I read a lot of blogs. Today I read a post on Challies blog that ties into my theme of repentance. He posted a portion of an audio of Mark Driscoll speaking to his congregation. You can find that here. Unless you live under a rock or have little to do with Christian blogs, you know that Mark Driscoll and his preaching have received a lot of attention. The whole of Mars Hill Church where he pastors has been under scrutiny. As a matter of fact, I have commented on Mark Driscoll here, which is why I want to comment on what I read and listened to on Challies.
The point that Challies seems to be making is that Driscoll's friends, who are men of God, C.J. Mahaney and John Piper, went to Mark and confronted him about sin they saw in his life. Yahoo! I get goosebumps when men (and women) of God act like it! Confrontation is exactly what they should have done. It is the biblical command and standard to which believers are held. All believers, laymen and clergy.
I have already posted here and here about confrontation. Biblical confrontation is a loving and effective tool that needs to be coupled with the encouragement and hope found in Scripture. I will not go into speculation about the details or scope of Dricoll's repentance. I will pray that his heart remains tender to the Holy Spirit and that his friends will continue to encourage and confront him. I will also continue to pray for the sheep at Mars Hill Church.