Today I went over to Mara’s blog and found a whole lot more than I ever knew about the Driscolls. In the blog Friday, I was ignorant of the depth of control and power that Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church in Seattle has over its church members. Please take a journey over to From Bitter Waters to Sweet to learn more.
Enlightened, I started following some of her links, and even found one on my own that I want to give to you today. On several occasions I have visited Denny Burk’s blog. He is a complementarian through and through and makes no bones about it. Denny Burk does not endorse the Driscoll’s book on sex and marriage, even though he loves Mark Driscoll and his wife, as he says in the book review Conclusion:
I love and appreciate the Driscolls, and I am really grateful for the testimony that they share about their own marriage. I was genuinely helped by many of the practical exhortations in this book. I think many marriages would be strengthened by the Driscolls’ advice on becoming a friend to your spouse. Men would benefit from hearing Mark’s powerful call for husbands to grow up, take responsibility, and lead their families. Women would be edified to hear Grace’s testimony and passionate call for wives to follow the leadership of their husbands.
I suspect that his love for the Driscolls centers heavily around the submissive wife and complementarian aspect of the Mars Hill Church. After all, if they teach that the wife must be submissive, then they are a fellow believer. And are to be embraced as such.
But Denny Burk says he does not endorse the Driscoll’s book on sex and marriage, and I applaud him for that.
It is my hope that Denny Burk has a slither of a belief that this book is exploitive of women and Grace Driscoll in particular. I hope that he does. I hope that he, and other complementarians like him, wake up and see how wives are being abused and exploited by some pastors. I hope that somewhere in their conscious minds they will realize that this begins with the belief and teaching that all women are created for the pleasure of men, and that women have an inherent weakness from birth since they are female.
I wonder if somewhere in the back of Mark Driscoll’s mind is the niggling thought that those who get involved in pornographic sex just keep getting deeper and deeper on the dark side.
Will you join me in speaking up against pastors – under the guise of the wisdom given a pastor – who bring out crude and demeaning books against all women?