Those who are familiar with evangelical history will know that evangelical leaders, led by Billy Graham and John Stott, met in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974 and agreed on a famous statement on theology and social action known as the Lausanne Covenant.
A second major conference in 1989 produced the Manila Manifesto, and a third in Cape Town, South Africa, in late 2010, has just released what they’re calling the Cape Town Commitment.
Lausanne’s International Director, Lindsay Brown, said each generation needs to restate the biblical gospel for its own time, and leaders who met at Cape Town offered the new document to the Church in a humble spirit, trusting it would be of enduring worth.
Executive Chair of the Lausanne Movement, Doub Birdsall, urged Christian leaders to study, discuss and embrace the document.
The Cape Town Commitment, released on Friday, will be of great value to churches, mission agencies, students of evangelicalism, and in the public arena.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 30 Jan 2011.