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(Date Posted:02/04/2014 8:21 PM)
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Good afternoon all.

Those who have been around for a while might recall every few years I report on the continuing demise of Revivalism in Australia via appeals to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. The most recent census was conducted in this country on 9 August 2011; the results should be troubling for Mr Simon Longfield, and those among his coterie who advise him.

So what does the data present?

In the 2001 census 3,856 people across Australia identified themselves as members of the Revival Centres International. However, in 2011 the figure had dropped to 2,226 - a decline of 1,630 adherents. To put this another way, the RCI lost almost half its 2001 number over the following decade!

The RCI has been trending significant negative growth since the census of 1991, averaging a decline of approximately 38% each succeeding decade. The heyday of the 1980s are well and truly past; the future, such as it is, is decidely grim for this branch of Australian Lonfieldianism.

Soli deo gloria.

Ian




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RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:08/04/2014 3:48 AM)

Hello Ian


I have not been on this site for such a long time. But it is with much happiness that I read this post of yours. Perhaps the decline will continue steadily until there is a lone preacher of false doctrines preaching to an empty hall.


cheers and God's blessings


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Re:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:12/04/2014 11:20 PM)

 I hope you are correct in your assumptions Ian, but when I accompany Mrs Mole to the Box Hill gathering three or four times a year there is still a reasonable turnout, although they never open the mezzanine any more.

Maybe some were not 100% honest when filling out their census forms and put down "none" "Jedi Knight" etc.

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RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:13/04/2014 6:33 AM)

Hi, Mole.

I'd suggest they're more than simply assumptions, but statistical realities. And to be honest I just can't see any RCI adherent recording anything but 'Revival Centres' in the religious affiliation section of their census form, nevermind sixteen hundred-odd identifying themselves as 'Jedi knights' ;)

Blessings,

Ian



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RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:16/04/2014 10:47 PM)


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Re:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:16/04/2014 10:53 PM)

 Meanwhile Mrs Mole advised after last Sunday's service that Pr Simon had just returned from a junket in PNG and claimed to have over 8,000 bums on seats in PNG.

Is Simon exagerating slightly?


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RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:17/04/2014 1:24 AM)

Hi, Mole.

"Is he exaggerating?" Well, I believe he probably is :) There are several things to consider in reviewing this matter. First and foremost, PNG has a well ingrained culture of witchcraft and magic. Toss in the standard Revivalist nonsense about 'signs-and-wonders' and you're sure to gather a crowd. Converting them, and then keeping them? Well, those are entirely different matters!

Next, both the RCI and the RF make the same claim about having thousands of 'saints' in PNG. I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to discover that individual adherents consider themselves to be members of both sects, especially given that the Revival Fellowship in PNG is known as 'Revival Centres of Papua New Guinea'.

Of some interest, according to the PNG National Statistics Office the largest Christian communion in the country is the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholics account for almost one third of the nation's total population; the Lutherans account for another fifth, and the SDA's a tenth. These are the largest, single organisations. Then there are the 'Pentes', which account for only another tenth of the total population, with the Assemblies of God denomination 'owning' almost 70% of 'em.

Consequently, when I hear/read wild pieces of Revivalist propaganda, such as the notable piece from 2012 wherein the Revival Fellowship claimed: "Today more than 90,000 people throughout Papua New Guinea are enjoying the benefits of paying attention to the salvation message of God and taking that step to repent, be baptised and be filled with the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:38." I tend to smile and reflect on the foibles of 'wishful-thinking'.

However, I suppose if Simon Longfield is happy enough to be claiming there are three times as many active converts in PNG as there are in Australia (whilst having only one third the population), then he should probably resign his appointment and install Sacky Gebia as Senior Pastor of the Revival Centres International! :)

Blessings,

Ian


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RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:17/04/2014 7:22 PM)

Ian,

"There are several things to consider in reviewing this matter. First and foremost, PNG has a well ingrained culture of witchcraft and magic. Toss in the standard Revivalist nonsense about 'signs-and-wonders' and you're sure to gather a crowd."

Interesting, I remember Noel Hollins preach on that very thing years ago, difference is he was accusing the Roman Catholic Church of having the rituals as part of the Christian ministry. What a hypocrite.

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Re:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:27/04/2014 6:25 PM)

 Mrs Mole advised this week that Simon had returned from Fiji where there are three Assemblies and "hundreds" of members.

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Re:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:23/06/2014 11:36 PM)

 Hi  Ian 

thanks for  update - interesting.

are there similar statistics  about the  CAI group (Scott Williams) ?
... the forum;s fairly silent these days  ..  i  guess most folks who've left have got on with their lives, and those in the cult, are being monitoring (internet usage etc?) or conditioned to  avoid here.


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(Date Posted:28/06/2017 5:34 AM)

Good evening, all.

The results of the 2016 Australian census are progressively being released. I hope to post a summary soon, listing the most up-to-date adherence figures for the Revival Centres and the Revival Fellowship.

God bless,

Ian



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