Adrian’s top 20 posts and controversy in the church

2312105_1d033e6aI thought I would share with you this summer my top twenty posts of all time (judged by traffic received since I moved to Patheos).  What is striking is that six out of the top ten are all about controversies in the church. I suppose it is inevitable that such things will draw the traffic. But, isn’t it also a bit sad?

I don’t regret anything I said in these posts. And I am sure there will always be debate and controversies within the church. Isn’t it just a little sad, however, that we all seem to want to read such stuff more than the positive things?

It is hard to see how our obsession with the negative and controversial is consistent with what Paul says,

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8).

We all perpetuate this fascination with the negative every time we click a link, every time we feverishly search for the latest news or commentary on whatever is “hot” at that point. Right now, that topic is clearly Mark Driscoll, and ironically my post on that matter, which essentially called for us to back off a bit for a season,  has shot straight to the top of the list.  I knew it would gain some traffic, but over a months worth of normal blog traffic on a single post? Really?

Would we not be better off if we spent more time focussing on the good rather than seeking out commentary on the bad?

If you have a blog, a Twitter stream, a Facebook profile, can I encourage you to consciously make an effort this week to look for good things to link to, encouraging words to like, and happy posts to tweet?

How sad that if we are honest, the Christian blogosphere and online media outlets are in danger of becoming little better than tabloid newspapers. For, while the crowds of Christians like nothing better than to surf between negative articles, then there is a clear economic pressure for the magazines and the blogs to post more and more of such things.

  • Lets celebrate the good this week.
  • Lets like on Facebook a sermon that blessed us.
  • Lets share a quote from an article that encouraged us.
  • Lets tweet a picture of a happy moment.
  • Lets use social media to promote and encourage social behavior.

Of course there will always be a time for shining a light onto problems in the church.

Lets just make sure that we don’t fall into the trap of thinking that time is every day.

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My top Twenty Posts ranked by page views.

  1. My Thoughts On The Latest Round Of Mark Driscoll And Acts 29 Controversy
  2.  Strange Fire A Charismatic Response To John Macarthur
  3.  John Macarthur Accuses Half A Billion Christians Of Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit
  4.  Will A Christian Who Commits Suicide Go To Heaven
  5.  Can A Christian Get Depressed
  6.  Sermon Comfort Like Mother
  7.  John Piper Responds To John Macarthurs Strange Fire Confernece
  8.  Strange Fire John Macarthur Claims No Good Has Come Out Of The Charismatic Movement
  9.  Strange Fire Mark Driscoll Open Letter To John Macarthur
  10.   Gift Of Prophecy Dangers To Avoid
  11.   Resurrection Hope Easter Sermon_09
  12.  Gods Word To The Suicidal Bible Verses To Help Prevent Suicide
  13.   Abound In Hope Sermon On Romans 1513
  14.   Gifts Of Holy Spirit Word Of Wisdom
  15.  Every Martyn Lloyd Jones Sermon Available For Free All Over The World
  16.   John Piper On Baptism With Holy Spirit
  17.  Steve Chalke And Others On Homosexuality And Gay Marriage
  18.  Rick Warrens Son Takes Own Life After Lifelong Battle With Mental Illness
  19.  Gender Roles A Complementarian And Egalitarian Spectrum
  20.  An Answer To The Why Does God Allow Suffering Question 

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, a writer, and a member of Jubilee Church, London since 1995, where he serves as part of the leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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  • Southland

    Dear Adrian,

    Exactly how positive would you have preferred Jesus to be when He cleansed the Temple, or rebuked the Pharisees, or trained the disciples by calling out wrong attitudes and beliefs?

    I for one love to celebrate what is lovely and wholesome and actively seek out and encourage testimonies of God’s goodness and power working in the lives of His people. Yet the Word of God is clear that there is no call to whitewash what is wrong, especially when it involves those in leadership positions that there are definite qualifications for. And Mark Driscoll simply does not meet those qualifications. He has disqualified himself repeatedly and recently. Another sad-sounding apology does not change this fact.

    What I find most outrageous about the stance people such as yourself have taken in trying to defend Mark Driscoll, or deflect criticism from him, is the cursory-at-best acknowledgement of the long and wide trail of destruction left by his willful actions.

    Mark Driscoll has callously and ruthlessly destroyed great numbers of innocent people’s reputations, community networks, family connections and even livelihoods. He has traumatised, abused and wronged many.

    Through his shunning practices he has separated parents from their adult children and grandchildren. There are desperately hurt mothers who no longer have contact with their children because of Mark Driscoll and his reckless shunning orders.

    He has hurt little children by decreeing their families were no longer welcome at his church. Little ones do not understand why they can no longer see their friends or why they are no longer welcome at family gatherings where they once were welcome. Mark Driscoll has forced many parents into the position of trying to explain this to their children.

    Men have suddenly and unfairly lost their jobs and been put in the position of flailing to re-establish themselves in their secular career after being ousted unfairly by Mark Driscoll. This causes huge financial and emotional stress in marriages and families.

    Not to mention his disgraceful plagiarism and misuse of church funds and rewriting of bylaws etc. to gain complete control not only of the church but its sizeable assets. Or the private, no-representation ‘trials’ he subjected church members to. Or the demon trials, or the seeing of strange sexual visions, or the vulgar language.

    Mark Driscoll is not a man that Christians should be quiet about as you have said in previous posts.

    He is not someone who should be graciously ignored so we can focus on positive
    things as you have said in this post.

    He is someone that needs to be called out in order to protect all the other people that would otherwise come under his influence and be hurt or destroyed as so many who didn’t have these warnings have been.

    And I would encourage you Adrian, instead of calling for quiet and only ‘positive’ focus, to take the same stand Jesus did, to speak the truth where it is required in order to protect the innocent and stand up for what is right, regardless of the cost.


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