Mark Driscoll’s new website: what he’s sharing about himself and what he leaves out of his story
Surprise, surprise, surprise! About one week before all of the Mars Hill churches that Pastor Mark Driscoll founded some 18 years ago are about to close, Driscoll has published a brand new website.
On the front page you can find blog articles, sermons, and a free e-book. Clicking on the “About” page, you are greeted with. “About Pastor Mark” with
this size font, because it’s all about Pastor Mark . . . ya know:
As I read through the About page and the nauseating details that were chosen to highlight his accomplishments, I noticed some missing elements of his past years in ministry and thought it might be helpful to fill in some gaps.
The first paragraph is more self-aggrandizement, including a link referring to Driscoll being one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Major yawn moment:
Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.
Pastor Mark is the author of many books, has written for CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post, and has been featured as a columnist for The Seattle Times.
Ok, that sounds impressive, until you read this part which was conveniently left out: “Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.” (Source)
The following paragraph to me is the most disconcerting sentence of all (bolded by yours truly):
With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and unrelenting compassion for those who are hurting the most—particularly women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault—Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals.
Remember, this is the guy who has hurt many women by his misogynistic teachings. Scores of families left Mars Hill spiritually wounded because of abrasive and heavy-handed authoritarianism. If Driscoll had such “unrelenting compassion” for the hurting, there would be no need for these websites set up specifically for Mars Hill refugees: Mars Hill Refuge, Joyful Exiles, We Are Not Anonymous, Re-connect, Musings from Under the Bus.
Also missing from the About page is Driscoll’s opinionated views of sex. I’ve never heard a pastor speak so strongly regarding sexual practices that husbands and wives should be deciding for themselves in the privacy of their own relationship.
“A Manly Man Uses His Penis” Pastor Mark Driscoll
In 2000, Driscoll participated in an online forum and admitted using the pseudonym William Wallace II. The posts by “William Wallace II” were disturbing. Many of the posts (140 pages) can be found here. There were so many shocking excerpts, but take a look at a couple of screenshots showing how preoccupied he is with his manhood (including his manly member).
******CRUDE LANGUAGE WARNING******
“[P]ussified – any man who has lost his rocks and completed the process of remaining biologically male but become female in all other ways.”
~William Wallace II aka Mark Driscoll
After these posts resurfaced this year, Driscoll did issue some sort of apology about it, but he didn’t apologize about his other sexual teachings, so that seems to make his apology meaningless.
If you are new to Driscoll’s fixation on sex, check out this excerpt from a message delivered in Edinburgh in 2007 (ladies, brace yourselves):
[In recounting the story about the man who started coming to Driscoll’s church because his wife began performing oral sex:]
She [the wife] says, “I’ve never performed oral sex on my husband. I’ve refused to.” I said, “You need to go home and tell your husband that you’ve met Jesus and you’ve been studying the Bible, and that you’re convicted of a terrible sin in your life. And then you need to drop his trousers, and you need to serve your husband. And when he asks why, say, ‘Because I’m a repentant woman. God has changed my heart and I’m supposed to be a biblical wife.’” She says, “Really?” I said, “Yeah. First Peter 3 says if your husband is an unbeliever to serve him with deeds of kindness.” [Laughter from audience] How many men would agree, that is a deed of kindness. He doesn’t want tracts. Those won’t do anything. What we’re talking about here could really help. (Source)
It’s odd that Driscoll would leave his favorite topics of sex and manhood out of the About page, isn’t it? Going back to Driscoll’s About page we read:
He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.
Oh yes, and he has also gone head-to-head with Janet Mefferd (The Janet Mefferd Show) in which she strongly questioned him about the material he used in his books. You can hear the infamous interview here:
This exchange exploded on the internet with blogger, Warren Throckmorton, discovering even more examples that seemed to be plagiarized.
The About summary continues with Driscoll taking credit for the Acts 29 Network he founded. However, it’s funny that he didn’t mention this note published by the Acts 29 board only a few months ago in August of 2014:
It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. (Source)
Also, in Driscoll’s account, he is given credit for helping in the Haiti earthquake and founding a ministry with James MacDonald, but yet we read another sad account on how he treated a female missionary, Yvonne Trimble. Another detail missed.
So, meanwhile the Mars Hill empire is closing at the end of the year with a bang and the final sermon will be preached by Saddleback Church’s pastor, Rick Warren, and what does Driscoll ask on his brand spanking new website? He asks people to . . .
Yes, the donations he wants you to give will go to Learning for Living which is “an application-pending registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.” (What in the heck is Learning for Living?) How timely for this website to go public so people can get their charitable giving done by December 31, 2014.