Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
In Light of the "Christian Press" Following Orders...
01/30/2012 - James White
For truth-loving folks, questions remain for TD Jakes, not just about his views on the Trinity.
OK, I am Confused...
01/29/2012 - James WhiteIsn't John MacArthur a cessationist? I thought he was, but if so, how is it that Phil Johnson is clearly a prophet? Listen to what he said to the Frielmeister about the (at that time) upcoming Elephant Room 2:
Of Middle Aged White Guys and Repentance
01/28/2012 - James WhiteThe Christian life is a life of repentance. Every day involves a consistently repentant attitude before God, trusting in the finished work of Christ. Despite the non-gospels so prevalent today where repentance is made an after-thought, or an option, there is no gospel without repentance.
So when someone tells me to repent, I want to know exactly what they are talking about, since it is a serious topic. Yesterday I was directed to an article. It was, ironically, an article about a blog article. To be honest, the original blog article was not quite as bad as the article about the blog article made it out to be (does that make sense?). Always good to go to the source. The blog article was written by Bryan Crawford Loritts. I confess, I had never heard the name before. I also confess I was ignorant that he was on the panel at the Elephant Room 2. So, two strikes against me, I guess. (Now I'm told he is the son of the fellow on the panel...OK, I have no earthly idea. The blog said he hung out with Jakes, so---in any case, I did not hear anyone other than Driscoll and MacDonald involved in the important part of the discussion with Jakes, so I don't see that it matters whichever it is.)
Now, Mr. Loritts professes to be Reformed. Well, with a small "r" anyway (not sure what that means). And he did express disappointment that no one even whispered the phrase "prosperity gospel," let alone had the guts to raise the issue in the presence of Bishop Jakes. HIs exact words: "The topic of the prosperity gospel never comes up…disappointing."
But that was a small part of his blog. Sadly, the real issue---the fact that no one actually asked specifically clear enough questions to bring about a real conclusion to the controversy---was passed over in silence. Evidently, for Mr. Loritts, the case is closed, and the brief, let's be honest, shallow dialogue that took place was enough to mark it "case closed." Jakes, despite all his past modalistic statements and teachings, despite the continued use of "manifestations" in his statement of faith, despite his continued misuse of 1 Timothy 3:16 even in the comments he had just made, and despite the fact that he does not use a Trinitarian baptismal formula, but continues to baptize in the name of Jesus only, is, in fact, a Trinitarian, and that is just the end of that.
So, Mr. Loritts lets us know exactly what us Reformed, middle-aged white guys (his words, as you will see) need to do now: ...
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