Dom posted about this yesterday—someone who had an affair with a fellow congregant at Mars Hill reportedly had to sign a contract.
But when you read the terms of the contract, according to the blog Matthew Paul Turner, the folks at Mars Hill looks less to me like congregants than cultists:
Andrew will write out in detail his sexual and emotional attachment history with women and share it with XXX.
Andrew will write out in detail the chronology of events and sexual/emotional sin with K and share it with XXX and Pastor X.
Andrew will write out a list of all people he has sinned against during this timeframe, either by sexual/emotional sin, lying or deceiving, share it with XXX and develop a plan to confess sin and ask for forgiveness
It's fine if people want to be Christian or any other kind of religious: your faith is your faith and none of my businesses.
But submitting to this kind of public shaming and ritual humiliation—a Christian version of the early Maoist self-criticism and struggle sessions—is ridiculous. It's infantile. Nobody on the planet deserves that kind of submission. (Maybe God does, if you believe in that kind of thing. But certainly not a fellow human being.)
And any leader, religious or secular, who relies on this kind of tactic as a control strategy is—to use one of Pastor Driscoll's favorite words—perverse.