Thou shalt not ask questions

“They are sinning through questioning.” This from the trendy-yet-authoritarian Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, according to The New York Times, after two elders challenged his consolidation of church power.

What’s that verse about something going before a fall?


  1. Bridge

    He’s the most extreme Calvinist I’ve seen in main stream media. Interesting on the tail of your earlier post about your son in the Orthodox service.

  2. Tari

    He gives me the creeps as much as Joel Osteen does, just from a different direction. I know some young couples who think Driscoll is the hottest thing; I really think they’re young and lost and want someone to tell them what to do and what to think (“mom, dad, you were just here a minute ago – what happened???”). What they really need is to learn to discern things for themselves.

  3. David

    Mark Driscoll has said repeatedly regarding election, “I believe God has elected thousands of people in Seattle to come to Christ and I am going to keep preaching until I reach every one of them.” He knows as Romans says, “How are they to hear unless someone preaches to them?” Salvation is not present apart from the proclaimed Word of God no matter your soteriology. Criticize what you would like, but he is preaching a firm belief in Christ and a call to biblical manhood and womanhood in a hostile place where Christ would not be glorified otherwise.

  4. Kevin Cassidy

    A call to skepticism:

    “In 2007, two elders protested a plan to reorganize the church that, according to critics, consolidated power in the hands of Driscoll and his closest aides.”

    I understand there is a need to shorten stories in reporting. But this condenses further to: “I heard from someone else that they weren’t planning a good thing.” Gossip?

    “When one of the renegade elders refused to repent, the church leadership ordered members to shun him.”

    For how little we know of the situation, couldn’t this also be spun as an example of Matthew 18:15-17?

    I would posit that there is genuine questioning of plans in seeking God’s will, and then there is rebellious questioning of authority. Do we know enough about the situation to know which this is?

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