"Mars Hill Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Are Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church sick?

"Mars Hill Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward I have drawn plenty of cartoons critiquing Mark Driscoll's view of women, his theology, his abuses, his lame apologies, and other issues. You can see them all here. One of the things I've always tried to communicate is that although I disagree with a lot of his ideas and am appalled by many of his practices, I still consider him a brother. Even though I consider Mars Hill Church a toxic place to be a member of, it is a church. In other words, I don't think it would be helpful to be cruel towards Driscoll or the church. Driscoll needs help. Mars Hill Church needs help. Because it is apparent that both are ill. There is enough evidence to reach this conclusion. I'm glad people are leaving the church and speaking out. Including leaders. Good for them! Many of them will need help recovering. I know because I've been in similar circumstances and it took wise counsel and time to recover. This is what safe places like The Lasting Supper are for! Many are calling for Driscoll's resignation. Clearly and consistently! Like others, I would be surprised if he did because Mars Hill is the magnificent extension of his ego. It would require something that to him and his followers would feel like virtual suicide. However, I do wonder if he will take a sabbatical and submit himself to the care of wise people who can carefully help him. What this looks like or results in I have no idea. But he needs help. Mars Hill Church needs help. And I hope they ask for it. Read my book The Liberation of Sophia... my story about escaping from such toxic traps!

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