MARS HILL: THE SAME OLD INTOLERANT, FUNDAMENTALIST WOLF DRESSED IN A WOOL HIPSTER OUTFIT.
I was raised in a Jehovah's Witness environment. I was involved in the church into my twenties and my father was and is a pastor in that religion--thus can say with conviction (pun intended) that this shit is the EXACT same fundamentalist, manipulative, small-minded rhetoric. The mention of the Mars Hill Kids development resonated particularly with me, as I will deal with (essentially) the same psychological triggers mentioned in this story for the rest of my life--when planted during infancy, as Driscoll talked about, oh yes, they get planted THAT deep. It is something NO LOVING PARENT would ever burden their child with. Period.
It begs to be shouted: this is the SAME sick strategy Jehovah's Witnesses use! THE SAME! The misogyny, the intolerance, the threats, the social punishment--not even Driscoll's pathetic methods are original!!! More importantly, though, they defy ALL of Jesus Christ's teachings, and that is the most sickening of all. Wanna talk about the "authority of the church" in this context? It is astoundingly anti-christian. READ MATTHEW 23:27. READ MATTHEW 7:3.
P.S. @Vertex (& all defending this church and thinking that this is how "Christians" act)- Not only are you *NOT* acting like Christ did, but you are all morons, as well. Yes, as in stupid, unintelligent. Think I'm attacking you Ad hominem? Think again (if you have the capability)! It's empirical: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/201…
Read it if you can manage it.
Here's a taster: "Lower levels of abstract reasoning also predicted greater right-wing authoritarianism, which in turn predicted elevated prejudice against homosexuals [amongst other groups]. Independent of these effects, there was a simultaneous indirect effect through increased intergroup contact: Individuals who had a greater capacity for abstract reasoning experienced more contact with out-groups, and more contact predicted less prejudice."
You are, indeed, as Jesus called it, whitewashed graves... of the soul and the mind.
Amen, brothers and sisters!