The first few paragraphs of their commentary is interesting and helpful. As they dive back into church history, Carson and Keller provide a brief overview of the historical positions and arguments on the Trinitarian nature of God. Such an understanding is of course necessary for one to comprehend precisely why there is such concern over today's situation regarding T.D. Jakes and the acceptance of him as a Christian brother by men like James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll.
Following this opening history lesson, however, the article takes a convoluted turn. Carson and Keller say a lot without actually saying anything conclusive. So, if you enjoy reading well-constructed, intelligent-sounding articles that ultimately arrive at a clear and substantial conclusion, I do not suggest reading this post by Carson and Keller. If, on the other hand, you enjoy reading well-constructed, intelligent-sounding articles that seem to take the reader around in circles and never arrive at a conclusive point, then I encourage you to take some time and read it.
If you fall into the former category, however, might I suggest instead that you wander over to Apprising Ministries, where pastor-teacher Ken Silva has provided a partial transcript of Voddie Baucham's interview with James White. Unlike his fellow Gospel Coalition members, Baucham has no difficulty making his very important point:
To read the rest of this partial transcript, visit here. To listen to the interview in its entirety, visit this link, or you can watch below.Baucham: No, I don’t think it was… What I am here to address—what I do think is absolutely crucial—is that the Body [of Christ] is being divided over this [race] issue. And the Body is being divided over a man [T.D. Jakes] who is one of the most poisonous influences in the [visible] church today.White: Now, you’ve been speaking about this for a long time. Help our listeners to understand.Baucham: Yes.White: Why would you say something like that; because so many people look at him and they see success, they see—he’s been on the cover of Time magazine, for crying out loud. I’m—is Time still being published? It might be, I don’t know. (Baucham laughs) Who really knows anymore—but, you know, here’s the very picture of success and prominence and all the rest of this stuff, and yet here you’re talking about a “poisonous influence.” Why would that be?Baucham: Two things. One, the doctrine of the Trinity. And I don’t mean by that, that he’s influencing people because he’s out there teaching publicly on the Trinity.White: Right.Baucham: There are clips of him, you know, teaching on the Trinity—but those things are few and far between. He’s smart enough to not build his empire on that issue. I mean, he knows that. He’s smart enough not to do that. You gotta go and search for those things that he’s taught on the Trinity. But [the issue's] his absolute perversion of the Gospel. The Word of Faith movement, the prosperity gospel, is a poison. It is a cancer. It is destroying people. It is absolutely destroying lives. It is another gospel. It is to be condemned. And it was not even addressed in this whole process. And [T.D. Jakes] is the chief purveyor. I mean, he is the godfather. Again, you know, there’s been a sort of meteoric rise of, you know, smilin’ Joel here in Houston. But T.D. Jakes—T.D. Jakes is the godfather as it relates to, you know, Word faith teachers, and so on and so forth. It breaks my heart that this is being allowed, and that he is basically given entre into whole nuther layer of evangelicalism.White: Hmm.Baucham: Besides that, my wife is from Dallas—I made this point in—in my blog piece. My wife is from Dallas. I have friends in Dallas; I preach in Dallas a lot. [I] know pastors in Dallas, churches in Dallas. I have seen, firsthand, the influence that T.D. Jakes has had over the last decade since he came to Dallas. He has not made evangelicalism in Dallas more thoughtful, more theological, more Biblical, more Gospel-centered. That has not been his impact. His impact has been quite the opposite, in fact. (29:30-40:06, Online source)