Today is one of those days that I feel like I just need to vent. I need to say something that I think each of us need to listen very closely. It’s almost going to sound contradictory for me to even write this post, but here goes.
I’ve always appreciated the words of Mark Driscoll. I loved how he went right to the scriptures and exegetically reminded us of the truth of God. I loved his blunt perspectives that seemed to step on my toes in a good way. I have so agreed with his view that “we don’t have a _________________ (sex, financial, envy, etc…) problem, we have a worship problem.” But for those of you that know who Mark Driscoll is, you’ll also know that he was basically fired from the church that he started – a church that no longer exists - because of how he led and treated people in his church.
Why is this important? Because Mark Driscoll is not Jesus.
THEY ARE NOT JESUS
1st Timothy 1: 5-11 reminds me of how easy it is to put my trust in those who speak so confidently about the things I feel passionate about.
5 The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 7 They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
8 We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God. (NLT)
SO MANY PEOPLE, SO MANY OPINIONS
Every time I get on social media, I want to scream at the amount of shared articles on doctrine, homosexuality, and politics. There are so many authors and opinions out there that I believe we can always find someone who agrees with our cause.
In 2nd Timothy 4, Paul warns:
2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (ESV)
Do I believe that Mark Driscoll is a false teacher? Honestly, no. But he is a sinner, who lives in the same broken world as you and me. He still has the same temptations as you and me. We are all sinners. The problem is that we put our trust and hope in the words of people like Mark Driscoll, Francis Chan, Jen Hatmaker, Bob Russell, Beth Moore, etc.
While there's nothing wrong with enjoying one of their books or articles, Jesus reminds us to not put our hope in man in John 14. He says “I’m the way, the TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
I’m sure some of you are thinking, “He is going overboard.” My point isn’t that these people are wrong or false teachers, though some could be and maybe you need to really pray about how much you trust them. My point is that when we put our trust in them and their perspective of scripture, we never really get to know Jesus like we would going straight to His word.
That's where we see who Jesus really is and that He is who we should follow.
All that to say, don’t take my word for it because I’m not Jesus.