May 2, 2008
Manifesto Denounces Politicized Faith
A document called the "Evangelical Manifesto" will be released Wednesday, critiquing evangelicals who wage culture wars.
The statement, called "An Evangelical Manifesto," condemns Christians on the right and left for "using faith to express political views without regard to the truth of the Bible."
"That way faith loses its independence, Christians become `useful idiots' for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology," the draft states.
Evangelicals such as author and speaker Os Guinness and president of Fuller Seminary Richard Mouw signed the statement.
According to the AP, drafters say evangelicals have often expressed "truth without love," helping create a backlash against religion during a "generation of culture warring."
"All too often we have attacked the evils and injustices of others," they wrote, "while we have condoned our own sins." They write, "we must reform our own behavior."