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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration


By now, many of you have no doubt heard of The Manhattan Declaration. If not, I would encourage you to read THIS post from Justin Taylor's blog to familiarize yourself with what it is. Though there is an impressive list of "religious leaders" who signed it (Including: Randy Alcorn, Kay Arthur, Dr. Bryan Chapell, Chuck Colson, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Wayne Grudem, Rev. Tim Keller, Josh McDowell, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Dr. J.I. Packer, Chuck Swindoll, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Ravi Zacharias) I consider it an act of compromise to be on the list. For an explanation of my reasoning, I would direct you to the following:

The Manhattan Declaration: Why didn’t you sign it, R.C.? by R.C. Sproul

The Manhattan Declaration by John MacArthur

Nineteen questions for signers of "The Manhattan Declaration" by Dan Phillips

Standing for truth, in any realm, must never come at the expense of the Gospel. It is the Gospel alone that is "of first importance" (see 1 Cor. 15:1-4). To compromise there, is to compromise everywhere. Unfortunately, that is exactly what The Manhattan Declaration, and those who have signed it, have done.