Monday, August 25, 2014

"Traddies," the Sixties, and the shaming of an evangelical

  • "Traddie." I knew coming back into the church I'd have to identify as a kind of traddie, which is fine but it's not my whole identity, because this enterprise isn't mainly about me.
  • The Sixties and religion.
  • Mark Driscoll. Buck the elite in this country and watch the accusations fly. Not that there aren't bullies and other scoundrels pretending to be martyrs. What I wonder is if this stuff breaks most evangelicals; how willing they are to be shamed. They got Driscoll to apologize. Extra credit: in the '70s, which side, the left or the right, loved and enabled Jim Jones?


  1. I think Driscoll is a narcissistic bully who should never EVER have become a pastor. His churchy empire is a cult -- much like CJ Mahaney's Sovereign Grace Ministries, which is also in the process of imploding right now.

    I hang out at several evangelical "discernment blogs," which frequently discuss Driscoll, Mahaney, and other fundagelical cult leaders. I take these blogs with a grain of salt -- the regulars often overreact against authoritarianism by veering into liberalism -- but they make some good points about the current evangelical landscape. The problem is that these critics of evangelical cultism have no good solutions, because the problem is inherent in the Protestant enterprise itself: If you combine Sola Scriptura with private interpretation -- and if you pointedly reject the magisterium -- then you open the door to self-appointed power-hungry sheep-fleecing "super-popes."

    I mean, yeah, Driscoll's a mean, nasty bully, but so was Calvin, the founder of Driscoll's theology. It goes with the territory: Once you reject the real pope, then the most persuasive, charismatic bullies can set themselves up as pseudo-popes -- unchecked by Tradition, unchecked by a Magisterium -- with disastrous results.

    Sheer Social Darwinism.

    I have a friend who attends a Mahaney-affiliated church in Charlotte. I feel badly for her and for all the sheeple who have drunk the Kool-Aid.

    And speaking of kool-aid: I will hazard a guess: It was the Left who loved Jim Jones, right? :)

  2. Driscoll is a nasty piece of work, and it's timely and hardly surprising that it has finally caught up with him.


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