A Facebook group of former Mars Hill members has sprung up, with the mission statement to out the
cult church’s completely fucking batcrackers practices and teachings under known-crazyperson Mark Driscoll.
From the page:
Pastor Mark Driscoll lamented that he’s confused and unsure how to reconcile with people who were “hurt” by his actions because they are “anonymous.”
"If I’m real honest with you, at first it was just a little overwhelming and a bit confusing. We, and I were not exactly sure what was happening and so it took a little while to sort that out…As well, one of the things that has been complex is the fact that a lot of the people that we are dealing with in this season remain anonymous. And so we don’t know how to reconcile, or how to work things out with, with people because we’re not entirely sure who they are, and so that has, that has made things a little more complex and difficult as well.”
_____________________, This page exists for those who wish to lovingly help Pastor Mark by letting him know that they are not “anonymous.”
Well, at least they’re being loving.
However, not everyone on the page is super into the idea of confronting Mark.
I kinda want to be anonymous. I ducked out from leadership on a technicality and I left and never looked back. Mars Hill is more of a para-church organization than a church and would be better suited if it labeled itself as such. This para-church org. is all about saving doods then throwing them in fight club. People get hurt while fighting, but some dudes get tougher. This is what the navy seal Christians need, I just don’t think it works in a diverse group which is the church where there are ladies and disabled folk. Alpha dog rules the crew, either put up or shut up.
"Where there are ladies and disabled folk.”
Still others seem to be finding the group cathartic — and not just because of the actions of Mark Driscoll directly.
The biggest mistake in my life was reaching out to Clifford Low in regards to my marriage. He gave the most damaging advice ever and instead of listening to Holy Spirit and my intuition I stayed and absorbed it. I was told I was irrational, controlling, and manipulating what the Holy Spirit was telling me. Turns out, everything I brought forward did happen exactly as I tried telling them it would. The pastors at MH Federal Way/Tacoma have thrown countless women with children under the bus if they didn’t obey “their authority.” Pastor Aaron Gray straight out told me to leave the church when his plan wasn’t feasable for my life, then lied about the conversation to CG leaders. Pastor Bubba is more concerned with “feel-good” stories to tell on Sunday morning then with the issues at hand. I left Mars Hill when I was told to and the pain was heartbreaking.
The stories of misogyny are pretty heartbreaking:
Marriage is not about control over a possession, and when I cried out for help MH silenced me. A wound that infected the course of my life for years to come. It effectively destroyed my marriage and sent me spinning out of control looking for value.
The whole thing is chilling and weird and yucky and saddening. But the most upsetting stories out of MHC are still the ones people are volunteering on their own, like this one, which is really, really hard to read.
We hope people continue to speak up and to leave Mars Hill. It’s a sickening, insidious force in the Seattle area. We should be too smart for this.