This is from Tim and Kristi’s blog (on our blogroll) posted recently by Tim…

Conversion comes to be thought of as ‘being saved’. The accent falls on the privileges of membership in the saved community. The eschatological dimension of the biblical idea of salvation slips out of sight; one forgets that ‘being saved’ means being made a participant in the mighty saving work of God which is not complete until all things have been summed up in Christ. And in this context, where the Church is seen simply as the exclusive association of those who have been rescued from perdition, an anxious discussion about whether others too might be saved becomes inevitable.

Surely the perspective is wrong. Conversion means being turned round as so to be by faith and in foretaste a participant in and an agent of God’s reign. The proper question is not: Are there few that be saved? The question is: Who is doing the will of God?

To claim finality for Jesus Christ is not to assert either that the majority of men will some day be Christians, or to assert that all others will be damned. It is to claim that commitment to him is the way in which men can become truly aligned to the ultimate end for which all things were made.

-Lesslie Newbigin in “The Finality of Christ”