David Kupelian at World Net Daily has a great article on
THE CHURCH OF SEX
which should put all your doubts to bed. (yeah, pun intended)
But back to Driscoll: I have nothing personal against this popular, hip, tough-talking young pastor in blue jeans, and I totally understand the appeal of his blunt, masculine, passionate style – a refreshing respite from all the stuffy, pretentious and cowardly pastors out there.(read more at WorldNetDaily)
However, let’s just state the obvious: Mark Driscoll is utterly obsessed with sex.
He tells, for instance, the following story of one female member of his congregation who – and I quote – “brought her husband to Christ” by giving him oral sex, in accord with Driscoll’s specific pastoral advice to her. Here’s how Driscoll, during a Nov. 18, 2007, sermon in Edinburgh, Scotland, described this particular husband’s “conversion”:
She [the wife] says, “I’ve never performed oral sex on my husband. I’ve refused to.” I said, “You need to go home and tell your husband that you’ve met Jesus and you’ve been studying the Bible, and that you’re convicted of a terrible sin in your life. And then you need to drop his trousers, and you need to serve your husband. And when he asks why, say, ‘Because I’m a repentant woman. God has changed my heart and I’m supposed to be a biblical wife.’” She says, “Really?” I said, “Yeah. First Peter 3 says if your husband is an unbeliever to serve him with deeds of kindness.” [Laughter from audience] How many men would agree, that is a deed of kindness. He doesn’t want tracts. Those won’t do anything. What we’re talking about here could really help.Really, people? Is this what we now stoop to in our efforts to make the magnificent Christian faith – the moral foundation of Western civilization – more appealing to a rudderless, confused and sex-drenched generation? Is this what now passes for pastoral counseling and preaching the Bible? I call it abuse and exploitation. I would even call it blasphemy (“… tell your husband that you’ve met Jesus … And then you need to drop his trousers …”).
Hear hear, David. Blasphemy it is, indeed. Mark Driscoll needs to repent of his carnal false teaching. Can salt water and fresh come from the same spring?
If you would like a more sound source to read from than David Kupelian, try this other blogger who reports Mark Driscoll Slammed by Baptist Press Over Sex Teaching. I didn't realize that Driscoll had said some of these things in the Edinburgh sermon, as I'd never forced myself to sit through that sort of carnal blasphemy, so the story of the woman's converting her husband through sex was new to me. Hence my rationale for posting what is actually an 'old' story.
I do realize John Piper reprimanded Mark for this particular Edinburgh sermon, but it seems like (according to his subsequent Peasant Princess sermons and his Real Marriage book) he hasn't actually repented of the message he was promoting (the manipulative way in which he tells men to spiritually coerce their wives into performing certain acts, by saying Jesus commands it), just the lewd way in which he presented it. That's only half the problem.
He responds to Phil Johnson here in a video
And Piper is reported here to have rebuked Driscoll on the Edinburgh sermon
Maybe I'm just cynical, but after all the Rick Warren debacle especially, I'm highly skeptical of Piper's assessment of 'rock solid' and 'significant.' He spends so much time apologizing for Mark in that transcript that it becomes much more of a "the woman doth protest too much, methinks." Mark speaks for himself. He doesn't need Piper to spin for him.