Pastor Mark Driscoll, who along with his Mars Hill Church was recently removed from the membership of the church planting Acts 29 Network due to complaints over his "divisive" behavior, said Sunday, August 24th, he will take a break for at least six weeks as the lead pastor even as accusations against him are examined.
"I have requested a break for processing, healing, and growth for a minimum of six weeks while the leadership assigned by our bylaws conduct a thorough examination of accusations against me," the Seattle, Washington-based pastor told the congregation Sunday.
"I believe their review can best be performed without me being in the pulpit or the office, and they have agreed to this arrangement," he added, reading from a written statement.
The Acts 29 network, which Driscoll founded more than a decade ago, announced Aug. 8 that it has dismissed the pastor and his church from membership, citing complaints from other network pastors concerning his "divisive" behavior.The pastor was also asked to remove himself from ministry.
Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger "sold his soul" for $100,000 from so called "gay rights" advocates, pastors say Detroit.
A group of Black Christian pastors and ministers condemned what they called state Republican leaders' "dance with the devil" regarding legislation they said is discriminatory and would threaten religious freedom and women's privacy rights by adding so-called "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Elliott-Larson Act, the state's civil rights law.
The pastors said Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans risk losing the votes of Christian families in the upcoming 2014 general election "if they rush to hop in the same political bed with homosexual activists."
"Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republican hypocrites in Lansing are now dancing with the devil," stated Rev. James Crowder, Senior Pastor of St. Galilee Baptist Church- Detroit and President of the Westside Minister's Alliance said, "selling out traditional morality and our religious freedom in return for cash from the same 'gay' multimillionaires whose campaign funding they've condemned in past elections."
They cited Bolger's acceptance of a $50,000 PAC contribution last month from nationally prominent homosexual activist and Democratic Party financier Tim Gill of Denver.
Gill and billionaire Jan Stryker, also of Denver, funded the Democratic takeover of Colorado's legislature in 2006; Jan Stryker is the sister of homosexual billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, who Michigan Republicans condemned in recent campaign cycles for spending millions of dollars in a similar attempt to defeat GOP legislative candidates here.
Stacy Swimp (photo), Founder of Revive Alive Ministry and Spokesman for the group, states, "It's simply beyond belief that leaders of the Republican party, which claims to represent traditional family values, would evenconsider legislation that threatens the privacy rights, comfort, and safety of women, as attested to even by lesbian activists. But apparently, those values are for sale if the price is right."
By Napp Nazworth , Christian Post Reporter
Pro-abortion and birth control protesters demonstrate
outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 30, 2014.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down the "Obamacare" birth control mandate for closely held corporations with religious objections led some media organizations to make mythical claims that the decision will cause horrible outcomes. Here are three of those myths.
The Supreme Court building in Washington,
Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions.
The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(CNSNews.com) – Within 24 hours of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration was wrong to impose its contraceptive and abortion drug regulation on small companies that oppose it on religious grounds, two federal courts granted emergency injunctions to seven non-profit groups that also oppose the rule.