Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mark Driscoll on Humility

This is a clip of our pastor Mark Driscoll publicly apologizing for his pride. He said that humility has been his most serious omission in ministry and he regrets the way his bad example has led many others in our church into sinful pride. I so respect that courage, honesty, and genuine-looking repentance.


RikFleming said...

On Sunday we had a visiting pastor who preached on pride/egotism from Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things the Lord hates... A proud look..."

It cut to the heart.

I find that seminaries produce good teachers, good expositors, good theologians but very poor shepherds and lousy examples of Christ. The cheif sin in myself and fellow students on campus was pride and a lack of humility.

But God has broken me and continues to do so by taking me back to the cross and then healing me in the resurrection.

It is a painful process of chastisement, but in this too I know He loves me (Hebrews 12:6).

Thanks MR for introducing me to MD, he is an example in his confession of sin as well... may the church have more pastors like him!


Anonymous said...

"True repentance"?


MR said...


You are right to question those words because I can't know anyone else's heart. His repentance LOOKS genuine to me, so I changed "true" to "genuine-looking".

Learner Man said...

Hmmm, I don't know that we can even begin to question whether or not his repentance was true. It is between him and God, and the people he shepherds.

He has seen the error of his ways and has made a declaration infront of those he is accountable before God for. He is set to lose much if his repentance is not genuine because people will see this. However we all need grace to allow the repentance of our hearts work in our lives.

I think it sad that his sincerity is questioned when he is living his life out before God and his church. It should be our goal to see him encouraged and supported to walk out his repentance instead of looking out for him to potentially mess up.

I wish him all the best in his desire to deal with this issue. I hope he finds it easier than I do to lay aside my weaknesses.

Learner man

MR said...

Learner man,

I fully agree that "it should be our goal to see him encouraged and supported to walk out his repentance instead of looking out for him to potentially mess up." Questioning his sincerity does NOT do that.

We need to have the attitude of "How can I help him succeed in repentance?" That is the attitude my friends have when they help me the most.

MR said...

What I should question is my OWN previous use of the word "true". I can't know his heart, so I should have said that his repentance LOOKED true.

Anonymous said...

"Repentance" almost two years later.

Further thoughts:

MR said...


Your link seemed to indicate that Driscoll is continuing to hurt people by being rough in his words.

Do you think the problem is his humor where he pokes fun at many categories of people? Humor is always difficult for me to evaluate because I am a naturally serious person who won't "get" some jokes.