Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Driscoll: Jesus The Comedian In A Bible Full of Comedy

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Tit 1:15  To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled16  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. 

The impurity toward Jesus Christ and Scripture isn't in Driscoll's past. Its apparent even in May 2013. I came across this today while looking for something else. 

Is it any wonder that God has started to judge this man?


Humor is a very serious thing. It’s a part of the Bible that is often overlooked, in large part because theologians are not the life of any party.

Comedy and related themes run throughout the Bible. The word “joy” and its derivatives appear roughly 200 times in our English Bible. The word “laugh” and its derivatives appear roughly 40 times.

However, the Bible includes humor of various kinds, from situational comedy to satire, sarcasm, and irony. Entire books of the Bible such as Amos are comedic satire.

But Jesus was funny. This fact is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Jesus’ entire earthly ministry.

Our inability to see Jesus as funny is not rooted in the pages of Scripture, but rather in the way Jesus has been portrayed in many popular films.

In the end, Jesus was murdered. This was because he offended a lot of people. Many of them were most offended because they were the butt of his jokes. However, as Jesus says, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Since we are all goofy sinners whose self-righteousness is a joke, the only way to not be offended by Jesus and to laugh at ourselves is to live a life of continual repentance.

Jesus’ most stinging humor, however, was reserved for the religious types, especially the Pharisees. Jesus called them a bag of snakes, and said that their moms had shagged the devil, their father . While those who suffered under their judgmentalism likely had more than a few good laughs when Jesus lampooned them, they of course did not think it was funny because apart from repentance, sinners are no fun at all.
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Notice that he was teaching and notorious Emergent Catalyst conference---he started out as an Emergent Church Movement leader.
Notice also, his low regard for Scripture, treating God's VERY WORDS as humorous and trivial. 
Notice Driscoll's lack of fear of the Living God who is HOLY HOLY HOLY (Rom. 3).
Notice how Driscoll reduces sinners to merely "goofiness", not total corrupt offense toward the HOLY God of Israel.
Notice his immaturity at wanting the Bible to be about jokes.

God does not take His own Word lightly. Jesus wasn't going around telling jokes and getting a laugh at the expense of others. He was on a mission to preach the Gospel and then die on behalf of the elect. There wasn't time to be so frivolous as Driscoll claims. Preaching the Gospel and dying for the elect are weighty things, not light matters. It is unbelievable to me that anyone serious about Scripture would count Driscoll to be qualified as a Christian and as a teacher. He clearly has no fear of God in his impure, wicked eyes. The approval of this man by so many is actually far more revealing about them than it is about Driscoll.

2Ti 4:5  As for you, always be sober-minded

Tit 2:1  But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2  Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 

Eph 5:3  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Col. 4: 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Eph. 4: 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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