A born-again Christian for 60 years and a long-time member of a global evangelical body, John Langlois has witnessed the growth of evangelicalism from its despised, minority stage to the highly prominent Christian movement it has become today.
After joining hundreds of other evangelical leaders from around the world at the World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly last week, Langlois sees the evangelical movement maturing but still struggling to break stereotypes and to take on a bigger role in society.
The Christian Post caught up with Langlois, an executive council member of the WEA, at the WEA meeting in Pattaya, Thailand, to hear his insights about evangelicalism and the growing global body. more >>
American evangelicals are often noted for their engagement in the political process and major impact on election outcomes. Evangelicals outside the United States, meanwhile, have also played key roles in their own country’s politics – albeit much less known.
Evangelical leaders from Argentina to Sri Lanka have mobilized Christians in their country to respond to issues such as gambling, divorce, and anti-conversion laws. Many times, the topics that evangelicals address are responses to existing problems they see in their society.
In the small South Asian country of Sri Lanka, the Evangelical Alliance there had to step up to educate the church, Christians and the public about the danger posed by a proposed anti-conversion legislation. more >>
PATTAYA, Thailand – After five days of intensive meetings and vision setting at the World Evangelical Alliance’s first general assembly in six years, over 500 evangelical leaders did more than just renew their commitment to taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Participants of the WEA General Assembly in Pattaya, Thailand, also passed six major resolutions, expressing the concerns of 128 national Evangelical Alliance leaders on issues related to religious liberty, peace-making, the global financial crisis, HIV and AIDS, poverty, and creation care.
“We commit ourselves to listen with understanding to our children, youth, women, and the most marginalized – especially people living HIV – so that we can work together for a healthy and safe future which will enable all people to live in the abundant life Jesus promised,” expressed one resolution calling evangelicals to action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. more >>
PATTAYA, Thailand – A solemn atmosphere descended upon a room full of culturally diverse evangelical leaders on Wednesday as disturbing accounts of religious persecution poured forth from those living in anti-Christian hotspots.
One by one, panelists shared stories of attacks against Christians in their country that included atrocious acts such as beheadings, gang rape, and genocide.
Stories were especially poignant because of the speakers’ closeness to the actual persecution, of which some were personally experienced. more >>
PATTAYA, Thailand – Though evangelicalism has emerged as a prominent voice and a powerhouse among today's major Christian movements, it was not long ago that the Bible-based movement was a small persecuted minority.
"Even in a place like the U.K. 40 years ago, evangelicals were despised. They were quite small and the liberals really set the agenda," says John Langlois, an executive council member with the World Evangelical Alliance.
Today, the evangelical community has grown to a global constituency of 420 million Christians and has become one of the most influential faith groups, often invited by public officials to lend an ethical voice or by the international community to lend a hand. more >>
PATTAYA, Thailand – The World Evangelical Alliance has excelled in the last six years in presenting the world with a credible and faithful witness of the Gospel, says its international director.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe told delegates at the WEA’s General Assembly in Thailand this week that the challenges for evangelicals in the world are great, pointing to radical secularism, postmodernism, and declining Christianity. At the same time, there is growing interest in spirituality, climate change, HIV and AIDS, the global financial crisis, trafficking and migration.
Yet the opportunities are also great, Tunnicliffe insisted, noting the rapid spread of Christianity in the Global South. more >>