"People say, Perry he wrote some vulgar comments on a website in 2002. Well, let's talk about the website you visited last night." - Perry Noble
Seriously? Perry Noble is so desperate to shill for Mark Driscoll that he is willing to insinuate that those in his flock who are genuinely concerned about having this man speak at their church must be visiting porn sites? Do I really have to point out the obvious problem with this ridiculous defense? Mark Driscoll was a PASTOR, not a sheep. The Bible says that he is held to a higher standard not an equal standard. A pastor is entrusted with the flock of the Lord. The key verses spell out clearly what the qualifications are for someone who aspires to be a pastor. Driscoll is disqualified on half of these. He is clearly not above reproach. He is not self controlled, respectable, or hospitable. He has been proven to be quarrelsome and not gentle. He was conceited beyond description. He is not well thought if by outsiders and has fallen into disgrace. Beloved, the five items discussed earlier are not in dispute. They have all been verified over and over again. The dead bodies quote is widely available online. The stealing of the money is admitted by Driscoll but he claims that it was OK because his board approved it. The gaming of the NY Times is proven by the contract he signed with the company that spelled out their plan. The plagiarism is widely accepted. The people who have been hurt is admitted to. Driscoll even has offered half hearted apologies to anyone he "may have hurt." Yet people think there is nothing wrong with him coming back after ducking discipline after just fifteen months? Do we even care about the people that may end up under his leadership again? Do we care about the people in Phoenix at all? Perry Noble obviously does not.
"Did he hurt people? Misuse his power? Did he abuse people? I don't know. But I think he has ministry left in him. I think Jesus still loves him." - Perry Noble
Really Perry? You don't know? Everyone else knows but you don't? No, I think the more accurate statement is that you don't care. The issue is not whether Mark Driscoll has ministry left in him. The issue is whether he is biblically disqualified from it and the resounding biblical answer is yes. Now, God is always in the restoration business but not without repentance. If you listened to the handful of times Driscoll has spoken since he left Mars Hill you would easily realize that he thinks he is the victim in this story. He has not apologized for any of the things outlined in here nor has he repented of them. And again, fifteen months later he is starting his own church again?
The issue is also not about whether Jesus loves Him. People in churchianity continually confuse restoration to one's walk with restoration to their ministry. No one is suggesting that Mark Driscoll should not be forgiven if he would truly repent. God is always faithful to forgive. That does not mean he gets to launch right back into his ministry. People who support Driscoll, such as Noble, are quick to attack anyone who does not give him a blank check as being unloving but this writing is out of concern for Mark Driscoll. Sin requires repentance. One cannot repent when one thinks they are the victim. Right now there is a lot of blood upon the head of Mark Driscoll. He will answer for every single sheep he abused. Every dead body in his pile. He will likewise answer for all of the sins that are out there in the open and those we do not know about. A call for him to repent in his walk is a call of love. Burying it behind another set of works in Phoenix does not erase what happened in Seattle. Perry Noble concludes:
Christians are the only army in the world that shoots their wounded. - Perry Noble
Perry. No one is shooting Mark Driscoll. We just want him to adhere to the biblical standard he claims to represent. For his good and the good of his listeners. You accuse those who disagree with you as wanting to shoot Mark but you want to pretend he isn't even wounded! You place a spiritual band-aid on him like this video when he really needs a tourniquet. Saying you love him is not enough Perry. Butchering the Bible to defend him is not enough. The blood trail from Seattle to Phoenix is still warm but you want him to speak at your conference. Disgusting.
Beloved, hear me very clearly. This is not about judging someone. This is about applying biblical standard to those that claim to lead the church. This about holding them accountable when they go rogue. If you read this and still think that somehow Driscoll is right then I would suggest putting yourself in the shoes of one of the real victims. The sheep. I have spoken to people who will never return the organized church again after what Driscoll did to them. I have read testimonies from people recounting cultish and bullying behaviors by Driscoll. This is what we ought to be concerned about as Christians. I do not expect someone like Perry Noble to understand this. Someone who thinks people who want more of God's Word are jackasses.
But we ought to know better. For Mark's sake. For the sake of the people he has hurt. For the sake of the church of Jesus Christ. We ought to know better.
Reverend Anthony Wade - February 2, 2016