August 27, 2014

Phoenix Preacher weighs in -- "Driscoll Wins"

Some great points made here by Michael Newnham of Phoenix Preacher:

The Mark Driscoll saga is over.
Game, set, match, Mark.

All the cannons have been fired, the ammunition is exhausted, and so is the army of wounded warriors that have tried to bring him to repentance.

They were defeated not by Mark, but by the congregation they were trying to protect.

Driscoll will return and thrive…and that pile of bodies behind the bus will grow exponentially as the tyrant takes his revenge.

It will take about two years for him to rebuild the numbers and the finances…and for his famous friends to be seen with him in public, though they are proving helpful behind the scenes.

The people have spoken…they want their king and they will walk right over the bodies of the fallen to praise him and make their offerings to Baal.
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When he is talking about the congregation, I am sure he doesn't mean every last person in the congregation.  But as a whole, the mass that supports him is just not going to listen to a few supposedly 'disgruntled' people.   They will continue to enable their idol, accepting a cheap fake instead of real repentance. I have to wonder if people like that have ever experienced real repentance and forgiveness to know the difference.  I guess they'd be happy with fake diamonds from a gum ball machine if their boyfriend was charming enough... at least part of the time.  Never mind that he behaves evilly to a lot of other people when you aren't looking.  That's not your problem I guess.

(Lest you think the boyfriend analogy is not applicable, consider that Mark just last year considered satellite churches his "daughters" and the lead pastors their "husbands." (see page 5 and numbers 20 and 21).
20. May 2013—At a Lead Pastor residency meeting, Pastor Mark spoke strongly likening the churches to his daughters and Lead pastors to sons-in-law. If you are a good son-in-law, you will be taken care of, but if not, there would be dangerous consequences. He spoke as if each church, and thus all of Mars Hill, is his and that if any Lead Pastor left for any reason they would be betraying the church.

21. April 2013—At a Lead Pastor’s dinner meeting during Spring Training, Mark told the pastors that the churches are his daughters and the pastors are sons-in-law. Thus, leaving Mars Hill is effectively divorcing the church and giving his daughter back in worse shape, making a bigger mess for him to clean up. One of those LPs had been discussing plans to resign, but had not yet announced a decision. Mark addressed that LP before his peers in the meeting, saying, “[LP], you’re giving my daughter back.”

also the same imagery is mentioned here  On page 4 of his cover letter explaining the new bylaws in 2007:
"Emotionally, I told our Board of Directors recently that I felt like I walked Mars Hill down the aisle and married her off so that she could be best cared for and loved in the next season of her life. I remain her father who loves and cares for her and is vitally involved in her growth and well-being, but now trust the elders to take good care of her thanks in part to a structure that enables her to be loved well."
It occurs to me that if he sees this as a parallel to a 'marital' type relationship between elder/pastor and church, and he himself is abusive and coercive to people in the church and considers that a way to lead, why is everyone so sure he isn't that way in his personal life with his family?

They would rather remain ignorant, or give meaningless partial acknowledgement of the charges with platitudes such as "I know he's not perfect but no pastor is." Etc.  And "can't you just forgive?" or "it's not the problem of anyone outside the church."

It's very sad that people have to go through abuse to know how stupid the excuses they've made for Mark (or any abusive leader) sound when someone turns and then uses it on them after they've been abused.

"He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan." Proverbs 29:1-2

“Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servanti whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful."  Luke 12:44-46

"Who then is the faithful and wise servant,c whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servantsd and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 24:45-51


Related from Phoenix Preacher:
March 12 2014 Christian Post Reporter Rips Driscoll Critics



Aug 21 2014 Loose Ends

Aug 27 2014 The Next Chapter In the Driscoll Saga