Monday, June 27, 2016

Mark Driscoll and the influence of porn: a few selections from Driscoll sermons on how for men virginity should be a season and not a goal and that eunuchs were guys who HAD a hope

As a counterpart to the previously quoted statement from Team Driscoll about how God gave young men hugely strong sex drives to make them take wives in responsible ways (that was the positive formulation, believe it or not), here's a 2004 sermon excerpt with the negatively formulated counterpart:

http://download.marshill.se/files/2004/02/22/20040222_1-timothy-4-1-8_sd_audio.mp3
Part 8: 1 Timothy 4:1-8
February 22, 2004

You guys should aspire to get married.  You guys should aspire to get--you gotta get a job first. You gotta get a job, not a job where you wear a uniform and ask people fi they wanna supersize something. You gotta get a job.  You gotta get a job so you can get a wife so you can get kids.  And it's a great, glorious thing to be a husband and a father, and only a demon would tell you otherwise.  Only a demon would tell you otherwise. [emphasis added]

Even by 2012, after the release of Real Marriage in which Mark Driscoll talked about how he tended to view sex as a god, there was this little tossed off joke:

http://marshill.com/media/esther/jesus-has-a-better-kingdom
Jesus Has a Better Kingdom
Pastor Mark Driscoll
Esther 1:10–22
September 21, 2012
about 8:39 into the sermon.


Number two, men are castrated. Men are castrated. I’ll read it for you. “He commanded—” and these guys got names.  “Mehuman—” That’s kind of a rapper name, I was thinking, like, ancient Persian hip-hop artist, Mehuman. That’s how  it’s spelled. “Biztha.” Sounds like a sidekick. “Harbona, Bigtha.” That’s my personal favorite. If I had to pick a  Persian name, Bigtha. Definitely not Littletha. I would totally go with Bigtha. “Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas.” Okay, a couple things here. The Bible talks about real people, real circumstances, real history. That’s why they’re  facts. It’s not just philosophy. Number two, if you ever have an opportunity to teach the Bible and you hit some of
the parts with the old, crazy names, read fast and confident. No one knows how to pronounce them, and they’ll just  assume you do.

Here are these guys. So, you’ve got seven guys, “the seven eunuchs.” What’s a eunuch? A guy who used to have a good  life, and joy, and hope. That’s the technical definition of a eunuch. A eunuch is a man who is castrated. [emphasis  added] Proceeding with the story before I have to fire myself.
Pretty lame on two counts.  The first count would be the joke about how Driscoll had best proceed with the rest of the story from Esther "before I have to fire myself." That joke, particularly in the years after Mark Driscoll's resignation from and abandonment of Mars Hill, seems to lay bare what the truth was--Driscoll could decide to fire himself but no one else was going to be able to remove him.

The second count is fairly obvious but worth stating, that Driscoll's joke was that these seven eunuchs were men who formerly had a good life and joy and hope because they either were having sex or could hope to have sex.  So never mind that rabbinical interpretive tradition that said that Nehemiah was most likely a eunuch.  Driscoll was too busy reading himself into the role of Nehemiah there, for a while, to have wanted to linger on that point too long.

All of these quotations from Driscoll cumulatively suggest a man for whom sex was an integral part of life, so integral that he sometimes joked that those men who didn't have sex were bereft of a good life, joy or hope.  Ah ... so Mark Driscoll's Bible doesn't have Isaiah 56 in it, after all and Mark Driscoll's Bible doesn't have that verse where Jesus talked about how some make themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom. 

What Mark Driscoll was really clear about was how he diagnosed himself as depressive and what the cure for it was.

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