Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World

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BWA General Council Resolution 2012.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Santiago, Chile, July 2-7, 2012:

DECLARES that sharing the Good News in both word and deed is an imperative for Christians commissioned by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 19);

AFFIRMS that violence, bribes, threats or force are incompatible with Christian mission;

LAMENTS increasing inter-religious, political, and economic tensions in the world that result in conflicts, bribes, threats, force, violence, war, and loss of life; and that Christians have been, and sometimes are, implicated in these conflicts;

REJOICES that the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue jointly endorsed recommendations for conduct for all Christians in Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World. The text proposes ethical guidelines and practices in witnessing to faith in Christ;

URGES Baptists, all Christians, adherents of other faiths, and those of no faith tradition to live together peaceably and with mutual respect to foster reconciling relationships with others;

COMMENDS AND ENDORSES Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World,* for study and encourages Baptist World Alliance member conventions, unions, and associations to incorporate and contextualize these and similar ethical practices in relationships with other faith traditions and individuals.

(* Document Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World can be found at


Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012), pp. 151- 152.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2012.5 Climate Change and our Responsibility;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2012.5).

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