I’m sure most, if not all of you have heard of “The Elephant Room.” If you haven’t, click here and give it a quick read. At a minimum, the link gives you an idea of what the “owners” of the concept and gathering are trying to do.
This time around, T. Dexter Jakes (or as some call him T. D. Fakes) was a participant, discussing the Trinity and whether or not he was a heretic in the denial of that essential Christian doctrine.
The bottom line? Jakes weaseled around and kind of, sort of said, with more clarity than usual, that he is not a Oneness proponent, but that he is more comfortable with the idea of manifestations than multiple persons. He spent a lot of time throwing out truisms like “God is bigger than us and we can’t understand everything about Him.”
For the better part of twenty minutes he avoided really answering the question of “Is the Godhead Trinitarian in nature?” And to be fair, the three men who were questioning him never asked him that question explicitly. We know where he would like for us to think he stands. But is that so?
At the age of sixty, I have learned that what people do is a lot more important than what they may say using weasel words. T. Dexter was never willing to say “I believe the Son has existed as a person from eternity past, with the Father (who existed as person from eternity past) and the Holy Spirit (who existed as a person from eternity past). He was never asked this and he never ever volunteers this kind of statement. He did, however, say he had some differences with this statement.
But let’s look at what T. Dexter is willing to do rather than what he kind of says.
T. Dexter is holding another one of his cash events. On May 3rd through the 5th, T. Dexter is putting on a Pastors and Leadership conference. The cost is anywhere from $125 to $250. The differences between the packages are…well, the differences are that one is for the individual, one is for the senior pastor, one is for a group, and one is for disciples. I’m not real sure about the differences in content, but I’m sure there are a couple of differences. But never mind about that. I don’t expect T. Dexter to avoid grabbing a buck or two when he can.
However, did you notice who one of the session speakers is? That’s right! Noel “The Weasel” Jones. Noel Jones who is a Oneness Pentecostal; Noel Jones who denies the eternal existence of both the Son and the Holy Spirit. That Noel Jones. Take a look at a portion of the advertising at T. Dexter’s site:
If T. Dexter is Trinitarian now (whenever “now” happened), why is he bringing in at least one Oneness fellow to address the crowd? Doesn’t T. Dexter’s mushy confession of Trinitarianism count for anything? Or was the mushy confession done primarily to keep from losing customers – er – parishioners?
I guess the doctrine of T. Dexter is just one of many things going on with the fellow. I mean gosh, he has Willow Boy (aka Joel Osteen), my favorite motivational speaker and milquetoast out of Houston. And he has a fellow out of Zimbabwe, Tudor Bismark.
Bismark claims to serve as an Apostolic overseer of a bunch of churches in Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. He participates regularly in the “ministries” of Juanita “Got a Little Too Close” Bynum and Bill Winston. His wife, Chichi, is a pastor and a prophet.
These are just some of the people who will be presenting at the conference.
T. Dexter Trinitarian? I doubt it. T. Dexter orthodox? Not likely. He’s still a blab it and grab it kind of guy. Take a look here.
And one last thing. Anyone care to explain to me why there is a class on Reputation Management?