RE:The continuing demise of the Revival Centres in Australia
(Date Posted:17/04/2014 1:24 AM)
"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! :)
(Message edited by Didaktikon On 17/04/2014 7:43 PM)
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