What seemed most offensive to many evangelicals was “William Wallace II’s” potty mouth, not his underlying view of women, which is apparent in many of Driscoll’s public comments and teaching.
Driscoll’s misogyny went largely unchecked, and in the end was not the cited cause of his downfall.
His defenders also characterize his vague apologies — only proffered when his livelihood was on the line — as repentance for his misogyny.
By any basic understanding of Christian repentance, they aren’t.
Driscoll brings with him half a million Twitter followers and status as a New York Times best-selling author, but also a long history of sexism and outright misogyny.
Driscoll was the shock jock of American evangelicalism, never far from a controversy. and the 40 percent that are dudes are still sort of chicks.” Driscoll went on to write in a booklet on church leadership that women were unfit for church leadership “because they are more gullible and easier to deceive than men” and warned anyone upset by this statement to not “get all emotional like a woman.” Also in 2007, Driscoll preached a sermon with the following story: “A woman at Driscoll’s church told him, ‘My husband has always wanted [oral sex] but I’ve refused to.’ I said, ‘So go home and tell your husband that you were in a Bible study today and that God has convicted you of sin. And tell him that Jesus Christ demands you to do so.’ ” It’s also been noted that Driscoll likes to invoke the Bible to tell women to “serve” their husbands with oral sex, but has no such teaching for men.
) But Pastor Mark continues to grow a devoted and impassioned following, which means thousands of couples around the world will be looking to his new book, which he co-authored with his wife Grace, for advice.
He asked his Facebook followers to share their stories about “the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you have ever witnessed.” In 2012, Driscoll went on a sexist rant in an interview with a British radio host who was married to a female pastor.Others project their insecurities and obsessions onto their followers and demand that everyone look just like them.Very few manage to remain humble, honest, and brave in the face of our unrealistic expectations.Patheos, which attracts 15 million page views per month, advertises itself as “the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion.” A representative for Patheos declined to comment on why it decided to prominently promote Driscoll, and Driscoll did not respond to repeated inquiries.Many evangelicals were horrified when Driscoll’s postings on a Mars Hill discussion board (using the pseudonym William Wallace II) from 2001 were discovered and published by Christian writer and blogger Matthew Paul Turner in 2014.One shudders to think of the abuse suffered by what wives, daughters and other women in the lives of men who follow Driscoll’s teachings have endured. “His abuse and misogyny wasn’t just affecting the women who walked into his office or worked for the church.