Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
What caused the collapse of civilized society in Germany in the 1930s was the abandonment of ethics and the failure of the Church-except for a brave few-to stand for truth. Dr. Timothy George makes the case brilliantly in a half-hour talk comparing the Manhattan Declaration and the Barmen Declaration crafted by the confessing Church after the Nazis had taken power. You'll be struck by the incredible parallels between the documents, which simply underscore the urgency of the moment for Christians to rally behind the orthodox faith and defend the most foundational truths.I urge you to watch Dr. George's presentation from the VALS Conference in March at Colorado Christian University at at http://www.ccu.edu/vals/video/.
In today's morally troubled times, just as in the 1930s, the Church must rise up and stand for Truth and virtue. This is why the Manhattan Declaration was drafted and why now nearly 500,000 people have signed it.But supporting the Manhattan Declaration doesn't stop with just your signature.
We need you to:
1)Share the Manhattan Declaration with your friends and urge them to sign it;
2)Use the Manhattan Declaration to engage in public dialog in a winsome way;
3)Get your local church to teach on the Manhattan Declaration.
It's that time of year again as many churches are already planning for the next year's sermons and church activities. If you are clergy, we are requesting that as you start planning for next year, please consider the following sermon topics accordingly:
Religious Libertyon Sunday, January 15, 2012.
Sanctity of Life and pro-lifeon January 22, 2012 (the anniversary ofRoe v. Wade).
Dignity of Marriageon February 12th, 2012 during National Marriage Week USA. We also ask you to list your marriage courses onwww.nationalmarriageweekusa.org.
*If you are a lay person, would you please ask your clergy to do the above.
As one of the signers of the Manhattan Declaration, you want to know that on April 29-30, 2011, Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians will be gathering at Houston Baptist University to discuss: Health Care in a Secular Culture: The Consciences of Physicians and Nurses at Risk. You are invited to attend and can register HERE!