Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mark Driscoll's apology, and why I am not convinced

In the wake of the scandal regarding the hiring of Result Source for marketing his book, Mark Driscoll has issued some sort of apology. Now certainly, we should rejoice in repentance, but the problem with Driscoll's apology is that it is manifestly insufficient.

The problem with such apologies is that they don't deal with the major issues involved, just the minor ones. Here are a list of some of the other sins Driscoll has never repented of:

  • Inappropriate sexual language from the pulpit (e.g. his Songs of Solomon series)
  • Coarse language
  • Endorsement of Word-faith Sabellian heretic T.D. Jakes
  • Boasting of throwing people "under the bus" if they don't follow his vision
  • Attacking Janet Mefferd for having a "grumpy day" when she pressed him on perceived plagiarism

Now, if one were to commit a murder and also tell a lie, will merely repenting of telling a lie be sufficient? Yet, such is the attitude taken by people such as Ray Ortlund. Driscoll issued an apology for the hiring of Result Source. Great, but does this mean that all his other unconfessed sins are hereby wiped clean? It is as if someone who has just murdered and told a lie should be totally exonerated of all crimes because he repented of telling a lie! But what about the sin of murder? Likewise, to take the most glaring and obvious sin, when is Driscoll going to repent of his endorsement of T.D. Jakes? The hiring of Result Source pales in comparison to the sin of endorsing a known heretic.

So pardon me if I don't buy into the whole "Driscoll has finally repented" line. Until and unless Driscoll repented of the major sins, sins much worse than the hiring of Result Source, I will not buy his repentance.

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