A petition to keep Mark Driscoll from speaking at Liberty University…

Have you seen this? It’s an online petition to stop Mark Driscoll from bringing his circus act to Liberty University’s campus.

Sophia, the online petition’s creator (and blogger at Mars Hill Refuge) writes…

How would your founder Jerry Falwell respond to a preacher who taught this in his writing and speaking?

“In conjunction with the rhythm method of birth control, it is possible to use anal sex as an option.”[1]

“Jesus Christ commands you to [perform oral sex on your husband]….What I would say to you as well, ladies, I probably shouldn’t, that most of your husbands wake up in the morning with an erection, and so rather than setting the alarm, if this was the way that you helped to awaken them, they would have a great day. Amen? I’m actually saying these things. Some of you are sitting here going, “Is this happening? Is this really happening?” Yes it is. [Laughter from audience.]…And he says that, “Your vagina is a garden.” It has wonderful smells and it has wonderful tastes. It’s a garden. . . . He talks about how much he loves her vagina. Many women feel awkward about this. The husband needs to tell the wife, “It’s beautiful. It tastes well. It smells well. You keep yourself well. I enjoy it. It’s a garden to me.”[2]

Here’s what one of Jerry Falwell’s peers, well known Pastor John MacArthur had to say about Mark Driscoll’s teaching.

“It is spiritually tantamount to an act of rape” and “Mark Driscoll has boldly led the parade down this carnal path.”[3]

What would the parents of your students say if they saw this?

What would the pastors who refer students to Liberty say?

What would your donors say if they had to read this?

If you say you aren’t worried about that, then for integrity’s sake immediately post these statements on your website. Your students and those who care about their spiritual welfare deserve fair warning about Driscoll’s penchant to sexualize whatever he can, wherever he can.

Click here to sign the petition asking Liberty University to cancel Mark Driscoll’s upcoming speaking event.

Failure to Drop Driscoll may result in a public protest on the Liberty University campus.

Driscoll, along with his wife Grace, are scheduled to perform their “Real Marriage” skit at Liberty on April 20 and 21.

Sophia’s not the only person who doesn’t want Driscoll appearing on Liberty’s campus.

Author Peter Lumpkins
wrote on his blog yesterday…

Sources say trustees took a vote, and the vote was unanimous indicating that Mark Driscoll is not welcome at Liberty University. In addition to Driscoll’s “potty mouth” approach to pulpit etiquette playing a role in their decision, his “Reformed” theology, Acts 29 Network, and the provocative hedonistic understanding of a___ s__ came up as well (XXX). Trustees were apparently flabbergasted that Driscoll was considered for an invitation in the first place.

By a___ s___, he means “anal sex”…

He goes on to write…

Mark Driscoll has publicly expressed his appreciation and love for the Falwells. Let’s see how deep Driscoll’s appreciation is. Will he needlessly bring even more conflict upon the Falwells by going through with the invitation in the face of unanimous disapproval by the entire board of Liberty trustees? What possible benefit could he gain by remaining on the schedule? On the other hand, he’d likely garner conceivable gains by dropping out…by “disinviting” himself.

Time’s running out. Let’s see if Mark Driscoll is the “man” he ceaselessly claims all men ought to be.

You can sign the petition here.

You can read why Sophia helped to create this petition here.

While I’m a big fan of Sophia and her blog and the community of people she speaks to, I’m not sure this is the best way to combat Driscoll’s act. If the petition had been created by students, it would ring stronger in my opinion. But perhaps Sophia or the petition’s other creators have another connection to Liberty that I am unaware of… I think connection is key in regards to petitions like this.

Your thoughts?