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by Sandy SimpsonÂ
Aug 18, 2014Â
Driscoll was kicked out of the Acts 29 Network church planting group, his own organization, for hisÂ "ungodly behavior".
"Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has been removed from a church-planting network ofÂ more than 500 churches he helped found after a pattern of "ungodly and disqualifying behavior."Â (Religion News Service, by Sarah Pulliam Balley, Huffington Post, 8/9/14)
His behavior is not the only problem with this guy. Check out his false teachings and behavior over theÂ years.
Driscoll taught Noah was not a righteous man
Mark Driscoll further confuse the Gospel message. In Driscoll"s so-called defense of the biblical accountÂ of Noah, he says that the Noah account was an example of God"s grace and that it had nothing to doÂ with Noah"s righteousness or even Noah"s faith in God. And in fact, in a sermon by Mark Driscoll, he saysÂ that Noah was "bad all of the time" (). This is a commonly believed and twisted view of GodÂ and salvation that says God chooses some and rejects others, based on nothing more than God"s ownÂ personal whim rather than on one"s faith or trust in God ("without faith it is impossible to please [God]
"—Hebrews 11:6). In actuality, the story of Noah is about God saving the one man on the earth who hadÂ faith in God as Dr. Ironside explains below. And Scripture is very clear that God called Noah a righteousÂ man. (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=mark-driscoll)
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope ofthe glory of God. (Romans 5:2)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.(Ephesians 2:8)
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)Â Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. (Genesis 6:22)
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seenÂ righteous before me in this generation. (Genesis 7:1)The word of the Lord came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against meÂ by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of theÂ bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though theseÂ three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by theirÂ righteousness, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 14:12-14)
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared anÂ ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of theÂ righteousness which is by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,Â bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:5)
Driscoll warned of false teachers then participates with others
While correctly warning about false teachers, he not only soft soaps figures such as Emergent ChurchÂ author Dan Kimball and the author of "Blue Like Jazz", but joins forces with the utmost of deceivers andÂ false teachers such as Robert Schuller and Rick Warren. Warren"s butchering of Scripture, redefinitionÂ of Christianity based on consumerist philosophy and psychology, Warren"s public back peddle onÂ homosexuality, and his global PEACE plan calling for partnering with Muslims, Hindus, etc. is an absoluteÂ seduction from hell. No Christ Ã¢ No Peace. God"s Peace Plan is the Gospel (Isaiah 52: 7, EphesiansÂ 6: 15, Luke 2:10-14)(http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/church-issues/popular-teachers/mark-driscoll)
Driscoll has written some very questionable books
From Confessions of a Reformission Rev. by Mark Driscoll " Reviewed by Gary Gilley (http://www.svchapel.org/resources/book-reviews/5-church/229-confessions-of-a-reformission-rev-by-mark-driscoll)
â€¢ He is crude. From barnyard words (pp. 67, 94, 128, 129, 134) to the gross description of the affects ofÂ the stomach flu (p. 177), to sexual innuendos (pp. 59-60, 94-96, 128), to repeatedly referring to "God theÂ Ghost" (pp. 7, 26, 34, 47, 74), Driscoll"s language is often shocking.
â€¢ He is an admitted curser (pp. 47, 50, 71, 97, 99, 128, 130). He is known as the cussing pastor in DonaldÂ Miller"s Blue Like Jazz (pp. 96-97) and there is no indication in this book that Driscoll has reformed hisÂ foul language.
â€¢ He is also ruthless. Driscoll has a mission (to ultimately grow a church of 10,000 attendees " p. 164)Â and any who does not fit into that mission is dispensable (pp. 45, 63, 112, 131, 135, 148-150) or firedÂ (pp. 146-147, 196). As Mars Hill grows to megachurch status, one has to wonder what has become ofÂ the multitude of people harmed in the process, especially as Driscoll admits his fits of anger when notÂ pleased (pp 99, 128, 130).
â€¢ Separation from worldly activities does not fit Driscoll"s missional strategy. He speaks often ofÂ drinking and frequenting bars (e.g. pp. 51, 131, 146), buying lottery tickets (p. 58), admiring and learningÂ from foul-mouthed entertainers such as Chris Rock (pp. 43, 70), stealing a sound system (p. 62) andÂ setting himself up for sexual temptation (which he resisted) (p. 128).
â€¢ Purity in the church is inconsistent. While Driscoll certainly desires to see Christians live morally, he isÂ willing to use unbelievers in ministry, especially in his worship and concert bands (pp. 68, 158) It is oneÂ thing to reach out to those involved in such sins; it is another to use them in ministry.
â€¢ He has an unbiblical understanding of demonic activity and recommends the books of C. FredÂ Dickason and Neil T. Anderson on spiritual warfare (pp. 122, 123, 184).
â€¢ His church has grown on the back of questionable activities such as non-Christian rock concerts (p.Â 40), hip-hop and punk-rock worship (pp. 93, 100, 126).
â€¢ While Driscoll has distanced himself from the more radical emergent movement (pp. 21-23), he isÂ still associated with the Leadership Network (pp. 7, 82) which promotes emergent.
From Death by Love, by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears " Reviewed by Gary Gilley (http://www.svchapel.org/resources/book-reviews/4-christian-living/648-death-by-love-by-mark-driscoll-a-gerry-breshears)
â€¢ He misses the stigma of the cross when he writes, "In our day, this would be akin to a junkie"s needleÂ or a pervert"s used condom becoming the world"s most beloved symbol and adorning homes, churches,Â and bodies" (p. 18). The cross was a symbol of execution and death not perversion and addiction.
â€¢ Could he really believe that "today, a few billion people worship Jesus as their only God becauseÂ they, like Paul, have realized that Jesus died for them personally" (Gal 2:20)? Such a definition ofÂ "Christians" would have to include all Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and cult members in the bodyÂ of Christ.
â€¢ Driscoll"s understanding of spiritual warfare is deficient. For one thing he believes in generationalÂ demons (p. 41). Additionally, he and Breshears need to sharpen their understanding of demonicÂ possession. Demons can attack and tempt Christians but they cannot indwell them. The authorsÂ attempt to defend a convoluted view of spiritual warfare based upon a definition found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary rather than on the Greek word daimonizomai. This leads to faulty and unbiblicalÂ advice on how to defend oneself from demons (pp. 53-54).
â€¢ Driscoll believes we must confess sins committed against us (pp. 153-158). In doing this it mightbecome necessary to uncover some repressed memories and make them known to others (p. 155).Â These steps will lead to Jesus purifying us from all unrighteousness—including the "filth that has comeÂ upon your soul by the failures of [others]" (p. 156). But Scripture does not teach that we are spirituallyÂ defiled by the sins of others, although we may suffer great pain. Nor does the Bible teach us to confessÂ the sins that others have committed against us. Also, repressed memories are an invention of Freud, notÂ taught in Scripture as Jesus said, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man"Â (Mark 7:20).
â€¢ I would disagree with Driscoll"s unsubstantiated remark that "more fundamental Christians bypassÂ the self-emptying of the eternal Son" (p. 200). No one I know within fundamental ranks minimizes theÂ human side of the incarnation.
â€¢ Driscoll levels a broad and unsubstantiated criticism when he writes, "Apart from reading dead guysÂ like the Puritans and other guys who read those dead guys, such as my hero Charles Hadden SpurgeonÂ and friend John Piper, you will be unlikely to find the themes [glorifying God, walking in the Spirit, theÂ church and humble suffering] expounded in any great detail in our present age of Christianity Lite" (p.Â 202). While I agree there are many insipid, weak-kneed forms of Christianity being propagated today,Â Driscoll paints with far too wide a brush. There are scores of "live" guys preaching and writing about theÂ true message of the cross. And many of these do not emerge from the Puritan stream only but base theirÂ cross-theology in the Scriptures where it belongs. ...
Driscoll has put down the Rapture
Mark Driscoll " The Rapture is Dumb: "One of the most astonishing things about Jesus is that as GodÂ he actually chose to come into our fallen, sick, twisted, unjust, evil, cruel, painful world and be with usÂ to suffer like us and for us. Meanwhile, we spend most of our time trying to figure out how to avoid theÂ pain and evil of this world while reading dumb books about the rapture just hoping to get out." (VintageÂ Jesus, p. 44).
In Mark Driscoll"s book Vintage Jesus, he ridicules Christians who believe there will be an ArmageddonÂ and a rapture (pp. 44, 157). (http://www.letusreason.org/proph28.htm)
Driscoll promotes contemplative prayer
Presently, on Driscoll"s website, The Resurgence (see whois info) is an article titled "How to PracticeÂ Meditative Prayer." The article is written by an Acts 29 (Driscoll"s network of churches) pastor, WinfieldÂ Bevins. A nearly identical article on Driscoll"s site, also by Bevins, is titled Meditative Prayer: FillingÂ the Mind. Both articles show a drawing of a human brain. In this latter article, Bevins recognizesÂ contemplative mystic pioneer Richard Foster:
What do we mean by meditative prayer? Is there such a thing as Christian meditation? Isn"tÂ meditation non-Christian? According to Richard Foster, "Eastern meditation is an attempt toÂ empty the mind. Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind" (Celebration of Discipline).Â Rather than emptying the mind we fill it with God"s word. We must not neglect a vital part ofÂ our Judeo-Christian heritage simply because other traditions use a form of meditation. (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1640)
Driscoll calls Christians "Little Christs"
"Vintage Jesus", Driscoll " Page 120: "To be a Christian is to be a "little Christ." In fact, the nameÂ Christian was originally a term of mockery given to us by our enemies. But Jesus said that to be aÂ Christian is to pick up our cross and die. Die to sin, die to pride, die to comfort, die to anything andÂ everything that fails to glorify God alone as the object of our affection and the source of our joy. WithÂ great insight, Walter Wink has said that killing Jesus was like trying to destroy a dandelion seed-head byÂ blowing on it. At the cross, what was intended as eradication was used by God for multiplication, and weÂ pray that you would always be loyal to Jesus, our hero, and his revolution."
Driscoll employs vulgarity and explicit sexual advice from the pulpit
"Driscoll"s vulgarity draws media attention" - Baptist Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)"An in-depth New York Times Magazine feature on a controversial Seattle pastorÂ has generated a new wave of debate about vulgarity in the pulpit.
"Who Would Jesus Smack Down," a 3,200-word profile of Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars HillÂ Church in Seattle, Wash., focused on Driscoll"s Calvinist theology but, like most secular reporting on theÂ Seattle pastor, began with a vignette on his "racy" sermon topics and casual clothes. . . .
On the heels of the New York Times profile, Christian talk show personality Ingrid Schleuter criticizedÂ Driscoll for a series of explicit "sex advice" posts on the Mars Hill Church blog — material appropriateÂ only for married couples but available to any visitor, including children. Schleuter also castigated DriscollÂ for linking the blog to a website, christiannymphos.org, "which features articles on how a Christian wifeÂ can turn herself into a dominatrix, the glories of an-l and or-l sex, and the use of sex toys."
"At a time when American young people are hit in the face with graphic sexuality in every facet of ourÂ culture, the church should be a safe haven where the sacredness and privacy of the act of marriage isÂ respected by pastors," Schleuter said in a press release. "Those with sexual issues need to receive privateÂ counseling — not sex seminars in a church auditorium.
"For generations, Christian pastors have managed to convey the Scripture"s teachings on fornication,Â adultery and the beauty of sexuality within marriage without sullying and cheapening it" SchleuterÂ added. "Mark Driscoll is a sad product of our times. While waving his orthodox doctrinal credentials, heÂ has simultaneously embraced the spirit of the age when it comes to his treatment of sex. In the process,Â he is pornifying the church and only adding to the moral squalor of our culture." Click here to read thisÂ entire article.
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