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Two Statements of Faith

The Trinity matters, that’s why the controversy over the Elephant Room is a Big Deal. Let’s take a look at the statements of faith for two prominent mega-churches.

Statement One

The Trinity

We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth as Savior of the world.

Statement Two


There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I’m assuming you followed the links, which means you know the first statement, which is very orthodox, is from Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen’s church in Houston, TX. He’s a popular target of criticism, and rightly so, for the prosperity theology and feel-good, cross-less sermons that he preaches. You’ll also notice that the second statement, which is decidedly less orthodox with its use of the heretical “manifestations” is from The Potter’s House, the church led by TD Jakes.

Yet, despite Statement Two’s heterodoxy, Jakes was invited to participate in the Elephant Room where he is held up as someone to be learned from by Mark Driscoll and James McDonald. Does that mean Joel Osteen should be held in similar high regard by those men and others in evangelicalism?

I think what we’re seeing is a clear line in the sand between confessional evangelicals and generic evangelicals and the clearer that line becomes, the more healthy it will be for all involved.