First, the statement of the Acts 29 board-
“It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.”
Unsurprisingly, Driscoll sees this as an attack (because he’s mentally ill and everything that isn’t praise is an attack) and his own board at Mars Hill replies
Earlier today our board chairman, as well as many of our other pastors, received a letter from Matt Chandler, the president of Acts 29. The letter notified us that the board of Acts 29 has removed Pastor Mark and Mars Hill from membership in the Acts 29 church planting network. Our board responded to the letter with the following update to our elders, and we wanted to share it with you as well.
I told the lead pastors at the recent annual retreat that we are making real progress in addressing the serious reconciliation and unhealthy culture issues that have been a part of Mars Hill Church for way too long. And we are. I also told them that more opposition would undoubtedly be coming, and it has. Friendly fire always hurts the most.
Read the rest at Warren’t place. Mark Driscoll is what happens when Churches blindly follow any man (or woman). When a pastor is treated like a god, and his word becomes law, and his actions are above question, you are in a cult.
The only substantive difference between Driscoll and Jim Jones is that Driscoll hasn’t moved to South America. Yet.
If anything wakes the emergents and the seeker sensitives up to the importance of doctrine, Driscoll is a perfect example of the vacuum created and filled when substantive and biblical doctrine is ignored.