I’ve not said a whole lot about the T.D. Jakes/Elephant Room/Why in the world does Mark Driscoll associate with guys like Jakes who preaches prosperity gospel, Word of Faith, ambiguous on the cardinal issues of the faith kinda stuff and guys like Perry Noble who drives me nuts. But, now I desire to say a word of two. Several others have done a fine job of pointing out how Jakes has been ambiguous with his affirmation or denial of the orthodox historical understanding of the Trinity. Others have shown time and again where Driscoll and MacDonald have preached with great zeal against Jakes’ gospel of goods. I understand Jakes needs to clarify his stance on the Trinity, and evidently what it has all come down to is semantics. But orthodoxy isn’t an issue of semantics, its an issue of what the authoritative word of God has to say about who He is. The Bible doesn’t leave room for flexibility of who God is, God has said who he is, and that is who he is.
I think its dangerous to invite guys like Jakes to events like Steven Furtick just had in his Code Orange Revival and the Elephant room. There are great guys of orthodoxy like Chandler and Driscoll and these events. But if one isn’t careful a man who is a wolf preaching a gospel contrary to the scriptures, an anathema gospel, is set beside of orthodox men like MacDonald, Chandler, Driscoll, and even Noble you’ll have a mess on your hand. When what should be clearly seen as comparing rotten oranges to apples transitions to a table full of nice shiny fruit all laid on the table together.
The early church fought so hard against Christological heresy after heresy. Christ is at the heart of the Scriptures and the heart of the gospel. Its no wonder the enemy and those that are at enmity with God would so quickly contort the most essential issues of our faith. Beloved, let us not forget Chalcedon. Let us camp out in Colossians or John’s Gospel for a while. Let us not assume Trinitarian orthodoxy, but know it, know it well, and by the work of the Spirit be lead to doxology. The doctrine of the Trinity isn’t meant to give us headaches. God revealed who he is to us that we might behold his glory, give him glory, and enjoy him as he enjoys himself.
Worship with me and those men who fought so hard in the 5th century? Rejoice in orthdoxy with me beloved?
Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.