Is Mark Driscoll a Bully?

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The internet has been ablaze with Mark Driscoll being the lightning rod. Seems his convictional certitude regarding masculinity is not appreciated by a number of gender neutral proponents. Driscoll asked a “flippant” question about “effeminate anatomically male worship leaders” on  Facebook, and immediately drew fire from the offended.

Her~merneutics, a blog for women, posted this:

“The news of this post quickly drew responses from bloggers like Rachel Held Evans, who called Driscoll a bully, and Tyler Clark, who reflected on his own experience as an oft-labeled effeminate male. These responses consequently elicited counter-responses from writers like Anthony Bradley, who accused Evans of libel, only to be met with counter-counter-responses, such as Brian McLaren’s contribution to The Washington Post. The discussion finally culminated with Driscoll issuing his own response, admitting his comment was both “flippant” and failed to address “real issues with real content in a real context”

 Without apologizing, Driscoll responded by providing context for his question:

“I had a recent conversation with a stereotypical, blue-collar guy who drives his truck with his tools, lunchbox, and hard hat to his job site every day. He said he wasn’t a Christian, but he was open and wanted to learn what the Bible said. In that conversation, he told me he’d visited a church but that the guy doing the music made him feel uncomfortable because he was effeminate (he used another more colorful word, but that one will suffice in its place). He asked some questions about the Bible, and whether the Bible said anything about the kind of guy who should do the music. I explained the main guy doing the music in the Bible was David, who was a warrior king who started killing people as a boy and who was also a songwriter and musician.

I then put a flippant comment on Facebook, and a raging debate on gender and related issues ensued. As a man under authority, my executive elders sat me down and said I need to do better by hitting real issues with real content in a real context. And, they’re right. Praise God I have elders who keep me accountable and that I am under authority.”

http://theresurgence.com/2011/07/13/the-issue-under-a-lot-of-issues

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/2011/07/much_ado_about_mark_driscoll.html

http://rachelheldevans.com/mark-driscoll-bully

Rediscovering Evangelical Restitution

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Mark Driscoll says  restitution is a lost principle in the Evangelical church that  must be rediscovered. I certainly agree. The biblical principle was included along with repentance in  Basic Christian Doctrines class during my days at Christ for the Nations.

Restitution should extend  into every area of relational life. This is especially true when one brother defrauds another through slanderous character theft. Authentic repentance will sincerely  be motivated to restore what has been stolen from the persons good reputation. Unfortunately, less than honorable men choose to identify Evangelical  restitution with the error of Catholic penance so as to be  relieved from the responsibility of “putting back” what they have “verbally stolen”. Tragic and unprincipled.However, noble  men like Driscoll [and Dr. Dan Juster] are faithful to maintain the integrity of scripture by reminding us of the portions of scripture that we often neglect or simply choose to ignore.

Driscoll rightly differentiates Catholic penance and Evangelical restitution.  Questions at the end demonstrate the far-reaching application of biblical restitution.

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“… Penance is the false teaching that you need to pay God and others back so that you can be forgiven. Restitution has nothing to do with forgiveness in the sight of God.

Rather, Zacchaeus practiced restitution as evidence that he’d received God’s forgiveness. Restitution is making right to those that you’ve sinned against as a response to the work of Jesus in your life. It’s not penance. It’s justice. And it’s the duty of every Christian.

Many Christians are content with forgiveness and don’t feel compelled to make right what they’ve done wrong. It’s not enough to say, “Jesus, forgive me.” Yes, Jesus forgives. But Jesus also changes us. And that change should always result in a desire to make right what we’ve done wrong to the best of our ability.

Restitution shows the love and generosity of Jesus to the world and causes others to rejoice in the work of Jesus in your life. What is your repentance + restitution that would resulting in rejoicing? “

 7 Questions To Ask Yourself Regarding Restitution

  1. What have you taken that you need to give back?
  2. How have you defrauded, and what should you pay?
  3. When have you been lazy, and how can you change?
  4. Whom have you neglected and what does restitution require?
  5. Which sinner have you not called out but only grumbled about?
  6. What sins have you tolerated, and what does repentance look like?
  7. Have you been greedy, and how can you be generous?

http://theresurgence.com/2011/06/23/rediscovering-restitution?

related posts:

http://redeemedministers.blogspot.com/2010/04/wrong-concept-of-forgiveness.html

 http://antagoniz.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/following-zaccheus-to-jesus/

Mark Driscoll Caught Raising “Hell”

 Mark Driscoll is one bad, bold, and brilliant brother!  Contrast his Christ like convictional certitude   with Rob Bell channelling Beelzebub. Pastor Mark’s clarity, charity, and authority is  simply fresh air in a toxic atmosphere polluted by the U.S. meltdown of cowardly and compromised ministers in our day.It would be such  an honor just to meet this brother. Truly worthy of double honor!

Here is  a special preview of Driscoll’s upcoming sermon, “Heaven and Hell.”  [rgh]