LTRP Note: Please keep in mind, while reading this article, that popular Christian figures like Erwin Lutzer, D.A. Carson, and John Piper will be sharing a platform with Mark Driscoll at the upcoming “Entrusted with the Gospel” 2009 National Conference. These teachers and pastors have been contacted about this situation, but to date Driscoll is still on the speaking schedule. See our article Evangelical Pastors Questioned for Highlighting Seattle’s R-Rated Pastor at National Conference for further information. Also see our article links below to understand more about the “new sexual spirituality.”
“Driscoll’s vulgarity draws media attention”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–An in-depth New York Times Magazine feature on a controversial Seattle pastor has generated a new wave of debate about vulgarity in the pulpit.
“Who Would Jesus Smack Down,” a 3,200-word profile of Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., focused on Driscoll’s Calvinist theology but, like most secular reporting on the Seattle pastor, began with a vignette on his “racy” sermon topics and casual clothes. . . .
On the heels of the New York Times profile, Christian talk show personality Ingrid Schleuter criticized Driscoll for a series of explicit “sex advice” posts on the Mars Hill Church blog — material appropriate only for married couples but available to any visitor, including children. Schleuter also castigated Driscoll for linking the blog to a website, christiannymphos.org, “which features articles on how a Christian wife can turn herself into a dominatrix, the glories of an-l and or-l sex, and the use of sex toys.”
“At a time when American young people are hit in the face with graphic sexuality in every facet of our culture, the church should be a safe haven where the sacredness and privacy of the act of marriage is respected by pastors,” Schleuter said in a press release. “Those with sexual issues need to receive private counseling — not sex seminars in a church auditorium.
“For generations, Christian pastors have managed to convey the Scripture’s teachings on fornication, adultery and the beauty of sexuality within marriage without sullying and cheapening it” Schleuter added. “Mark Driscoll is a sad product of our times. While waving his orthodox doctrinal credentials, he has simultaneously embraced the spirit of the age when it comes to his treatment of sex. In the process, he is pornifying the church and only adding to the moral squalor of our culture.” Click here to read this entire article.