12 September 2011

Is "God" Still Talking to Mark Driscoll?

So, I was walking down the street this weekend and I saw a strung-out former warlock standing not far from me. I wasn't sure what to think, but then God spoke to me.

WAIT. Never mind. This didn't happen to me, it happened to Mark Driscoll, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle and Acts 29 Network.

(Online Source)

Apparently God hasn't merely graced Driscoll with the "gift" of seeing X-rated visions of other people's sin, but now God is also telling him who is elect. Since Driscoll has used quotation marks to share God's words with the world, we can only assume that God must have spoken this to him audibly. Don't get me wrong, I am certainly not saying that this "warlock" cannot be saved. God's grace and mercy are deep and wide and all Christians would rejoice, I am sure, to know that such an individual was saved from his sin and broken life. The warlock is not the issue here. The issue is Mark Driscoll's alleged conversations with God.

What is interesting is that Mark Driscoll has seemingly received a blessing by some influential men. James MacDonald has done this by partnering with Driscoll for things such as the Elephant Room Conference and Churches Helping Churches. Also of note is Driscoll's ties to certain "reformed" circles, such as The Gospel Coalition. Driscoll is, in fact, a member of The Gospel Coalition, along with men like Matt Chandler and Tim Keller who, in a televised interview with Martin Bashir, hopelessly fumbled the Gospel. But what kind of a "reformed" mindset is being exercised by some of these men and their churches? As shown by Apprising Ministries, Matt Chandler's church website boasts several books of the contemplative bent on its list of recommended reading. Keller also promotes contemplative spirituality in his church, and we know that the Acts 29 Network is no stranger to these mystical teachings either. So what are we to think? Personally, as regards Driscoll's "God" whispers, I think it's time that Mark Driscoll stop being touted as a safe preacher whose biblical teaching we can trust. It seems that far too many have sought to give him a "pass" throughout his time as the "cussing pastor," amidst his "rape of Solomon's song," and even through this latest controversy over his explicit "visions." Yet, how can we trust a man who has said himself that his "visions" aren't always correct? More importantly, how can we trust a man who clearly is not satisfied with the Reformation cry of sola Scriptura? 

Perhaps now would be a good time for those who are aligned with Driscoll to not only question their alliance with him, but to call him to repentance.  

Addendum:
Upon another re-reading of this "tweet" from Driscoll, I suppose one may interpret him as saying that the "former warlock" was the one who heard from God. In light of recent events and claims by Driscoll, however, the original interpretation of this "tweet" seems more likely, at least to this writer.


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4 comments:

  1. It is really sad Driscoll said such a thing on Twitter. Even if he was just making light of something, nothing funny about a strung out addict, much less a professing warlock and how would Driscoll had known that? Then let this guy believe for a second he is one of the elect? Yep, this ranks right up their with his x-rated mind reading except this one may have more immediate eternal consequences.

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  2. I think your first interpretation is correct by context. The man needs to be avoided!

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  3. He explains what he means here:
    http://pastormark.tv/2011/09/26/an-update-on-the-converted-warlock

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  4. Hi Lisa,

    I have seen this explanation and will be linking to it later this week.

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