“Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth.” Pastor Mark Driscoll
Why does Pastor Mark think we need to be able to name a well known Bible teacher? I can name dozens from my Church or area or my favourite podcasts, and I expect you can too. Doesn't mean we will have heard of who each of us are talking about. They are fantastic teachers none the less.
Me thinks he is getting a little too obsessed with his 'celebrity status'. I really wouldn't pursue it if I were him, over here you only have to walk into shot behind a newsreader on location to be assured a place on a 'celebrity' show.
Increasingly the things Pastor Mark is teaching are becoming uncomfortable to listen to - not because he is hitting the truth, but because he is just being a loud mouthed arse. His "God Hates You" rant, need only be taken in the context of those three words. God has no capacity to 'hate'. God is love, he actually is the very form of love, not he loves, his being is love. If something is black, it cannot also be white. So if God is love, he cannot also hate.
And as for the marriage book, get a room, close the curtains, and do whatever it is you want to do. I am not naive to think that there aren't couples who need guidance in this area, but this is surely best coming from a confidential counselling session, not an Amazon over-hyped best seller. But seriously, if you're both happy with it, and no-one else is involved, do you really need Pastor Marks blessing to do it?
Going back to his quote about cowards not telling the truth, I tend to be more impressed with a teacher whose only interest is in preaching God's word and inviting the listeners not to blindly believe, but to also check for themselves that what they have heard is true. Nothing cowardly in that.
The onus on getting to the truth is with the listener, something that wouldn't hurt being pointed out to Pastor Marks congregation.