StreetFishing publisher's note: Up until this point, I've been a pretty consistent supporter of Mark Driscoll. I've always thought his teaching was a bit edgy and perhaps at times unnecessarily graphic, but not weird. This particular message puts him into the category of just plain bad teaching. I'm not calling him a heretic or labeling him in any particular manner, but I have read the article posted below by Phil Johnson and think he makes a compelling argument for being careful with what comes out of Mars Hill Church and the ministry of Mark Driscoll.
by Phil Johnson
In a post last week, I pointed out that the preposterous claims, unhinged behavior, and spiritual quackery that are so prominent at the charismatic movement's lunatic fringe are by no means limited to the outer edges. Goofiness and gullibility are necessary byproducts of a belief system that fails to take seriously the principle of sola Scriptura and its ramifications (i.e., the authority and sufficiency of Scripture).
Here's a sample of the kind of thing I was referring to: The video below features Mark Driscoll, claiming the Holy Spirit regularly gives him graphic visions showing acts of rape, fornicators in flagrante delicto, and sexual child molesters in the very act. WARNING: This is an extremely disturbing video, for multiple reasons: