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Q&A with Ross Clifford – Part 5

Ross CliffordThe Rev. Dr. Ross Clifford will be the keynote speaker at this year’s BGAV Annual Meeting. Ross is currently the Past-President of the Baptist Union of Australia. He serves as Principal of the Morling College in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia.

A noted theologian and prolific writer, we are thrilled that he will join us this November in Fredericksburg.

We posed a series of questions to Ross as a way for us to get to know him a little bit in the coming months. Below are the next two:

What do you think is the potentially most helpful contribution Baptists can make in the effort to share the gospel globally?

Baptists understand that all people are equal in God’s eyes and freedom of conscience therefore is universal. Flowing from this we stand for human dignity and human worth of all. With that understanding we oppose the demonizing of any other religious search.

And we offer that in the one who is the way, the truth and the life, there is no discrimination in race, gender, or economic status (Gal.3: 28). This is most helpful contribution globally, and a great foundation for sharing the gospel with seekers.

What is the most hopeful development you are seeing in the Baptist movement today?

We are a truly global movement and the west has so much to learn from other global areas – from Asia, Africa and South America. Our western world is becoming syncretistic, and Jesus is just one amongst many. Ours is a consumer society where we buy all kinds of religious, spiritual experiences and bask in materialism. The global south/Asia understands such a syncretistic world, and how to declare the uniqueness of Christ.

It’s tremendous to see that Baptists today are seeking to learn from each other.

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