Here is what they have posted on their blog:
They say they wish to reconcile but it is a reconciliation on their terms and for their benefit to stop the accusations. It's not about changing their abusive practices or even examining their practices to see if they are abusive.
Oh, they also have a word to their Critics. Since I would fall in that category I thought I'd address it.
"To our critics, we'd humbly ask you to imagine how complicated situations such as this are for us. When someone says they have a issue with us, they get to tell the media their side of the story. If we tell the other side of the story, we risk breaching laws and exposing people-both the people in the discipline process and the people they've sinned against-to public backlash. The choice for us as a church is often to either take the hits in the in the press or put one of our members forward (often a young woman sexually sinned against) to let our members take the hits and endure the criticism. Obviously, we'd rather take the hits as a church than expose our members to the media and potentially break the law by divulging private information shared in counseling session by a victim." -- The Mars Hill Pastors
Dear Mars Hill Pastors...
I'm sorry but I fail to see where you only have the two choices of either silently taking the hits or hiding behind the skirts of women who you claim have been sexually sinned against (whether they were sinned against or not is not the issue. They may very well have been. The very fact that you bring them up in order for you to hide behind is very telling.).
Okay... I understand that you truly believe with all of your hearts that you are doing church discipline right. I get the fact that you believe you are right. Your "A Call for Reconciliation" reeks with the fact that you believe that you are right and that everyone else is wrong.
But could it be that perhaps you are not right and that your church discipline practices have gone in a bad direction?
I understand that thinking this way probably hurts your brains because you are so sure you are right.
But I humbly ask you to consider the possibility that perhaps you all are not as right as you think you are.
I humbly ask you to consider a third choice that would make you look just a little less self-righteous and leave women who have been sinned against out of the equation so that you don't look like you are hiding behind their skirts.
I humbly ask you this, not because I have a vendetta against you or am out to get you or am bored and looking for a fight that doesn't belong to me.
I'm asking because people are being hurt and thrown away and it's making you look bad.
I don't want you to look bad.
I want you to be a light in Seattle and in your satellite churches. I want you to bring the gospel to hurting people and get them healed rather than be the ones that are hurting people so that they have to go to counselling to get healing.
Mars Hill Pastors, please, please, please consider a third choice. Please consider that perhaps there is something wrong with the way you do church. I understand that you don't think so. But the incredible volume of evidence against you speaks otherwise.