Dead bodies everywhere? Who cares! As long as you are completing the vision that God gave you, then keep driving!
You may be wondering what this is all about, and you should be. Seriously, would Christ ride around in a bus and run over people with it? This doesn't sound like something a Christian; a follower of Jesus should be saying, and you're right. Instead these words are coming from the mouth of men; one man in particular. That man would be Mark Driscoll. But this isn't from an ordinary sermon; this is Mark Driscoll talking to and teaching pastors at an Acts 29 Church planting conference back in 2007. Is this the mindset pastors should have? What does the Bible say about this?
Paul told Timothy:
Paul told Timothy:
"And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."
(2 Timothy 2:24-26)
I don't see anything there about running over people that get in your way with the "Mars Hill Bus". Instead we are to be gentle to those who come against us and pray that God will allow them to repent from their wicked ways. I am not quite sure if Mr.Driscoll can find passages in the Scriptures that substantiate these statements; he certainly doesn't provide them. If he cannot prove where in the Bible it tells us to run over those that oppose us, then he is doing something very dangerous; he is turning a tradition of man into a commandment of God. Driscoll's doctrine at best is from man, and at worst possibly from demons. Once again the Apostle Paul:
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron"
(1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Mark Driscoll is lying to these pastors. Is this the type of man that is fit to teach other pastors how to shepherd the flock of God?
Keep in mind that this clip is from 2007. As far as we know, we have not heard any sort of repentance or change of stance from Mark Driscoll. If this is so, perhaps he is far off worse today than he was back then; the evidence shows it. Just think: how many other pastors under him have been following his example? How far is this trail of dead bodies, and where will it lead? What Mark Driscoll has sown is not good, and he will reap of it sooner or later.
P.S. Please pray for Mark Driscoll. Remember the verses listed above, we should pray that God grants Mark repentance. May he come to his senses when it comes to preaching doctrine, and also to his seeker sensitive methods. The Lord adds to the church, not our crude jokes or heavy hand.
Thanks to Chris Rosebrough over at Fighting for the Faith for finding this and Jules la Pierre for transcribing the clip.
Chris Rosebrough: "Mark Driscoll Brags about Pile of Bodies Behind the Mars Hill Bus."
Jules La Pierre: "Busing"
Ken Silva:"Mark Driscoll Vision-Casting Dead Bodies His Mars Hill Bus Will Roll Over."