The Trinity Church: Is The Wondering Eagle Engaging in Sin and Gossiping About Mark Driscoll?

What is gossip? What is slander? What is both gossip and slander in the context of Mark Driscoll’s explosive The Trinity Church? A comment left by someone earlier today is triggering this post and opening the discussion. What would you say to what Rod left at this blog? 

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

Will Rogers

“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.

Exodus 23:10 NIV


This happens whenever I write about a controversial or cult like church. I want to write a response eventually but I want to lay out a comment and use that for discussion. Earlier today this blog got the following comment from Rod about Mark Driscoll. It appeared on the post about a family being driven from The Trinity Church, which you can read in, “A Family is Allegedly Driven From Mark Driscoll’s The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.” 

Shame on you for spreading gossip. That in scripture is a sin…as bad as any other, and one thing the Lord detests. Change the heading on this page if your goal is just to “prove you right” about Mark. We are all fallible humans. Get a life and stop providing an avenue to slander others.

What would you say to Rod? The Trinity Church and Mark Driscoll’s behavior is a perfect situation to tackle the question. Is this blog trafficking in gossip? Is it slandering? Is it spreading rumors? What is sin and gossip? Should outsiders discuss Mark Driscoll? Let’s discuss this question. 


3 thoughts on “The Trinity Church: Is The Wondering Eagle Engaging in Sin and Gossiping About Mark Driscoll?

  1. It stopped being gossip the moment Mark Driscoll filed a complaint with the Scottsdale PD against someone in the M family. At that point, it went outside the church walls and involved public resources. Oh, and then the whole business with spending tax-exempt monies on a private investigator? I pay more taxes so Mark Driscoll’s “church” can pay no taxes.

    So take that “gossip” nonsense and shove it. Once you involve the state in your campaign of vengeance against former members, and hire a PI to spy on them, that’s it. I went through this with Scientology and I, by God, am not going to be intimidated into shutting up by people who are taking lessons from David Miscavige.

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  2. Many years ago I went to a pastor in the denomination I belonged to and the church that I was currently attending to ask about the adulterous ways of the pastor in my former church (denomination). The church was 60 miles away, and these pastors met together for regular meetings. The adultery of my former pastor was so well-known that several people who did not attend that church had commented about it to me. When I approached my current pastor, he said I was gossiping and dismissed me quickly from his office. I was there to express concern as the church supported my missionary work, and it was getting to the point that it was embarrassing to even mention where my home church was. The situation blew up a year later -which generated a lot more “gossip.” Stuff that everyone knows is actually common knowledge, not gossip. Better to deal with it/correct the situation than to keep on insisting that the elephant is not in the room.

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  3. “It’s gossip” is Christianese for, “It’s not true, and even if it were true, we don’t want to talk about it. As far as we’re concerned, it never happened. We didn’t see or hear anything, and neither did you!”

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