by Mike Ratliff
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NASB)
As Dr. Voddie Baucham said today here, “What are the boundaries of our associations? What role does “race” play in modern evangelicalism (btw, I always put quotation marks around race because it is an unbiblical concept in itself… there are but two “races”: the race of the first Adam and that of the Last)?” As a Christian, we must look at our theology as one. There is not a version for different “groups” of people based upon “values” or “race” or any other cultural set. No, genuine Christianity overrides all man-made boundaries. As Dr. Baucham said, there is the race of the unredeemed and that of the redeemed and that is all.
The current Elephant Room 2 “discussion” included Modalist/Word of Faith preacher T.D. Jakes. Dr. Baucham was invited, but declined because Jakes was included and being treated as a brother in the Lord even though Dr. Baucham had made it plain to James MacDonald that he considered Jakes to be a heretic on both counts.
Here at Possessing the Treasure I have always attempted to lead all who read my posts into a deeper understanding of the Holiness of God, the Righteousness of God and that it is through knowing him as he has revealed himself to us through his good doctrines that we worship him correctly and serve him for his glory. These posts are my attempts to teach you wisdom and discernment that you will be able to know the truth and then when you see what pretends to be the truth, but is not, you will know it right away and not only will you turn from it, but warn the brethren about it.
The continual attacks on the Church by groups made up of men like James MacDonald, Steven Furtick, Rick Warren, Rob Bell, to name just a few have one common thread. If we look at their ministries with discernment it is quite easy to see their attempts to bring down the Church to the level of the world. They are continually blending the ways of the world with how they “do” their ministries. Why is it so blatantly easy for us to spot the heretical nature of the Word of Faith preachers? It is their blend of the sensational, entertainment aspects of the world system and their love of money with just enough “Christianity” to look Christian, but we know it isn’t. The inclusion of T.D. Jakes into the Elephant Room 2 discussion was a blatant attempt by James MacDonald and those with him to create unity between themselves and what they deemed to be “Black Christians.” I wonder at that since there are plenty of solid Black Christians like Dr. Baucham who are not in any way part of the Word of Faith heresy yet they ignored him and his warnings and went after T.D. Jakes even though he was also a Modalist.
Carefully watch this video especially after the 4:00 mark if you can stomach it. Now, who is being a Racist? Is there such a thing as a version of Christianity for different races? I agree with Ken Silva here who believes that this whole discussion was setup to sweep the whole Modalism issue under the rug. I was appalled as these men attempted to call Jake’s Modalism an insignificant issue.
As I read Dr. Baucham’s response to this video by James MacDonald and these men I was amazed at his graciousness and obvious Christian maturity in how he handled this. Let us see if we get the same response from those behind ER2.
Soli Deo Gloria!