Mark Driscoll, founding and senior pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, has dealt with controversy surrounding his ministry since planting Mars Hill Church in 1996 and then Trinity Church in 2016.
Driscoll, who has been accused of bullying staff members, elders, church leaders, and congregants throughout his years of ministry, has never hesitated to tell it as he sees it—even sometimes screaming it in his sermons.
This time, the world of social media took issue with Driscoll. TikTok temporarily banned him from posting on their platform for, according to him, arguing that men cannot bear children. The video appears to have been removed from the platform.
“What happens on TikTok when you say that men can’t have babies,” Driscoll tweeted alongside an image of his TikTok account status, which indicated that he had been temporarily prevented from posting due to “multiple violations” of TikTok’s community guidelines.
Driscoll followed up his comments with the Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
TikTok warned the pastor that if he receives another violation, it could result in his account being restricted to view-only mode.
“Resistance often means you’re on to something,” Driscoll wrote in reply to a follower’s comment.
The Arizona pastor leads Trinity Church’s “Real Men” group, which meets for two hours every Wednesday. According to the church’s website, the group consists of men from the church who “come together to build each other up to be more like the true real man, Jesus Christ.”
In one of Driscoll’s latest Instagram posts, he shared that the group is starting a 9-week series titled “Real Men: ACT LIKE A MAN.”
“In a world void of strong men and fathers, we want to build you up to bless women and children, and transform legacies for generations to come,” the description reads.
“At ‘Real Men: ACT LIKE A MAN’, I will take you through exactly what the namesake says; how to act like a man,” Driscoll explains.