Declarations….. Lesslie Newbigin

“Newbigin stands among those who search for the purpose of election. It is to him a betrayal of trust for believers when their minds ‘are concerned more to probe backwards from their election into the reasons for it in the secret counsel of God than to press forward from their election to the purpose for it, which is that they should be Christ’s ambassadors and witnesses to the ends of the earth.’…

Fundamental to Newbigin’s perspective, then, is his conviction that election is about the purpose God intends by the choice, not the reason God has for making the choice…. It is so that we are reminded that election is “not special privileges but special responsibility.”

– George R. Hundsberger, Bearing the Witness of he Spirit: Lesslie Newbigin’s Theology of Cultural Plurality