For the longest time, Mark Driscoll was considered the “rock star” pastor among all pastors when it comes to mega churches. Unlike Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, or Joyce Meyer, he was known for his edginess, his aggressiveness, and – of course – his potty mouth. Unfortunately, we here at The Inquisitr have reported numerous times on when Driscoll was in trouble for his actions, which could be labeled as transgressions. Not to mention, he has been on the chopping block for twisting the Word of God, especially for his stance on marijuana – not on whether or not one is allowed to partake in the herb, but utilizing Luke 6:37 as a go-to for it.
Now there are reports coming in that the pastor of the mega church, Mars Hill, has been removed from a major Christian organization. That also includes his church, too.
According to an article by The Blaze, followed by Charisma News, The Acts 29 Church Planting Network are the ones who removed Mark Driscoll from its ranks. This is verified by a statement they released on their official website on Friday. For them, the decision was made with deep sorrow as they cite numerous accusations against Driscoll that have made it untenable and unhelpful to keep him and Mars Hill in their network. What might be more shameful for Driscoll is the network also said the move to remove him was “so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.”
That is an extremely powerful accusation right there. The primary reason of one’s removal from a Christian network is because one “dishonors the name of Jesus Christ” has got to be a terrible bit of history on a pastor’s resume. However, Acts 29 isn’t just terminating Mark Driscoll without any warning. Apparently, he had plenty of chances as shown from the excerpt from the letter below:
“Over the past three years, our board and network have been the recipients of countless shots and dozens of fires directly linked to you and what we consider ungodly and disqualifying behavior. We have both publicly and internally tried to support and give you the benefit of the doubt, even when multiple pastors in our network confirmed this behavior.”
The numerous transgressions going against Mark Driscoll includes his unceremonious termination of Mars Hill staff – which includes pastors – who didn’t have a 100 percent acceptance to his views as well as his marketing scheme to make his book a best seller on the New York Times Best Seller List.
At this moment, Mark Driscoll hasn’t commented on being removed from Acts 29. It might be understandable why because he is a co-founder of the network. He was also a former leader until turning it over to Matt Chandler back in 2012.
What do you think about Mark Driscoll’s situation with Acts 29? Is the network right to let go of the controversial pastor after so many chances or should they have kept him on since he one-half of the reason they exist? Please let us know in the comments below.