'The night is darkest just before the dawn. I promise you, the dawn is coming.'
Nigel Wright, principal of Spurgeon’s College in London, challenged Baptists to look not just at the future that can be calculated based on trends, but also at “the imaginable future” as projected by the biblical prophets and by the heavenly vision in Revelation 7.
That vision of a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language gathered to worship the exalted Christ means “everything about Baptist life is provisional,” Wright said.
“Baptists are not the last word, but just a step on the journey -- a journey we share with God and with people of many communions,” he said. “There is no one way of being the church.”
Wright called for a “corrective ecumenism” that recognizes the true church does not yet exist, but the many Christian communions have insights they can offer to other members of the Christian family.
While Baptists can learn from Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Christians something about the historical continuity of faith, other parts of the Christian family can learn important principles about freedom from the Baptist movement, he noted.
“We need to care about other parts of the church,” Wright said, “because our future is bound up in their future.”
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