A Package For Satan
“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”
(1 Peter 5:1–3 ESV)
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 5:1–5 ESV)
“For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 5:3–5 ESV)
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””
(1 Corinthians 5:12–13 ESV)
Bloggers are blogging about Mark Driscoll again.
Social media is full of comments and memes about Mark Driscoll again.
The point to all the posts, tweets, and blogs is that Mark Driscoll is a dangerous religious tyrant.
This is not new news…people have been proving Driscoll unfit for ministry for over 15 years.
The question is no longer about whether Driscoll is fit for ministry, but if anyone in his “church” is a Christian.
Before we proceed, let’s do a little Bible 101.
What we call the “books” of the New Testament were actually letters to congregations. These letters would be circulated among the churches and read out loud to the assembly.
They were not sent to leadership alone marked “for your eyes only”.
The first letter to the Corinthian church would have been read out loud to them, much to their dismay when they got to the paragraph I’ve noted above.
Evidently, they had different sort of public louse in the building and they were tolerating, yea, even supporting him in his sin.
Paul said to throw him out….purge him…deliver him to Satan.
Paul said nothing about blogging in hopes that someone else would do what they were supposed to do.
The sin may have been different but the principle is the same.
The people who comprise Trinity Church are responsible unto God and each other to spiritually package Driscoll and sent him straight to hell for spiritual therapy.
One of the reasons for this is that if left unchecked , the sin will spread through the church.
Thus, disciplining Driscoll is loving him and each other and protecting the Body.
Now, we all know that none of this is going to happen.
The question we must ask is why it won’t happen.
The reasons begin with the fact that people who gravitate to churches with “celebrity” leaders also gravitate to idolatry and no one likes their idols toppled.
The reasons continue with the fact that these churches are centered on the celebrity, not the assembly or Christ and the assembly likes it that way.
We have lost the idea of corporate responsibility for the church… it is all about the individual and no cares about the abused until they are abused themselves.
In truth, the assembly will cast out the abused before they will deal with the abusive.
At some point we need to find a different name for these gatherings because they bear no resemblance to the Body of Christ or the lordship of Jesus.
The idolatry, abuse, and love for authoritarians has permeated American evangelicalism and it’s a stench in the nostrils of God.
Come out from among them…and Mark…go to hell.