Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 16:
Megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll Resigns
Seattle’s Mars Hill Church Mark Driscoll has resigned from the church.
Driscoll’s resignation was turned in Tuesday after the pastor faced increasing criticism over his leadership and how he promoted his books.
In a statement, Mars Hill Church’s board of overseers found that Driscoll had “been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner.”
About two months ago, Driscoll stepped down from the church temporarily while the church investigated charges against him. In August, he had been removed from the Act 29 Network.
“Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership,” the board wrote. It also added that many of the formal charges that had been levied against him were “altogether unfair or untrue.”
Franklin Graham Says World Affairs Influenced by ‘Prince of Darkness’
Rev. Franklin Graham said recently that the “prince of darkness” is involved in world affairs.
“The prince of darkness is grimly and powerfully at work in world affairs, and prayer is a great battlefield especially as we pray for those in leadership,” said Graham in a Sept 30 commentary for Decision magazine.
He added: ” A sovereign God can turn the heart of a king at any time and in any way,” he continued. “If there are policies and platforms that don’t conform to biblical ethics, the intercession of Christians can be used in a powerful, transforming way.”
“We should be praying for God’s will to be done for our leaders to seek God and listen to Him,” said Rev. Graham. “We should pray that they would be surrounded by godly counsel and, most important, that our leadership would personally know God and the salvation found through faith in Jesus Christ.
Houston Mayor Walks Back Sermon Subpoenas
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city’s attorney are stepping back from controversial sermon subpoenas that surfaced this week.
The City of Houston had ordered five pastors to hand over sermons and electronic communications with congregants that included opinions about homosexuality and gender identity.
Parker is openly gay.
But the subpoenas drew fire from critics who said the order violated rights. Wednesday, the city backed off the order.
“Mayor Parker agrees with those who are concerned about the city legal department’s subpoenas for pastor’s sermons,” Evans said. “Neither the mayor nor City Attorney David Feldman were aware the subpoenas had been issued until yesterday. … The city will move to narrow the scope during an upcoming court hearing. Feldman says the focus should be only on communications related to the HERO petition process.”