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Patrons of the Elephant Room must be seething and foaming at the mouth. The new “brother” they pronounced as orthodox has kicked up another storm. Just barely two months after T.D Jakes was given the thumbs up and a pat on the back by James Macdonald and Mark Driscoll (despite holding to Modalism, Word faith and prosperity teachings) he has now released a new book Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven that has raised a few more eye brows.
Chris Rosebrough, an apologist, rejected Jakes’ statement to CP that forgiveness is innate and unforgiveness is learned from one’s environment. There isn’t a “single passage (in Scripture) that says human beings are by nature forgiving,” he argued.
Rosebrough explored the premise of Jakes’ new book Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven on his radio program, “Fighting for the Faith.”
Jakes is the pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, and his book claims that people learn how to be unforgiving by behavior modeled to them, so this means they can also unlearn it and become forgiving…
But Rosebrough said not so fast. There are “many passages that say we are by nature evil, sinful, at war with God, objects of God’s wrath, dead in trespasses and sins,” he contended.
Jakes’ idea of being forgiving in nature makes it seem like there is something good in our nature, which also would be running contrary to the Word of God, Rosebrough argued. He called the idea that children are naturally forgiving an “argument from limited experience.”
Jakes, meanwhile, has stated in an earlier interview with CP that people “come here with a certain propensity to be open, loving, accepting, and trusting. We learn to be unforgiving, doubtful, suspicious, guilt-ridden, and anxious.”
[Rosebrough further added] we are commanded to obey God’s law perfectly even though this is impossible. Jesus was the only human that actually did that. He explained that if someone thinks they can keep God’s law, then they don’t understand the depth and magnitude of their inborn sinful nature.
What we can be sure of, Rosebrough said, is that “Jesus taught us to pray daily for God’s forgiveness.” And in talking about sinful or unforgiving behavior, it shouldn’t be about you “unlearning” a behavior, it should be about asking, “Do I need a crucified and risen savior for any of that?”
For Rosebrough, the answer is a resounding yes.
This shows if T.D is to be brought to orthodoxy he will have to be dragged in kicking and screaming all the way. Surely that requires a work within him that no other man can do. How many heresies will one man espouse and remain obstinate?
Oh the misery of it all.