I thank God for the way he has used Mark Driscoll.

A few years ago I was in a meeting with a number of guys who either have planted a church or were going to plant one in Sydney. We went around the room and shared what was the inspiration behind us planting a church and Driscoll, in different ways and to different extents, inspired us all to plant a church.

Through Driscoll’s preaching and writing he inspired a generation of young men to plant churches, adopt Reformed Theology and grow up. Whether you agree with everything he says or not, if you are a christian, you have to admit that God used him powerfully to shape a lot of lives for his glory!

God used Driscoll’s preaching to invigorate many young men who were bored with Christianity and church and make them passionate for Jesus again. And through his preaching he saw thousands of people become Christians.

God has used Driscoll powerfully and I hope he will continue to use him powerfully in the future.

But this whole situation has left me heartbroken.

It breaks my heart to hear of a brother in Christ and a fellow minister of the gospel doing some of the things that Driscoll did.

It breaks my heart that another prominent Christian pastor has fallen from grace.

It breaks my heart that some Christians are rejoicing in this situation.

It breaks my heart that an unbelieving world is seeing the church of Jesus’ dirty laundry being aired for all to see.

It breaks my heart to think of Driscoll’s children and how this may be adversely effecting them.

It breaks my heart that the character of God and the gospel has been brought into question

And yet I remain hopeful.

I remain hopeful that the grace of God can reign in Mark Driscoll’s life, his family and his church and he can repent where he needs to and that God will use this season to shape Driscoll into the man he wants him to be.

I remain hopeful because the same Gospel that Driscoll so powerfully preached is still true, it still saves and sanctfies and through the gospel, God is powerfully working in large and small churches right across the world to call people to know and love and serve him.

I remain hopeful because even though Driscoll has stepped down for a season God is still on his throne reigning and ruling.

I remain hopeful because the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes. (Daniel 5:21) This whole situation hasn’t taken God by surprise in fact he is sovereign over it!

I remain hopeful that some how and in some way God will be glorified through all this because he works all things for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)

I am heartbroken and I am praying for our brother in Christ whose ministry has profoundly impacted me but I am hopeful because we serve a God gives hope to those who need it!

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