The Manhattan Declaration
01-27-2010, 11:14 AM
RE: The Manhattan Declaration
According to the website,
Quote:"The goal of the drafters and original signers of the Manhattan Declaration is to build a movement of Christians willing to take a stand for the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and the rights of conscience and religious liberty." http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/shar...eclaration
What about just taking a stand for Jesus Christ, sharing Christ and using the Word of the God to govern that stand?
According to the FAQS.
Quote:2. How were Christian Leaders approached about signing this? What was the process?
The term "specially admired by the organizers" brings to mind:
1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The 'common good"? Which part of preaching the gospel is for making a political statement? There is nothing in the Scriptures to suggest we form political movements to further some moral issues in society.
2 Timothy 2:1-6 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
Posted in their information of "Why I signed" is an article by one of the drafters posted to Chuck Colsons website--one of the other drafters.
Quote:The Manhattan Declaration
So it's viewed as a 'move of the Spirit'. And part of proclaiming the gospel in other statements.
The reality is the compromise of Scripture under the guise of unity of Christ, 'for the common good' as some have stated. What people miss is that we are already united in Christ by the Holy Spirit---for those who belong to Jesus Christ. That is as real to me as the sky above. One doesn't become unified with the Body of Christ because of joining in a movement with goals or rhetoric that appeal to unbeleivers.
The whole religious liberty issue is again melded into this, just as it was with Evangelicals and Catholic together and so on. They are trying to force laws that officially make it so there is no persecution for those claiming to be Christians....because the drafters claim to be of Christ in those declarations also, Chuck Colson also being a drafter in the other public declarations.
The reality is, the world that rejects Christ, rejects the gospel and rejects those who proclaim it. Paul said those who live 'godly in Christ ', will suffer persecution. Notice what those verses are followed with.
2 Timothy 3:12-17 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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