I’ve found some really important stuff lately that I want to pass along. For more St. Patrick, to the latest on Mark Driscoll, keep reading.
Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought some of you might want to read some fun facts about the man, the myth and the legend.
If you’ve ever wondered how Seventh-Day Adventism got started or why many Christians consider it a cult, you need to read this piece on Ellen G. White by Tim Challies.
I’m not sure how I didn’t see this sooner, but Sunny Shell does an excellent job here of examining the work of all three women and seeing the common threads of extra-biblical revelation and mystic language. It is a strong warning from a straight-shooting approach to the issue.
The Latest on Mark Driscoll: Leaked Letters and More
I’m sure most of you are already aware of the latest scandal surrounding Pastor Mark Driscoll. It would be hard to remain unaware with national news outlets writing about the plagiarism as well as service he hired to get his book, Real Marriage, on The New York Times best-seller list. If somehow, you’re still in the dark I recommend listening to this interview from last week between Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio and Fighting for the Faith, and radio host Janet Mefferd. They examine much of the controversy and call for biblical repentance and accountability on the part of Driscoll.
It has been reported that Driscoll has apologized and is going to make changes, which has caused many to praise him. While I certainly hope that Driscoll is repentant and want him to be, after reading the letter attributed to him that was leaked on Reddit, I’m inclined to agree with Warren Throckmorton’s post “Deja Vu All Over Again.” Throckmorton pointed to a 2007 sermon by Driscoll, in which he apologized for being arrogant, claimed he wants to learn humility and that he was seeking change. “When one compares this sermon to the letter from yesterday, it appears that he acknowledged more and and apologized for more in 2007. It also seems as though the issues haven’t changed that much in seven years,” Throckmorton wrote.
I want, like Benjamin Corey at Formerly Fundie, to see Driscoll repent and to root for restoration. But I do not think this apology is sufficient, nor the changes proposed enough given all that has happened. There are biblical standards of behavior for pastors in the pastoral epistles and those should determine the consequences, not Driscoll himself. We must remember that the sins of a Christian (any Christian, but especially a “celebrity” one) do not only compromise that one person’s testimony — it impacts the testimony of all Christians.
Apparently, this subject will also be discussed on Fighting for the Faith later today.