Evangelist Voddie Baucham, Who Declined Invite to Elephant Room 2, says that T.D. Jakes Is ‘An Example of the Worst the Black Church Has to Offer’

hcsp.jpgVoddie Baucham, Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas, has released a blog post in which he explains why he turned down an invitation to participate in the second round of The Elephant Room, held Jan. 25, and left another conference hosted by James MacDonald without fulfilling his speaking duties.

The Elephant Room, a theological roundtable featuring blunt conversations among seven influential pastors, generated a noted level of controversy due to the invitation of Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, to participate in the discussions. Jakes has been accused of heresy by some in the Christian community for his affiliation with modalism, which explains the Godhead in non-Trinitarian terms.
Modalism, a 3rd-century teaching accredited to theologian Sabellius, purports that the members of the Trinity are not three distinct, eternally co-existing persons, but that instead God, a singular spirit, manifests Himself at different times in three modes – a doctrine espoused by Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal and United Pentecostal Church International denominations.
Pastor Baucham described in his blog that it was that very issue that led him to decline the invitation by Pastor MacDonald, who moderated The Elephant Room discussions along with Pastor Mark Driscoll.
Baucham is also a member of The Gospel Coaltion, a committee of Christian leaders from which MacDonald resigned before The Elephant Room roundtable, amid speculation that his resignation was linked to Jakes’ presence at the event.
Although the Grace Family Baptist Church pastor identified other concerns he had over participating at the conference, such as not “fitting in” with the other megachurch pastors due to his relatively small congregation of 500, and because he does not appear regularly on TV events and radio shows, his main issue was with being a part of a conference that welcomed Jakes as a “brother.”
Source: Christian Post | Stoyan Zaimov