Sunday, March 4, 2012

John Stackhouse on Mark Driscoll

A very interesting point by John.

"We are thus told, by Mrs. Driscoll as well as then by her husband, that a man who does not provide for his wife and children is flatly disobeying God. If she is out working and he isn’t–save only in extreme cases of injury, sickness, or other physical debility (unemployment is not mentioned as an excuse)–he is “worse than an unbeliever.” 
That last phrase comes from the text–the one and only text–adduced by the Driscolls on behalf of their forbiddance of men staying home and women working: I Timothy 5:8. And now a cascade of basic exegetical, theological, and homiletical problems begins:"

For more, John Stackhouse on Mark Driscoll



  1. sounds like Driscoll is employing the same type of emotionally manipulative tactics as a church i attended from 2001-2003.

    it becomes a polarized "us" and "them" issue - one of the key characteristics of a cult church.

    i'm not saying they're 100% there yet, i'm on the other side of the planet, but I daresay it looks like it's going there.

    what usually happens at some stage is that the pastor is disciplined by churches that form part of their fellowship, and if the pastor is anything like the one who pastored the church i mention above, they disagree with their brethren (making it an even worsely polarized "us" and "them" situation)

    the very last step is that the pastor is booted from the fellowship/denomination of churches they belong to. a split in their own congregation is also possible.

    this is a good thing. it strips the pastor from their power and leadership (which they have abused). the pastor may obviously continue on, since they're not subject to any authority other than God (typical of cult leaders, not being subject to the shared authority of a board of elders, fellow pastors, or anything similar - they are completely autonomous)