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« Reply #60 on: February 02, 2016, 11:39:33 pm »

Mark Driscoll Announces Launch of New Church in Arizona

Mark Driscoll, former lead pastor of Mars Hill Church, has announced the launch of a new church in Arizona.
 
The Mars Hill complex dissolved after Driscoll’s well-publicized resignation in Oct. 2014. Driscoll had been accused of bullying, plagiarism, emotional abuse and misuse of church funds.
 
Christian Today reports Driscoll’s new church is named The Trinity Church after his wife’s home church in Seattle. It will be located in Phoenix, though the exact address of the church is currently unknown.
 
Four male pastors will serve as a “wise counsel” to the church. They are Larry Osborne, who served on the board of advisers at Mars Hill, Randal Taylor, Jimmy Evans and Robert Morris. Andy Girton and Brandon Anderson, former members staff member at Mars Hill, have been named associate pastors.
 
According to the church’s website, Driscoll “took over a year off from local pastoral ministry to learn, repent, grow, heal, and meet with many people involved.”
 
It continues, "During this time, Pastor Mark and Grace [Driscoll’s wife] walked with professional and pastoral counsel who have all agreed that they and their children are ready to return to local church ministry with a new season and a new church in the new city of Phoenix."


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« Reply #61 on: February 29, 2016, 11:54:19 pm »

Mark Driscoll accused of racketeering at Mars Hill Church

Two former Mars Hill Church leaders, including pastor Mark Driscoll, are hit with a racketeering lawsuit, accusing them of fraudulently using thousands if not millions of donor money.

Mark Driscoll may have moved on to a new city and a new church, but he faces the sharpest demand yet to account for his actions at Mars Hill Church.

On Monday, four former Mars Hill members filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against Driscoll, charging that the once swaggering pastor fraudulently used thousands if not millions of dollars raised by the church, which once boasted 15 branches in five states with 13,000 visitors on Sundays.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for Western Washington, also names former Mars Hill executive elder John Sutton Turner as a defendant.

A 42-page complaint accuses the two men of raising money for specific purposes and then using the money for other things, including a “scam” designed to make Driscoll a best-selling author.

The racketeering activity was “so deeply embedded, pervasive and continuous, that it was effectively institutionalized as a business practice,” reads the complaint. “A deadly toxin was injected,” it goes on, “ending in the complete destruction of the church.”

That happened in late 2014, when accusations not only of financial improprieties but misogyny, plagiarism and emotional abusiveness led Driscoll to resign and the once mighty church to implode.

Neither Driscoll nor Turner could be reached for comment Monday.

The lawsuit could set an interesting precedent. Brian Fahling, an attorney representing plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea, two married couples, said he knew of only one other lawsuit involving racketeering allegations against religious figures.

“I think megachurches do have to be careful,” said Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Pennsylvania’s Grove City College and avid blogger about the Mars Hill saga. Other wealthy churches could face similar questions about who, exactly, is benefiting from moneys raised, he said.

To prove racketeering, the plaintiffs in the Mars Hill suit need to show an ongoing pattern of wrongful acts during a four-year period specified. Fahling claimed that won’t be a problem. “We’ve got hundred or thousands of activities,” he said, including “every time an email was sent to a donor or something was posted to the website.”


The time period starts in 2011 when, the lawsuit says, Driscoll and Turner used church funds to prop up the pastor’s book “Real Marriage.” The suit cites a contract signed by Turner with a marketing company, which was to arrange for the purchase of 11,000 books so that “Real Marriage” would make the best-seller lists of The New York Times and other newspapers.

The company was to buy the books at their retail price of between $18 and $20, rather than the discounted price, $7, available to Driscoll. In all, the books cost $210,000, and the fee to the marketing company another $25,000, according to the lawsuit.

Around the same time, Mars Hill embarked on a major fundraising effort to support its “global fund,” which was supposed to be used for international missions. By 2014, the fund was taking in $300,000 a month. Yet only a small percentage of the money raised was used internationally, according to the suit.

The complaint quotes an internal memo outlining the strategy of designating a percentage of the global fund for a few “highly visible” projects overseas. “This percentage should be flexible,” the memo said, “and not communicated to the public.”

In addition to Driscoll and Turner, the suit names several alleged co-conspirators not listed as defendants. These include the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and its president, Dan Busby. The Virginia-based group, which accredits Christian groups according to its standards of financial accountability and transparency, gave Mars Hill its blessing, even after questions started surfacing about the global fund.

“ECFA’s accreditation of churches is, at best, a rubber stamp,” the suit alleges. It quotes an internal Mars Hill memo showing that Busby had a 2½-hour meeting with church leaders, during which he said that the church’s response to questions had “100 percent solved the current issue.” (The ECFA referred a reporter to a public-relations representative, who did not return a phone call seeking comment.)


That memo came from Throckmorton, who published portions of it on his blog the morning the suit was filed, showing that new information continues to trickle out despite Mars Hill’s well-chronicled downfall.

The complaint asks for unspecified damages, which would be tripled under racketeering law if the plaintiffs are successful. The Jacobsens, former Mars Hill deacons, contributed more than $90,000 to the church. The Kildeas gave more than $2,700.

What remains to be seen is how all this will affect Driscoll. On Feb. 1, Driscoll announced that he was starting The Trinity Church in Phoenix. He boasted a high-powered group of religious leaders behind him, despite his past in Seattle. It’s a past he refrained from elaborating upon in his announcement video or on his new website, neither of which mention Mars Hill.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mark-driscoll-accused-of-racketeering-at-mars-hill-church/
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« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2016, 01:56:17 pm »

‘Their Path Will Lead to Destruction’: Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll Reveals the 3 Types of Christians He Says Jesus Might Reject

There is only one type of Christian, the born again kind.  Roll Eyes

Pastor Mark Driscoll — who recently planted The Trinity Church in Phoenix, Arizona, a year and a half after resigning from well-known megachurch Mars Hill amid controversy — warned in a blog post this week about the three types of Christians he believes Jesus might reject.

“People tend to be religious by nature, which means they think they can justify themselves in one of three ways,” Driscoll wrote. “First, loosely religious people assume they are living a good enough life and that no spiritual devotion or extra effort is required on their behalf for God to be pleased with them when they stand before God at the end of this life.”

The preacher said that the second group of “secular religious people” might work hard at a social cause and think that they are good people who want to overcome the bad that evil people do in the world. Driscoll then characterized the third group as religious individuals who work hard to keep to the rules and regulations of a faith “in an effort to justify themselves as good and obedient people in the sight of God.”

Driscoll went on to note that Jesus said in the Bible that there is truly no middle ground when it comes to having faith in him.

“People either will or will not respond to his words in faith. For those who respond, his words will lead to life, produce good fruit, and a sturdy foundation,” Driscoll wrote. “For those who don’t, their path will lead to ‘destruction,’ they will be ‘cut down and thrown into the fire,’ and excluded from heaven.”

He continued, “In Matthew 7:21–23, Jesus rebukes false disciples who assume their relationship with Jesus was based upon what they did for him rather than what he did for them.”

Those verses read, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

Throughout the remainder of the text, Driscoll warns Christians to look out for false prophets, the biblical meaning of justification and his claim that “you cannot meet Jesus without changing.”

“The Bible teaches that unjust sinners can be declared just or righteous in God’s sight by being justified, or obtaining justification (Rom. 2:13; 3:20). This legal term appears some 222 times in various forms throughout the New Testament,” Driscoll explained. “‘Justification’ refers to a double transaction whereby God takes away our sinful unrighteousness through Jesus’ substitutionary death in our place on the cross and imputes to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ, thereby giving us positive righteousness.”

The pastor said that it is essential yo change if one wishes to one day meet, though he said that one must be careful not to wage judgements.

“My point in this is not to give you a gavel by which to go around pronouncing judgment on others,” Driscoll concluded. “But rather, for each of us to examine our own life to see if we have truly met Jesus and if so how he has changed us.”

Read his piece in its entirety here.

As TheBlaze has reported, Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill Church in late 2014 after a string of controversies.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/03/their-path-will-lead-to-destruction-former-mars-hill-pastor-mark-driscoll-reveals-the-3-types-of-christians-he-says-jesus-might-reject/
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« Reply #63 on: June 20, 2016, 07:46:48 pm »

Mark Driscoll Files Motion to Dismiss Abuse of Power, Mismanagement of Funds Lawsuit

 Mark Driscoll, former pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, has filed a motion aimed at putting to rest the lawsuit against him by Mars Hill Church members.
 
As ChristianHeadlines.com previously reported, Driscoll has been accused by a number of Mars Hill Church members of mismanaging funds. Other allegations against Driscoll include racketeering, plagiarism, and abuse of power.
 
Driscoll has called these allegations “false and malicious,” and is now calling for their complete dismissal, according to blogger Warren Throckmorton at Patheos.com.
 
Driscoll, along with fellow accused church leader Sutton Turner, has called for the lawsuit to be dismissed because the plaintiffs did not pursue their allegations, and it has now been more than 90 days.
 
Driscoll says his whereabouts are well-known and the Mars Hill Church members could have pursued the case had they wanted to.
 
Driscoll now resides in Arizona and is preparing to launch a new church, The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, outside of Phoenix. The church’s first service is scheduled for August 7, although an unofficial service and meet and greet was held on Easter Sunday.

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« Reply #64 on: August 09, 2016, 11:52:12 am »

Mark Driscoll Officially Launches New Church in Arizona

 Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has officially launched a new church in Scottsdale, Arizona.
 
Patheos.com blogger Warren Throckmorton reports that Driscoll’s new church, The Trinity Church, is just outside of Phoenix.
 
Although Driscoll had conducted an Easter service at the church, last Sunday, August 7, marked the official launch of the church.
 
Driscoll moved to Arizona to plant the church after he was forced to resign from his position as senior pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Driscoll had been accused of plagiarism, abuse of power, and racketeering.
 
Throckmorton reports that, although Driscoll had initially agreed to a plan of restoration at Mars Hill, he later alleged that a trap had been set for him and that God wanted him to plant a church elsewhere.
 
There were reportedly 162 cars in The Trinity Church’s parking lot for the church’s first service at 9 a.m. and 170 cars there for the church’s second service at 10:45 a.m.

 Churchgoers were not the only people present, however.
 
A reporter from Seattle was on the seen, and said that he had asked to speak with Driscoll but was denied.
 
There was also a protester who held a sign that accused Driscoll of being power-hungry.

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