Saturday, November 01, 2014

2-5-2008 spiritual warfare Part 1 part 2 commentary 3 Arrogance is satanic in 2008 but ... not disqualifying in 2014? Ask the BoO

As we've seen Driscoll made quite a point of saying how satanic spiritual pride, pride, and arrogance was.  In fact he was so forceful in 2008 it really forces anyone with any long-term familiarity with the history of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill to ask, not to put it too delicately ...

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
But if spiritual pride is satanic and arrogance is satanic ... then hasn't Mark Driscoll's own teaching about spiritual warfare circa 2008 managed to paradoxically count as a ground for Driscoll's own disqualification for pastoral ministry?  Driscoll can say he's repented of arrogance as much as he wants, he needs to account for why his arrogance and pride are things to repent of but also something that isn't sufficiently satanic (in his case alone) to disqualify him from pastoral ministry.

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.

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