With Crawford Loritts’ public demand for white middle-aged Reformed guys to repent of their attacks against T.D. Jakes it is becoming increasing clear that James MacDonald and other members of this week’s Elephant Room 2 conference (ER2) are acting as if it were an ecumenical church council and that the decisions they arrived at are binding upon all of Evangelicalism.
Fact is, those who are being called to repent were not represented in the Elephant Room. Nor were they permitted to ask theologically substantive questions. In my case, I was threatened with arrest for trespassing when I showed up to watch the event.
As if that is not enough, we’ve now learned that Voddie Baucham’s scheduled appearance to teach at this weekend’s Harvest Bible Chapel Men’s Conference will not happen because of his differences with James MacDonald regarding the Elephant Room (namely the decision by the ER2 to declare T.D. Jakes a brother in Christ and a Trinitarian).
These actions on the part of ER2 members make it clear that their expectation is for all Evangelicals to unquestioningly honor and abide by their decisions. Furthermore, it is clear by their actions that refusal to abide by their decisions will result in punitive actions including but not limited to 1) being branded as unloving 2) being accused of behavior that is contrary to the Gospel 3) being excluded from publicly teaching in Evangelical churches.
That being the case, as a careful student of Church history I would like to point out that previous church councils would publish their decisions, pronounce anathemas, and in the case of the Council of Nicaea publish a creed in order for the church at large to properly understand what each of these councils decided and why.
Therefore, what is missing from the Elephant Room 2 is a succinct summary of the decisions arrived at by this “ecumenical” church council. Below, please find my suggestions for this document.
Aurora, Illinois, United States, January 2012
Canon 1: If anyone denies that T.D. Jakes is a Trinitarian despite his preference to express his belief in the Trinity using the historic language of Sabellian Modalism, they are anathema.
Canon 2: If any middle-aged white Reformed guys continue to attack Bishop T.D. Jakes and insist that his confession of the Trinity wasn’t theologically clear, they are acting contrary to the gospel and guilty of loving doctrine more than people and are anathema.
Canon 3: The Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed, although useful and instructive to Christian’s in centuries past have been deemed to be too theologically rigorous and exacting for our Post-Modern age. Any person who insists that Trinitarian theology must be defined by those two creeds are anathema.
Canon 4: Any person who confesses that there is one God who exists in three persons and/or manifestations depending on which word they prefer is “Trinitarian enough” for us and their orthodoxy cannot be questioned without acting contrary to the Gospel.
Canon 5: The Prosperity Gospel is not a false gospel and since we didn’t deem it important enough to address in the Elephant Room 2 no one should worry about it. Those who claim the Prosperity Gospel is a false gospel are haters who are unnecessarily causing division in the body of Christ and are anathema.
Canon 6: Any person who denies that the Elephant Room 2 panel members have the authority to make these decisions on behalf of the entire body of Christ or that the decisions reached by the Elephant Room 2 are not binding upon the consciences of all Evangelicals, is anathema.
Canon 7: All pastors who refuse to abide by the Canons of the Elephant Room 2 are hereby stripped of their ordinations and are to immediately leave their church properties or they will be arrested for trespassing.