The current fertility rate in Australia is 1.797 children per couple and the figure in the Church is about the same. But the Bible promises that God’s people ought to be blessed with fertility ABOVE the unbelievers. Would you consider it a blessing if you had a large family? Well consider the following:
Let’s say a couple have five children, then each of their children and grandchildren have five children, and so on. Assuming each person lives between 70 and 80 years, in approximately 100 years the couple will multiply into 625 families with a total of 4,678 members. Imagine the influence for good that this many people can have in their community – all from just one couple.
Now consider what will happen if every newly married couple in the Australian Assemblies of God has five children: in approximately 100 years there will be 2,015,625 families with a total of 16,366,875 members – that’s without even considering church growth through evangelism.
If Australia’s Evangelicals/Protestants become the top 20% most fertile women in the country, in the second generation half of Australia’s children will be from those Evangelical/Protestant families.
But if developed countries continue the current trend of having fertility rates below the replacement level, they will eventually reach the point of negative population growth, the financial strain on the economy will threaten their lifestyle – meanwhile Hindu and Muslim numbers grow at five times the speed.