In response to the idea that the Song of Solomon is an allegory about the relationship between Jesus and the Church, Driscoll said: “If so, it is weird, because Jesus keeps making out with me and touching me in inappropriate places. It’s bizarre, Jesus has his hand up my shirt. That doesn’t help the interpretation in any way. Now I’m gay … or highly troubled … or both.”
...any man who [masturbates] without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexuality activity, particularly if he's watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body.
I live in Seattle and have been in group therapy sessions with women who attend Mars Hill church and are experiencing profound depression and anxiety secondary to the role they are pressured to play as members of Driscoll's church. They have all said that they were asked to quit their jobs and start having babies so they did in order to be "obedient wives." But they are deteriorating from the inside out. They must defer to their husbands and aren't even allowed to seek counseling outside of Mars Hill church. If they don't do what they are told they are subject to church discipline, and if people leave Mars Hill church the remaining members are told not to talk to the people who left anymore. It's a very unhealthy and controlling system. The things that Driscoll says in this book are often couched in "but don't be controlling or misogynistic" but there is indeed a strong system in place that doesn't allow the women freedom of choice and by the same token, a strong system in place that doesn't allow the men freedom to do anything the elders don't allow.
The women that I have been with in counseling sessions are anxious they will be found out that they are even there because as members they're not allowed to seek outside counseling, but they say the therapy Mars Hill offers is just to "obey their husbands better" and "pray more." The dozen or so women I know in this situation are extremely depressed and each have several children and I see their families eroding from the inside out. I see Mars Hill as very much a totalitarian regime, and as someone who grew up under significant spiritual abuse, I'm really sensitive to this sort of thing.
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