Phil Johnson on the latest, in a long line of ridiculous, and unbiblical ecumenical manifestos,
“Another silly manifesto has been issued by some “top evangelical, Catholic, and mainline” officials, outlining new rules of engagement for missionary and evangelistic work. The document is full of ecumenical argot and liberal gobbledegook. It employs the most passionate special pleading for pluralistic, postmodern, and politically correct values—urging Christians to “cooperate with other religious communities engaging in interreligious advocacy towards justice and the common good and, wherever possible, standing together in solidarity with people who are in situations of conflict.”
But the document never once shows the slightest concern for getting the content of the gospel message correct. It is, in fact, a denunciation of evangelical principles; it is by no means a valid statement of evangelical mission.
Why are front-row evangelical leaders so enthralled with drafting formal statements and grandiose-sounding declarations? Virtually every year since the release of the first “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” statement in 1994, some group or another (usually consisting of self-appointed “evangelical” strategists and Christianity Today contributing editors) gets together to repudiate evangelical principles and discuss post-evangelical strategies—while pretentiously laying claim to leadership in the amorphous evangelical movement.
In the end, with great fanfare, they invariably issue “a historic manifesto.” The profound historic significance of their work is typically declared by the drafters themselves in the lead sentence of all their press releases. And for some reason or another, Chuck Colson’s name is prominent in most of the groups drafting these documents.….[continue reading here]
(HT: Tony Zabala)