03 February 2012

This 'n' That: Pachyderm Edition, Part II

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I'm sorry. Truly, I am. But, it is not my fault that the Elephant Room lingers. The repercussions and the fallout of last week's event will, I fear, be felt for a very long time in American evangelicalism. The more I think about it, the more I think that we ought to be rejoicing. In the midst of the controversy, the ad hominem attacks, and the gross attacks on our God, we've seen two very important things happening. First, we are seeing a renewed interest in the nature of God, especially as concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. People are studying and learning, and coming to understand the grave consequences of remaining too "squishy" in their understanding of Scripture and of essential doctrines. Second, we are witnessing the emergence of a New Downgrade and a great divide. Reader, every generation has had to deal with their own version of the "Downgrade Controversy," and this is ours. Through this, I believe that we have seen and will continue to see the Lord calling out His true Church. So while we can lament the uneasy division that is occurring, we must realize that it is a necessary phenomenon. Remain immersed in His Word, because the deception will only continue to grow from here.

The Elephant Room 2 has begun a trend of brushing aside foundational, essential tenets of the Christian faith. But we do not compromise the truth of God in the name of "love" or "unity" or "brotherhood." And those who do ought to tremble and shudder at the prospect of the consequences of such action.

And so, while it was indeed a busy week in the world, it was a busy in week in the Church as well. While our president twisted the Scriptures as a means to justify taxing those with a greater income than others, Christians committed to the authority of Scripture continued to decry the actions taken by the defenders of ER2. With that, please enjoy another pachyderm-esque week in review (kind of):
  • Indeed, it seems that the men of ER2 have almost begun to view the event as their very own church council. As such, here are some suggested "Canons of the Elephant Room 2."
  • Speaking of The Gospel Coalition, they were pleased to hear that Tim Tebow had canceled an upcoming appearance at an event hosted by prosperity gospel heretic Rod Parsley (many of us were pleased about this. The event also included Kenneth Copeland on the list of speakers!). Interesting that TGC applauds Tebow's decision, yet they still boast their own council member, Mark Driscoll, who has embraced Word-Faith teacher T.D. Jakes. Hm.
  • In case you missed seeing the video of Session 4 of the Elephant Room (which has since been removed from YouTube), wherein Jakes supposedly affirmed the Trinity, here's a copy of the transcript. 

5 comments:

  1. in the picture of them praying it says "Lord, thank you for choosing us to be the only guys who get it right".
    how is going against what God's word clearly commands us to do with false teachers-heretics getting it right? I'd like to know where Jesus or the disciples wooed false teachers, or publicly supported them?

    We are to MARK them and AVOID them-Rom.16:17

    We are to REBUKE them-Titus 1:13 v. 10-16

    We are to have NO FELLOWSHIP with them-Eph. 5:11

    We are to WITHDRAW from them-II Thess. 3:6,14-15, I Tim. 6:3-5

    We are to TURN AWAY from them-11 Tim. 3:5,7

    We are to REJECT HERETICS-Titus 3: 10

    We are to SEPARATE from them-II Cor. 6:17


    Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your brothers who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame.

    2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," [fn] and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

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  2. I always appreciate your "This N That" posts. Friday nights I'm wiped out but the links and quick browsing of substantive issues is just the ticket for my tired mind. Thanks for putting the work into them.

    I also love the good video clips. I listened to half of the sermon from Steve Lawson last night and will finish it this morning. Great stuff. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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  3. JM,
    The picture is meant as sarcasm, based especially upon the attitudes and behaviors of those men involved in ER2. The picture itself can be found on the Elephant Room website. The caption was added by another source.

    Elizabeth,
    So glad you enjoy these posts! I know how nice it can be to have a 'one stop shop,' especially at the end of a long week, so I'm happy to hear that 'This 'n' That' is serving its intended purpose!

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  4. thank you. it is horrifying. the next generation will suffer because of their parents generation. no wonder they leave the church and get involed in false religions.

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