HT: danni moss
Mark Driscoll Admonishes Men: “Who do you think you are?!”
Danni does not like Driscoll’s angry raging at abusive men:
The Word says the anger of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God. So this whole thing here is NOT GOD’S WILL because it cannot accomplish His righteousness.
Then he dares to literally say that it is the HOLY SPIRIT who is doing the yelling. Look out Ananias and Saphira – is that sulphur I smell? Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the one sin that God says will bring death under the New Covenant. This is not a small thing. THIS BEHAVIOR BY DRISCOLL IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS.
It is impossible for the Holy Spirit to act in such a way….
So how could the Holy Spirit possibly be screaming at anyone?
While I agree that Driscoll’s approach is not likely to be effective with abusers, I think there is a place for anger against abuse. Personally, I have gone through seasons of great anger and I believe that was necessary for my healing and probably equally necessary for my husband’s repentance from his abusiveness.
My most recent angry outburst with my husband was only about two weeks ago and was far uglier than the Driscoll clip. The Holy Spirit used that. I was angry at my husband for adultery. I screamed and used bad words at him. He told me later that right while I was screaming, he thought of how he had spoken to GOD the same angry way I was speaking to him and he was convicted. I don’t feel the least bit guilty about my words and my anger. He DID the bad stuff, I only SAID the bad stuff he did (in a loud angry manner). Its the TRUTH that he did it and its the TRUTH that I was angry. Denying or softening either one would not have been healthy for me, IMO. (”the TRUTH shall set you free”)
I recall one of the greatest steps toward healing for me was when I realized that I am allowed to be ANGRY about abuse. Its OK. God is not rejecting me when I am ANGRY that I and my children are being abused. In fact, when I stopped stuffing (anger) and started standing up for myself and my children, I sensed God’s encouragement, as if HE was saying “that is my girl! Good job!”.
For more on anger, I really liked this thorough analysis of every instance in Scripture where Jesus was Angry