I think everybody’s view of God is a rejection or projection of their earthly father…Atheism says, ‘I have no Dad.’ Agnosticism says, ‘I never met him and I’m not looking for him. Deism says, ‘he used to be here but he went far away.’ Progressivism says, “My dad is more like a big brother. He let’s me do what I want.’ Arminianism says, I have a Dad who lets me make my own choices. He doesn’t tell me what to do.’ Reformed theology is, ‘I have a Dad who is powerful. He is in charge. He’s non-relational. He lives far away and don’t make him mad because he can get angry really fast and hurt you.’ And then feminism says, ‘Let’s just be raised by a single parent called god is mother.’ And so almost every theological group within Christianity is somehow a rejection or projection of their earthly father. And the problem is they are starting with their earthly father and looking up. They’re not starting with their Heavenly Father and looking down and judging their earthly fathers. I’ve gone so far as to say I think the whole Young. Restless, and Reformed movement—Time Magazine said I was one of the thought leaders that helped create that. I don’t hold to the five points of Calvinism. I think it’s garbage, so blog about that, but anyways, because it’s not biblical. But nonetheless, that whole Young, Restless, and Reformed—God is Father but he’s distant, he’s mean, he’s cruel, he’s not relational, he’s far away. That’s their view of their earthly father. So then they pick dead mentors. Spurgeon, Calvin, Luther. These are little boys with father wounds, who are looking for spiritual fathers. So they pick dead guys who are not actually going to get to know them or correct them. And then they join networks run by other young men so they can all be brothers. There’s no fathers.
Mark Driscoll June 4, 2019. Interview transcript.
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