If my title sounds a bit crude, let me relay that I am only sharing what certain pastors have been heard saying about their own congregants of MHC.
Every time I read something about what has taken place within MHC and the abuse and manipulation that is clearly foisted upon those who attend, it makes me cry. It makes me cry for knowing how manipulated, controlled, and brainwashed those are from them who still propagate lies and using our Lord, saying that it is “all about Jesus,” when it is clearly all about MHC and its corrupt leaders. It also makes my spirit so oppressed I want to rise up and speak, or, just dump my thoughts and emotions in the trash, never to visit anything pertaining to MHC again.
Yesterday, there were a couple of stories posted from the “We Love Mars Hill” blog on tumblr, by Phillip C and his wife Michelle. I know those who attend Mars Hill will consider the stories found on this site not genuine and will pooh-pooh them and think them just having some sort of beef with MH. Those who think these people are being divisive, or not of Christ, just because they want to release the hurt that has been placed on them by those who claim to be “all about Jesus”. Those who think Mark Driscoll as one who is so above reproach that they actually idolize him and not Jesus at all. For if it were Jesus that they truly love, like those of MH say they do, they would know true Love and would be able to discern right from wrong, truth from lies, and fact from fiction.
These are stories of those with PTSD of the worst kind. These stories are of those who have shown love to others and served them out of a caring heart. And in return received hate, bitterness, slander, gossip, and shunning.
These stories are of those who know what it means to follow Jesus and His word. These stories are from those who do love MHC members and that is why they are speaking out as a warning to the corruption therein.
Here is pictured the true attitude of those who think they love Jesus as quoted in Michelle’s article:
…“Well I’m forgiven so there is nothing to be done and the fruits of the Spirit are just works based.” Seriously! these are things that were said by our deacons at MH!
Even if one believes in this manner, it does not justify their actions of cruelty and meanness to those around them, especially those who are supposed to be your “family”.
I can’t even go into the whole “Jesus tricks people” theory of those who are in leadership at this place. Read their stories, then discern for yourself if it is really the true Jesus that MHC worships and not some man on a stage and his corporation.
Why my title? Michelle’s experience with a lead pastor:
I asked, “Is calling your sheep a dick a loving way to shepherd people?” “Absolutely,” responded Pastor J, “in fact it is very accepted in the culture of the elders at Mars Hill.”
Like others have said before; “Unless it has happened to you, it is hard for others to believe it.”
They will know we are Christian by our love?
“I have yet to see this “love” manifested by any MHC members that I know. It must be another “secret” they are not allowed to share with all of God’s children.”