Mark Driscoll’s Green Light Foreshadowing

“Pastor” Mark Driscoll recently posted an update on his blog that was a reflection on Ecclesiastes 11:7 – 12:8. Now, I recently posted about his upcoming preaching engagement at Perry Noble’s the Most Excellent Way to Lead conference. I think it should be clear from my last post that I think this is a bad idea.

I read through Mark’s entire reflection, and a chunk in the middle caught my attention more than the rest. Take a look

Here is some golden advice, ‘Do everything you want to do,’ Solomon says. The will of God is a curious thing. Sometimes, God’s will is crystal clear, because he gives us a particular word of clarity, such as when he told Abraham to move his family, or when he told Paul to go to a particular place to minister. On other occasions, God’s will is less clear, and we are left to follow the options set before us with wisdom but lacking a clear word from God. Also in other occasions, we are relatively unsure what God’s will is for our life. Do we get degree A or B, take job A or B, marry person A or B, or buy house A or B? When we do not have a clear word from God, I believe we are free to make a request to God and use wisdom to go do it.

God is our Father. And, as a dad I can assure you that there is a very short list of things that my kids can ask me that I will say no to. Those things tend to be foolish, dangerous, or sinful. Honestly, my kids don’t usually ask to do those kinds of things. There is also a very very very long list of things that my kids could ask me to do at any time, and I would say yes to anything on the list. In this way, my kids see me as a green light dad and not a red light dad. The light is always green, and only occasionally turns red. If you grew up in a heavy handed, rule based, or legalistic religious home then you grew up in a red light home. In a red light home, the kids sneak around and sin trying not to get caught. In a green light home the kids feel free to bring their request to their mom or dad to see if it’s a good idea.

I believe God is a green light dad who prefers to say yes and wants us to ask for what we want for him. Sometimes people who are used to red light living are paralyzed, unsure what to do in a life decision until God tells them what to do. They don’t feel free to make their requests known to God. God is not a vending machine that you can make demands to, but he also isn’t an overbearing Father that says no and makes rules constantly. His rules and answers are always for our good and his glory.

Now, I’m not going to say that this is a sure thing. But that sure sounds like someone who is getting read to announce that he has a project that has been given the green light. I’m going to guess that we’ll be hearing about his new ministry project soon, and I’m going to guess that it will be at this conference. I don’t think I need to provide a lot of commentary on the idea of that. I’ll just leave you with the inspired word of God.

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. – Titus 1:5-9

4 thoughts on “Mark Driscoll’s Green Light Foreshadowing

  1. Brother,

    I too was hurt by Driscoll and his fall in ministry, but your blog posts are not fixing the issue. I am pretty close with a fellow elder that knew Driscoll well, and he offered some good wisdom to his situation,
    ” What happened to Driscoll is not uncommon in ministry. Pastors fall into sin and compromise their ministry often. What makes Driscoll’s situation unique is that it all happened in the public spotlight.”

    I would encourage you to quit with the scrutiny of his every move. Maybe he should take a longer break from his public ministry or maybe he feels like he has received healing from his sin and is ready to lead God’s people again. Regardless, your voice and opinion on the matter is not fixing anything. It is actually causing more division in the body of Christ.

    1. I appreciate what you have to say, but the reality is that there are still many out there who believe that Driscoll is ready for a return to ministry and would gladly consume his teaching, to their own detriment.

      Until such a time as he acknowledges his problems and stops seeking the spotlight, I will continue to remind my readers that he is a spiritual danger to himself, his family, and anyone who sits under his teaching.

      “For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be divisions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.” – 1 Corinthians 11:18-19

  2. His last few public appearances have been very repentant in nature. He has addressed many of the issues and concerns that have been raised about him if not all of the concerns. If you are looking for something resembling a press conference where the public is given an opportunity to dive into his and his family’s lives, then I would say you will probably never see that nor does the public deserve that from his family.

    Also, in regards to your analysis on his teachings from Ecclesiastes, he said nothing about a big announcement coming soon in his ministry. He was just being faithful to the scripture that he was discussing. It was a stretch to conclude that from his post.

    I am not trying to rush to his defense, because he was definitely guilty of wrong. However, while writing under the guise that you are protecting others from him and safeguarding the church, I am afraid you may be working in the opposite direction as long as you keep beating the “anti-Driscoll” horse.

    Let’s remember that he is not the enemy. He is not a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. He is a partner in the Gospel from what I am seeing even if he has been in sin and has baggage that sits the wrong way with some.

    Look at what he said in his newsletter a few months ago:

    After meeting with many former church leaders for reconciliation and closure in Seattle, our
    family is in the midst of a new adventure as we have moved to the Phoenix area.

    There are no concrete plans for ongoing local church ministry as of yet. This remains a calling
    and desire, but my plan is not to rush into anything. Instead, caring for each member of our
    family, seeking the wise counsel of pastors we are walking with, and building local relationships
    with Christian leaders to help build churches locally and globally is our focus. Beyond that, we will
    see how the Lord leads.

    I mean are you close with his family to where you know the extent of his repentance over the last year or so? Are you privileged to have some info that the public does not have? If you are basing analysis of his character off of his public appearances or literature he has written there really is no basis to come against him like you have. Maybe a passive approach is acceptable, but not one that devotes entire blog posts to his utter demise.

    1. Alex, in Driscoll’s last public appearance that I am aware of, he commented that he had apologized to Joel Osteen… and he publicly indicated that he was released from Church discipline by the Holy Spirit… because the elders were setting up a trap for him.

      That doesn’t sound repentant to me.

      Mark has been increasingly associating himself with Word of Faith preachers and the likes of Furtick (who just donated 35,000 dollars to TD Jake’s modalism church) and Perry Noble (who thought it wise last year to redefine the 10 commandments). At this point, I have no reason to think that Driscoll is not gathering with his own kind… and those three people are all wolves.

      What I am looking for, is for Mark to take himself out of the spotlight, stop trying to force himself back into a teaching ministry, and to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. I think you need to review his last year’s activities a little if you think that he has done any of those things.

      Note that he says “no concrete plans for ongoing local church ministry as of yet.” That’s a clear statement that he intends that in the future.

      I can only assess him on what has been publicly revealed… and what that has been so far is a lot of victim statements, some misplaced contrition, and the fact that he is returning to formally teach at a leadership conference in 3 months.

      As far as this post, I never intimated that he said here that he was planning a return to ministry. What I said is that the way he is speaking reads like preparation for that announcement. I may be wrong, which I acknowledged in my post, only time will tell.

      Thanks for taking time to interact with my writing though.

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