Posted by: Yvonne | November 27, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration–WHY?

Why do Christian leaders keep writing and signing these? 

The Manhattan Declaration

I guess some of these ‘leaders’ must have an unspoken, gnawing sense that their efforts to take dominion and mandate the culture as ‘christian’ have failed. In response they have come together in a pitiful attempt to appear powerful and unified to an uninterested people.  They must not know that in their man-centered toil to christianize the world they dimish the power of 1) the Gospel and 2) the work of the Holy Spirit.

Is their understanding of the power of God and His Gospel so weak that they feel they have to declare their beliefs in manifestoes and declarations rather than rely on Scripture?  

What happened to sola scriptura?

What’s so sad is the fact that God’s Word says that Satan is the ruler of this world (John 12:31) and that unbelievers will not ever understand Truth without the Gospel being preached (Rom. 10:14) and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44 & 2 Cor. 4). 

So why don’t they just preach the Gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to work?

Could pride be their necklace? 
(Ps.73:6)

 

UPDATE:

I received this email today from Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry.  I wholeheartedly concur!

Greetings Friends of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry,

A coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders, united “as Christians”, are calling for everyone to take a stand against abortion, same-sex marriage and anything that betrays their religious beliefs. On November 20th, a 4,700-word document called the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience was released (http://manhattandeclaration.org/). The document was drafted by Chuck Colson and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic. This is clearly another attempt to bring ecumenical unity to all of professing Christianity and blur the lines that separate apostates from true Christians.

Many of the signers of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together Accord have given their name to this accord as well. Purposefully, the Gospel is never defined or explained in the Manhattan Declaration. This is because of the contradictory and opposing views on the issue of justification and salvation that are held by the signatories. The implication throughout the document is that Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Evangelicals share a common faith. This blatantly ignores the fact that there can be never be unity between true Christianity and apostate Christianity, between believers and unbelievers or between light and darkness (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

Whereas it is good to unite as co-belligerents with a united voice to fight moral and political issues, any accord that attempts to overlook, dismiss, nullify or compromise the Gospel is antithetical to the command for all Christians to earnestly contend for the faith. We can never deny the profound importance of protecting the life of every baby and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. We must earnestly contend against those who seek to destroy both. However, we must remember that this is a spiritual battle which can only be won through fervent prayer and the proclamation of the one and only true Gospel, a Gospel that is denied by every Catholic priest when he offers the Eucharistic Christ upon his altar for the forgiveness of sins. Charles Spurgeon said “To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus”.

(Note: Roman Catholic leaders already disobey civil and criminal laws by hiding pedophile priests. Their leadership is not subject to prosecution under the sovereign immunity laws of our nation because the Vatican is a recognized nation-state.)

Since we have been sanctified by the truth, let us remain separate for God’s glory and purpose. Let us pray, proclaim and contend earnestly for the faith.

Forever in Christ,
Mike Gendron

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Responses

  1. I agree with Brannon Howse – we’ve already lost the culture, it’s time we reclaim the church from the liberals and emergents and all else who distort the gospel.

  2. I enjoy Brannon Howse, as well, even though I feel like I’ve run a race after listening to his programs. 🙂 I also agree that we must stand firm against the liberals & emergents.

    I guess my question would be, then, were Christians ever supposed to focus on winning the culture?

    Another thought about all this is what comes to my mind when I hear about these documents is that those writing and signing them have taken their collective ‘eyes off the ball’, if you will allow that analogy. Yes, all Christians are supportive of the right to life and biblical marriage; however, aren’t those inherent to Scripture? It would seem that by separating them from the foundation of Scripture, they lose their authority.

    Just my thoughts…

    Thanks for your comments, Glenn!

  3. I think the big thing is that we have to teach a Christian worldview in our churches, which is something I’ve rarely seen. When those who call themselves Christian are buying into the world’s lies about abortion and homosexuality, it shows the church is not doing its job of teaching exactly what the Bible says about lifestyles in general – there’s too much “love” taught and not enough about God’s holiness.

    We do have to still engage the culture, but it is easier if we start in the Church and teach people what a Christian worldview entails; the more we get trained this way, the fewer there will be supporting the culture of sin.

    The problem with always beginning with God’s word in a secular world which doesn’t recognize God, is that you lose their audience. While with those who claim to be Christian or at least believe in God, you can use God’s word as the foundation. With others, you almost always have to use various scientific proofs that a child is a child no matter what stage of development, and that homosexual behavior causes emotional and physical damage against the human body. I’ve been able to do this argumentation with non believers.

    We still need to engage the culture, but we can’t spend as much time as many do to the detriment of building of the body of Christ.


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