Also from London, (Mar 30) came the news (Agence France Presse) that more than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" from the Internet to renounce their Christian faith.
Most of the people who downloaded the certificates (at a cost of 4.35 dollars or 3.20 euros) had been baptized as children, and have long stopped practicing the Christian faith. However the initiative was launched by a group called the National Secular Society (NSS) and is designed to embarrass the Church and keep her mute over social issues. De-baptism movements have already sprung up in other countries such as Spain, Italy, and Argentina . (From Yahoonews).
Contrast however the above story, where massive campaign is being organized to get people to announce their renunciation of old links with the church, with the situation in other religions. In India, Christians continued to be attacked and murdered in large numbers just because people are choosing to leave the Hindu religion to become Christians. A recent case in Egypt also highlights a similar situation with Islam. At a hearing on Sunday Feb 22, Lawyers urged that the death sentence be pronounced on Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary for his efforts to officially convert to Christianity. (Compass Direct) www.copts.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1185&Itemid=1
Despite all these desperate actions against Christianity, the good news is that the Good News cannot be stopped. Even in hostile India, a 17th March posting by Mission Network News indicate that the number of believers in India has risen to 10 or 11 percent of the population, rising from three percent in the last 20 years. About 60% of pastors that attended a recent evangelical conference in the country were under the age of 30. PTL.