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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Acting Like Men? Mark Driscoll Crashes Strange Fire, James MacDonald Watches

Acting Like Men? Mark Driscoll Crashes Strange Fire, James MacDonald Watches
The Strange Fire conference has caused no small stir among charismatics. Leaders of the movement likeMichael Brown have been outspoken about their disapproval of the event in the weeks leading up to it. But so-called 'Reformed Charismatics' have been more silent, yet it is this group that largely should be listening to the truth taught at this conference. They have been silent, that is, until now.

On his way to James MacDonald's "Act Like Men" conference, Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, decided to make a side stop at the Strange Fire Conference. He was not registered for the event, but felt the need to stop and hand out free copies of his own book, A Call to Resurgence.
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Driscoll himself is a continuationist who has declared that "cessationism is worldliness." His apparent "spiritual gift" is what he calls a "gift of discernment" that allows a television screen in his head to reveal to him the filthy and lewd sins of others.

Not long after sending the above tweets, Driscoll would claim that conference security "confiscated" his books:
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Yet, those who witnessed these events firsthand tell a different story. A most trustworthy source would be Mike Riccardi, who serves at Grace Community Church alongside Phil Johnson atGraceLife. Says Riccardi on his Facebook page:
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Cameron Buettel, who maintains the blog The Bottom Line also witnessed this not-so-subtle publicity stunt and added that Driscoll was not alone in his shenanigans:

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The college pastor at Grace Community Church, Austin Duncan, offered this evidence of MacDonald's presence:
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In summary, then, Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald, on their way to teach at a conference entitled, "Act Like Men," pulled off a shameless and tactless publicity stunt in the midst of the important truth that is being shared at the Strange Fire conference. Driscoll then lied on social media about his encounter with conference officials, no doubt further provoking those who stand opposed to the message being relayed at Strange Fire.

There is little doubt that this charade will find its way to the pulpits of Mars Hill Church and Harvest Bible Chapel as a witty and humorous anecdote. Acting like men? Hardly. Perhaps it is not coincidental that these words from the Apostle Paul appear amid his teaching regarding spiritual gifts:
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Corinthians 13:11)
How sad it is when the shepherds of the sheep have not yet given up their own childish ways.