Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sex, Drugs, and Mark Driscoll, pt. 1

Okay, just relax. I'm not accusing Driscoll of taking illicit drugs. Just hold tight until I can explain what I mean.

In my previous post I talk about Mark Driscoll being a rock star preacher. No great revelation there. That point has already been elsewhere way before now.

But let's look at this a bit more closely. What is the Rock Star lifestyle? Well that's easy. Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, baby.

We've already seen the sex part. Mark's obsession with sex and getting lots of it in pretty much every variety possible is well documented. Rock stars go from town to town where they can find eager fans and have groupies along besides. Rock stars get plenty of sex in their sex, drugs, rock and roll living.

Well, what's a Christian preacher to do? He's only allowed one woman, his wife. How can he get from her all the sex his little rock and roll heart desires and still believe that he is pleasing God?
Easy. Just preach about sex a lot, all kinds of sex, about how wives owe their husbands unlimited amounts of sex and back it up with some major scripture twisting. Then his wife has no choice but to obey what he has declared to be God's word. And she has to live under the oppression of his bottomless pit need for rock star style sex, all by herself with no groupies or fans to help (that we know of).

You know what's funny. I used to work in a residential treatment facility for troubled youth. One of the coping mechanism that some of these young people used was sex. They were sex addicts. And when they acted out, one of the ways they acted out was sexually. And we call it, obviously, "Sexually Acting Out" or SAO. When they sexually acted out, then we had to bring that to their attention and help them find other coping methods.

Well, for a person who has worked with sexually addicted teens, it was obvious to me from the start that Driscoll was a sexually addicted adult. And some of his teachings on sex and the Song of Solomon was nothing short of Sexually Acting Out.

The best example of Driscoll's sexually acting out, of course, is his famous Scotland sermon of which I have a link to the transcript right here (Thanks WTH for having that so readily available):

So Driscoll has been addicted to sex, at least in the past if not still today.
But that's old news. I have recently been made aware of another addiction that he has that I will address later. Relax. I'm not going to tear into him like a pit bull on a killing spree. I actually understand the addiction that we will address next time. I'm not excusing it, mind you. I'm just analyzing it in light of some new information.


Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

Wow....that sermon is sick.

Mara Reid said...

It's sick. It's so sick that I didn't even read it when I linked it. I'd already btdt and didn't care to see it again.

It's also verbal/sexual abuse and emotional abuse along with spiritual abuse. IMO.

It's also taking the Lord's name in vain, declaring that Jesus commands something that Jesus never commanded for personal gain, if you know what I mean.

Gem said...

I really feel for poor Grace! The guilt tripping and condemnation over certain sexual demands... sucks to be her!

Her history of childhood sexual abuse compromises her ability to have healthy boundaries. Been there! It took a male christian marriage counselor professionally trained in psychology to set me straight that the demand for certain sex acts is symptomatic of porn usage and while sex is a biblical entitlement of marriage, I need not ever violate my own conscience!

I wish Christian men heard less teaching which guilt trips and condemns wives into playing harlot, and more teaching along the lines of Rabbi Lamm’s “The Jewish Way of Love and Marriage”.

Mara Reid said...

I've heard of that book, Charis.

And I was able to point a guy to it who liked Driscoll's SoS teaching, BUT he had more respect for Jewish tradition than Driscoll, so it went a long way to get him away from Driscoll's porn version.