Religious Provocateur and Hypocrite Pastor Mark Driscoll Tells Christians to ‘Stop the In-fighting’

A press release for Pastor Mark Driscoll‘s new book contains this laughable passage:

Pastor Mark Driscoll

… the outspoken pastor from Seattle issues a prophetic warning to the church that “dark days are ahead” if we don’t stop the in-fighting and refocus our efforts on preaching the gospel immediately.

“We’re approaching a cliff,” writes Driscoll. “Many Evangelicals are oblivious to the fact that Christendom is dead and real Christianity is in serious decline. As long as we see Christmas trees on government property and hear public figures talk about ‘faith,’ many Christians naively assume that real Christianity is alive and well. That’s an illusion.”

The bad news is that Christians don’t even get it, according to Driscoll — they’re stuck in their cul-de-sacs. Christians are isolated in “tribes” on the internet, and they spend too much time lobbing e-bombs at each other in cyberspace.

Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt takes Driscoll to task for not practicing what he preaches.

Driscoll is, after all, the same guy who once asked his followers to share stories about the most “effeminate anatomically male worship leader” they’d ever seen:

Merritt continues:

Driscoll’s list of divisive comments run much deeper than these isolated incidents. He has attacked emergent Christians, called yoga “demonic,” said stay-at-home dads are “worse than unbelievers,compared nagging wives to water torture, and offended egalitarian Christians when he argued that women shouldn’t hold leadership positions in churches because they are “more gullible and easier to deceive than men.”

He famously rules Mars Hill Church with an iron fist, preaching against “sinning through questioning” and once remarked that he wants to “go Old Testament” on dissenters.

This same Mark Driscoll who has spent years dividing Christians and insulting almost every kind of people group imaginable now wants to put the kibosh on infighting?

Driscoll may indeed end up uniting Christians, but it won’t be through his book. It’ll be because even other Christians can no longer tolerate his holier-than-thou hypocrisy.

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  • C Peterson

    Right. Like Driscoll’s words are going to stop something that has been going on without pause for 2000 years. I don’t think so.

    • KMR

      As long as Christians feel free to not only tell us but each other that they’re going to hell the fighting will continue. But it’s good for a laugh or two if you like that kind of stuff. Luckily I do.

  • Holytape

    Short version of Mark Dricsoll, “Please stop fighting so I can make money off you all instead of just a small sliver of Bro-Dudes, who by the way aren’t big spenders. Come on, this haircut ain’t free.”

  • AFabulousAtlantanAtheist

    Just saying, but Mr. Driscoll is looking mighty sassy and fabulous in that picture.

    • flyb

      Jazz hands!!

    • KMR

      Meh. I was thinking the jewelry makes his neck look huge, like a brute. Of course that could be the intent ;)

    • M.S.

      That was great. *Wipes sprayed coffee off of computer screen*

      • Greg G.

        That was so funny, I’m going to pour a cup of coffee so I can do that.

    • Gus

      Seriously, how long can it be before he’s caught with a rent boy lifting his luggage? No one can be that terrified of “effeminate” men unless he’s at least a bit conflicted.

    • Matt D

      That’s because he’s telling a lie “this big”.

    • wmdkitty

      *scrolls back up*

      Damn. He does, doesn’t he?

  • dsmith

    Sometimes I can’t believe it’s 2013 when i hear wretched modern day misogynist say “Women should not have leadership roles” or that “Yoga is demonic” just to name two.

    • Stev84

      The yoga thing is a special form of BS as there is a long and respected tradition of similar practices (asceticism and meditation) among Christian monks and nuns in the middle ages. It just fell out of use.

  • asonge

    This is the same guy who crashed a book launch/conference for those with a different theological opinion on the Holy Ghost, and decided to hand out his opposing book on site. He got escorted off the property by security, who offered to bring his books to his car. He gave the books to them, and then claimed he was ejected and his books were confiscated. The man is pitiful.

    • jdm8

      I’ll add there’s footage posted online of what happened, showing Marky’s side of the story didn’t hold up.

      edit: well hey, one story down on this site (Friendly Atheist) shows this video.

  • jdm8

    In other words “don’t question my tactics or my interpretations”.

  • MacCrocodile

    What he means is that Christians need to unite (under his divine leadership, natch) against all the false, feminine prophets out there.

  • trj

    Well, he has a point that Christians love to trash-talk other believers who aren’t real Christians (ie. everybody outside their own denomination). But that’s hardly new. And considering how Christians have historically been ruthlessly killing each other over ideological differences, I consider antagonism over the internet to be quite an improvement.

    Anyway, let’s all wish Mark good luck on his ecumenical project. I bet he’ll be a great facilitator and not at all divisive.

    • Mario Strada

      Yes, e-bombs beat the hell out of burning opponents alive or impaling them.
      I just finished reading a great book on Byzantium and the Eastern Roman Empire. Amazing the love and understanding between the western and eastern branches of the church. Those guys really knew how to have fun.
      I especially enjoyed how all these Christian emperors were:
      a) Not Christians until they were about to kick the bucket.(in order to get the full advantage of being born again)
      b) skilled at convincing family members to let them reign in peace. Often by personally strangling brothers, cousins, etc.

    • Toranse

      Yeah, except typically when pastors talk about stopping the in-fighting they usually mean “stop criticizing me and other pastors/Christians who treat people like shit and stop criticizing us when we tell people they’re not real Christians.” It’s the same thing when Christians tell other Christians that if they don’t pretend away all the shitty things Christians do ‘the world’ will judge their lack of unity and not believe, so it’s basically ‘you better shut up when we do horrible things because Jesus’ love”

  • Stev84

    When you become a pastor they physically remove the parts of the brain that detect hypocrisy and irony.

    • Matt D

      Slamming your head against the Bible for years seems to be their preferred method.

  • Mario Strada

    But… he wears jeans and has his shirt untucked. Can he really be that bad?

  • Rain

    Oh noes! Prophetic warning! *yawn*

  • randomfactor

    All you splitters stop that infighting and swear allegiance to the Pope, for Christ’s sake!

    • Sweetredtele

      RCC or Coptic Orthodox?

  • busterggi

    There may have briefly been only one version of Christianity around two thousand years ago but then a second person converted and the splitting started immediately.

    • Sweetredtele

      Before then. Was Jesus or John the Babtist the Messiah? Who is the real Christ?

  • Mick

    Don’t laugh at him. He might turn nasty.

    • The Other Weirdo

      That’s no reason not to laugh at him.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        He might send convenient bears to get you.

        • The Other Weirdo

          The man is not bald.

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            They’re convenient bears, not overly specialized bears. it’s in the name!

            • The Other Weirdo

              You win. I don’t know how to reply to that except to say +10000.

    • Matt D

      That’s fine, I’d expect that reaction from a man like this anyway, and most of us are prepared to deal with such obvious derailing tactics.

    • Stev84

      He can’t get much nastier than he already is.

  • Bad_homonym

    Weird. He rails against effeminate males, but his pose in the photo screams ‘fabulous’. Something your not telling us Mark?

    • Bad_homonym

      Crap I shoulda read before posting. Looks like I’m not alone!!!

  • Matt Eggler

    “Stay-at-home dads are worse than unbelievers”

    Wo Hoo!!!

    I’m Mark Driscoll’s worst nightmare, an unbeliever stay-at-home dad!

    • islandbrewer


      *high-fives Matt*

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Doesn’t that create a paradox that will destroy the universe?

      • Mark W.

        Nope, it’s counter balanced by eating the ATHEIST NIGHTMARE, bananas…something to do with potassium.

  • Gehennah

    Its hard for them to stop the infighting and preach the gospel when they can’t agree on what the gospel says.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    No, continue the in fighting. Now ignore me while I rub my hands together and cackle. XD

  • Adrian M. Kleinbergen

    He has all the sincerity of a Pro Wrestling manager.

  • Richard Wade

    “dark days are ahead” if we don’t stop the in-fighting and refocus our efforts on preaching the gospel immediately.

    Somebody send that guy a flashlight.

  • SeekerLancer

    Usually when infamous drama whores like this call for a stop to the fighting it’s because they realize their abrasive hi-jinks have hurt them worse than they’ve helped and their attempt to pretend they’re the ones taking the high road is nothing more than waving a white flag while simultaneously trying to make their opponents look like the bad guys.