Fast Forward to 2035. Could this be possible?
Elephant Room 25 Announcement “Please come to Chicago and join us as we celebrate along with our Wiccan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Satanist, and New Catholic (formerly Reformed Protestant) brothers and sisters for a 3-day conference and love fest as we celebrate the collapse of the Protestant Reformation and the re-unification of the Roman Catholic Church!”
Opinion– Is this absurd? Of course it is. Is it possible? Quite frankly, yes it is. Is the Elephant Room helping it to happen? Yes.
Now, please follow me carefully. I am not saying that James McDonald is doing this purposely or that he is doing anything wrong intentionally. What I am saying is that what he is doing is a bad idea because it is not being done correctly.
Is it wrong to bring people together to discuss differences in belief? No. The problem I have with the Elephant Room concept is that once the discussion among people with great differences in belief is concluded, they imply that all is well and the differences are nothing to worry about. At least that is the idea being communicated. We just “agree to disagree” about some very large differences in approaches ranging from hyper-charismatic New Calvinism to charlatan, prosperity pragmatism, to Pentecostalism. These are very large differences and some of it cannot be even remotely backed up with scripture.
The failure of the Elephant Room concept in my opinion is not the discussion. It is the failure to identify the problematic beliefs, Biblically address them, and call people to repent of them.
So, if we continue to see people with widely divergent approaches to the practice of faith included under this umbrella of “agree to disagree”, the above humor bit could become a reality in the not so distant future.