A Petition To Stop Mark Driscoll From Speaking At Liberty University
First of all let me just say this is ridiculous. On the one hand you have that bastion of ignorance and fundamentalism, Liberty University, founded by one of the most bigoted idiotic men of the twentieth century, Jerry Falwell; and on the other, the cult like stylings and stupidity of Mark Driscoll. So there’s really no where to go but down.
Matthew Paul Turner was the first to blog on this–I think–noting that Driscoll, along with his wife Grace, were scheduled to perform their “Real Marriage” skit at Liberty on April 20 and 21.
Want to know Driscoll’s views on sex and husbandly authority? Vorjack from Unreasonable Faith sums it up quite nicely
Driscoll is a big fan of sex, so long as it’s heterosexual married sex and the women folk remember to be responsive, submissive and don’t get any ideas above their God appointed station.
He’s a patriarch. Respect his authority and he’s fine. Reject his authority – by, for example, having differing opinions – and he’ll f’ck you up.
Yep… unfortunately that’s pretty much it.
But this story gets stranger. There is also a blogger who goes by the handle Sophia at Mars Hill Refuge, which is a blog for recovering members of Mars Hill who has started an online petition to keep Driscoll from LU.
So to raise curiosity about a problem (emotional and spiritual devastation coming out of Mars Hill church) that we have seen for years in our community and now spreading nationwide as Driscoll’s fame and Acts 29 church network grows, we need to spark curiosity about what is happening behind the scenes. If demand is created then news outlets will cover these devastating stories of people who were once on the inner circle of Mars Hill church. Since Driscoll is a national bestseller and getting lots of media attention we decided to petition Liberty University to rescind their invite for Driscoll to speak on their campus on April 20th. We think that would get the conservatives and fundamentalists engaged as well. Once the truth is brought to light then healing can begin, as any survivor will tell you.
So to “raise curiosity” about the problems coming out of Mar’s Hill did Sophia highlight that Mark Driscoll is a bully? A demon-worshiper? Incredibly non-discerning? A terrible scholar and liar? A seriously disturbed and mentally ill delusional pervert?
No, Sophia went with the anal sex bomb. From the petition
How would your founder Jerry Falwell respond to a preacher who taught this in his writing and speaking?
“In conjunction with the rhythm method of birth control, it is possible to use anal sex as an option.”  Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll, p 186
How would Jerry Falwell respond? I’m guessing if he wasn’t already dead that sentence alone would have killed him!
But, unfortunately, there is more. Sophia also dropped Driscoll’s views on oral sex
“Jesus Christ commands you to [perform oral sex on your husband]….What I would say to you as well, ladies, I probably shouldn’t, that most of your husbands wake up in the morning with an erection, and so rather than setting the alarm, if this was the way that you helped to awaken them, they would have a great day. Amen? I’m actually saying these things. Some of you are sitting here going, “Is this happening? Is this really happening?” Yes it is. [Laughter from audience.]…And he says that, “Your vagina is a garden.” It has wonderful smells and it has wonderful tastes. It’s a garden. . . . He talks about how much he loves her vagina. Many women feel awkward about this. The husband needs to tell the wife, “It’s beautiful. It tastes well. It smells well. You keep yourself well. I enjoy it. It’s a garden to me.”  Mark Driscoll – “Sex, a Study of the Good Bits from Song of Solomon” preached in Edinburgh, Scotland on a Sunday morning [at a 12:00 service] on November 18, 2007 http://www.destinyedinburgh.com/Sermons/Sex,_a_study_of_the_good_bits_from_Song_of_Solomon.aspx
Hmmmm… the blowjob alarm clock? Driscoll might be on to something here…
Anyways, if this story is not already the most ridiculous thing you could read today–misogynistic Mark going Liberty U to teach on marriage, I mean, that just about makes my brain break at the lunacy–there is yet another wrinkle.
Another blogger, Peter Lumpkins attempted to stir the pot by “reporting” that the board of trustees had decided Driscoll was not welcome
Sources say trustees took a vote, and the vote was unanimous indicating that Mark Driscoll is not welcome at Liberty University. In addition to Driscoll’s “potty mouth” approach to pulpit etiquette playing a role in their decision, his “Reformed” theology, Acts 29 Network, and the provocative hedonistic understanding of a___ s__ came up as well … Trustees were apparently flabbergasted that Driscoll was considered for an invitation in the first place.
When someone can’t write the words “anal sex” in a report I think we know what kind of mindset we’re dealing with. Furthermore, it appears that Lumpkins entire “report” was anal excretions!
The Liberty University website is denying this claim:
On April 4, 2012, a Southern Baptist blogger, Peter Lumpkins, wrote an innacurate account of Liberty’s recent Board of Trustees meeting as it relates to the university’s invitation to Mark Driscoll to speak in Convocation. Lumpkin’s recent blog contains information that is defamatory and portrays Liberty University in a false light.
The Board of Trustees of Liberty University did not vote unanimously that Mark Driscoll is not welcome on campus, as the blog states, and, in fact, Mark Driscoll is still scheduled to speak in Convocation at Liberty University on April 20, 2012.
So there you have it, and like I said it could only go downhill… a veritable Rabbit’s hole of stupidity involving Driscoll, LU, Christian bloggers, and ridiculous petitions. Driscoll is not scheduled to be at LU until April 20th. My guess is that we will see some more shenanigans before that date comes.