Monday, November 10, 2014

2-5-2008 spiritual warfare Part 1 part 4 commentary 1 if in 2008 boasting in achievements was called demonic, why'd Driscoll boast from 2012 on?

In the sense that the world got defined as "corporate" flesh it would seem that defining the flesh first would have made more sense but that's not how it went.  The world was discussed first, and presented as a system architected by Satan to appeal to ... the flesh. 

What is interesting, too, in light of so much promotion of The Silence of Adam and years of talking about how Eve was deceived but Adam sinned with a high hand that Driscoll went with "And it all started with Eve."

And again, it started with Eve. Lust of the eye--the fruit looks pleasing to the eye.  Lust of the flesh--it was good for food. Boastful pride of life--it'll make you like God.  From Satan's first temptation of our first parents to the present it's the same scheme so you use Paul's language in 1 Corinthians 2:11.  It's just, just the same scheme. See something, want something, get it, brag about it, boast about it, rejoice in it, glory in it, worship it, be an idolator.  Filled with pride, just like Satan.

But let's backtrack from this momentarily, shall we?  Let's get back to this:

The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life. Right?  The boasting in what we have and what we do. Here's how smart I am. Here's what I've done. Here's how I succeeded, here's my accomplishments. Here's my good works. It's boasting in what we have and boasting in what we do. It's arrogance. It's pride. It's not humility and grace saying, "Here's what God has given me.  Here's what God has done. Here's what God has saved me from. Here's what God has empowered me to" it is me and my glory and my possessions and my achievements and my accomplishments, my significance.  Now if 1 John 2:16 is right and worldliness is visual stimulation, internal response and sinful desire that results in boasting and pride pretty much you could say that our whole nation is worldly. [emphasis added] See what I'm saying? The world we live in is worldly by definition.

Driscoll made a point of saying that boasting in what we have and what we do; boasting in how smart I am and what I've done and how I've succeeded and here's my accomplishment ... Driscoll's never done that, has he?

How about ... New York Times bestselling author?

Personally, publishing has been amazing with the Real Marriage book having gone to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Speaking continues to be busy with the Real Marriage Tour having sold out in multiple cities. The media demands continue to grow, and recently included Nightline, The View, Piers Morgan, Fox & Friends and others.
Literally, it seems everything is flourishing.

You try to write a book on marriage and sex with your wife and next thing you know there are a lot of ants crashing your picnic.

My wife, Grace, and I recently published "Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together," which quickly became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. [emphasis added]

In it, we’re brutally honest about our past struggles, share the lessons we learned along the way and talk frankly about sex. Criticism has ensued.

If you wish to find that criticism, just do a Google search. You’ll find plenty. My intent here is not to name names and pick a fight with my critics, but to provide context on why there is criticism.

We knew before we wrote the book that we’d catch a lot of flak, especially on the chapters dealing with sex. We also knew the criticism would come from every direction, as some people would think we went too far and others would think we didn’t go far enough.


In the end, for conservatives we’re too liberal, and for liberals we’re too conservative. We can’t win.
Thankfully, we’re not concerned with winning. We’re concerned with helping others build healthy, happy and holy, God-glorifying marriages.

And because they weren't concerned with winning they didn't see any reason to let a contract with Result Source Inc get signed to ensure a #1 spot for Real Marriage?

And has Driscoll ever boasted in his credentials and accomplishments?  How about his work as a "professional journalist"?
... The trouble started with a Southern Baptist blogger . . . yes, you should have seen that one coming. Now, to be fair, the blogger quoted an anonymous “source.” And, we all know that almost everything bloggers say is true. But, when they have something as solid as an anonymous “source,” then you can rest assured that when Jesus talked about the truth over and over in John, this is precisely what he was referring to. I have a degree from Washington State’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and worked professionally as a journalist, [emphasis added] and I can assure you that The Kerfuffle is a very serious matter to be taken with the utmost sobriety and propriety. In fact, one anonymous “source” I spoke to said that Watergate pales in comparison.
I have a degree in communications from one of the top programs in the United States. So does my wife, Grace. We are used to reporters with agendas and selective editing of long interviews. Running into reporters with agendas and being selectively edited so that you are presented as someone that is perhaps not entirely accurate is the risk one takes when trying to get their message out through the media.
I’ve taken on editorial duties at Resurgence, at least for a season. This means I’m reviewing nearly every blog article before we post it and giving content feedback in an effort to help our writers get their message out even further.

I don’t pretend to be the world’s greatest writer. But I did start writing professionally as a journalist in high school, paid my way through high school and college writing articles and editing my college newspaper, got a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the top-notch Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, and have written blogs and articles for everyone from CNN to the Washington Post to Fox News.

For a review of the failure of Driscoll to as yet produce a single non-editorial bylined work of his go over here or here.  You'd think that being a professional journalist and one with discernment that Mark Driscoll wouldn't even have needed Docent Group research and that not-mundane detail that he had any Docent Group assistance sheds light on Mark Driscoll's sermon prep time.
Pastor Mark Driscoll
Verified account
Prepping 2 sermons today. Thankfully, a sermon takes about as long to prep as preach.
9:30 AM - 15 Jun 2011

How'd he manage that?   A little help from Docent Group maybe? Without mentioning the assistance along the way an isolated tweet could sure read like a ... boast maybe? 

Take note that you might have trouble finding Driscoll's name on the Docent Group page now. Could Mars Hill passive aggressively trying to blame research assistants for "citation errors" that only had Mark Driscoll's name on it have been a factor? Driscoll used to be right about Craig Groeschel and now ... Matt Chandler's got a video pumping Docent but has Mark Driscoll's pump gone the way of the Joker's disappearing pencil?

For someone who in 2008 declared that boasting in one's credentials and achievements was Satanic and demonic Mark Driscoll sure was happy to tout his credentials and achievements in 2012. 

It would seem as though the Mark Driscoll of 2008 would have said the Mark Driscoll of 2012 was guilty of satanic pride, wouldn't it?  After all, it's what Driscoll said, that boasting in one's achievements and credentials was demonic pride, right?  So measured by the measure which he used to measure others ... it would seem Driscoll should be counted as having a worldly pride and his boasting in his achievements and credentials could be construed as demonic ... unless there's been some executive elder exemption ... approved by the BoO/BoAA ...

1 comment:

C. Stirling Bartholomew said...

Boasting can be very subtle. I think MD has been boasting for a very long time. He perhaps became more blatant about it later on.