What the hell did the Board of Overseers think they were really saying when they wrote this?
While a group of seven elders plus one member of the Board of Overseers was charged with conducting this investigation, the full Board of Overseers is charged with reaching any conclusions and issuing any findings. In that capacity, we believe it appropriate to publicly mention the following:
- We concluded that Pastor Mark has, at times, been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner. While we believe Mark needs to continue to address these areas in his life, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.
- Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership.
If the Board of Overseers decides that arrogance isn't a satanic quality they they have to either find themselves rebuked by the teaching of Mark Driscoll on the one hand and consider him wrong or, on the other hand, to consider the possibility that Driscoll's own teaching about arrogance as satanic testifies against his own future fitness for ministry if he doesn't repent (at best).
But wait, there's actually still more. We're only just getting to about 34:00 through Part 1 of Spiritul Warfare from 2008. We're only halfway through part 1 of a three-parter with a Q&A session. We haven't even touched "I see things" or gotten back to the "ordinary demonic". But time permitting we'll get to those.
However, for the moment we need to proceed to the next part where Mark Driscoll talked about a "myth" and a "demonic" lie that specifically dealt with the history of Mars Hill and may have been a reaction to some sentiments in Mars Hill in early 2008 that might have had some roots in the previous year.