Who’d have thought it? Within an hour of sending him an email, Simon Tillotson is the first of the eight “Noes” to come back to me with an explanation of why he voted the way he did. Here’s what he had to say.
I do believe in the uniqueness of Christ and that salvation only comes through him but I am prepared to believe that God can save through Christ in ways we cannot understand. I do not believe that other religions provide a means of salvation, and fall way short of the grace we have in the gospel, but I do believe that God is good and that somehow people who have only encountered their own faith tradition will be judged in light of a loving God who sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world.
I felt that the General Synod motion was actually contrary to good mission process as it was in my view limiting God’s salvific grace and put up barriers to dialogue with other faith. This is something I have thought about and prayed about extensively and am in the process of writing a book about.
I would not myself classify myself as a liberal – I hate labels. I actually think some evangelicals are bereft of the love of God and have become the new pharisees.
To recap I do believe that only Christ saves but I do not believe it helps our missionary endeavour starting off in our dialogue with other faiths by saying that they are damned. This is not what St Paul did. We have to be far more wise and shrewd in our proclamation of truth.
I hope you understand where I am coming from.
I do believe that only Christ saves but I cannot restrict how he will operate on the Day of Judgement. At the name of Jesus EVERY knee shall bow. My book cites many texts which talk of a more “hopeful” final judgement scenario.
Interesting stuff and hopefully a spur to the other “Noes” who I have contacted to feel confident that they can share their own reasons for voting “No”. Regardless, this is great stuff from Simon and I know he’d welcome interaction in the comments on what he’s written.