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    R. C. Sproul on The Manhattan Declaration

    By now, most of our readers will be very much aware of the recently released Manhattan Declaration. Dr. R. C. Sproul has provided a written response here. To quote Dr. Sproul, "The Manhattan Declaration confuses common grace and special grace by combining them. While I would march with the bishop of Rome and an Orthodox prelate to resist the slaughter of innocents in the womb, I could never ground that cobelligerency on the assumption that we share a common faith and a unified understanding of the gospel." I wholeheartedly agree with Sproul's sentiments, and for the exact same reasons stated in his article, will not be adding my signature to the Manhattan Declaration. - Pastor John Samson, King's Church, Phoenix, Arizona.

    Posted by John Samson on December 10, 2009 12:09 PM


    Dear RC:
    I have been a fan of yours for years. I shall not change.
    However, the Manhattan Project is about supporting what Jesus wants not what different people believe. They are G-D's church not yours. So, don't split hairs over religion, but unite to keep Jesus a free and open belief in not only America, but in all nations. Winston Churchill said, "All it takes for evil to rule is for good men to do nothing!" Are you going to stand or be silent?


    RC can be contacted at - regarding your comment, Dan Phillips wrote the following:

    Challenge: We must sign The Manhattan Declaration, or we don't care about the lives of babies.

    Response A: When did caring about physical life and the non-negotiable priority of caring about the purity of the Gospel through which God brings eternal life become an either/or? Please show the math.

    Response B: How is endangering people's souls through muddying Gospel clarity essential for saving babies' lives? Please show the math.


    While this may seem like splitting hairs, it is not.
    The men who put this together do have a common interest.
    And they are as sincere as they can be.
    However what this document does is the same thing the secular congress does, it uses ear-marks or Pork so to speak. Actually it adds them, makes an all inclusive statement or assumption. The wording places the signers on a wide path so to speak. A path compromised. A path that falsely states there are many paths to salvation, cause we are all unified in this moral (even though there are biblical principals) idea.
    All the principals are tied to the 2nd half of the commandments (murder, lust) at the expense of the 1st (You shall have no other gods before me). The cart is before the horse.
    And when some (Like RC Sproul) point this out, they are being accused of not just ignoring a most important principal, but for being correct.
    Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, read a majority of the same bible texts that is in the Christian Bible, but the small amount of texts that they read (twist) wrongly, makes all the difference between Heaven and Hell.

    The gospel defines our unity as "Christians". Paul had much in common with the Galatian Judiazers but because they messed up the Gospel, he could not call them brothers, in fact, he called then "false brothers." (Gal 2:4).

    Outside of the Gospel, how can there be Christian unity? Unity in fighting an evil in society, yes - sure.. but "Christian" unity, no.

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