How did we come to have “Together FOUR (oops – for) the Gospel”, and why are these four men – Mohler, Dever, Mahaney, and Duncan – so revered?
I have been fascinated by the conference name and have a theory for how it came to be called “Together for the Gospel”. As we pointed out in a previous post, it’s likely that Newfrontiers’ annual conference “Together on a Mission” was the inspiration for Together for the Gospel since C.J. Mahaney spoke at the 2005 event in England. Lo and behold, T4G begins within less than a year in the United States. Coincidence? We think not! It appears to be a mere duplication.
But why “T4G”? Have you ever heard of TAG? It’s amazing to me how much a 4 looks like an A if you glance at it quickly. Long-timers in Sovereign Grace Ministries would surely recognize TAG. This label predates the “People of Destiny” era. When Larry Tomczak and C.J. Mahaney were getting their organization off the ground, they came up with a catchy phrase – Take and Give (TAG) – that described what they were trying to do as a ministry. Tomczak and Mahaney trained their followers who were then to “take” the Gospel and “give” it out to others.
The “T” in TAG represents the word “Together” and the “G” has to stand for “Gospel”. That leaves the middle letter of TAG… What to substitute for the “A”?
T4G was a clever idea to be sure, but when I think of the number “4” I immediately remember the many times my pastor described exclusivity in his sermons as “Four and No More…”
Well, that’s what we have here – four exclusive friends who share center stage with other reformed speakers. Personally, I’d love to know how much the guest speakers (MacArthur, Piper, and Sproul) get paid. All of these men are true celebrities in the eyes of the T4G attendees. Al Mohler, Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, and Ligon Duncan admittedly draw a young crowd that worships and adores them, and they know it! These reformed leaders are high and lifted up by their impressionable followers.
Obviously, the Fab Four would strongly disagree with my assessment insisting that it is Jesus Christ who is high and lifted up at T4G. That’s why all of this can be so deceptive.
So, what do you think? Am I wrong, or are the Fab Four elevating themselves within Christendom because they have a specific agenda?
Folks, have you noticed? Christianity is becoming more and more marginalized in our society, and the New Calvinists believe they have the answer. Sorry, guys… Hyper-reformed theology is just a passing trend like it was in Geneva during Calvin’s heyday and in Massachusetts during the Puritan era. If the Puritans were so right in their peculiar brand of reformed theology, then why were the First and Second Great Awakening even necessary?