The Christian World View – “Being “relevant” to your audience is the big buzzword in Evangelical and Emergent churches today. Whether it’s dressing down to look like “one of them” or playing “edgy” music or using Hollywood movies as sermon examples or preaching “30 days of sex with your spouse”, being relevant and “contextualizing” your message is seen to be as important as sound doctrine (if that’s important anymore).
One of the more curious examples of this rush towards relevance is Mark Driscoll, popular author and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle that attracts 7500 attendees to seven church locations each week and who also has an enormous following world-wide. Why Driscoll is a “curious case” is that he describes himself as “Emerging Reformed” which I would define as sort of merging Reformation theology with urban culturalism. So what’s the big deal?” To find out, click on the provided link entitled “When Relevance Becomes Irreverence“
Mark Driscoll is on the conservative side of the Emerging Church Movement. This movement is rooted in heresy, because of its ecumenical theology, which blurs the lines of orthodoxy and heterodoxy; thus placing its adherents on the slippery slope to Universalism – embracing all faiths as a means to salvation. This can be seen in Mark’s recent acceptance of T.D. Jakes, who teaches the false gospel of prosperity, as a true believer, and a biblically sound teacher of the faith. This acceptance also makes Mark Driscoll, not only a deceiver, but an author of confusion, since he publicly exposed the prosperity gospel for the heresy that it is, as seen in this link entitled “Driscoll and the Elephant Room“.
Driscoll is not only a heretic that causes confusion in Christ’ church, but he also promotes lewdness within his sermons, and has even posted a link to a “Christian” sex toy shop on his church’s website, as seen in the provided link entitled “Question #22: Can we use sex toys?“.
If all of this were not bad enough, Driscoll’s blasphemous view of Christ is expressed even further through his irreverent description of Jesus, as depicted in his book entitled Vintage Jesus. Below are excerpts from pages 43&44.
‘In the first chapter of Mark, Jesus starts off by yelling at complete strangers to repent of their sin, like the wingnuts with billboards who occasionally show up at shopping centers. Shortly thereafter, Jesus orders some guys to quit their jobs and follow him, and before long Jesus is telling a demon to shut up and healing a leper only to tell him to shut up too. In the second chapter, Jesus picks a fight with some well-mannered religious types and does the equivalent of breaking into a church on a Sunday morning to make a sandwich with the communion bread because he was hungry.
In the third chapter, Jesus gets angry and also grieves and apparently needs Praxil. Then he ignores his own mom, which threw Focus on the Hebrew Family into a tizzy, so they quickly issued a position paper renouncing his actions. In the fourth chapter, Jesus rebukes the wind, which caused an uproar with the local pantheists. In chapter 5, Jesus kills two thousand pigs, sending the animal rights activist blogosphere into a panic and creating a bacon famine only rivaled by the great Irish potato famine. In chapter 6, Jesus offends some people and apparently needs sensitivity training. In chapter 7, a few religious types have some questions for Jesus, and he cruelly calls them ‘hypocrites’ and goes on a lengthy tirade about them, which seemed very intolerant of their alternative theological lifestyle.’