24 November 2009

To Sign or Not to Sign?

A lot of people have been applauding some evangelical leaders for signing the recent Manhattan Declaration. While I greatly respect some of the now-signatories, I have to say that I disagree with their choice to add their names to this document. I unequivocally agree with the document's stance on the social issues it addresses (sanctity of human life, sanctity of marriage, and religions liberty). However, I disagree with the fact that these social issues have been placed ahead of this country's true problem, which is a nonexistent or anemic (at best) understanding and view of and respect for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's stand up and declare the Biblical Gospel as we are called to do by Jesus Himself. This is, after all, the only thing that will save a dying individual, or a dying nation.

Moreover, by formally attaching their names to this document, evangelical leaders have now aligned themselves with two groups who, like it or not, do not preach the same Biblical gospel. The Manhattan Declaration has been signed by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Christians. And yet in the document, all are lumped together as "Christians" and "we". It's only natural then that all who see Dr. Al Mohler's name (who I greatly respect, by the way and whose reasons for signing the declaration can be found here) on this document will assume he holds to similar faith traditions as the Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and yet I think it's safe to say that his Southern Baptist background would heartily disagree with many of the doctrines of both of these groups! Do you see the danger? Oh, we have to be so careful to remain purely in the Truth and purely aligned with the Truth in all things!

Dr. John MacArthur states his objections to signing the Manhattan Declaration far better than I ever could.  You can read his statement here.

Will I forever banish these evangelical leaders and their teachings from my iPod playlist? No. But I will continue to be discerning as we all must do in these dwindling days.

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