I hesitated to write anything on the whole Driscoll debacle. Largely, I do not necessarily feel that there is much more to say than what has been said. I never followed Driscoll that closely. I never listened to his sermons, read his books, visited the Mars Hill blog, or really paid much attention to him until recently. I was not crushed to see him fall.
Let me clarify that last statement. I am saddened to see a prominent face in Christendom fall in such a hard way. I am saddened to read of the persistent sin that was never really addressed and confronted in a biblical manner (even by Acts 29 and his Board of Elders). I am saddened that no one heeded the early warnings that were offered up by people like John MacArthur. I am also deeply burdened for those who have been affected by this whole thing – yet namely, for the damage this has caused to the gospel, as it seems Mark continues to avoid repentance.
However, I am not crushed. I wish him well and hope to see repentance, but the writing was on the wall for years. We are now simply seeing the hidden fruit of all of this incredible baggage.
I am not surprised in any of this because I see this to be indicative to the nature of many within the church. We really want to be relevant, edgy, sexy, and hip. We want that rough pastor who speaks ignominiously of the Songs of Solomon. The young, restless, and reformed crowd loves controversy. Heck, one of their favorite trademarks is their ability to argue unceasingly over topics they are largely ignorant to.
It is these people in particular that I write to today. I have seen pastors and layman alike use demeaning and domineering language in the midst of a debate with one another – and then post on Mark Driscoll.
I have seen a call to observe the Sabbath (“…because you can say a big ‘F-you’ to everyone who asks you to do something, even your professors!”); young men call old men fools; old men argue right back with the young man; people outright lie about a circumstance in order to gain the empathy of total strangers; people complain that their wife isn’t having sex with them enough – yet in the next breath asking for prayer because they “struggle” with porn or speak crassly of their wives; people who admittedly troll a thread just to be divisive; people using Facebook groups as “sounding boards” because they can’t speak to their elders about such things – because what they are wanting to teach is false doctrine…
You see: if you are bearing these qualities, you love to hate Mark Driscoll – but you are just like him. You play these silly little games that are antithetical to what being a Christian is all about, claiming “grace upon grace,” all the while trampling upon the blood of Christ. You offer a tripe commentary on how he should have been removed from the pastorate long ago (to which you are absolutely correct) – yet take little time to examine yourself in sober judgment to see how easy it is to ascend to the same place and fall just as hard. Big tree fall hard.
I am disappointed in seeing a theologically rich, historical resurgence to the Reformed faith filled with punk kids who think they need “an edge” because the gospel has an edge. No. The gospel is edgy enough as it is – and it isn’t sinful. You won’t need to add salt and pepper to that bad boy in order to get people upset – all you must do is preach Christ crucified.
Calm down and reform – into a grown man. Let the Word cut. If you do the cutting, you’re just going to slice an ear off.