Originally posted on Jan 22, 2008 and back by popular request…
In the fall of 2007 the Mars Hill Elders sent out their infamous gazillion-page document that partly responded to many question raised by Mars Hill Members (Prayingheart is trusting that the gazillion pages was an attempt at disclosure and not the classic strategy of dumping so much information at once that few will bother to read it.) On page 24 of the document, when Mark Driscoll responded to questions as to whether this portion of his September 30, 2007 sermon referenced Pastors’ Paul Petry and Bent Meyer:
“And [Nehemiah] beat some of them! Now, he’s an older guy, and he’s beating up certain members of his church. What do we do with that? I’ll tell you what I’d like to do with that. I’d like to follow in his example. There’s a few guys right now, that if I wasn’t going to end up on CNN, I would go old testament on them, even in leadership in this church.”
He responded that he didn’t member thinking of Paul and Bent at the time. He stated that he had been mostly discouraged and depressed by their (in his opinion) sinful actions and attitudes, but that he had not been angry at them in the manner that Nehemiah had been angry. TRUTH: Immediately after preaching this sermon, Mark Driscoll went out and fired Paul and Bent.
(Back to the document)
Mark then followed up with “My anger, however, has been with a few church members who were acting very disrespectfully, sinfully, and proudly toward some of the elders who were dealing with Paul and Bent and thereby making it very complicated and difficult to seek reconciliation with Paul and Bent.” TRUTH: Prior to the firing of these men, there had been no reconciliation to seek with them. They had been completely stunned by their own terminations.
The relevant portion of this sermon is found on youtube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YE3FHMTAWHY
Prayingheart submits the above facts for your prayerful evaluation. Is Mark Driscoll being honest with the members of Mars Hill Church? Is this the behavior of a man who is scripturally qualified for the office of Pastor or Elder? And, if not, where are the other elders who are tasked with protecting the members and calling each other into account???