Mark Driscoll a Misogynist?

Pastor Driscoll of Seattle’s Mars Hill has been known to create controversy. Author Donald Miller referred to him as ‘the cussing pastor’ in his book “Blue Like Jazz.”

In this story, Driscoll is quoted as saying, “‘We take the Bible as literally true. If the Bible doesn’t forbid something, we believe there’s a lot of freedom in cultural issues.'”

Because they take the Bible as literally true, Mars Hill does not allow women to be pastors (per 1 Timothy 3:1-7)

Driscoll is Scripturally sound on this issue, and predictably some in the Seattle faith community have spoken out against this. Some have called Mars Hill’s stand an ‘injustice’. Whether it is an injustice or not, these folks can open their bibles and read Paul’s first letter to Timothy and find out. It should come as no surprise that this indignation has come from traditions that have ordained women.

While the text refers to head pastors, what about the more modern constructs like youth pastors, worship pastors or any of the variants the visible church has come up with?

Is it biblically sound for a woman to hold one of these positions? What do you think?


8 Responses to Mark Driscoll a Misogynist?

  1. Coops says:

    Does God forbid the title, or the actual role that person is in?

  2. Laz says:

    Well I suppose any layperson can take the title if she/he so chooses.

    I think Paul (writing to Timothy) refers to the office of overseer/pastor. One of the qualifications is that the overseer/pastor is the be the husband of one wife. I don’t see how a woman can be the husband of one wife…

  3. freevolition says:

    No, a woman should not hold the position of pastor. A teacher of children, yes. A pastor, no.

  4. lawnguy1 says:

    get on Driscoll’s church’s website @ Type in the search bar “SPU debate and listen in on his whole argument on this topic. He uses a WHOLE LOT more than just 1 Timothy. Don’t misrepresent; he doesn’t hate women. All you have to do is listen to the series he just finished on the book of Ruth. He upholds women very well.

  5. Laz says:

    lawnguy, I’m not misrepresenting and pretty sure that Driscoll isn’t a misogynist. The title of the post is said tongue-in-cheek, sorry that wasn’t clear.

  6. Laz says:

    free, what about youth pastor? This is not an office explicitly outlined in Scripture…

  7. freevolition says:

    No, not even youth pastor. Only a teacher of children ages 12 and under. You are thinking in the modern day mindset. The Bible must be interpreted in the time that it was written. Boys were considered men at age 13.

  8. laura says:

    Here is a well researched article on this topic that may shed some light

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