Recently, Mark Driscoll has made a return to the public square and officially turned his back on Christian Truth. At the recent Thrive Conference (2015) he spoke, saying,
"We audibly heard the voice of God to be released from ministry."
He previously was just outside the fringes of Orthodoxy (Biblical truth), with what John MacArthur called "Grunge Christianity". MacArthur wasn't the only one to speak out against Driscoll. Many people, such as Todd Friel, Tim Challies, the Acts 29 Network, the Gospel Coalition, Voddie Baucham, Phil Johnson, and, most popularly, Janet Mefford and Matt Chandler, had spoken out against him.
There are many other issues with his theology even before we get to recent developments. One of those is his alignment with false teachers. In one sermon, he refers to Joel Osteen as a brother. Joel Osteen is a pantheist (The belief God is within everything, from my computer to your eyes to the planet, Venus), Prosperity Teacher (Preaches God gives you money because you get saved), and Pelagian (Believes man has the capacity to be perfect). He once attended the Elephant Room Conference, which, in Round 1, slammed David Platt for the doctrine of Radical Sacrifice, yet embraced TD Jakes despite his Modalism (A denial of the trinity) and Word of Faith Theology (The belief God is obligated to obey our wishes).
The most blatant of his false beliefs would have to be his belief that he gets visions. You can see this in the video below.
I could go on for pages, but I need to write on the current events. Recently, during the 2015 Thrive conference, he claimed he (And his wife, maybe) heard a prophecy from God that they were no longer needed in ministry. I agree that he shouldn't be in ministry, but I do not believe he truly got any special revelation. If people get special revelation (or the previously mentioned visions) today, then that either means the Bible isn't enough, or that it isn't complete. Both of those go against Revelation 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, and Proverbs 30:6.
Furthermore, this isn't even what really happened. Driscoll's loss of the pastoral office was clearly an act of Church Discipline (Biblical, I might add). He didn't step down because of some divine revelation, but because his Church pressured and urged him. His elders made him step down due to,
"... arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner."
This isn't a one time deal, either. He is going to be speaking at a Hillsong Conference this year (It must be noted that Hillsong preaches the Prosperity Gospel). He also has a website up displaying his sermons and blogs (Proceed with Caution), and calls himself pastor despite not being a pastor at any church.
I am writing this to warn people about him. He is dangerous, and must be avoided at all costs. Please, stay away from his teachings. 2 Peter 2:1-3 (ESV) says,
"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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