My personal opinion is that In resigning, Mark Driscoll has really made an enormous mistake.
1. Did Mark Driscoll use church money, without church approval, to further his books? It certainly seems that he used his OWN money. If that is right, it is NONE OF ANYONE’S BUSINESS. To be sure, inflating the sales of your book is in extremely poor form, and certainly unbecoming of a pastor of Driscoll’s heft. I was dismayed to hear of it. I am twice as dismayed to realise that appearing on a newspaper’s list of bestsellers was such a priority.
But one must ask oneself: has this caused harm to God’s work, or caused a fellow believer to stumble?
2. Driscoll is candid about having quoted other authors, without explicitly noting the quotations. He is actually good friends with them, and they don’t seem to be yelling about being ‘plagarised’. This is a potentially unpleasant situation, if there is a formal accusation from the original authors. There seems to be none!
As for ‘ghost writing’, oh, come on, do you think that all the books written by the world’s luminaries are personally written? Of course not. Are their transcribers/ghost writers credited? Of course not!
3. Does Mark Driscoll have a massive problem with anger? Has he struck anyone? Has he caused grave damage to anyone’s person? Is his anger a cause of fear or even trepidation? Is the fear of his anger, yelling, conduct complicating the peaceful business of the ministry or the resolution of issues? If the answers are a ‘yes’ to any of these questions,the church must immediately convene at the the appropriate levels, seek the details, hear ALL parties out completely, engage Driscoll in a specific, ordered conversation, require Driscoll to repent of his anger and apologise to whoever was offended, and put in place a program or schedule of counselling and correction for him. Sacking him is NOT the answer.
Mars Hill was not built with the obedience of a man who is an anger-monster.
Driscoll is a clean, family man, with an immaculate record for labouring for Christ.
The word ‘witch hunt’ comes to mind.
What has been done to Driscoll is utterly unChristian.