Important Christian Documents


If you check up on religious news and scan religious blogs you’ve probably already heard about The Manhattan Declaration

This is what they summarize what it is…

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.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

You can read the whole Declaration here.  It doesn’t take long to read.    The Declaration was drafted by Robert George, Timothy George, and Chuck Colson.  The list of original signers include prominent evangelicals like: Peter Akinola, Randy Alcorn, Leith Anderson, Kay Arthur, Joel Belz, Bryan Chapell, James Dobson, Wayne Grudem, Tim Keller, Duane Litfin, Herb Lusk, Josh McDowell, Al Mohler, Marvin Olasky, J.I. Packer, Neal Plantinga, Dennis Rainey, Ron Sider, Joni Erickson Tada, and Ravi Zacharias.

Below are a couple of links to comments on the Declaration:

Timothy George on ‘The Manhattan Declaration’

Why I Signed ‘The Manhattan Declaration’ by Al Mohler

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Click here for why Albert Mohler didn’t sign the document and his comments and analysis of the document.

 

Since were on statements, coupled with the fact that you’ve probably seen in the news the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern State of Israel, here is a recent evangelical statement regarding the gospel and Jewish people with an extensive list of signers.  Check it out here.

Justin Taylor who blogs Between Two Worlds gives an excellent summary of what has been released today called An Evangelical ManifestoIn their words, it is “an open declaration of who Evangelicals are and what they stand for. It has been drafted and published by a representative group of Evangelical leaders who do not claim to speak for all Evangelicals, but who invite all other Evangelicals to stand with them and help clarify what Evangelical means in light of “confusions within and the consternation without” the movement. As the Manifesto states, the signers are not out to attack or exclude anyone, but to rally and to call for reform.”

You SHOULD READ THE WHOLE THING, but you can also read the summary here.  You can also read an interview with Os Guinness, one of the men to spearhead this, here.