There’s a “Manhattan Declaration” being promoted in the US right now that is being signed by well-intentioned Christians. I just want to let you know why I wouldn’t. I am pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life and of real marriage and of the right of religious freedom. But read the whole thing–it also requires signees to agree that Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox leaders are, like us, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s not politically correct to say so, and even less politically correct to write so, but it is nevertheless an unavoidable, although unfortunate, truth, to say that those churches for the most part are not followers of Jesus Christ. They follow the traditions of men and “another gospel, which is really not another.”
So, yes, I’m pro-life and pro-heterosexual marriage and pro-freedom. But even more than that, I’m pro-Jesus and pro-gospel. And I won’t compromise those core principles in an attempt to advance the principles of the right to life and liberty that flow out of those core principles.
There is no fellowship between darkness and light. Those who are not on their way to heaven for all eternity are not our brothers here on the earth, and it simply wouldn’t be true to pretend they are so, even though it causes offense to point out that truth sometimes.
If you believe I am wrong, go stand for the truths of the gospel in a place where the religious landscape is controlled by the Vatican or by Eastern orthodoxy. I’ve done both, and can assure you that it will result in shunning and persecution when you stand for the truth that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. I appreciate the pro-life stands of those churches, but being pro-life doesn’t save people from sins. Faith in Jesus, who died for our sins and rose again does.
Another weakness in the declaration from the born-again believer’s standpoint — it specifically calls on “unbelievers” to stand against abortion and gay marriage as foundational principles. That simply isn’t the message our Lord has commissioned us to give “unbelievers.” We’re not called to tell the lost world to “be good,” but to implore them to “believe the gospel” and “be reconciled unto God.” We are His ambassadors for this purpose.