“Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy.” — Mars Hill Board of Overseers
“Prior to and during this process there have been no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy, any of which could clearly be grounds for disqualification from pastoral ministry.” — Pastor Mark Driscoll
I cannot believe the audacity of Mars Hill Church. Maybe a leader really does say everything about an organization.
In the above quotations from Pastor Mark Driscoll’s letter of resignation and the Board of Overseers’ response, the reader is reassured Driscoll has done nothing immoral, illegal, or heretical.
The implication, which I’ll say more about later, seems to be that Driscoll is leaving just because he was mean a few times.
But common sense should indicate much more is at stake here.
Driscoll was unethical, and ethical concerns should bother anyone as much as immorality, illegality, and heresy.
Nothing in the letters mentioned Driscoll’s unethical plagiarism as defined in the Chicago Manual of Style, or the MLA Handbook, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
As a writer, Driscoll should not be considered trustworthy. Compare his behavior, as a man with a bachelors degree in communications, with these old ethical guidelines.