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The Cambridge Declaration

According to the web site of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals ( ), "The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is a broad coalition of evangelical Christians from various denominations, including Baptist, Congregational (Independent), Anglican (Episcopal), Presbyterian, Reformed, and Lutheran. The purpose of the Alliance's existence is to call the Church, amidst a dying culture, to repent of its worldliness, to recover and confess the truth of God's Word as did the reformers, and to see that truth embodied in doctrine, worship, and life."

The Alliance "began in 1994 when a group of leaders met to discuss the decline they were seeing in evangelicalism and ask whether something might be done to revive the evangelical churches. . . . The next step was to gather one hundred and twenty evangelical pastors, teachers, and leaders of parachurch organizations in Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 1996) to produce the 'Cambridge Declaration.' This declaration was the product of four days of meetings in which papers were presented on four subjects: 'Our Dying Culture,' 'The Truths of God's Word,' 'Repentance, Recovery and Confession,' and 'The Reformation of the Church in Doctrine, Worship and Life.'" [James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines that Shook the World, Crossway Books, 2009 [2001], pp. 31-32]

The document that came out of the meetings in Cambridge in 1996 is called the "Cambridge Declaration." It is based on the five solas of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. The document is a call for a return to the fundamental convictions of the Reformation. To view a pdf copy of the Cambridge Declaration, click here. The Declaration is also on the Alliance web site: click here to view the document on the Alliance web site.