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Question and Answer

The future of Christianity

Question:

With Islam overtaking Europe and the U.S. by birth rate alone, how are the OPC and PCA working with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches to ensure Christianity's future?

Answer:

Please believe that I am not trying to make little of your concern, nor be anything less than serious. But the answer to your question is: We are relying upon the promise of Christ "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). The future of Christianity is not ours to ensure, for Christ has already ensured it. Our job is to proclaim the Gospel, to say with John the Baptist and Isaiah the Prophet, "Prepare the way of the Lord, the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel."


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