. Tyler are both wrong in their assertions and opinions concerning the state of Christianity.

Radical Christianity does not lead people to fly aircraft into buildings, but rather, to travel to far-off lands and open orphanages and hospitals. Our western press, dominated by those who hold anti-Christian views, will not report that the 9-11 attacks created a great disillusionment among African Muslims, but a pastor from Gambia was not so reluctant. His church is experiencing many conversions among the local Muslims, and evangelist Rienhard Bonke, a German national, has had crowds of more than one million attend meetings in Africa.

As far as China goes, the Christian church there is stronger, larger and more vibrant than before suffering horrible persecution at the hands of the communists.

This has been the same outcome wherever the Christian church has suffered persecution. Reports from aid workers in southern Sudan report that conversions to Christianity are happening at an astounding rate, even though the worst anti-Christian persecution is being waged against them by the Muslims ruling the country.

Christianity is far from dead, so don't be so quick to write its obituary.

The Church that I attend, an Assembly of God fellowship (Pentecostal), sponsors missionaries in various parts of the world and also here in the U.S.. Their reports, (as well as those from my brother-in-law who is presently in India), contradict your myopic assertions. Why do you suppose that (despite the efforts of the world's most powerful tyrants, present and past) that more copies of the Bible are printed annually than any other book?

No, Christianity is alive and well ...
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