Jakes acknowledged that he is considered a "heretic" in many communities, including Oneness and Trinitarian circles, yet it does not bother him, as he is more focused on the Body of Christ working as one unit in love, despite disagreements – the one thing, he asserted, that Christians have the power to do, but fail to accomplish.
"I think the time has come for us to be willing to take the heat to have a conversation, because if we do not do this and we continue to divide ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves with ourselves, we do it at the expense of decreasing numbers of new Christians in our country. We have to mobilize," he asserted.
"We have got to learn to talk to each other or we're going to die," the megachurch pastor insisted.
The Elephant Room discussions were first organized in 2011 by MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, and Driscoll, who heads Mars Hill Church in Seattle. It features unscripted conversations between various Christian leaders who may not see eye-to-eye doctrinally, but agree that talking openly about their differences could assist in edifying the Church.