Interfaith Dialogue Ponders Global Conversion Issues

October 26, 2007

Author: Mark Kelly

Source: Baptist Press

Evangelicals should take a cautious view of a proposed code of ethics banning "unethical" efforts to persuade people to accept Christ, two Southern Baptist professors have said.

In August, the World Evangelical Alliance joined the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Pontifical Council in a dialogue at Toulouse, France, aimed at creating a code of conduct targeting "undue pressure" on people to change religions.

While the initiative affirms the "fundamental, inviolable and non-negotiable right" to spread one's faith, delegates to a May 2006 gathering of the study group also called for religious people to "heal themselves" of the "obsession of converting others."