Hoping that "the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored," the notable Acts 29 church planting network founded by Mark Driscoll has removed the Seattle pastor and his Mars Hill megachurch from membership.
â€śIt is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network,â€ť said Acts 29 in an online statement signed by Matt Chandler and other board members of the network of 500 churches.
Acts 29 came to the drastic decision "with deep sorrow," according to the statement. "In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored."...
There are those who like to sit in the high places, places of honor, places of status. They like to line their pockets with the gold from the church. They don't like to associate with the lowly. They are impersonal with other believers and require the use of titles and formalities. They like image and branding. There are Christians who claim that they love the brethren, but their actions speak otherwise. The love of the brethren inside the church should also exist within the teaching ministry (seminary) of the church. Love destroys fear and fear destroys love.
Current leadership is not operating in a spirit of Christian love but power leadership and fear tactics--it is time for the Trustee board to reconsider the nomination of its current president. Taking a young immature PHD two years out of seminary & putting him in charge of a seminary is a crime, and is destroying this seminary. May God have mercy on MBTS.