Much has been written about the Manhattan Declaration in recent weeks by some well known Christian voices including Jacob Prasch, Phil Johnson, Steve Camp, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, and John MacArthur, to name but a few.
Today I read another statement made by Ralph Ovadal, Pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, which leaves me questioning what the proper (biblical) course of action needs to be by those in the Church who agree this is an ecumenical, unbiblical manifesto: in other words, what should my response be to those who willingly decided to align themselves with all other signers and the declarations content..
Pastor Ralph Ovadal’s statement:
The Manhattan Declaration is an ungodly manifesto, contemptuous of the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an ecumenical treatise, complete with a Romish gospel and shot through and through with popish error. Those evangelicals who have authored this document and who have led the way in signing it show themselves to be in rebellion to God. It is, in their case, a brazen manifesto of treason against the Lord Jesus Christ. And they are not friends but rather are enemies of Christian liberty in that they disobey and provoke the Author of liberty with their spiritual fornication, even wresting His word and corrupting His blood-bought church. It is the biblical duty of all faithful Christian pastors to stand against the evangelical authors of the Manhattan Declaration and all evangelicals who sign it or promote it in any way. Such betrayers of Christ and His church must be separated from and called to account by all faithful Christian ministers and people. (Ralph Ovadal, Pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin – A Short Statement in Response to the Manhattan Declaration)
Audio Sermons on the topic by Pastor Ralph Ovadel:
There are included in the list of early signatures names that many within the Christian community are familiar with and have grown to trust–like those of Albert Mohler, Kay Arthur, J.I. Packer, Chuck Swindoll, Michael Youssef, etc. (see list here). This early list only represents a small number, for since the declaration was posted on-line there have been over 290,000 people, including other Christian leaders, who have added their signatures.
If we truly acknowledge this is an ecumenical document, what should our response be toward those who signed it?