News from Canada can be discouraging. In the last three years, the Canadian Supreme Court rejected the country’s only Christian law school and the government required organizations looking for summer-job funding to affirm LGBTQ and abortion rights.
“But the gospel is advancing,” a local pastor said. “Lives are being transformed, people are being baptized, and churches are being planted. . . . God is alive and well in Canada.”
One reason for the stabilization and growth of Christianity in a secularizing country: In 2017, the BBC concluded that Toronto was the most diverse city in the world. Most immigrants come with a basis of faith, and are more likely than those born in Canada to attend church or embrace religion.
At the same time, conservative theology is attracting both the churched and unchurched. But as the liberal churches fade, it leaves an even starker line between the remaining evangelical churches and the culture. “We’re in a very critical time, because many churches are on the verge of being tempted to capitulate to culture,” the Canadian pastor said. “The pressure has never been greater, with the sexual revolution leading the way.”
However, the sifting isn’t all bad news, he said: In the end, “you should have a strengthened church.”
Ways to pray:
- Praise for the beauty and growth of Canadian mutli-ethnic churches
- For Canadian Christians to continue to stand firm in the face of mounting cultural pressures
- For pastors to communicate God’s Word in a way that is simple and clear for both mature and new believers
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12–14
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