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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sproul and the Manhattan Project

R.C. has finally weighed in as to why he didn't sign the Manhattan Declaration.

When this document first became public, I remember people asking if whether or not he would sign it as if the guy's signature sealed the legitimacy of the thing. He notes other non-signers as well like John MacArthur and pretty much agrees with their sentiments of why they didn't sign it.

Now I await all the finger wagging bad mouthers to write up their disdainful blog articles against him.

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Blogger Truth Unites... and Divides said...

In this post by Dr. Ligon Duncan, President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, he wrote:

"It should be made clear that those Council members who did not sign the document agree with what the document says about the social issues it addresses. Their concern is that the document implies an agreement between evangelicals and Catholics on the Gospel where there is in fact not an agreement. Conversely, those Council members who signed the document fully understand the agreement on the documents' statement on social issues that they share with those who didn't sign, and also fully appreciate the non-signers' concerns for Gospel clarity and fidelity. However, the Council members who signed do not believe that the document commits them to an agreement with Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox on the nature of the Gospel, the Church or who is a true Christian.

The issue boils down to a matter of judgment, not a disagreement in principle, between those Council members who signed and didn't sign. The non-signers believe that the content of the document and the associations of the primary authors imply an ECT-like confusion about the Gospel. The signers believe that the explicit assertions and emphasis of the documents relate only to areas of principled social-ethical agreement between evangelicals and non-evangelicals. Further, they believe that it is important for individuals from the major quadrants of the historic Christian tradition to speak on these pressing matters in solidarity."

I would hope that there are not "finger wagging bad mouthers" about "to write up their disdainful blog articles against him."

12:54 PM, December 09, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I hope not either. The stuff that has been sent to us makes a person think that John is the only one who didn't sign it.

Maybe you can alert me when that Sandlin guy writes up something about RC being an inconsistent lordship believer.

1:11 PM, December 09, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

James White weighs in.

8:59 AM, December 10, 2009  
Blogger Truth Unites... and Divides said...

I commend this article by Dr. Niel Nielson, President of Covenant College, titled "Why I Almost Didn't Sign the Manhattan Declaration."

Here are some excerpts, but do read the entire article:

“I realized as well that the Declaration, while implying that the signers may agree on the nature and meaning of the gospel, does not define the gospel in any way that I find objectionable, i.e. by signing I was not affirming any heterodox, unbiblical view of the gospel. My signature – and this is important – signals my agreement with the Declaration as it explicitly and specifically stands, and nothing more.

To critics of the Declaration who say that it implies agreement with Catholics and Orthodox on the nature and meaning of the biblical gospel, I say that such implication is possible but certainly not necessary. To critics of the Declaration who say that it commits the signers to agreement with Catholics and Orthodox on the nature and meaning of the biblical gospel, I say strongly, “No, it does not.” I disagree with official Catholic and Orthodox understandings of the gospel, and embrace wholeheartedly our Protestant Reformation theology, grounded in the Scriptures and summarized most beautifully and convincingly in the Westminster Standards. The Declaration not only does not in any way violate those Standards, but in fact flows from them.”

I heartily commend Dr. Nielson’s thoughtful article.

2:47 PM, December 11, 2009  

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