Driscoll Resigns

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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    It was the only possible outcome. The evidence allowed nothing else.

  2. papiaslogia says:

    “Prior to and during this process there have been no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy, any of which could clearly be grounds for disqualification from pastoral ministry. Other issues, such as aspects of my personality and leadership style, have proven to be divisive within the Mars Hill context..”

    Sounds a bit like, “I’m sorry if you were offended by leadership style..” 🙂

    Obviously, he only sees things like “activity, immorality or heresy” as being reasons for his disqualifying him from ministry. I guess he missed the entire lists from 1 Tim and Titus.

    Babs – It could have ended with Mark in power and rebuilding his empire.

  3. Nonnie says:

    Does this this mean he walks away from any financial responsibility with the church in debt, etc?

  4. Laura Scott says:

    Alas… a leadership style issue. Again.

  5. Babylon's Dread says:

    I do not think the board could or would have come out and said our pastor is an abusive leader and has committed acts that are too severe to resolve.

    Remember a PR firm is shepherding the information flow.

    This in no way reflects the fullness of what was happening. Just turn your minds to pray for all involved and realize that when people cry out things do happen.

  6. EricL says:

    So lies, plagiarizing, pride, anger, and harassment are NOT immoral? When will folks finally admit that morality encompasses far more than sexual behavior?

    We can wrap pretty words around our sins (calling it our personality or our leadership style) but that doesn’t get rid of the stench. I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work. Not enough Spiritual Fabreze in the world to hide the smell of my sins; only the sweet fragrance of Christ’s blood can do that (and I often still have to live with the sins’ consequences).

    I hope this is all sincere and that Mr. Driscoll doesn’t come back in a year or two to start another church in the Seattle area to compete with Mars Hill.

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    He will definitely be back somewhere

  8. papiaslogia says:

    “Remember a PR firm is shepherding the information flow. ” Babs – good point.

    These two sentences were a little too similar:

    Mark’s letter – “Prior to and during this process there have been no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy, any of which could clearly be grounds for disqualification from pastoral ministry.”

    MH letter – “Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy.”

  9. Lynn says:

    Mark Driscoll had not displayed any Fruit of the Spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, self control….No matter how good he is in the pulpit, if his life does not reflect that of Jesus, he is just a clanging symbol, who was given too much power, and abused it. I am so saddened by people still saying, he was a good preacher…really did his life in any way, reflect the Fruit of the Spirit?

  10. John says:

    Yawns….

  11. victorious says:

    Driscoll has become a golden calf for those who want a god who will conform to their image.

    For the rest he is just another lab rat for those observing and documenting the effects of NPD.

  12. j2theperson says:

    How soon before he starts another church?

  13. Nonnie says:

    Will he be getting a severance package like Bob Coy???

  14. Steve Wright says:

    Driscoll’s letter makes me gag, but since I have never seen a disgraced CC pastor bother to write anything for public consumption when his sins found him out, I will hold further comment.

  15. filbertz says:

    I’m puzzled by driscoll’s reference to the lack of willingness on the part of accusers to participate with the investigation. Either they did not trust the process & those conducting it, or were still too fearful to participate.

  16. Ray says:

    My friend and I were just joking about how Christians are so against gay marriage and the love act like “the gays” are destroying the country. When in fact 95% of the evil that exist in this country is perpetrated by the “straight” world (and many pastors) ..I’m sickened by the number of people who have been hurt by this guy and by how an entire generation of people hate the church and God because men like this!!!

  17. Oh No says:

    “Driscoll’s letter makes me gag, but since I have never seen a disgraced CC pastor bother to write anything for public consumption when his sins found him out, I will hold further comment.”

    That’s because they plan on returning to the same pulpit.

  18. dswoager says:

    j2theperson, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Mark shoot off in another direction “unencumbered” by a church.

  19. DR. D says:

    Pastors should never have the type of Power that Mark Driscoll, Brian Broderson and other Hirelings/Wolves have

  20. randallslack says:

    As a former full time pastor, I would like to offer my 2 cents:

    The sharing of power/responsibility by a board of elders is difficult at best. Even the most godly men are sinners, often with ego issues. It is just a fact. We are fallen men. Someone has to take responsibility, as we see James doing so in Acts 15. However, decisions were shared by the Elders and the congregation (Acts 6).

    I was mocked by some CC pastors because I shared authority with a board – equal authority. One even called me a hireling. Whatever. Power must be balanced, as this situation with Mars Hill Church demonstrates. It is my conviction that very few men can handle power. In fact, if you want to know the real character of an individual, just put him in charge.

    The really sad part is the “trail of bodies thrown under the bus.” More I’m sure than we know. Having been under the bus I can tell you that it is painful. Having had board members literally betray me, I can understand the temptation to be “in charge.” Having had to try to comfort a wife that has been targeted by women in the church determined to get their own way come hell or high water, I can identify with some of the feelings of the pastors and their wives who have been slandered and abused.

    I have heard Christians say, “I have given up on the church.” I haven’t; however, I have given up on the religious system, led by modern day Pharisees and Sadducees, masquerading as the true church. If Jesus were to “visit” these, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John would run out of pen and paper.

    I don’t know what is the answer. It is so sad. No wonder Jesus is found standing outside, patiently knocking to be let back inside (Revelation 3:20).

  21. randallslack says:

    “Jesus Christ warns them that if they disobey his commands, and do not repent, their church’s existence will be ignominiously terminated. ‘I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent’ (Revelation 2:5). No church has a secure and permanent place in the world. It is continuously on trial… . Many churches all over the world today have ceased truly to exist. Their buildings remain intact, their ministers minister and their congregations congregate, but their lampstand has been removed.”

    John R. W. Stott, (27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011)

  22. JimB says:

    Kudos to the leadership at Mars Hill. They took a long time to go about it, but they finally did the right thing. Mark will be back, but I’ll bet it is in drastic diminished influence…and maybe in brokenness, time will tell.

  23. Eric says:

    What happened to Bob Coy? He used to be one of my favorite radio fellas

  24. He was caught putting his pole in other people’s ponds.

  25. victorious says:

    Eric-
    There could be an opportunity for a true blue Scandinavian like yourself in Ballard right now. 🙂

  26. Eric says:

    HA, the message would be all about salmon and Roller Derbies… actually based on what I have heard of MH it might actually catch on

  27. Chile says:

    The leadership of Mars Hill did not do the right thing. They looked at the overwhelming facts of Mark’s disqualifying abuses and declared him fit for ministry.

    Mark resigned and now doesn’t have to deal with the financial chaos he caused. He’s done nothing to repent or make things right with the long list of people he harmed, some he told, “I’ll ruin you,” … and then he did.

    After reading Driscoll’s sister’s FB post, it appears that her anger is towards the leaders instead of the people, which indicates that maybe their was a deal negotiated to get the leaders to publicly declare him free of the charges.

    I don’t know what the leades a tually thought, but either way the leaders failed … and so did Driscoll … while the church (meaning the people,) stood for righteousness.

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