A few years back I was asked by a young Christian couple how serious I thought the last day falling away would get before the end. I recall telling them to be prepared for anything. That before the apostasy is full we should be prepared, and not taken by surprise, even if a number of those we know personally and are long time followers of Christ, perhaps even our pastor’s, drift off into serious compromise and sadly, even fall away from the truth.
I followed it up by telling them not to place (blind) faith in any man or Christian institution, but to reserve that honor for Christ only. That we’re to follow (or rather give heed to) earthly bible teachers, only as long as they follow Christ and truth.
This all came back to me this evening while reading the latest newsletter from Jan Markell at Olive Tree Ministries. It concerned the Manhattan Declaration. She obviously supports it.
I won’t post the entire letter, as I’m sure its up at her website, or will be shortly, but only point out what disturbed me:
But some very prominent Evangelicals would not sign on to this declaration as they say the gospel is nowhere presented or explained. They suggest it is because of the contradictory views held by the broad range of signatories regarding what the Bible teaches and what it means to be a Christian. They suggest Evangelicals are uniting in an ecumenical way with what they call “various apostate traditions” and those who represent “a different gospel.” These men and women are standing on their convictions as well.
We are all aware of the Bible’s warnings not to be unequally yoked. This is the biggest drawback to The Manhattan Declaration. And all ecumenical endeavors put us on the road to the one-world religion. The question is, could signing this be an exception in light of the tide of our times and the need for a unified effort to stop evil?
While there are troubling names heading up The Manhattan Declaration who are outside of the Evangelical camp and who represent that “different gospel,” there are also some very sound leaders who have signed on. I would be honored to identify with the likes of Kay Arthur, Dr. Albert Mohler, Tony Perkins…(any emphasis was in the letter)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is NEVER a time nor should there be an exception made: we are to never knowingly ignore God’s word.
The bible is very clear on the issue in question:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
Especially in this instance when Jan Markell mentions the admonition (from 2 Cor.6) herself, so is very much aware of it.
While I’m not making a claim that Jan Markell has fallen away from the truth–I am saying her even considering ignoring God’s word, and posing the question of this “possibly” being an “exception” (for whatever reason) is a serious step down the slippery slope of dangerous compromise and apostasy.
But I get the feeling this is where all the recent talk about the “common good” is attempting to lead us.
Keep your eyes on Christ folks, get them off of man…