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WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE MANHATTAN DECLARTION?



Posted: 10/13/11

What is Wrong With The Manhattan Declaration

A coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders, calling themselves "Christians" and "fellow believers," have joined together in ecumenical unity to fight 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 byChuck Colson and Princeton University professor Robert George, a Roman Catholic.

After reading the Manhattan Declaration, we believe it may have the same effect as The Manhattan Project of the 1940's, an atomic blast on Christian faith. Anytime born-again Christians link arms with unregenerate professing Christians, even for ostensibly moral purposes, they are impeding the Great Commission. The fallout from Chuck Colson's previous attempts to reverse the Reformation has been devastating to the evangelical church. He has influenced many evangelical leaders to embrace Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of biblical Christianity. According to the second Evangelicals and Catholics Together Accord (ECT II) that Colson drafted in 1997, the following differences should not divide Catholics and Evangelicals as "brothers and sisters in Christ": baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, sacramental grace, justification by works, purgatory, indulgences, the role of Mary and the saints in salvation and salvation for those not evangelized.

Many of the signers of Colson's Evangelicals and Catholics Together Accord have given their name to this Declaration as well. Purposefully, the Gospel is never defined, explained or presented in the Manhattan Declaration. This is because the signatories embrace contradictory and opposing views on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The implication throughout the document is that Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Evangelicals share a common faith. There is nothing that could be further from the truth. Evangelicals and Catholics submit to different authorities, read different Bibles, worship a different Jesus, believe a different Gospel, have a different view of sin and are on a different path to eternity. Furthermore we disagree on the necessity, sufficiency and efficacy of our Lord Jesus Christ in the salvation of sinners. There can never be unity between true Christianity and apostate or counterfeit Christianity. Believers and unbelievers are as distinctively different as light and darkness (2 Cor. 6:14-18). Have we forgotten the Reformers who were tortured and burned at the stake for refusing to compromise with Rome? The apostle Paul never signed unity accords with people who perverted the Gospel of Jesus Christ; he condemned them with anathema (Gal. 1:6-9). It was Paul's great fear that we would put up with counterfeit Christians who preach another Jesus and another gospel (2 Cor. 11:4). He warned us that these false apostles and deceitful workers, who disguise themselves as brothers in Christ, could corrupt our minds and lead us astray (2 Cor. 11:13). In these times of great deception and compromise we must heed his warnings. People who preach another gospel are not Christians; they have betrayed Christ. The true church ought to rise upagainst such persons and declare that they are not Christians. They are counterfeits who shame the name of Jesus.

Although it is good to unite as co-belligerents with one 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 (Jude 3). However, we must remember that this is a spiritual battle which can only be won through fervent prayer and the proclamation of the 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. If Evangelicals must put their names on accords, why not remain sanctified and set apart by drafting our own accords? We can start by declaring our unity was established when the Holy Spirit baptized us into one Body upon believing the one and only Gospel of grace (1 Cor. 12:13).

Throughout the history of the church Satan has unleashed his fiery darts against the Christian faith. He has been most successful when God's children lack discernment. Charles Spurgeon said, "To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus." Since we have been sanctified by the truth, we must remain separate for God's glory and purpose."

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By Mike Gendron

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What is Right with the Manhattan Declaration?
Posted On: 10/26/11 12:35:00 AM Age 0, MN
What is the purpose of the Manhattan Declaration? Have you actually read it? Does it promote any, yes, any non-biblical position? Quite to the contrary. The positions stated are all referenced to scripture. The authors have challenged us to take a stand for righteousness, as defined by almighty God Himself by asking that we sign a personal commitment to the issues defined in the document. The issues involved are crucial and address unrighteousness being imposed by the civil authorities upon our nation. No one is being asked to join any church or political party in this document. We are being asked to state our commitment to righteous principles even if there is a cost to ourselves, and there may well be. I for one am in lockstep with the principles involved and will stand shoulder to shoulder with any fellow citizen who supports these principles, even though he is not an evangelical. Have you ever witnessed the violence of an abortion? Do you know the actual consequences of a same sex union? What of the medical professional who has to give up their profession when forced to perform against conscience? These are only a few of the very real situations today. We are called to be salt to preserve and light to shine on wrongs. God calls these evils a reproach to a nation. Even the unrighteous suffer the consequences of evil although unaware why. Frankly, the church has failed or these issues would not exist today. I am pained to say that there are only 475,000 signatures to these principles and there should be 47,000,000 or more if the righteous cared. We have been asked to stand for Godly principles and have looked for excuses to forsake them. I believe the authorities rightly see how divided the Christians are and that we would rather fight among ourselves than take a righteous stand. I am totally committed to purity of doctrine in the church itself and I honor those who defend that, but I believe we owe it to our fellow citizens, even non-Christians who stand with us in defense of Godly principles. It cannot be disputed that the Catholic Church was very lonely in defending life for a long time. It was the righteous thing to do and they did it, not the church purists. Although we ourselves are evangelical our own involvement in pro-life began through a Catholic organization called “Birthright.” At the time it was the “only game in town” but because they were there innocent lives were saved. I ask you, whatever can be wrong with supporting a document which adheres to the following statement? And I quote. “Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family. It was in this tradition that a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars released the Manhattan Declaration on November 20, 2009 at a press conference in Washington, DC. The 4,700-word declaration speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas.” We are not supporting the writers of the document nor are we stating that every belief of every one of them is affirmed. We are not stating that all roads lead to Heaven and that everyone is saved. We are declaring that we believe and support these principles that are Godly to the exclusion of any other position.



To "Unregenerate"
Posted On: 10/24/11 06:35:39 PM Age 0, IN
Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth and the Light, NO one comes to the Father BUT by Me> ! If anyone tries another way, he is a thief and it will not work. Jesus also stated that unless we believe that HE is, we will die in our sin. When He said that, what HE actually said is that unless we believe HE is GOD in the flesh we will not find salvation. If one does not agree with what GOD has stated in the Bible, we as Christians are not to embrace them. We are to reveal their error and that is what this site is doing. The bottom line is that if anyone states they are a Christian but has not accepted that Jesus IS GOD and have confessed their sin and have asked GOD to credit the payment Jesus made to their account, they are NOT a Christian. What gives us the authority to say this? THE BIBLE!

the truth
Posted On: 10/21/11 05:16:32 PM Age 0, KY
thanks mike for the truth its good to hear the true gospel with all the garbage that is taught by all these false teachers straight is the way that leads to life this is becoming more and more evident every day, keep up the good work. h hutchison



Contradictory Statements
Posted On: 10/20/11 04:51:08 PM Age 0, WI
"Anytime born-again Christians link arms with unregenerate professing Christians, even for ostensibly moral purposes, they are impeding the Great Commission." According to that statement, our efforts to criminalize abortion through the government and to encourage non-Christians to vote for pro-life candidates are impeding the Great Commission. I don't think you believe that.

unregenerate?
Posted On: 10/18/11 12:11:53 PM Age 0, WI
And what makes someone an "unregenerate Christian", other than they ascribe to a different doctrinal view, creed or confession than yours or mine? And how does one become ordained in this holy mission of separating the truly regenerate from the not so?



The Truth
Posted On: 10/18/11 09:03:04 AM Age 0, NE
Yeshua told us that He alone is the only way to the Father. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and the only way to the Father is through Him. The Roman Catholic Church took away our Hebraici Roots. Yeshua kept the Torah of His Father. In John 14:15 Yeshua says if you love Me, you will keep my commands. Those commands are His Fathers commands. He did not do away with the Torah, Sabbath or change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. G-D DOES NOT CHANGE!!! We are to keep the Sabbath, and the Holy Days of the L-RD. They are NOT just Jewish festivals. The Word tells us they are the HOLY DAYS of the L-RD and we are to keep them. The L-RD DOES NOT change. Mary

Why I'm Not Signing the Manhattan Declaration
Posted On: 10/18/11 08:55:52 AM Age 0, NE
"To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus." Amen! Listen to "Why I'm Not Signing the Manhattan Declaration" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/tapelist.php#T836.

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