I need to disrespectfully disagree with Pastor Mark Driscoll. Again.
He quoted Proverbs 8:36 in a Facebook post to promote his 10 Commandments sermon series. But he put in these bad brackets and totally misquoted and ruined the verse.
Mark Driscoll wrote, “All who hate me [God] love death.”
No. No. No. The “me” in this verse is not God. The “me” in this verse is a woman. Her name is Wisdom! Some say I’m splitting hairs. I’m not. This woman makes a major point about a form of murder. Abortion.
So I demanded a correction. I didn’t get one. Then just this week, he quotes again from the Woman Wisdom’s monologue in Proverbs Chapter 8, and commits the same error suggesting that it was Jesus who says, “He who fails to find me injures himself.”
Right now some people are like, “Jimmy, why would you be so rude to such a stellar Christian leader as Pastor Mark?”
Because I’m an aspiring Bible preacher. And being a preacher is a lot like being in prison. To establish yourself, you need to identify the top dog then beat him in a fight. Otherwise the other inmates will steal your cigarettes from under your pillow. By that, I mean other preachers will steal your sermon illustrations. (Pastors are the biggest sermon illustration thieves ever.)
Some people are looking at me with incredulity.
It’s in the Bible! Paul the Apostle went after the biggest dog of them all when he got locked up in the preacherhood. In Galatians 2:11, Paul writes, “And when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face.”
Some people right now are like, “Jimmy, what Pastor Mark did was not heretical. Maybe you should find a better fight.”
Lol. Guys, I’m totally being vaseegis. It’s just a joke. I wouldn’t actually fight Pastor Mark. It’s like I’m just sparring with him UFC style. You know, iron sharpens iron?
Some people right now are like, “Uh, what did you say?”
I said I’m being vaseegis.
And they’re like, “Jimmy, do you mean to say ‘facetious’?”
Yea, I did. Whatever! Look, I don’t know how to say it. Just shut up, okay! Do you know how much it bothers me when someone comes along and corrects my spelling and grammar? Besides, what does it matter? There’s a bigger point here. A much bigger point. So don’t sidetrack us by picking apart some minor detail.
Pastor Mark and I are fighting a war to end abortion in America. It’s murder. And one of the 10 commandments is “Thou shall not Murder.” Don’t trip us up correcting something nonessential like spelling.
55 million babies died by abortion after the Roe vs Wade ruling by the United States Supreme Court. And do you know what the winning argument before the court was? Young female laywers argued that a woman has a “right to privacy.” Therefore, America cannot stop a woman from terminating a pregnancy.
“A reasonable right to privacy.” Go read the United States Constitution and find the phrase. You can’t. Because, like “separation of Church and State,” it’s not there. They are ghost words.
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court agreed with the women. A woman has the right to make a decision *in secret* about whether to carry a pregnancy to full term. In secret. Yes, abortion could very well be a sin. But legally, it’s her secret.
Not only is abortion a secret for the woman, but the very act that leads to pregnancy, sex, is a secret act.
The Bible, in that same aforementioned book of Proverbs, describes the adulteress. This woman seduces a man with sweet, smooth words and entices him to sin *in secret.* But the man is warned, “her feet lead to the grave.”
The book of Proverbs goes further. It personifies foolishness itself as a loud, defiant woman whose mantra is, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is delicious.”
What’s the deal with women loving sweet, secret sins?
Look back to Eve. The serpent secretly talked to her while God wasn’t around. And when she quoted God’s command, she added ghost words. Seeing how sweet the forbidden fruit looked and aspiring toward wisdom, she ate of it. And it brought death. The first victim of death was her second son at the hands of his older brother.
Do you notice a pattern here with women? Secret sin. Ghost words. What seems sweet leading to death.
The Woman Abortion
To this day women aspire toward a seemingly sweet form of wisdom that allows secret sin but in fact leads to death. It’s called abortion. And the terrible irony is that more than half the victims of abortion are girls.
What we need is a man to fix this mess. Not just any man. Jesus Christ.
“Way ahead of you.” It’s like Jesus was saying when before he even created the Earth he created a woman to redeem womanhood.
Some people right now are like, “Excuse me? God created man and woman on day 6.”
No. God created Adam and Eve on day six. Read Proverbs chapter 8, where the Woman Wisdom says:
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth;
before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master workman;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the sons of men.
And now, my sons, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Happy is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For he who finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord;
but he who misses me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:22-36
Now you see how it’s a mistake to quote verse 36 the way Pastor Mark did. Otherwise you’d have to go back and say God created God. And that God is a woman. Do you really want to say Jesus is into cross-dressing and role reversal?
The redemption of woman comes from fear of The Lord which leads to obedience to the letter of God’s law. That’s the message of Woman Wisdom who calls to all who are simple.
Look at Mary. God asked a young, poor, unmarried woman to carry an otherwise unwanted pregnancy to full term. And this time the man, Joseph, thought to *secretly* do away with her.
But Mary, acting is wisdom, *publicly* obeyed God. Is labor sweet? Is delivering a baby sweet? No. Yet she underwent that and gave birth the the Savior of mankind, who crushed the head of the serpent.
No ghost words there. In obeying God’s command relayed to her by Gabriel, Mary begot the Word made flesh.
Jesus Christ can fix the mess of Roe v. Wade in America. We must heed the Woman Wisdom’s cry to fear The Lord, and in doing so publicly obey God’s law written in our hearts. It’s time to impeach our smooth talking Serpent-in-Chief!
Fool You. I actually Agree with Pastor Mark Driscoll about Abortion.
So this is the end of this post and some people are like, “Jimmy, the title here is deceptive. You don’t disagree with Pastor Mark about abortion at all. You just wanted to make some pedantic point so you look smart.”
“Maybe you should listen to Pastor Marks sermon about ‘Thou shall not lie’ before you write another deceptive title.”
Don’t need to. The Commandment says, “Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” I bore false witness to the benefit of my neighbor. You thought this article was going to attack Pastor Mark Driscoll and you clicked on it. Shame on you. To your surprise, I agree with Pastor Mark Driscoll and furthermore, I admire his bold stand against abortion.
Besides that, the subtitle of his new book, Resurgence, is “Will Christianity have a future or a funeral?” That’s deceptive. Christianity cannot die. Talk about clickbait!