24 August 2014

Mark Driscoll to Step Down for at Least 6 Weeks While Charges Against Him Are Investigated

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Blogger and Grove City College professor, Warren Throckmorton, who has been carefully following and reporting on the the turbulent, ongoing happenings with Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church, reported this morning that Mark Driscoll has announced a 6-week break from ministry while charges against him are reviewed by the church's elders:
Reading a prepared statement, Mark Driscoll told the Bellevue campus of the Mars Hill Church congregation this morning that he will take at least six weeks off as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church while charges against him are investigated. Driscoll preached at Bellevue at 8:30 am to a packed house. According to sources in church this morning, Driscoll said he is meeting with mature Christian men unrelated to the church. The message is being played at other locations this morning.
Read the rest of the story and hear audio of Driscoll's announcement here.

Further Reading
Acting Like Men? Pastors, Pulpits and Profanity
Of Mefferd and Driscoll and Integrity
Driscoll, Osteen and Those Things that Are Worse than Being Happy and Encouraging

10 comments:

  1. That's a start no matter some of the motives that may be involved. The question is when James MacDonald is going to follow his friend? For he has a lot more to answer to than Driscoll ever had...

    Despeville

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  2. Sorry, but I don't buy a dime of this 6 week hiatus/meeting with "mature Christian men" scenario as being any evidence of anything, including repentance. I fear it's more game playing on MDs part... no different than the crocodile tears that came out of Gothard when his sins got exposed. These men have completely disgraced the name of Christ with their conduct. Seriously, any plain reading of the pastoral epistles would mark both men as disqualified from leadership.

    When I first learned who MD was back in 2009, I saw enough red flags to say "no thank you". I thank the Lord for His wise discernment.

    -C

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    1. I think you are 100% correct. I'm sorry to say, but this guy is not fit to serve in any respectable church. He is a potty-mouthed, sex-crazed, power hungry "problem." And let's not even get into his theology. "No, thank you," from me too. For Mars Hill's sake, I hope that 6 weeks becomes 6 months, and that 6 months becomes 6 years.
      He should have been sacked. Period.

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    2. I agree with your assessment of MD as well. Though I hope the 6 years becomes permanent, for the sake of Christ's name and also for the sake of the church as a whole. MDs influence was certainly not limited to Mars Hill.

      I asked my believing husband how long behavior such that is demonstrated by MD would be tolerated by HR at the company where he works. He sputtered in laughter and shook his head...

      It's a sad day when the lost world can recognize that kind behavior as inappropriate conduct in a workplace, especially of someone in a position of leadership/authority, but the church cannot understand the same concept... especially stunning considering Christ gave us the Bible to read, and the Holy Spirit to give us understanding.

      The salt, losing it's saltiness.

      -C

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  3. MD has hired Mark DeMoss (a PR guru from Atlanta) to head up his new redesigned image. DeMoss has served the likes of Mormon Mitt Romney, ecumenical (to the hilt) Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell who was financed Sun Moon. Anyone that believes that Driscoll is interested in anything but his continued reign of terror over anyone dumb enough follow him deserves exactly what he gets-and it's all bad.

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    1. The leopard and its spots, Darrel. Of course, it's not going to improve. In fact . . .

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    2. Right. Because nothing says genuine Biblical repentance and caring about the honor and glory of the name and work of the Lord Jesus Christ like hiring a PR firm to redo your *own* image.

      How about the concept of one bearing fruit in keeping with repentance...?

      Any Christian leader that continues to stand by MD's side will immediately join my "no thank you" list, if they aren't on it already for other reasons.

      Finally, I must provide a grammar correction to my comment above. It should read: the salt, losing its (not it's) saltiness. I actually do know the difference between it's (the contraction for 'it is') and its (possessive pronoun). :) That was just a typo on my part.

      -C

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  4. Is Mark DeMoss, the guy who running the PR for Driscoll and Mars Hill, still on the Board with Walk in the Word (HBC)? The 9 predictions on TheWartburgWatch are very similar to what happened to bloggers/pastors/members at Harvest when James MacDonald feigned repentance and accountability.

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    1. And he is good at feigned all of it, and all of it with the visual trick for gullible of waving big bible in his hand...

      Ddespeville

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