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Driscoll clash at MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference

This shows how controversial and important issues about the Holy Spirit’s work are.

As reported earlier, Mark Driscoll (a continuationist) decided to crash John Macarthur’s Strange Fire conference to pass out his new book defending continuationism.

Subsequently, Driscoll tweeted that his books were confiscated by church security.

However, others who witnessed the event reported the truth:

Mark Driscoll openly lies about what happened at his publicity stunt at Strange Fire.

The director of the conference explained to Driscoll that those who are distributing books have gone through an extensive process and that they’d like him not to distribute them. After continuing to direct attendees to take the books, security offered to help him take the books back to his car. Driscoll insisted multiple times, “No, they’re my gift to Grace Church. I want you to have them.” After insisting that security not help him with the books back to the car, the conference director accepted the gift and brought them to GCC offices.

That’s what happened. Driscoll’s reporting of it in such a way is nothing short of lying, absolutely shameful, and unbefitting of one who would take upon himself the calling of preaching the Truth.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

3 Responses to Driscoll clash at MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference

  1. Dear Scott,

    Those are strong allegations of Mike Riccardi against Pastor Driscoll. I would caution that the nature of such allegations seem quite alarming. I would suggest the following Scripture: “The Lord’s Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth.” II Timothy 2:24-26

    I don’t know what Riccardi intends to accomplish by the original post.

    Warm Regards,
    Todd H.

  2. If I may, I’d like to add another admonishment: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:24-25. I just don’t see that in the post(s) of Mike Riccardi. I don’t know whether he was there at the meeting of Pastor Driscoll and Conference leaders; I don’t know who was (or wasn’t) there. He took a picture which in all probability was evidently taken (at least posted) by Pastor Driscoll.

    I’m not so sure that Christian church/theological communities have been strengthened or properly nurtured by the kinds of posts/thoughts that some have exerted against Driscoll. That is unfortunate. One commenter — apparently on Facebook, proposed that Riccardi’s initial post(s) were “reckless, at best.” Riccardi called Driscoll a liar, and that was (is) an alarming assessment.

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