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About 100 emails have come in from listeners regarding Mark Driscoll, and your relationship with him. Some of our sins, he is saying, are hidden to ourselves. We have flaws and sins that we cannot ourselves fathom. We desperately need to take seriously what wise counselors tell us about ourselves. But what if you can’t even after others tell you what they see you look and you don’t see it in the way they see it. Well, in order to have any integrity, I think you have to go with what you see. I think the trend among some mega churches to put in place outside councils with authority that are not based in the elders of the local church is an unbiblical, unwise approach towards church leadership.
Secondarily, are there any lessons you’re taking away from your relationship with him. I wrote a long critique of his use of the Song of Solomon. But I always hoped that in those cases the relationship with me and with others would be redemptive and helpful. And Paul certainly did not agree with all the criticism that came against him, nor Jesus. And the result is either a struggle, in other words, when you have people around you who say this is true of you and you don’t think it is true of you, then the result is there is a struggle for leadership and one or both stands down. The preaching pastor has greater sway, not by having a veto power with all the votes, but by being a wise, thoughtful, exemplary leader.
And third, do you agree with the decisions of Christian bookstores that have decided to pull Mark Driscoll’s books off shelves? He certainly gave me more time and counsel than I deserved. So there was a mutuality about this and I felt loved by Mark and I wanted to love him in return. When they said he had a demon, he didn’t have a demon. As soon as I could I put in place at Bethlehem a leadership structure that gave me one vote, first among 20, then among 30, then among 40. I had one voted, which means I could be voted down easily.