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Which gets us to this sermon a couple of years later in 2006 where Driscoll talked about the problems of teams and loyalty to teams in Corinth. This one took a while to track down because Wenatchee The Hatchet had mistakenly remembered this stuff being said closer to 2004 than 2006. But, here you go.
Part 3 of 1st Corinthians
Pastor Mark Driscoll
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
January 22, 2006
You know, what happens is they get these teams and they fight. Everybody gets a jersey, and it’s like you’re rock stars. And the indie rockers don’t like all the teeny-bop pop fans and everything’s sorta – and they carried this sort of cultural arrogance into the church. And they said, “Well, Paul’s my guy”, or “Peter’s my guy, Cephas.” Or “No, Apollos is my guy.” And they broke off into teams in the church. So they’d show up with their jerseys on, you know. The Raider fans over here in their silver and black, and then the Hawks fans over here on this side, and the East Coast hip-hoppers, and the West Coast hip-hoppers. And the whole church is divided and fighting, and they need not be.
They need not be the team of Paul, the team of Apollos, the team of Peter. Because Paul and Peter and Apollos all love Jesus, all said the same thing. They all serve the same God. Apollos was a great preacher. Peter was the leader of the disciples. And also Paul was the one who had founded the church. There were good reasons to respect each of these men. And what happened was that the church had an elevated sense of human leadership, and they adored, appreciated, admired and almost worshiped their leaders too much. This still happens in Christianity, right? Some of you love John Calvin. Some of you love John Wesley. Some of you love whomever it might be.
Some of you have teams that you consider yourself to be on, theologically or philosophically insofar as how church should be done. And what happens is that certain Christians get elevated like rock stars, and it’s not good. It’s not good at all. I know one church the pastor’s name is the domain for the church website. That’s not good. Like if it was www.PastorMarkRocksMyWorld.com and that was our website, you’d go, “You know that’s a little much.” That’s a little much, because if he gets hit by a car do we gotta get a new name? That seems that the church should be more than a focus on one person. That’s why to be honest with this church I try not to show up and speak at every event.
Then video venue/multisite happened, what, within the next two years?
But of course Mark Driscoll isn't a pastor anywhere at any church right now in this season. He resigned his eldership and membership from Mars Hill this year. And while he didn't use markdriscoll.org for Mars Hill as such, it's interesting to note that before the 2006 sermon in which he joked about PastorMarkRocksMyWorld he'd set up markdriscoll.org.
Driscoll moved along to discuss how things can get dangerous for the health of the church when the leadership consists of kings, when the pastor is a king and nobody can get rid of him if he doesn't want to leave.
I heard a report of one church that the pastor has gone crazy in his thinking and the church has gone from thousands down to dozens, and they still can’t get rid of him because he’s the king, and he’s the little god, and this church is his possession. And everybody leaves and he’d left with nothing, but no one has the authority to say, “You are not obeying God and your doctrine is weird, and you’re not making any sense and you can’t lead us anymore.” This is very dangerous. This is where churches take on a cult-like posture. Where they’re so loyal to one leader that whatever he says, goes, period.
So we need to be careful that we do respect spiritual leadership, that we do honor pastors and leaders and elders and deacons, that there is a respect for people who God has appointed to lead the church. But there shouldn’t be an over-emphasis on our leaders, and they should not be the final authority. [emphasis added] And when someone comes and asks the question, “Why does your church work?” they should say the name of Jesus, not their pastor. And as well there was another team in this church – very, very sadly – that not only over-emphasized – see, the one team over-emphasized human leadership. The other just disrespected it altogether. And I guess these are the two extremes of Christianity.
Overemphasis on leaders? Shouldn't be the final authority? The irony of Driscoll saying that as Mars Hill increasingly came to be defined by Mark Driscoll as a brand probably speaks for itself.
Driscoll would go on to say ... :
It’s amazing how few Christians have a pastor and have a church that they actually are connected to, involved in, and growing in. There is a growing number of people who profess to be Christians and just claim to be on Team Jesus. “I don’t need a church. Just me and Jesus, we hang.” These are people who have no respect for spiritual authority. They don’t have any real heart to show up and contribute to and benefit their church. They just tend to be people who are very – quite frankly – arrogant and proud. They’re so close to Jesus and they’re so much like him that they don’t need anybody else.
Is Mark Driscoll currently a member of a church anywhere submitting to spiritual authority? Because if he's not then the stuff he said back in 2006 might suggest people not take what he seriously in instructing others if he isn't following his own instruction.
Well, at least the domain is markdriscoll.org and not PastorMarkRocksMyWorld, right?