What is the Manhattan Declaration?
The Manhattan Declaration was drafted by Dr. Robert George, Dr. Timothy George and Chuck Colson of Breakpoint Ministries. The Manhattan Declaration is a document that is intended to unite ultra-conservative Christians from a variety of backgrounds into one political movement. There has been nearly half a million conservative "Christians" that have signed this document (and counting). The overall goal of this alliance is to fight against the Left's global secular push against those who hold sacred Judean/ Christian values. The heart of this document seeks the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of one man and one woman, and the rights of conscience and religious liberty. These are indeed noble and virtuous ideals, but what is most tragic about this document is that this ecumenical allegiance of "Christians" brings many different FALSE CHRISTS to the table. When it comes right down to it, these place social and moral issues above SOUND Biblical doctrine and its sole authority in all matters pertaining to life and godliness (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:3; 1 John 1:6). This ecumenical compromise is one of the most subtle errors of our day, and many are being drinking the heretical Kool-Aid and are greatly deceived by the type of alliance it promotes. Many of the Religious Right’s conservative activist groups and publications have also sought to encourage their viewers to sign this ecumenical pact.
"When it comes right down to it, these place social and moral issues above SOUND Biblical doctrine and its sole authority in all matters pertaining to life and godliness."
Although the Manhattan Declaration appears to be a good and noble endeavor for the promotion of social and moral conservative reforms, a great evil exists therein. Look at how these petitioners have fashioned it. Instead of simply putting forth a politically conservative ideology, they have identified themselves with their “Christian” denominations and personal, relativistic beliefs about the Bible. In doing so, they have “crossed the line” of Biblical sanctification and opened wide the doors of apostasy and damnable heresies (Matt. 7:15; Gal. 2:4; 1 Tim 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4).
In their ignorance and unbelief, these Manhattan Declaration signers have crossed this line and seem to be oblivious to this most pertinent of all realities. They are - perhaps unknowingly - promoting a Conservativism without Christ.
The “Conservative First” Mentality
(This section is for born again believers only who have placed their faith in God’s Savior and saving grace as Holy Scripture dictates (John 1:12; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 5:1, 10:4; Eph. 2:8-9).
Today, many Bible believers and Evangelicals are also drinking the poisonous Kool-Aid of seeking first to be a Conservative rather than a true Christian. The “Tea Partiers” are a great example of this. First let me say that the Tea Party movement in America is desired and needful for the advancement of conservatism, Natural Laws and returning to the founding principles of our nation such as low taxation and small government. American voices absolutely need to be heard today and we should do our part, but for the true believer in Christ, these Tea Parties should NEVER be a replacement for our earthly and heavenly expectations - including Christ’s soon coming (1 Thess. 4:15-18; 1 John 3:2).
Redeeming the Time Wisely For The Lord
Those who have professed a genuine trust in Christ ought to be looking for His soon coming and redeem the time, for the days are indeed evil (Eph. 5:16; 6:13). That alone should be our “great commission” for the advancement of the gospel (good news), its outworking and fulfillment (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 2 Tim. 1:9). When we (the Ignorant Fishermen Brigade) attend these Tea Parties, we are not only fighting the secular, socialistic powers in Washington D.C. (which is our duty as American citizens here in time), but we are putting forth God’s Word and getting out His gospel (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Cor. 15:2-4) to our fellow conservatives with the message, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
In these Last Days may we be doing our part for “God and country” while never confusing or compromising the given order. May we be seeking ONLY God’s highest and best for all Americans and the world, which is having a saving relationship to Jesus Christ and the reality of sound Biblical teaching of Holy Scripture (2 Cor. 9:13; Phil. 3:12; 1 Tim. 6:2; 2 Tim. 4:15-16).
Beloved, The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!
Edited by BEL I.F.
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