Houston pressed for more understanding as to his beliefs. Driscoll gave a brief explanation saying he believes in male-governance with male and female ministry. Driscoll believes the man should govern the home as a loving, humble, sacrificial, Christ-like leader who complements his wife and in the church men should govern, teach and serve as elders. However, he also wants to help nourish his daughter and women to lead in their gifts as godly women.
The media has not spared words for Driscoll and Houston asked him if he is or ever was misogynist as the media has pointed out. Driscoll replied by saying, “No, but because of things I’ve said foolishly that impression was entirely my fault. And I have no one to blame but myself.”
He said he has a passion to see young men grow up and take responsibility, which he sometimes communicated in a way that demeaned women. He hopes to change that moving forward.
Grace jumped in to add she has never seen him as a misogynist. She said his methods were wrong, but she knows his heart was right.
Resigning from Mars Hill
The most emotional moment of the interview for the Driscolls was their recounting of the moment of their resignation. Driscoll had invited the board to examine him and his leadership to which they concluded he was prideful, angry and domineering, but they didn’t see anything disqualifying his leadership. The board decided on a break to heal and then his return in a few months. However, shortly after that conversation, God spoke to both Mark and Grace individually.
Tears flowed as they shared God had told them “they were released from Mars Hill.” Driscoll went on to say that God impressed on his heart that a trap had been set and there was no way to return to leadership. After praying and seeking wise council, they submitted their resignation.
There was much grief in losing the church and the people. Driscoll shared it was a great honor to be their pastor and see 10,000 people baptized, many get married and have children. Sadly, there are many hurt Mars Hill people that no longer attend church, which is heartbreaking for the Driscolls.
In his closing remarks, Driscoll shared how grateful he is for the 18 years of being a pastor and teaching the Bible and how thankful he is for his wife who is his best friend. They don’t know what’s next, but want to stay close to Jesus and to each other. He hopes to teach the Bible again someday, but wants to wait and learn and not prove himself.
Brian closed by offering encouragement and humble advice to make sure Driscoll has done all he can with restitution.
“Good endings help good beginnings. Be sure you really have done all you can to heal people, the past and heal up yourselves. And, stay with good council like you are and move into all God’s got ahead for you. I’m a great believer that the best is yet to come. And I’d like to speak that over both of your lives. I pray in Jesus’ name that the best is yet to come in every way.”
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