Bloggers will continue to blog, the reporters will continue to report, but the conclusion has been reached.
Borrowing the template that Skip Heitzig used to survive his crisis, Driscoll “apologized” for unspecified offenses against unspecified people, hired a public relations firm, and stepped aside so that people with no authority to discipline him can “investigate” him.
In reality, it’s letting the storm pass before resuming the game…which he’s already won.
It was a masterful display of what our Babylon’s Dread brilliantly called “obfuscation by piety”… after which the crowd shouted it’s love for him and gave him a standing ovation.
Game, set, match, Mark.
All the cannons have been fired, the ammunition is exhausted, and so is the army of wounded warriors that have tried to bring him to repentance.
They were defeated not by Mark, but by the congregation they were trying to protect.
Driscoll will return and thrive…and that pile of bodies behind the bus will grow exponentially as the tyrant takes his revenge.
It will take about two years for him to rebuild the numbers and the finances…and for his famous friends to be seen with him in public, though they are proving helpful behind the scenes.
The people have spoken…they want their king and they will walk right over the bodies of the fallen to praise him and make their offerings to Baal.
2. This was a critically important test case for the power of social media to bring reform. If Driscoll could be taken down, lesser lights would have no chance, and many independent pastors were squirming. Turns out they had nothing to worry about, unfortunately.
3. The American celebrity church cares nothing about biblical standards, ethics, or virtues. It cares about success and social and economic stature. Thus, it is anti-Christ no matter how often it speaks the name of Jesus.
4. 1st Corinthians 12:14-26 speaks of the importance of every member of a local church body. American celebrity evangelicalism stacks up the bodies in a pile at the behest of the only person it finds worthy…
5. We have been defeated by yet another windmill…might be time to return both the lance and donkey.
6. The Beatitudes teach us that those who represent the kingdom will hunger and thirst after righteousness. Righteousness and justice are almost biblical synonyms…and if you’re seeking either in this church culture you will die from starvation and dehydration.
7. These battles aren’t just over the sins of leaders…they are battles for the soul of the church. My concern is that we’ve sold our souls for a mess of pottage and multiple screens.
8. Note to self: God always works through a remnant. Find the remnant and see how you can serve them.
9. Note to self: God is still on the throne. Chill out and see #8.
10. I was going to write a long article about the border and ISIS, but thought better of it. Let me just say that wealthy terrorist organizations don’t risk dying in the desert…they fly in first class. I understand the need to make political hay while the sun shines, but it leaves us vulnerable elsewhere.