[note: this short post is an addendum to two extended reports (1, 2) that detail Harold Caballeros' extensive participation in C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation.]
On October 5, 2006, Harold Cabballeros, founder and senior pastor of El Shaddai Church in Guatemala City, and member of C. Peter Wagner's International Coalition of Apostles, spoke at the "Spirit in the World: The Dynamics of Pentecostal Growth and Experience" symposium sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and hosted by the University of Southern California.
At approximately 13:47 into his keynote address, Caballeros stated,
"In 30 years, Guatemala has gone from 1.2 percent, Christians in the population, to 40 percent today: an amazing growth, an amazing growth curve that now puts Guatemala along the line of South Korea in the number of conversions, I mean the number of born-again believers in the world. Not only that, but 60% of those believers today are Pentecostals."
The growth of evangelical Protestant and born-again Christianity over the past several decades in Guatemala has indeed been very impressive. But most estimates would have placed the 1976 Catholic segment of the population of the country as having been in the majority, rather than 1.2 percent.
It is hard to avoid the impression that Caballeros does not consider Catholics to be Christians.
Caballeros was one of two keynote speakers for the dinner event which launched the three-day symposium. The other keynote speaker was Luis Lugo, Directer of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.