Mark Driscoll is controversial, to say the least. As the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA, Driscoll transformed a small group of “broke, newly converted, single indie rockers” into a megachurch that reaches more than 19,000 people every Sunday. And although he lives in one of America’s most antireligious cities, he never shies away from discussing hot-button issues like sex, pornography, false doctrine, identity, drugs, homosexuality, and more.
Driscoll’s new book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? argues that, while the number of true Christians continues to shrink, the animosity between believers continues to grow.
“Christendom is Dead”
Driscoll’s book opens with a chapter titled, “Christendom is Dead: Welcome to the United States of Seattle.” According to Driscoll, “. . . many of those presumed to be Christians do not possess true faith. Rather, in the world of post-Christendom, true Christian belief has been replaced with a borrowed faith, a lost faith, or no faith at all.”
Driscoll then plows through a sleuth of modern social issues, claiming that we’re living in a post-Christian culture, one that is fundamentally at odds with Jesus. Driscoll argues that Christians are not only the minority, but they’ve made things worse by segregating themselves into even smaller, exclusive groups focused on launching virtual attacks against those whose theology differs from their own.
In being so open with his opinions, Driscoll doesn’t just expect criticism, he invites it: “If you’re reading this book, most likely you’re an evangelical Christian (or one of my critics looking for rocks to throw, which I have piled for your convenience).”
If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, here’s an excerpt from his A Call to Resurgence:
“For those Christians concerned that culture is trending more hostile to the faith, I assure you after two decades on the front line that this is not a time of retreat but rather resurgence. This is not a time for compromise but rather courage. The fields are ripe. And as Jesus says, ‘the laborers are few’—in part because the prophets of doom are many. I’m frankly sick of all the books and movies trying to predict when Jesus will return and we’ll get to start our eternal vacation at his all-inclusive resort called heaven. I’m also sick of the nerd parade of books and conferences that approach the Bible like scholars whose mission is to get their master’s rather than soldiers who are on mission with their Master.
We’ve got work to do. There are lost people to reach, churches to plant, and nations to evangelize. Hell is hot, forever is a long time, and it’s our turn to stop making a dent and start making a difference. This is no time to trade in boots for flip-flops. The days are darker, which means our resolve must be stronger and our convictions clearer.”
A Call to Resurgence
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