Well, I just read all the signators of the Manhattan Declaration and I have to admit I am in ten more times in shock than I was with the ECTI and II signers. Here are a few that I would have never guessed during my lifetime would call Eastern Orthodox and Catholics "Christians" in the same sense as we Protestants understand that term. But then, that is the way nowadays.....synthesis, synthesis, synthesis. The "regulars" of the Christian Right didn't surprise me as they will get into bed with anyone who shares their political and moral beliefs. Perhaps I am being too narrow so will think about my view on this. But here are the ones I'm really amazed at:
*I guess Albert Mohler is the biggest surprise to me, although he explains his decision here.
Here are some more that astonished me:
*Michael Easley (President emiritus, Moody Bible Inatitute)
*Rev. Jonathan Fallwell (son of Jerry)
*Steven Garofalo (apologist)
*Dr. Timothy George (Beeson)
*Dr. Dennis Hollinger (Gordon-Conwell)
*J. I. Packer
*James and Betty Robison
Many of the above are very Reformed and have for years excoriated the Catholic faith. And now they are signing stuff with them and calling them "Christians?" Maybe I'm wrong, but I see some hypocrisy here. Dan Phillips has a great question to ask these people (out of nineteen):
If your son or daughter were to tell you that he or she wants to join the Orthodox or Roman Catholic church, "Because anyway, you said they were Christians just like you are, except for 'ecclesial difference'---how would you respond?
I would love to hear how these people answered that one.