In the United States, an influx of Mexicans is transforming Roman Catholic churches. But in Mexico, it's Protestants who are on the rise, led by evangelical churches like the Universal Kingdom of God Church, which runs the Sanctuary of Faith.
Protestants accounted for 8 percent of Mexico's believers in the 2000 census, up from 2.3 percent in 1970. Their numbers are growing 3.7 percent each year, twice as fast as the Catholic population, according to the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information Processing.
The churches are winning converts through a mix of social programs, charismatic preachers and stirring music.
Protestant churches are especially strong in rural, Indian areas of southern Mexico. Only 6.5 percent of Mexico's Catholics speak an Indian language, compared to 30.5 percent of traditional Protestants, such as Baptists or Methodists.
A new born child knows nothing of how he was born. Give them some time to mature. I have been to Mexico and was surprised at the love these people have for God and the work they are doing. Being charismatic does not eliminate anyone from being a Christian.
quote: "If they are going to be attracted to charasmatic preaching and stirring music to get their juices flowing,"
The Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord with stringed instruments and cymbols. I've noticed churches that have long worship sessions of singing praise and love to God have a beautiful presence of the Holy Spirit. This is a good thing.
As to "charasmatic preaching" -- what's wrong with a decent sermon? It has to be dead, dull, boring and irrelevant to qualify as acceptable?
A pastor who cares about the people in his church will have a good message to bring them.
Spurgeon was more charismatic than substantive or practical IMO, just an ear tickler who wanted fame and recognition and a big church.
If they are going to be attracted to charasmatic preaching and stirring music to get their juices flowing, they might as well stay in Romanism. The RCC not only has more miracles to it's credit but more miracle workers (Mary, the Saints, the Venerable etc.) Besides the RCC will give them charasmatic renewal if they want it. Sounds "Protestant", but it sure doesn't sound Christian.
Hi MSC and Jim I would have to say that I come down on Jim's side on this one. In 10 years in Mexico, I can count on all the fingers I have (and have several left over), the number of "christians" who can tell you what a real Christian is. (I know there are more than ten, but that has been my experience with people who call themselves Christians--very very few can tell you that they saw themselves as sinners and that they recognize that Jesus Christ died for sinners like them and that they have placed their faith and trust in Christ, turned from their sins, and God has saved them. In my sad experience, real Christians in Mexico are few and far between. (In our church that we have planted, I praise the Lord that there are about 8-10 people that I would genuinely consider to be born again and who show the fruits of a new life in Christ Jesus.)
Let me be clear, that these are people that I just meet and if they tell me that they are a Christian, I ask them how they became one. Very few have a testimony of Christ and what He has done in them (Most are testimonies that prove He hasn't done anything in them yet.)
How interesting that the mainstream media is covering the issue that has been going on for years! As usual, it is a very light and inconsequential treatment; if they covered a baseball game in the same way, it would say: Cardinals lost the game 5 to 3, J. Smith pitched a few scoreless innings, H. Harvey hit a home run, and it was a hot and sunny day. The problem is that the reporter and editors don't know a Charismatic from a Pentecostal from a Catholic from an Orthodox! Here in Miami I have observed an explosion of growth of new Hispanic evangelical churches, some mentioned in this article. I think it is related to the influx of evanglicals from Latin America. Most of the older Hispanic congregations (Baptist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Lutheran) still exist, but they seem to have been serving the older Hispanics, mostly Cuban, and were not able to absorb the new immigrants. Not all Hispanics are the same; even among Cubans, there are big differences between those who came over in the 1960s and those from the Mariel boatlift, and those arriving today.
"dispense with the illogical and unscriptural RCC doctrines"
To do such a thing and remain in such a heretical group is not possible, neither is it Biblically commanded. For certain heretics we are commanded not to even eat with them or bid them Godspeed, so how much more to take part in their worship services.
This goes for any denomonation or group whose beliefs are beyond permissible whatsoever as are many of the things which are doctrine taught in the RC system.
Also in Mexico, not only are the various Roman heresies taught, but the entire Mexican RC system is a voodoo like mix of various god like saints, spirits and mystic practices.
I have been there many times and there is hardly any resemblance of Biblical Christianity in what is believed and acted out in this voodoo like mixed system.
One should by Biblical commandment come out of any such group or system. There have been heretics since the time of the Apostles we were told to remove ourselves from, so nothing is new under the sun.
What is the matter with those dopy Mexicans wanting to convert from the Roman Catholic Church to the Protestant Church after receiving Christ as their Savior? Why do they think that they have to switch to a Protestant Church instead of remaining in the Roman Catholic Church after receiving Christ as their Savior? They do not have to join a Protestant Church after receiving Christ as their Savior. They can remain in the Roman Catholic Church if they dispense with the illogical and unscriptural RCC doctrines and the illogical and unscriptural parts to the Mass and remain saved. Even if an RC does not leave the RCC after receiving Christ as their Savior they will remain saved. They can not lose their salvation just because they are choosing to remain an RC.