"Not only are those who do not hold to Calvinism seen as rejecting the true gospel, but those who are not complementarian are also seen as holding to a belief that rejects the true “complementarian” gospel which keeps women in their “proper” place. Like many New Calvinists, Driscoll advocates traditional gender roles, called “complementarianism” in theological parlance." (W I M)
Driscoll's preaching has the flavour of something I don't like about it. It is aggressive, authoritarian, he doesn't like being questioned and his hot-topic is the feminisation of the church and what should be done about it.
There is hope for Driscoll though, as there is for us all. Driscoll is aware of his faults. He says:
Will we see a meeker man? Emmm. Not sure.
I believe that humility is the great omission and failure in my eleven years of preaching. I believe that this is my greatest oversight both in my example and in my instruction.
I therefore do not claim to be humble. I do not claim to have been humble. I am convicted of my pride, and I am a man who is by God’s grace pursuing humility....And so I’ll start by asking your forgiveness and sincerely acknowledging that this has been a great failure.
And so maybe the lesson for me here is to not worry too much about Driscoll but to admit that we are in process, in the making, pursuing by God's grace, humility. Should we expect our pastors, preachers etc to be further along? Again, not sure.
The Americans reflect self-consciously on their breeding of celeb Christians. Does Britain have celeb Christians? Perhaps. Nicky Gumbel will preach and teach at St John's on Thursday 22nd January. I expect though, he'll be quite different to Driscoll. I have met the year 2000 version Gumbel through those famous Alpha DVDs. I wonder if he'll be slightly different, 8 years older.
Mark Driscoll's apology