John MacArthur's comment on the Manhattan Declaration. Here is the excerpt:
Here are the main reasons I am not signing the Manhattan Declaration, even though a few men whom I love and respect have already affixed their names to it:
â˘ Although I obviously agree with the documentâs opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, and other key moral problems threatening our culture, the document falls far short of identifying the one true and ultimate remedy for all of humanityâs moral ills: the gospel. The gospel is barely mentioned in the Declaration. At one point the statement rightly acknowledges, âIt is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of seasonââand then adds an encouraging wish: âMay God help us not to fail in that duty.â Yet the gospel itself is nowhere presented (much less explained) in the document or any of the accompanying literature. Indeed, that would be a practical impossibility because of the contradictory views held by the broad range of signatories regarding what the gospel teaches and what it means to be a Christian.
â˘ This is precisely where the document fails most egregiously. It assumes from the start that all signatories are fellow Christians whose only differences have to do with the fact that they represent distinct âcommunities.â Points of disagreement are tacitly acknowledged but are described as âhistoric lines of ecclesial differencesâ rather than fundamental conflicts of doctrine and conviction with regard to the gospel and the question of which teachings are essential to authentic Christianity.
â˘ Instead of acknowledging the true depth of our differences, the implicit assumption (from the start of the document until its final paragraph) is that Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant Evangelicals and others all share a common faith in and a common commitment to the gospelâs essential claims. The document repeatedly employs expressions like âwe [and] our fellow believersâ; âAs Christians, we . . .â; and âwe claim the heritage of . . . Christians.â That seriously muddles the lines of demarcation between authentic biblical Christianity and various apostate traditions.