WARNING: The video clip you’ll watch deals with sexual abuse and adultery. So know that before you watch it. I believe it is important to watch to understand why folks like myself are often critical of folks like Mark Driscoll. Some may watch this and say they believe such things are possible. I’ll confess this is bizarre and I do not see much Biblical in it or helpful.
Shocked? First, realize if you have not heard of Mark Driscoll that this is the pastor of a mega church with thousands who gather to listen to his sermons. He is a best selling author. He is a leader of a major church planning network called Acts 29. He is loved by many, many young 20 somethings who are in ministry. He is not Baptist but is shaping the Southern Baptist Convention as it moves to Calvinism. Driscoll is one of those up and coming Calvinists who is very influential. Yet the clip above has nothing at all to do with Calvinism. It shows yet another side to Driscoll’s theology. I doubt John Calvin would have agreed with what Driscoll claims in this clip! I doubt most Calvinists would! Driscoll seems to be blending Calvinism and Charismatic ideas into his theology. The clip is from a sermon you can still find on his church web site from 2008. It’s part of a four part sermon series on spiritual warfare. I do not agree with Calvinism and I have argued against Driscoll’s views on that subject. I do not like his crass and sexual language from the pulpit (if you don’t believe me his Song of Songs sermon series also for public viewing is shocking to say the least). He uses cursing, sexual jokes, and cruel remarks often. But this is over the top! Consider what he is saying and the implications.
1. He is claiming to have some pretty powerful super powers. Imagine having a pastor who looks out and sees your secret sins and crimes that happened against you! If you believed that and attended his church you would not want to make this guy angry! He has just created a very god like power- TV visions replaying intimate details is an amazing claim and I don’t believe one word of it.
2. If you are more Charismatic then me and believe this happens then there are other problems.
a. Does he go to the police over these crimes?
b. Doesn’t he put the woman in danger by confronting a husband who threatens murder?
c. Doesn’t he seem to enjoy describing that adultery scene a bit too much? In typical Driscoll fashion he likes to talk about sex.
d. Why does God only show him sexual pasts? No other sins?
e. Why doesn’t God show him nice visions about good things?
This video is making its way on various blogs I’ve seen. FBC JAX WATCHDOG and others have it posted and they too are asking similar questions I just posted.
I find his counseling and pastoral skills abilities to be pathetic. I also think if he is going to come across as Johnny from the Dead Zone he should not wear a Mickey Mouse shirt! As others have hinted if he has this ability he really got become a crime solver. Get on TV with Adam Walsh and find missing people or do one of those TV shows where psychics help people.
Supporters will argue that folks like myself are limiting God’s power and denying spiritual warfare, etc. I’m sorry but I don’t buy Driscoll’s claims. I just don’t. If your pastor stood in your pulpit and said these things how would your congregation react? If he/she stood up and said that he/she saw rape and acts of child abuse out in spiritual tv screens above people’s heads don’t you think there would be a deacon’s meeting immediately after worship to either fire or send the pastor to professional help?
Mega pastors are becoming super celebrities. Some are making claims that are over the top and the Christian church needs to call it for what it is. We’ve seen wild stuff from folks like Benny Hinn for years (he is the guy who said God was going to give him a Holy Ghost machine gun to blow away his enemies) and this is just another version of sensationalism. Some mega pastors are abusing their power and authority. Several are using spiritual threats to push giving in their church. I’ve heard some say that if you don’t tithe the rest of the money you have becomes cursed money and veiled threats of what that is going to do in your life! Fear and intimidation is not the gospel. Jesus didn’t do this. He didn’t tolerate spiritual abuse or misuse in his ministry nor should we.
Feel free to disagree and comment on this blog if you do! If you agree with me please comment. What did you honestly think when you saw this video?