Southeastern Seminary vs. Baptist Press
Last week in the SBC, the drama dealt with Calvinism.
This week’s drama deals with Mark “The Cussing Pastor” Driscoll, a Calvinist.
Over the weekend, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina brought Mark Driscoll to town for a conference. Baptist Press, the PR-arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded with an article entitled Driscoll’s Vulgarity Draws Media Attention. The article included this note from the editor:
EDITOR’S NOTE: The story contains references to sexual matters that Baptist Press tried to veil somewhat in order to lessen the possibility of offending readers. However, Baptist Press needed to include a reference to these adult elements so that readers might fully grasp the importance of this news item.
Today, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary issued a response to the Baptist Press hit piece through their blog, Between The Times. Here’s a snippet:
One of the speakers, Mark Driscoll, has received significant criticism from some Southern Baptists in recent days. At first the criticism was limited to ill-informed bloggers, but yesterday Baptist Press entered the fray with an article titled “Driscoll’s Vulgarity Draws Media Attention.” We were very disappointed in the BP piece, which we believe was inaccurate in content and harsh in tone.
We by no means agree with everything Mark Driscoll says or does. This is true of any speaker we would invite to our campus, including many Southern Baptists. But because we are not independent fundamentalists, we believe that it is profitable to invite speakers who do not agree with us on every jot and tittle. We are humble enough to admit that we do not have all the answers and we can learn much from brothers and sisters who are not part of the Southern Baptist family. We believe our students can learn from a variety of conservative evangelical pastors without slavishly copying the ministries or convictions of any one leader.
As long-time readers know, the big daddy weave is not a fan of Macho Man Mark. His attitude towards women not his use of a few foul words is what I find offensive. A snippet of classic Mark Driscoll:
Driscoll also noted the position of Rob Bell, a pastor that he does not know personally but whose writings, including “Velvet Elvis,” he has read. Noting that Bell has called into question the virgin birth, Driscoll said, “The question that begs to be answered is, ‘Do we lose anything if we lose the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?’ …
“To the Lord Jesus, [such doubt] is insulting,” Driscoll said. “First of all, Mary said that she was a virgin. If she was really a lying whore, that does change the story. Because if the lying whore raises a young boy who says He is God, why believe the extravagant claims of the child of a lying whore? Following the resurrection, Jesus’ mother Mary was with the disciples worshipping Him as God as part of the early church. Why would we believe the testimony of the resurrection of Jesus from a lying whore?
Below is a poem that I received via e-mail from a reader recently about Driscoll:
The Song of Mark Driscoll
And Mark said,
Loving is for sissies, and Jesus was a dude–
I don’t just mean he had a pair, I mostly mean he’s rude.
Acts of sinful nature are transformed in my eyes
To manly concupiscence, so I extol them to my guys.
I’ve got “daddy issues,” the likes you’ve never seen.
So I ignore all fruit of Spirit and insist real men are mean.
I’m groping for my manhood, but not inside my slacks
For I prefer the lies of culture to all the Bible’s facts.
I call Jesus “Macho Man” and re-cast him in my fears,
And I won’t admit my problems, ’cause problems are for queers.
I posture on the podium, and posture in the home!
And I posture in the coffee shops and posture on the phone!
I’m a man, O yes, I am! Don’t say that I am meek.
Jesus said that he would bless them, but it’s not Him I seek.
It is the image in the mirror that’s all I need to know,
Plus a little crush on Calvin to put on a good show.
Grace is crying in the kitchen but I’ll turn the other cheek–
For now that I am famous, she knows better that she’s weak.
Love for Jesus is for chicks–and I’ll not say “I do.”
I’m no Bride of anyone–especially a dude.
Just try it, Jesus, go ahead–I’ll punch you in the eye!
Don’t talk of love and unity and how for me you died.
A different Jesus! That’s for me–a bully like myself.
“Relationship” is for the girls, and machismo is true wealth.
I won’t love you! No I won’t! Don’t say that you’re the Groom.
I’d rather have you emasculated, then put back in the tomb.
And it came to pass, that the audience of Mark Driscoll could no longer put up with the preaching of a “different Jesus” as the Corinthians had, and so they feared God and repented of their idolatry. And some of them were courageous and confronted Mark as did the brave priests in King Uzziah’s time, but they were persecuted and sore abused. They continued to intercede for their deceived brother, but Mark’s sin had not yet reached full measure and the outcome of their intercession was not yet known . . .