Friday, June 05, 2015

as somebody who's not actually a pastor or observably a member of any church submitted to anyone has tickets for sale ... some kernels of thought from the Didache on traveling teachers


Somebody who's still not a pastor isn't just scheduled to speak, there's somebody willing to sell tickets for a simulcast.

http://pastormarksimulcast.brownpapertickets.com/

There's also an organization that people can give to ... but who's getting the money for this?  Wasn't the Apostle Paul's boast that when he preached the Gospel he preached it free of charge or something like that?  Let's hope Driscoll's not asking for money because there's this warning from the Didache about traveling self-labeled prophets ...

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/didache-roberts.html
Chapter 11. Concerning Teachers, Apostles, and Prophets. Whosoever, therefore, comes and teaches you all these things that have been said before, receive him. But if the teacher himself turns and teaches another doctrine to the destruction of this, hear him not. But if he teaches so as to increase righteousness and the knowledge of the Lord, receive him as the Lord. But concerning the apostles and prophets, act according to the decree of the Gospel. Let every apostle who comes to you be received as the Lord. But he shall not remain more than one day; or two days, if there's a need. But if he remains three days, he is a false prophet. And when the apostle goes away, let him take nothing but bread until he lodges. If he asks for money, he is a false prophet. And every prophet who speaks in the Spirit you shall neither try nor judge; for every sin shall be forgiven, but this sin shall not be forgiven. But not every one who speaks in the Spirit is a prophet; but only if he holds the ways of the Lord. Therefore from their ways shall the false prophet and the prophet be known. And every prophet who orders a meal in the Spirit does not eat it, unless he is indeed a false prophet. And every prophet who teaches the truth, but does not do what he teaches, is a false prophet. And every prophet, proved true, working unto the mystery of the Church in the world, yet not teaching others to do what he himself does, shall not be judged among you, for with God he has his judgment; for so did also the ancient prophets. But whoever says in the Spirit, Give me money, or something else, you shall not listen to him. But if he tells you to give for others' sake who are in need, let no one judge him.

Chapter 12. Reception of Christians. But receive everyone who comes in the name of the Lord, and prove and know him afterward; for you shall have understanding right and left. If he who comes is a wayfarer, assist him as far as you are able; but he shall not remain with you more than two or three days, if need be. But if he wants to stay with you, and is an artisan, let him work and eat. But if he has no trade, according to your understanding, see to it that, as a Christian, he shall not live with you idle. But if he wills not to do, he is a Christ-monger. Watch that you keep away from such.

Chapter 13. Support of Prophets. But every true prophet who wants to live among you is worthy of his support. So also a true teacher is himself worthy, as the workman, of his support. Every first-fruit, therefore, of the products of wine-press and threshing-floor, of oxen and of sheep, you shall take and give to the prophets, for they are your high priests. But if you have no prophet, give it to the poor. If you make a batch of dough, take the first-fruit and give according to the commandment. So also when you open a jar of wine or of oil, take the first-fruit and give it to the prophets; and of money (silver) and clothing and every possession, take the first-fruit, as it may seem good to you, and give according to the commandment.


In light of Driscoll's recent stories of woe and symapthy6 for his children suggest that any forthcoming inclusion of former PR professional Grace Driscoll could at least potentially icnlude more of the same it might be worthwhile to revisit Mark Driscoll's twitter theology. After all, an apostle once wrote that we comfort one another with the comfort with which we ourselves have been comforted.  How about this?

https://twitter.com/pastormark/status/41383213498777600

Pastor Mark Driscoll
Verified account
25 Feb 2011
You deserve hell. Everything else is a gift
10:25 PM - 25 Feb 2011


Well then, comfort away?

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