Sunday, November 02, 2014

Mars Hill Shuts Down For Good

Relevant Magazine (the Emergent periodical) reported:

Very 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. 

In the meantime, Mars Hill will sell all their existing church properties or allow them to be assumed by the new, independent churches. Mars Hill will also fire all their existing staff and then dissolve entirely. 

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That must've been hard to report for the Emergents, as Mars Hill was a stalwart of the Emergent Church Movement, with Mark Drisoll (head of Mars Hill), being an earlier prominent leader of the ECM.

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:

2Ch 10:6  Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, "How do you counsel me to answer this people?"
2Ch 10:7  They spoke to him, saying, "If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."
 2Ch 10:8  But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him. 

2Ch 10:13  The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders. 
2Ch 10:14  He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions." 
2Ch 10:15  So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of events from God that the LORD might establish His word, which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 

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