Manhattan Declaration

I would encourage anyone who remotely claims to follow Christ (or even those who merely want to stand for what’s right) to sign the Manhattan Declaration.

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.

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  1. Chris (A.K.A: Tiny)
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I’m all for number 1 and number 3…

    But…

    Number 2 contradicts number 3.

    You can’t honor the rights of conscience and religious liberty if you’re telling a gay Christian couple that they aren’t correct in some way.

    Anyone who would sign this is a hypocrite.

    If you’re truely Christian (the correct Christian as you should be) you wouldn’t judge anyone as you aren’t suppose to. That is God’s job, not yours. Remember that.

  2. Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ll go with all 3. I’m pretty sure the Bible says man shouldn’t lay with man, animals, etc…

    You can be gay if you want to… and yes, you have the same rights that I do, you can get married if you choose to someone of the opposite gender.

    You can be gay if you want to… and as a Christian, I will be polite and nice to you. But as a Christian, I know it’s not condoned by the Bible… and is considered sin…

    I’m really put out by some denominations allow openly gay ministers.

    There’s too much of what I call “candy store Christianity” these days. People think you show up, wave your arms in the air to some fake rock music or sappy ballad and all is good until next week. No. Christians are walked all over because too many of us refuse to stand up and say, NO, enough is enough and make their beliefs and feelings known.

  3. Pastor Russ
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    #2 does not contradict #3. Christian liberty is Christian only if the liberty fits within God’s overall design for human life. Openly sinful behaviour cannot in any way be considered Christian liberty. I am not at liberty to openly sin and then hid behind the “judge not” card. For example, I cannot practice polygamy and then claim that my Christian liberty allows me to do so. The same goes for homosexual behaviour. God’s Word clearly declares homosexual behaviour to be sinful. To allow homosexual behaviour in the name of Christian liberty is to ignore God’s very clear instruction on that issue.

  4. Marco
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    So Hume is saying if Tiger was a Christian he wouldn’t have cheated on his wife? Funny, but I can think of dozens of prominent Christians who have been involved in sordid affairs of all kinds – hetero and homosexual. Jimmy Swaggart scandal in case anyone has selective amnesia on this topic.

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    Just because one group does not approve of another’s lifestyle does not grant them the right to deny the other their rights as equal citizens, and I will defend this view as long as I live.

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  21. Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ll go with all 3. I’m pretty sure the Bible says man shouldn’t lay with man, animals, etc…

    You can be gay if you want to… and yes, you have the same rights that I do, you can get married if you choose to someone of the opposite gender.

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    I’m really put out by some denominations allow openly gay ministers.

    There’s too much of what I call “candy store Christianity” these days. People think you show up, wave your arms in the air to some fake rock music or sappy ballad and all is good until next week. No. Christians are walked all over because too many of us refuse to stand up and say, NO, enough is enough and make their beliefs and feelings known.

  22. Posted September 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

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