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Brazil's March for Jesus Draws One Million Yet Concerns Theologians

Annual march continues to grow as Brazilian evangelicals wrestle with quantity vs. quality.

More than 1 million Brazilian evangelicals marched through the streets of São Paulo on Saturday in the annual "March for Jesus," according to the Associated Press.

The size of the march, organized by Renascer ("Reborn in Christ") Church for the past 20 years, underscores how Brazil has the largest Christian population outside of the United States, as well as how Brazil's evangelicals are fast gaining ground on its Roman Catholics.

However, some evangelical leaders boycott the march because of its controversial sponsor and its message.

Wellington Oliveira, president of the Brazilian chapter of YWAM (Youth With A Mission), helped launch the first March for Jesus in the United Kingdom in 1987. He joined other leaders in offering CT his assessment of how the worldwide march has changed its tone in Brazil under Renascer pastor Estevam Hernandes.

The increasing number of participants worldwide in the March for Jesus has raised questions about whether it would lead to world revival.

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