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The Church Fights Back: The Manhattan Declaration

The year was 1776. American patriots were fighting to defend their freedom from a tyrannical king and parliament in England. They had tried diplomacy; it had failed. They had extended an olive branch; it was rejected. The issue was freedom, and the Americans had come to a point where they had to draw a line and tell the king, "You have pushed us far enough. We will be pushed no further."

So in order to secure their freedom -- that which the colonists understood derived from God and not from any king -- the Continental Congress made a Declaration of Independence for the people of America.

Thomas Jefferson penned these immortal words in the opening of that famous document of liberty that set the stage for the revolution that was already underway:

"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

Today, Bible-believing Christians find themselves in an eerily similar situation as the activist Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the U.S. Federal Government move swiftly to deny religious liberties, and impose a radical anti-family, anti-Christian agenda upon the people of America.

Christian leaders today have arisen to echo the words of the colonial patriots, "You have pushed us far enough. We will be pushed no further."

To counter this anti-family, anti-religious movement, some key Christian leaders gathered on Friday, November 20th, in Washington, D.C., to announce what is being called The Manhattan Declaration -- a 4,732-word statement signed by a collection of Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christian leaders who are collaborating around moral issues of great concern.

You can read The Manhattan Declaration here.

More than 125 Christian leaders from various faith backgrounds have also signed this declaration, affirming the following: 

  • The sanctity of human life;
  • Marriage as defined by the union of one man and one woman; and
  • Religious liberty and freedom of conscience.

Addressed not only to Christians, but to the president, Congress, and civil authorities, the document calls for protection of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.

The Manhattan Declaration endorses civil disobedience under certain circumstances if it becomes necessary to defend our constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press.

Read the text of the Manhattan Declaration with a list of the 125+ signers at

For more information, go to

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# RE: The Church Fights Back: The Manhattan Declaration

To be "true" ambassadors of Christ the church must first really repent and return to righteous living, which means not sanctioning 2nd, 3rd, 4th unscriptural marriages, cohabitation outside of marriage, etc., within the laity and the "professional" ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also must "get back to the Bible" and live according to the words of Jesus Christ. Otherwise we are no better than the Pharisees Jesus strongly rebuked and told "you are of your father, the devil, who only speaks/lives lies! Judgement begins at the household of God!! It is our fault our nation is in "the state" that it is in.
Left by KarenClayton on Nov 21, 2009 3:38 PM

# RE: The Church Fights Back: The Manhattan Declaration

No one is truly free if Christians are denied Freedom of Speech, which should be protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Left by sfrasch on Nov 22, 2009 10:53 AM

# RE: The Church Fights Back: The Manhattan Declaration

Signing the Manhattan Declaration hopefully would be on the merits of belief in the policy as listed 1,2, and 3, not on any particular belief in religion but MORAL CONSCIENCE. I am glad someone is standing up for conscience in this country.
Left by R. Rupp on Feb 11, 2010 10:12 PM

# RE: The Church Fights Back: The Manhattan Declaration

Do you think a doctor should have to perform an abortion if it is against his moral conscience?
Left by R. Rupp on Feb 12, 2010 1:27 PM