I don’t think it is (for reasons I won’t disclose) and if it is you can expect the following “talk track” and events to commence immediately.
I strongly suggest that those involved read the articles from Christianity Today and the Albuquerque Journal that are posted here.
The first thing you have to understand is that the PR firm is in charge right now…and they will make their presence felt.
Driscoll will say little or nothing for the next few weeks…prominent friends will be recruited to speak highly of Driscoll publicly during his absence.
Negative information about those who have spoken against Driscoll will be leaked in such a measure as to poison the well against their accusations.
Anything that can be used to cast suspicion on them will be employed…and it will get vicious.
Online critics better gird their loins…hackers and trolls will be out in full force.
Critics will be framed as ‘jealous’, “bitter”, “hateful”, “unforgiving” and opposed to the work of Christ himself.
During the years of 2003-7 we were the primary online voice speaking on the Heitzig scandal…and our biggest challenge was simply to keep the site up.
If you’re going to speak out now, count the cost…there is nothing sacred to the people involved including your job and your family.
Understand that you’ve already lost, barring some new heinous disclosure.
People preparing to repent and resign do not hire public relations firms to assist them…they already have an Advocate.
The “investigation” will show that Driscoll has a poor “management style” and correctives to that will be suggested.
There will be promises made of new attitudes and transparent disclosure…that will last until the seas have calmed.
The report will go to greater lengths to show “what God has done” through Driscoll and the holy necessity for him to continue that great work.
He will return to the pulpit to great acclaim, declare the matter settled, and make sure the show is the best it’s ever been for the following year.
The last thing that will happen is that this trial will make Driscoll bulletproof.
If he survives this (and I think he will) there will be a subconscious acceptance of his followers of his faults and sins…and they will refuse to hear about them any more.
During the height of the Heitzig scandal I received dozens, sometimes hundreds of emails every day from concerned people.
When I reported last year that Heitzig was trying to leave again to take Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, there was not a single inquiry from ABQ.
No, not one.
History has a way of repeating itself…especially when you follow the template and advice of those who made history before.
On the other hand, history is His story… and maybe He’ll write a different ending to this chapter.