I thought I had moved on, that the things that go on inside the Christian church had just become laughable to me, but I was wrong. It wasn’t until I started researching Mark Driscoll, that I realized just how dangerous the Church is and how it is the perfect “sanctuary,” for destructive and evil men. At first I though Mark Driscoll was just a ridiculous boob and really didn’t carry much weight in the Christian community. Again, I was wrong.
As I researched this man and his deeds, it became too much for me. I had had a pastor like him and all the hurt and character assassination that pastor Arturo Azurdia was and is responsible for came back to me in a torrent. The similarities between the two men are stunning. As I read stories written by some of the people left in Driscoll’s wake, I could not believe how they paralleled the stories of those left in the wake of Art Azurdia and Christ Community Church. I was one of them. No matter what these men and others like them do, they continue to stand. Why? Because they use fear of sin and fear of causing “division” and of “gossiping,” to control their flock. They make you feel special to be brought into their inner circle and if you are there you had better shut the f**k up and go with the flow, or as Driscoll is quoted as saying, “You either get on the bus, or you’ll get run over by the bus.” If you cannot be a yes man, you will be cast out in a way you never thought was possible and your so-called friends, in an effort to remain in that inner circle, will be the first ones to toss you overboard.
So, I’m scraping Pastor Driscoll off and moving on to better things. Of course, if you want to know more, check out his newest book on marriage. Go to amazon and read the reviews and the comments on the reviews–extremely enlightening. I just can’t write about him anymore, although there is plenty to say. Reading about him and his church and the poor, pathetic people who still blindly follow him, makes me feel sad, and angry, and helpless to stop people like him. But, set you down this, as Shakespeare would say, someday that man is going to fall. Something big is going to happen to Driscoll and unfortunately, it will probably be his loyal followers that will be the casualties, not him. That’s the way it goes for “spirit filled” men of god. That’s the way it goes in the church of god.