Mark Driscoll: Reformed & Charismatic?

Mark Driscoll: Reformed & Charismatic?

I’m still upset about Mark Driscoll. I know, I know. You’ve moved on, I get it. But here I am positing another article about Mark Driscoll. A recent interview of Driscoll was dropped online, one with the charismatic television show Life Today. Just even writing that last sentence kind of breaks my heart. Now, I wasn’t a Mars Hill member, but I was a Christian in Seattle so yeah I knew Mark Driscoll and I checked out Mars Hill a few times. Beyond that, Mark Driscoll helped me form out some of my thoughts on reformed theology. He was stating reformed theology in a way that I just didn’t hear from anyone else. I always disagreed with Driscoll on several issues, but he helped me in a lot of ways. So it was devastating to see what he’s become. He’s a totally different theologian now.  

Obviously, he needed to change after leaving Mars Hill, but not like this. Since he was ousted from reformed circles he went to the only people who would accept him as he was without any accountability – Charismatics (not all, but certain tribes of charismatics). Watching this interview it became apparent that not only is Driscoll willing to lie about what happened at Mars Hill but that Driscoll has surrendered every theological point he preached in the past. He has even given up his motto, “It’s all about Jesus.” Instead focusing on the “fatherhood of God” and the Holy Spirit. He might as well have said, “I know you guys are big into the Holy Spirit so…me too.” He also mentions how he’s changed his preaching style and is now more focused on motivational living type of “preaching.” These drastic and quick changes make me wonder if he truly ever believed those doctrines he preached or not. Was he ever reformed or going with what was popular? I guess Mark’s the only one who knows the answer to that question. 

Watch the interview by clicking here.

– Dean