Reflecting on the past few years, I’m stunned at the lack of basic character in your profession.
If you scream from your pulpits about the sins of the world and unorthodox beliefs in other churches, when will you scream from your pulpits about the sins of Mark Driscoll, C.J. Mahaney, Bill Gothard, Bob Jones University, Anglicans in the U.S. supporting the jailing of gays in Africa, the startlingly non-biblical beliefs (before their son’s troubles) of the Duggars, Doug Phillips, and the Roman Catholic pedophile priests?
I know, you can’t because you’ve been too busy picking on Rob Bell about universalism — you know, universalism, an idea, a belief, a way of thinking that does not bully or degrade or sexually assault anyone.
You’re too busy critiquing liberal theology in the mainline Protestant denominations — much easier, granted, than addressing the real problems in your own conservative houses.
Or it’s simpler than that. You’ve been friends with the conservatives. You’ve been enemies of the liberals. Defend your friends and kick your enemies. Like Jesus said, you’re just like everyone else. You’re like this guy.
Your Bible says, “Moreover, [the Christian leader] must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
That’s I Timothy 3:7.
You’ve failed that standard.
You are not well thought of by outsiders or insiders.
You are a disgrace.
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“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.
Tyndale House‘s response to the plagiarism accusations against Pastor Mark Driscoll was ridiculous.
As Warren Throckmorton points out — “Anti-Plagiarism Campaigner Says Mark Driscoll Did Not Adequately Cite The Work Of Peter Jones“.
We’ve learned a big lesson from evangelical Christianity here in the U.S.:
Ethical standards only apply to those who are too poor to spend their ways out of problems, or too unpopular to bluff their ways out of shame — never mind the love of money being the root of all evil.
Please join me in refusing to buy anything from Tyndale House until the company changes its editorial standards.
Please copy and paste this in a tweet, Facebook post, or any other social media or blog: “I refuse to buy anything from Tyndale House until its editorial standards improve.”
A 2004 newspaper article I wrote. No one would have imagined I would be teaching on campus — or that financial firms were headed for upheaval.