Alistair Begg has released a statement explaining why he cannot sign the recent Manhattan Declaration. Some evangelicals like Al Mohler have given reasons why they can sign the document with a clear conscience. Begg gives good reasons why that the gospel message should not be overlooked when considering ecumenical agreement on social issues. It is a tough call in the times in which we live. The cultural ground is shifting beneath us forcing us to make choices. Upon which hills will we die? Begg gives a good historical/theological reason why we must take care with what we endorse:
In accord with others who have chosen not to sign, my reservation is not with the issues themselves, or in standing with others who share the same concerns, but it is in signing a declaration along with a group of leading churchmen, when I happen to believe that the teaching of some of their churches is in effect a denial of the biblical gospel. I wonder whether it might not have been more advantageous for evangelicals to unite on this matter, rather than seeking cooperation with segments from Rome, Eastern Orthodoxy and the Latter Day Saints. The necessary co-belligerence, as far as I’m concerned, can never be rooted in a Gospel other than that which has been given to us.