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UPDATE – City of Houston cancels subpoenas (and what will probably happen next)

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UPDATE – City of Houston cancels subpoenas (and what will probably happen next)

As written about yesterday on the blog, we looked at the strange case of the Mayor of the City of Houston and her special treatment of five pastors in the Houston area. For whatever reason, this legal action has been cancelled as the Mayor stated that it “did not serve the interests of the City of Houston”.

 Seriously?  I don’t have a law degree and even I knew that! It was a self serving and frivolous abuse of power based on an individual’s bias and her own personal bigotry based on what she thought she may find in the sermons.

I know that she is the Mayor of that city and she yields certain powers, but such abuses of power and personal vendettas will not sit well for her should she be required to be re-elected. Closer to my home in California, a former Mayor of a local city was not re-elected after she tried to use her “executive authority” to override normal city policy and push through a LGBT month in a city that had little taste for it. In fact when it came to a public hearing, the LGBT side had to bus people in from almost 100 miles away to seem like it was a more credible number.

She also cannot force a pastor of a certain religion not preach theological truths of that same religion. I do not see her doing likewise at the local Mosque who would see her far worse than the local pastors.

What I see happening next

I see the LGBT community trying to force the issue and try to re-open a subpoena, either against the pastors or against the mayor/City of Houston. The liberals have not had their “pound of flesh” yet and someone is going to have to be the fall guy.

I can see the city trying to do something through the back door such as try to revoke a tax exempt status or something like that. I say that as we are only told that they are stopping “this legal action”. Call me a cynic but I think that also leaves the door open for further tests legally.

My hope, however is that it goes away, the pastors are left alone to continue to preach the word of God without any further hair brained hindrance from their local City. I think the city really mis-calculated how strong the opinion would not be on their side. Politian’s do not do things that are going to either stop them getting/elected/reelected/or to the next level.

Final thoughts

My hope and prayer is that we draw a line in the sand and this is the end of it, we are called in Paul’s epistle to the Romans in chapter 13 to “subject to the governing authorities.” here is the full text for clarification and for context.

Romans 13:1 (ESV) Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

You see God does not allow authority except it comes from God. (Even when they themselves rebel against the Word of God)

I hope this update was a blessing, please like, comment and share if the LORD leads
TGBTG
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Pastors – Let us treat the “City of Houston” biblically

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Pastors – Let us treat the “City of Houston” biblically

Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 5:38 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

The idea of this article is perhaps to shed a little balance and take away emotion from something that is obviously a highly charged issue.  I will gladly share my bias here, I am a Conservative Christian blogger (duh, if you are here you will most certainly know that) who actually has a “dog in this fight” to use a British term. I have friends who are in the process of establishing a church in the very city that I am blogging about.

I have relative safety from this in the fact that I am blogging about this from the safety of my own home in Central California and have no ties to the City of Houston or any of its entities. As it stands at the moment my local authority has not requested any teaching that I have done or any pastors that I have been associated with.

Persecution?

This heading is rightly a question as I am a little unsure as I have heard many provocative remarks regarding whether this is “persecution” or not. The fact is that an elected official is using power that she has in order to air personal grievances. I am of course meaning the Mayor of Houston and her crusade to request copies of sermons (or as it was later requested “public speeches”)

This was done to find out if any of the pastors had taught a biblical perspective on issues of a LGBT nature, the mayor Annise Parker (which a lot has been made out of the fact that she is a lesbian, however I deem that irrelevant) has made it a personal goal to single out five pastors for “special treatment”.

I don’t necessarily call it persecution as I don’t see that I see in many other countries where biblical teachers are being dragged through the streets and tortured for even professing the name of Christ. These guys have freedoms that pastors in former communist and current Muslim countries would dream of, they have financial backing, many get paid to pastor and they can meet out in the open safe in the knowledge that the next convert may or may not be a Judas and sent them to their death.

So in the truest sense of the word it is not persecution.

Do as the verse says

We are told in the above verse that “And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well” give her the sermons, give her as much literature as she wants and needs, don’t send her bibles! listen folks. I follow a BIG GOD who has told me that this in Isaiah 55 (That the word shall not return empty) Here is the full discourse for balance.

Isaiah 55:6 (ESV) “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Here is the crux of what i wish to say, I believe that there is some reason behind why she is asking to have these sermons, in her mind she is doing her own bidding, however I would not count out that God may be orchestrating something bigger. God has done this before remember,  one of the greatest evangelists was the Apostle Paul, who up until his conversion just shy of Damascus in Acts 9, was the Pharisee Saul who tortured and killed Christians.  (In fact he was on his way to do likewise when he was converted)

If Jesus can come face to face with a murderer and a man responsible for a lot of the first century persecution,  he certainly can work this situation to the glory of God using the ones who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)

Final thoughts

We are told (again by Jesus) in the book of Matthew

Matthew 28:19 (ESV) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

So my prayer to the pastors is to let them have the sermons. (Most are available on the church websites) and be available to counsel those who have questions. Embrace those who breathe evil against you are no show them the love of Christ.

I pray for the government officials that they find the knowledge of the one true messiah. His name is Jesus Christ and he is the LORD.

Jesus said in John 14:6 that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It is through him and him only that you can have eternal life.

God bless and I pray that this was a blessing and please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads.
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Letter to my princess (from a loving father)

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This is a letter that is written to my daughter from me, her father,  the man who was blessed to have been given custodianship from God. This letter is not in any format other than the way it rolled off my mind and onto the page. At the time of writing this, my daughter is 5 years old and behind my wife, the love of my life.

I compare the love I have for her to the love God has for us, the main difference is that God is perfect and I am far from it, I am reminded this in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus says the following:

 

Matthew 7:7 (ESV) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him

 

Really I am writing a love letter to the wee lassie who has become such a blessing in the lives of my wife and I. The quoted text is the letter to my princess.

Dearest Daughter,

1st Corinthians 13:1 (ESV) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;fn6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I write to you as your father, the one who has been granted a unique place in your life and your heart. You see, what you see before you is what has been provided for you by God. Your very existence is a miracle that I am grateful to the LORD that he answered the prayers of your Mother and I,  he not only answered our prayers but confirmed it was him through scripture. You are an answer to prayer and our miracle.

I fulfill many roles in many people’s lives, to your cousins I am an uncle,  to one I am a brother, to mommy I am a husband and to Nana and Papa I am a son. But to you I am your Daddy. It is a task I take on with nervousness and also with pride.

Psalm 113:9 (ESV) He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!

I am the man that you will compare all other men too, I am your first true love and I will always be there for you.  I will embarrass you, I will correct you, I will try to mould you into a young woman of God and hold you tightly until a man comes calling that is worthy of you. He will be a man who is much better than me and he will love, honor and cherish you.

I will be intrusive, I will shield you from harmful things, we will argue, but as long as I draw breath I will do what’s best for you. The liberals reading this will hate this, the conservatives will love it, but I do it for you, not public opinion.

Psalm 127:3 (ESV) Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward

I will be your first date, you will know a sense of your worth as a beautiful young woman and I will set in you standards and expectations that ensure you know to be treated by one who desires to win your heart. I will ask you to trust my advice in the matter of young men and please know, anyone who gets that opportunity will get a treasure that is worth more than any precious metal or jewel.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

It is my job to introduce you to Jesus Christ, to show you my redeemer. I have to love a life that shows that he is real, in my speech, in my decisions and be an example to you.

You will grow up in a Christian home, I hope (God willing) to be an example to your children and to leave you my theological library when I am gone. I had a Godly grandfather and it was such a delight to visit him and despite his failing years, the word of the LORD, hymns and psalms made him light up like a Christmas tree.

Ephesians 6:4 (ESV) Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord

I want you to learn from my errors, because I love you and don’t wish you to repeat and go through what I had to due to my bad choices.

You will have electronic devices, but we will set standards for usage and we will always have your password. We do reserve the right to revoke this privilege.

Deuteronomy 6:6 (ESV) And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

You will be home schooled, because your mom and I believe that it is best for you, you will always have friends and will.usually be ahead of the learning curve.

Regardless of the number of dollars in our bank account,  the amount of cool things in our house, wherever we live or whatever is going on as a sideshow, you will know that you are loved,  that Jesus loves you and we will always look out for what is best for you, perhaps not what you desire at that time, but we humbly ask for your trust that we have your best interests at heart.

Proverbs 20:7 (ESV) The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!

I love you and in the same way God loves us you will always be my princess
Your Daddy

Proverbs 4:1 (ESV) Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you

I know this is not a usual post, but I pray this was a blessing and please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads
TGBTG
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Ladies – win them without a word

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Ladies – win them without a word

1 Peter 3:1 (ESV) Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

It is not often that I get to brag on my wife, however if it was not for her beauty and her kindness, I am convinced that you would not be reading this blog today. I have reviewed the above verse over and over again in my heart and used to have it memorized. The reason for this devotion to this small chunk of scripture is simple – I have lived it!

You see, up until late 2005 I was a raging alcoholic, an impending marriage to the lady who is now my wife did not stop me from my self-destructive path. A quiet Sunday morning in a small Calvary Chapel in the west end of Glasgow, the week after I quit drinking was step one on a path to where I am today. (If you want the full story check out my “testimony” page)

My wife Chelsea also blogs, if you have not had an opportunity, then please check out her blog at this link. But she “showed me Jesus”, we made mistakes along the way for sure, but I certainly would not have the unshakable faith I have today had it not been for my wife.

This is a call to arms to all women who may or may not want to obey this scripture, the husband is meant to be the head of the home and the wife is the keeper of the home, in today’s modern families both or either partner (I use that word because marriage is a partnership) may not have to do the traditional roles. I know that in my household, both of us earn money because of our different gifts.

Will they be won over by your conduct?

I can only speak for me and say that I was. There is something so beautiful about a God fearing woman; from a man’s point of view I must not do anything to pierce that. People get very literal with this passage and mean it that if you don’t have braided hair and wear lots of jewelry that you are somehow less of a Christian. I know that such things don’t interest me and my wife is beautiful to me most when she is her, when she loses herself in the worship of the LORD. That is real beauty!

Also if you are reflecting your Savior then you will inspire discussion into where it comes from, if you are infectious for the LORD then you will have comfort in times of trial and also you will have the love and honor of your husbands.

Missionary dating

Despite the fact that my wife and I are a success story, I would not advocate missionary dating. I know that for my daughter I would like a man who is a strong Christian and an effective leader in the home. I want my daughter to have what my wife has and also all the things my wife does not have. I know no man is perfect but I do want the best for my daughter.

Outward adornment

We have to be really careful with what we hold in our hearts, the reason I say this is that we can get really discontent with all of the stuff that we do not have. This is counterproductive as we then fail to recognize the many blessings we have. If we live in the western world I can guarantee that we have more than we need, even in the most abject of poverties, but we still whine when we see others on vacation or others get new “shiny things”.

We then start to question God and question whether we are truly being blessed. It is hard because the human heart will naturally covet perishable things and things that are temporary.

Vicious cycle

This leads to chasing what others have, coveting other folk’s things in order to “get ahead” and when we get in that mindset, we get desperate. We start taking on more things, to get more stuff and life becomes far more complicated than God would ever have planned.

Then we start getting into cycles like debt, depression and un-fulfilment because there is that “God shaped hole” that we are trying to stuff our stuff into. It is all perishable; it is as good for you as eating fruit that has gone off. I know in my life I am guilty of this and need to devote more time to the finer (Godly) things in life.

Call him LORD

Maybe not literally, my wife does not call me lord and I am not sure how I would feel about it if she did. But in her heart I know that she loves and respects me. Do I tick her off? Of course I do? Do we bicker? not very often, Am I all that she needs? (Ouch) Guys this is our part! The next few verses tell us that

Do not hinder your prayers

1 Peter 3:7 (ESV) Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

We have to love our wife’s, it is not a dictatorship, it is a partnership. We have promised on our wedding day to love, honor and cherish. Every day when I come home from work, I am glad that my wife is there, sometimes she is teaching lessons and sometimes she is there to greet me, either way I would not choose anyone else.

Out of everyone I know, I pray for my wife most of all. Partly because she has to live with me, but as she is the primary educator in our family, she has a lot on her shoulders. I understand that she doesn’t have a 9-5; hers are more like 8-12 midnight.

Love your wives by doing more

Like I say guys, it is a team effort, don’t complain about the dishes, get off your butt and go do them! Same with the laundry! It won’t kill you, just do what I do and seek advice of you are not sure. (I didn’t once and I now have a pink football jersey!)

My hope is that in this blog you found something useful, edifying or challenging, as usual please share, comment or like below.
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An unpopular opinion on Mark Driscoll

An unpopular opinion on Mark Driscoll

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It is with a lot of prayer and thought I post this article as I have no great desire to stick “my head into the breech” in the chat about the man who founded the Mars Hill Church network and Acts 29.

Personally I am not surprised by Tuesdays announcement that he was stepping down as lead Pastor of Mars Hill, I was hoping that he would be able to “stick it out” as I genuinely believe he is a man who has been used dynamically by God and is a very talented preacher.

So why is he criticized? 

For me Mark was criticized by three camps

1) People who did not like his “tactics”
2) People who did not like his history
3) People who were mad at him

Tactics

Mark has courted controversial methods to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s look at two times that he is critiqued for doing so.

The 1-2-3-4 letter sermon!

Yup, you heard it right folks, he swore in the pulpit!

(Give you a few lines to get over that concept)

Before you begin to think that he is the only Pastor who has let a word like.that slip over his lips, let me shatter that misnomer right away. In my numerous conversations with Pastors I know that he is not the only one to have ever uttered a profanity. 

If you have read my previous blog “a potty mind” you will understand that there is little between “thinking it” and “saying it”, although I personally have little issue controlling saying it, but despite my heart of repentance I still think it.

Pastor Mark called it correctly when he stated that “The sermon will be remembered more for those few words than anything else”

I will go further into this later on in the article, however there are folks that have made it their life’s work to expose Driscoll and his flaws and put under the microscope every little thing he says. More of that later though.

The MacArthur eviction debacle

Another criticizing group are fans of John MacArthur,  and also fans of the “Grace to You” network of ministries. 

Pastor John and Pastor Mark have had a long running public “war of words” they have called each other out from the pulpit and Mark caused controversy when he arrived at MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” conference giving out free copies of his latest book, he was told he couldn’t do so and after a storm of social media information and disinformation was widely and written about with both admiration and criticism. (Dependent on your bias)

The only part of the conference I have spoken about is MacArthur’s criticism of the movement I am involved in when he painted Calvary Chapel as “the movement born out of LSD” and commented that “out went the suits & hymns and in came the contemporary music”.

I will touch on the nature of God in the section “Am I criticizing…” but both things that MacArthur mentions are window dressing.  I mean how dare a church make itself available to someone who has sinned (have we not all sinned and fallen short of Gods glory – Romans 6:23 – not my ideas but God’s! ) who cares what the flavour the sin was, drugs, alcohol,  adultery whatever? I am more concerned with is the repentance true and where is fruit?

As for suits and hymns, I love the deep vein of theology in the hymns, but also have a high regard for good biblical God glorifying contemporary songs. God cares not so much with the performer and performance as much as he cares about whether that heart is truly in a state of drawing closer to him. I have seen worship times be times if beauty; times of great joy and times of awesome prayer, repentance and rededication to God. I would swap lives changed for everyone looking neat and tidy any day of the week. I digress however.

Basically I will not criticize MacArthur as I have a lot of respect for a seasoned pastor and I have quite a few of his commentaries in my library,  but the argument is similar when Paul states the problem in His 1st letter to the church in Corinth when he states “not of Paul or not of Apollos” we see the same arguments play out by people who regard their branch of Christianity more of an identity than calling themselves a “Christian” (they will state Calvinist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic or whatever first)

Tragic as it is Christ and his sacrifice not denominationalism that saves us! I doubt that there will be sections in heaven based on where we were worshipping and what day we used.

His history

A lot has been said about sermons preached, former stances that he chose when he was a young pastor (such as embracing the emergent church and then when they started to preach the stranger doctrine he got out of that.)

Then there is the whole “williamwallace2” Internet deal, unfortunately the internet is not anonymous and I pray that you have never made any mistakes online and become well known, as you may well get the “Driscoll treatment”.

I am not going to debate whether what he said was right or wrong, but it really goes into the realms of character assassination digging up something that is over a decade old to make someone look bad.

Folks that are mad at him

Some were mad at him for many other reasons,  some good,  some not so good.  If you go to any popular Web search engine and type in say “Mark Driscoll false teaching” (or anything similar) you will find many websites dedicated to bashing this man and telling stories in order to blacken the name of the ministry that God has called this man too.

And really that is my point! Personally I have no ties or friendship with this man, I have never actually met him, I have n3ver visited his church and we do not move in the same circles. However,  he was called of God for a season to plant a church in the state of Washington that has blossomed into a movement of God and God has blessed that movement. The church that was planted has brought so many people closer to God.

This is why I am critiquing the slings and arrows that are flying towards him from the “Christian camp” despite stylistic differences he is still one of our own.

Am I criticizing him?

Here is the funny thing,  I will let you draw your own conclusions on that one! Pro-Driscoll people will say I am being hard on him and Driscoll-haters will say that I am defending him.

I find the idea of “celebrity pastors” somewhat uneasy to swallow as we are all vessels to be used of God. I always worry that people will begin to follow the man rather than God.

I also worry and pray for the individual themselves in that they do not get hit too heavily with the sin of pride. That they retain their reliance on God, that the do not start to believe it is from themselves.

And lastly and what is happening in this case that they remain “above reproach” so they cannot be accused.  Look at the accusations thrown towards Jesus by the religious people of the day. These are the guys that were meant to be making worship to God easier but in fact they were making it more difficult. Jesus called the like of these “whitewashed tombs”.

If it happened to Christ then what makes you think it will not happen to those who are called to minister for Christ?

We have to be careful we are not being too Pharisee-like; we can quite easily examine others with standards that we would never apply to ourselves. We can think we know someone because they are in the spotlight and more personal information is readily available about them than others.

Impact to aspiring pastors

I wouldn’t call myself an “aspiring pastor” as you are called to such, but what message does this send to those in bible college/seminary? If your fellowship gets too big will you be under attack from your fellow laborers in the gospel?

Make no mistake about it, anyone who thinks pastors have an easy life is mainly mistaken. There is a reason why James states “let not many of you become teachers” It is the one occupation where you will not get away with being a jerk. You are examined with a microscope and it is a heavy task.

The pastors I have seen that have been the most successful in impacting lives have been the humble, the ones who know they are flawed men and had an open and honest dialogue with their congregations. Congregations tend to be forgiving if they know the facts.

My prayer is that it will not drive gifted men away from their calling.

“Beyond reproach?”

We are called to be beyond reproach, but we are given certain guidelines to allow people to be restored into ministry, as far as I am aware, Driscoll left amid allegations of abuse of power, there was no heresy, there were no affairs, and there were no financial irregularities.

It is sad as like I said previously, he did a lot of good for the kingdom of God, so I find him sad. I have only ever heard about 12 of his messages (his 10 commandment series and another random 2 I listened too) but I have found him to be a funny, relevant teacher who exalted his Savior.

Conclusion

Lastly I would encourage us all to remove the mote from our own eye before we try to take the speck out of Driscolls. We are called to love one another guys! Let us not forget that! I believe that based on what I have seen and heard, he has repented. Only time will tell how deep that repentance is.

I do hope it is not the last we have heard of Mark Driscoll.

As always, if you want to continue the conversation with us then please if the LORD leads you then please comment, share or like below.
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