Mark Driscoll might want some salt for the big foot in his mouth…
Discoll has done it again! He just can’t “play nice”, be polite, civil, respectful, imagine anyone, anyone having one thought outside of how he views the world. He dictates “RIGHT theology” and anyone doing, thinking, expressing anything different is attacked, demeaned, disrespected and he proves his base level of thinking ability.
Ever read Fowler’s Stages of Faith work? You should. Mark is stuck in a stage 3, black and white, theology and world view on an excel spread sheet… threatened by anyone else. SAD! What is worse – the THOUSANDS who eat it up, never ask questions, express doubt, wrestle ideas and how one guy interprets anything, starting with Scripture. AND if they did – they would be shunned, alienated and publicly humiliated for daring to challenge Himself.
What am I on about? How does Mark deal with ANYTHING different? How does he deal with anyone who disagrees with him? People who don’t know Jesus, much less enemies? He denies Christ by not treating anyone, starting with other Christians with gentleness, love and respect. He proves himself a complete failure as a missiologist because he passes trite judgement without one effort to examine and understand contexts other than the center of the freaking planet – the new Los Angeles… Seattle.
Driscoll mouths off in in Christianity today this month indicting, insulting and attacking ALL BRITISH PASTORS! What a jack-arse! What an arrogant pratt. What the.., Discoll!?
Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth.
Andrew Finden responded appropriately, wondering if Driscoll has an unhealthy bias toward famous, multi-site, mega-church pastors:
Putting aside the (frankly, wearisome) hyperbole, am I wrong in seeing Driscoll want to apply a kind of one-size-fits-all approach (e.g. famous & young) to churches in the UK? Just because there’s no household name, beamed into multi-site churches across the country each week, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t faithful leaders, young and old, teaching the bible, preaching the gospel, stirring their communities on to love and good works, and holding them accountable. In fact, if Driscoll had even visited some of the churches in the UK he’d know that, even in the CofE, it is a egregious stereotype to paint them as “guys in dresses preaching to grandmas”. We shouldn’t assume that unless someone is doing everything the way we would do it, that the important things are not getting done! . . .
It really is a shame to see the good things overshadowed by the stupid things, and I’m actually glad that there is not an all-american smack-down celebrity pastor or culture in the UK. I’m very glad for the faithful and challenging bible teaching I sat under when I was there.
Dirscoll, have you ever even been there? Visited and spoken to the fresh stuff going on? Can you not be humble and see how we have NOTHING to criticize anyone? The rate of anemic churches here equals there if not more!
Driscoll, you arrogant bully and brutish pratt. You are not being courageous and brave to repeatedly do and say what you do – you and your church are bullies, mean, and you don’t smell like Jesus. You smell like the GOP and it’s bullying and fear mongering. You smell of hate, arrogance, ignorance, cognitive dissonance, horrible missiology, and an afraid small minded typical mega-church arrogant jerks. I am ashamed of you. I am ashamed of how you treat people, lead your church and the horrible example you leave. The worst part Mark, is that you don’t get that there will be justice and judgement – even for saints… and you are going to be brought low. I rebuke, exhort and indict you to repent from being so damned brutish and rude, arrogant and cruel.
To all my British friends – I apologize, ask your forgiveness for yet another self absorbed, simpleton, another Yankee Mega-Church Arse. I apologize that the upstart Yankees, who are horrible missionaries, cannot critically think, respect, be kind, ask questions before concluding inaccurate, uninformed assumptions.
To my Yankee friends, I’ve spent a LOT of time in the UK during my life – there are some excellent things happening across the spectrum. They’ve broken with the cultural trappings as they KNOW they’ve lost their society… we have too – we’re just too deluded to know it yet. There are many fresh things happening in every denomination… and they don’t split the denomination to do it… We can start with the Church of England… There are dozens in London alone. I’ve been to MANY, met many more and I’m proud of them. They inspire me, teach me and give me courage to step forward into our post-Christian western cuture.
Sorry friends – may God bless the UK and the UK church. May you again, show us the way as you did over the past two centuries.