ery big, very unexpected news out of Mars Hill today. Following the sudden, surprise resignation of famously controversial pastor Mark Driscoll, the massive, multisite church he founded will dissolve over the next two months. Each of the 13 churches that comprised Mars Hills' empire will either go their own way, merge with another church or close their doors for good.
I wonder then, if Steve Tompkins, pastor of Mars Hill- Shoreline, will finally see that Mars Hill is NOT of God. He said in his open letter of repentance, that he thought that God was working inside Mars Hill, thus believing it was a church Jesus built. My contention with his letter was this very view. Mars Hill and the ECM was built not on truth, but on pragmatic rebellion against what the youngsters thought was "old" and not hip and exciting enough.
The fact that it was never built upon Truth and a LOVE FOR the Truth, shows that Mars Hill was never founded by Christ Jesus. They hated the unchangeable message and means that the Lord Jesus Christ set forth to save and sanctify His elect from the world: preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and calling people to holy living, separated from the world of darkness, and submit to the Lordship of the Lord and to do things in a biblical, orderly manner inside the church. Instead they wanted to BE the world "in order to" win the world. They wanted to be fleshly and worldly while being religious--the very thing the Pharisees did and were condemned for. Slapping the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ onto that which is carnal is treating Him with dishonor and disrespect.
That's what happens when leaders disregard the godly counsel of godly elders and instead look to their own peers: