The Mars Hill megachurch is crumbling from the inside; the church of Mark Driscoll announced it would be closing several branches, and has dismissed a pastor after he recently called for Driscoll’s resignation, following the controversy that Driscoll has created with his anti-LGBT and anti-woman views.
Driscoll, who takes his view of women from Greek Mythology and his view of gays from Jerry Falwell’s God (that combination works better than it should, actually), has been accused in the past “of plagiarizing, of inappropriately using church funds, and of consolidating power to such a degree that it has become difficult for anyone to challenge or even question him.”
Indeed, in a letter posted to his Dropbox account, Pastor Mark Dunford was dismissed from the church’s Portland branch for doing just that: he called for Driscoll’s resignation, and said that the man was creating a “culture of fear” inside of the
The slow motion collapse of the house Driscoll built began a month earlier, when it was revealed that he was behind hundreds of inflammatory Internet comments made almost 15 year ago. While the media focused on his comments about the United States being a “pussified nation,” the bloggers who had been following Driscoll closely argued that it was his views on women and sex that were larger problems.
For instance, referring to women as “penis homes:”
The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may see, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.
While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wondering the streets looking for a house to live in. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.
Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man’s home. And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.
Moral of the story: Your penis is a homeless vagrant that needs to pull itself up by its bootstraps and vote for a Republican, because dicks who believe in the ownership of women always vote Republican.
The blogger who pointed out this and other posts, Libby Anne of “Love, Joy, Feminism,” noted that she had “rarely seen an evangelical man assert male superiority and prominence this directly” and that “in Driscoll’s treatment, women are no more than penis home. Women were created to satisfy men. There’s nothing uplifting or honored in that.”
I often point out that there are two ways to dehumanize someone; demonization and idolization. After reading Driscoll, I’m pretty sure I’ll need to add a third way, but I’m not sure what to call it other than “gross.”
Mars Hill cited “negative media attention” as the cause of financial difficulties, and announced that it would be consolidating several branches and laying off employees as a result.
Driscoll told church members on August 25 that he would be taking a six-week long leave of absence from his
corporation church, likely due to the negative attention.