Darryl Hart on the Manhattan Declaration

At the Front Porch Republic.


Here’s Mike Horton’s critique.

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  1. RSC,

    Would you agree that those who signed ought to be admonished and marked out per 2 Thess. 3:13-15 and 2 Cor. 6:14-18? It seems to me that they have erred greatly in tacitly approving the redefinition of the gospel by signing their names to a watered down, ecumenical treatise. This does not seem to be a Romans 14 issue.

    And I have a follow up; assuming that there are at least some who are in agreement with the position above, then in my view the next obvious step resulting from TMD is the question of applying proper church discipline to the rogue signers, whether they stand in the pulpit or sit in the pew.

    Assuming this is the case, in your opinion how should the process of church discipline begin? Since TMD is a very public document and the signers names and church/denominational affiliations are therefore very public should local bodies comb TMD for their pastors, elders, deacons, and members and bring forth formal charges?

    I don’t believe this is a Matthew 18 issue because the sin isn’t private against a brother, but rather seems to require public admonishment and marking out.

    I’ve not heard anybody talking about applying proper church discipline over TMD yet, but this is God’s prescribed way to maintain the purity of Christ’s church, and it’s not an option, but a commandment.

    Your thoughts?

    In Christ,

  2. Professor R. Scott Clark: “No, I don’t agree.

    I don’t agree either. What a silly idea.

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