Driscoll Publicly Repents…For Criticizing Osteen

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Via cartoonist Rod Anderson

“At the end of the day we’re all on the same side,” says Hillsong celeb Brian Houston of Mark Driscoll’s sudden attack of conscience.  Speaking at the Hillsong conference, Mark Driscoll repented for a number of things. Praise God. Hallelujah.

  • Milking the Best-Seller’s List by Improperly Using Church Funds
  • Asking staff about their wive’s favorite sexual position
  • Well more than a dozen counts of plagiarism 
  • Porno-graphic discerno-vision
  • Throwing people under the Mars Hill bus

No. Driscoll didn’t repent for any of that stuff. Driscoll repented for having criticized Joel Osteen.

Yep. You read that right. Fast-forward to about 20 minutes, 40 seconds to hear it.

Driscoll used the opportunity to publicly apologize for having ever criticized Osteen, and claimed to have asked Osteen permission to send him a private letter of apology. Houston, of course agrees, and says “…at the end of the day, we’re all on the same side.”

We agree. Osteen and Driscoll and Houston are definitely on the same side.

Other highlights include:

  • Comparison of Martin Luther’s 95 theses to “angry bloggers” on the Internet

  • Houston calling his church “grace oriented” (as opposed to repentance-oriented?)

  • Driscoll apologizing for “misconceptions” regarding his complementarianism

  • Driscoll’s “Women are penis homes” comment was definitely brought up, and Driscoll says of himself that “…this was not a healthy person operating from a godly place.”

  • Driscoll laments not having more women involved in ministry at Mars Hill

  • Driscoll says it’s not his business to correct or critique Brian Houston

  • Driscoll says he wants to come into different families of church to learn and teach

  • Driscoll repeats – again – the story of God’s direct revelation and spoken word from God telling them to resign (at which point Driscoll breaks down in tears)


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8 years ago

Two things I’d ask people to consider reading with regard to Mark Driscoll. The first is Ezekiel 34 and the other is Jonna Petry’s account of her and her family’s experience at Mars Hill Church (see link to download on this site: http://joyfulexiles.com/2012/03/19/my-story-by-jonna-petry/) . I have to say that this fiasco at Hillsong is just another example of reinstating campaigns based on anything other than the welfare of God’s people.