One of Mark Driscoll's closest comrades, Mike Anderson, tells of his experience serving the Mars Hill megachurch, including both an apology to those he hurt and a warning that while Mars Hill might not be a "cult" technically speaking, surely may possess cult-like tendencies. Anderson says in part:
I want to apologize to the religious people who I helped enlist in this and similar movements (my recommendation for you is to please consider leaving for at least a season to get some perspective—you have no idea how much clearer things become with a little distance). I’m not going to make an argument for Mars Hill being a cult, primarily because the word shuts down reasonable conversation, but I would say that if you’ve been part of Mars Hill or a church like it, you should read these warning signs that help identify if you are in a cult.
It wasn't that long ago I drew swords with several Southern Baptists on their advocacy of Mark Driscoll and his provocative ministry. For those wanting to do a little exploring, here are some of the pieces I published:
- The Cussing Pastor
- Drawing Swords over Mark Driscoll
- The Common Denominator among Driscoll Defenders
- Forget the Cussing. Let's Talk Sex!
- Mark Driscoll at Liberty University
Only for the last year or so have Southern Baptists publicly distanced themselves from Driscoll and Mars Hill. While there's surely no room for an I-told-you-so posture, many of the reservations some of us held apparently had a bit of truth to them after all.
Read Mike Anderson's entire piece entitled "Hello. My Name is Mike, a Recovering True Believer"