“The illumination of the gospel” by Lesslie Newbigin

“Once again it has to be said that there can be no going back to the ‘Constantinian’ era.

It will only be by movements that begin with the local congregation in which the reality of the new creation is present, known and experienced, and from which men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ, to unmask the illusions which have remained hidden and to expose all areas of public life to the illumination of the gospel.

But that will only happen as and when local congregations renounce introverted concern for their own life, and recognize they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument, and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.”

–Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (London: SPCK, 1989), 232-233.

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One response to ““The illumination of the gospel” by Lesslie Newbigin

  1. Jennifer

    “…men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ, to unmask the illusions which have remained hidden and to expose all areas of public life to the illumination of the gospel.”

    Amen! *All* areas of life belong to Christ. This is a very encouraging reminder for us believers to not have such a fatalistic attitude toward the unbelieving society around us. We are called to be salt and light and to *spread* the love of Christ beyond the confines of our church walls.

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