The declaration is a pledge in defense of life, religious liberty and traditional marriage.
The Manhattan Declaration is a wake-up for the church," writes Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and co-author of the declaration. "It is also crystal-clear message to civil authorities that we will not, under any circumstances, stand idly by as our religious freedom comes under assault."
Freedom and liberty are the foundation of civil order and a sound economy, without defending them, the future will only further deteriorate.
According to ManhattanDeclaration.org, over 93,000 others in the last few days have added their signatures to the list of 152 Christian leaders who have committed to the pledge.
The website states that the declaration calls upon all fellow citizens to join in defending "fundamental truths about justice and the common good," namely:
• The sanctity of human life
• The dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
• The rights of conscience and religious liberty.
"We've always said that we will never compromise what we believe," Colson said, "but this is the first time that all of us have come together across confessional lines and said, 'We're prepared to pay the price. You cannot cross this line, otherwise we will pay the price – we will suffer if we must to avoid doing evil.'"
Christians are preparing to defend their freedoms to worship, to speech and to obey God when confronted with laws that prohibit them. This is a line in the sand to protect America from further deteriorating.
Liberty and freedom are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and were foundational of the creation of our nation, directly resulting in our prosperity. It was not by accident that the U.S. became the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.
It was primarily because of the wide spread teachings of Jesus Christ that personal freedom and liberty were embrased and led to great breakthroughs and highest level of productivity the world has ever seen.
In the last century, the U.S. has also given more money away then any nation in history and remains one of the only defenders of faith and teachers of capitalism.
But over the last 30-40 years, much of the teachings of Jesus Christ have been replaced with teachings of Humanism (the goodness of people) taught in public schools today which has resulted in the first Post-Christian President in 2008.
Since then Obama has increased the over expanding government, further driving the economy into the ground and further reducing our freedom and liberty. His latest plan is to socialize Healthcare and force Christians to promote, sponsor and perform Abortions.
The hate crimes bill also attacks religion freedom by threatening pastors with jail if they preach what Jesus Christ taught was sin against God.
I didn’t think it would come to this so quickly, but the very fact that the Christian leaders felt compelled to create the Manhattan Declaration is a clear sign that we are approaching a period of civil breakdown.
This is going to force Christians off the fence. The millions that claim to be Christians are going to have to start to decide if they are really willing to bare that label. Christians that are ‘luke warm’ are soon going to have to choose whether they are going to obey the civil law or God’s law.
What will you do? You can sign the declaration here.
I think we have two choices, either we increase morality or we increase government and right now we are clearly increasing government.