The wake-up call

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?

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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7 Responses to The wake-up call

  1. Annie says:

    Love the blog, big fan and supporter.

    Could you unpack the last paragraph yet? I’m not quite clear on what you’re trying to say–are you drawing a comparison between the Driscolls’ book & pornography? I’d love to hear more. Thanks!


    • Welcome! Glad you like the blog and I am glad to hear from you.

      You can draw your own conclusions. I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to, but I did read the book review by one of Driscoll’s admirers – as he says so himself – and he was very detailed in what the book is about. If you click on the link, you can read the review also.

      Is it pornographic if a preacher writes it? Or is it just pornography when someone else writes it?

      One time there was a seminar at one of the local churches here. A speaker was a man in a wheelchair who spoke against homosexuality. On the stage in front of men and women, he was very graphic in his descriptions. At that time, I wondered why the men, many of them preachers, did not stop this man from what he was saying. But they didn’t. He was in a wheelchair, and because of that, he was given respect that he did not deserve.

      So, yes, pastors can be pornographic in their writings and preaching. Is this book pornographic? That depends upon what your definition of it is, and just how far you think pastors can go in being specific in their writings.


    • Mara says:

      Annie, I’ve been concerned about Driscoll for sometime. And it started when I learned of his pornographic and self-serving teaching on the Song of Solomon. There is a lot of info out there, but I thought I’d start you out with my first intro to Driscoll and his controversial stand on sex.

      (and this in only an intro. Driscoll has issues with sex, is misogynic, is obsessed with his own authority and who can beat up whom. His issues get more and more unbelievable and you get to know who and what he is about.)


  2. Annie says:

    Thanks, that’s what I thought you meant 🙂


  3. Anne says:

    I’ve done more reading on Driscoll and come up with another description to add to my adjectives. Mark Driscoll is…

    …a frat boy. A frat boy with a Bible. His obsessions with sex, female submission, macho manliness and his desire for the church to be filled with ‘young strong men’ all screams an attitude of ‘bros before hos’. Then there’s his bragging, his egotism, his pride in being ‘controversial’ [read: attention whoring] his tight-fisted control over his own congregation, his name-calling and insults. (I’m still not happy about him calling British churches weak and cowardly. But the silver lining is that he’s now isolated himself from the UK, reducing his potential influence across the pond). He needs testosterone-reducing pills, and fast.

    However it seems that the media attention he gets is starting to turn sour. Not only in the blogosphere, but in press and publications too. There may soon be a storm on the horizon if he doesn’t rein himself in. The question is: has he puffed himself up too much to quit while he’s ahead?

    It’s possible.


  4. Kristen says:

    Driscoll seems to me to be exactly like the young frat boy-men who were itinerent preachers in the campus ministry (a shepherding-dominionist charismatic cultic group) I was part of in college. Brash, arrogant, confusing harshness with “boldness,” ready to rebuke, flinging their “authority” around like bulls in a china shop– and blaming the “spineless, wimpy” congregations for any opposition to their methods.
    Yep. It’s Maranatha Campus Ministries all over again.


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