Contrast this excerpt from the New York Times (which deals with formal charges against Pastor Mark Driscoll, filed by 21 former pastors in the Mars Hill Church organization) –
In a written statement, Anthony Ianniciello, Mars Hill’s executive pastor of media and communications, said, “We take any complaint or allegation against Pastor Mark and Mars Hill very seriously, and everything is and will be examined by several governing bodies.”
He also pointed to a statement the church’s board issued last week, saying, “The attitudes and behaviors attributed to Mark in the charges are not a part and have not been a part of Mark’s life for some time now.” [emphasis added]
— With the following excerpt of the formal complaint filed by those 21 pastors formerly in Pastor Mark Driscoll’s organization –
So, what have we learned?
We’ve learned that the church’s board thinks Pastor Mark Driscoll’s subhuman behavior has been submerged “for some time now.”
Meanwhile, the small above portion of the formal charges extends from far in the past through May of this year.
So, one side says Mark is a bullying jerk today, and the other side seems to be saying Mark hasn’t been a bullying jerk for a while, “for some time now.”
What does “for some time now” mean, and why did these allegedly godly men float such an ambiguous phrase?
Does it mean the board is lying on Driscoll’s behalf?
Does it mean the board members are trying to mislead anyone who would care to read their statement?
Are they using the phrase “for some time now” to give themselves an “out”?
For example, “We weren’t lying. We didn’t specify a particular length of time, so we’re cool.”
What is it that they say about the bad apple spoiling the bunch? Has Driscoll turned his entire board into replicas of himself?
Just remember — weasels use weasel words.
And weasels are more successful in politics and business than, say, those lame “let-your-yes-be-yes-and-your-no-be-no” types.
Whatever the reason behind such a vapid phrase, the church board should now be as discredited as Driscoll himself. The entire Mars Hill Church experiment deserves no greater regard than the sleaziest TV preacher’s donation hotline.
After all, Driscoll has plagiarized and bullied with the intent of maintaining a reputation as a godly man.
No sane person would stand by him. Even Tim Keller, quoted in the New York Times article, has been hit in the back of the head by discernment — after the fact, of course, as discernment never happens when anyone needs to avoid danger.
But what special powers of identifying danger after the disaster. Wow. That’s somethin’.
Kind of like Sovereign Grace Ministries, Inc., which allegedly had no discernment about pedophiles operating in their midst for years and years. I’m sure the Holy Spirit was awake and all, just not inside all those Specially Anointed Godly Men With Spiritual Authority Over Your Life.
I know, I know, I’m missing the real takeaway points here:
- Might makes right
- Will to power
If only Driscoll were in elected office. Then he would face jail time. But since it’s Christianity, someone eventually will give him a pulpit again, along with more mechanisms to screw people.
It’s easier to forgive than to discern the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Oh praise the Lord and pass the bottle. I could be referring to Pepto Bismol, so you can’t say I meant alcohol — see, I can even learn from Mars Hill Church’s board.