In response to the public backlash against sexist preacher, Mark Driscoll, the head of the Hillsong Church has said that he has rescinded Driscoll’s invitation to attend the Hillsong Conferences in Australia and the UK.
After a “personal interaction” with Driscoll, Brian Houston, head of the pentecostal mega-chuch said on Sunday that Hillsong will no longer be hosting Mark Driscoll at their events, which are expected to attract 30,000 participants.
Houston said Driscoll “held some views and made some statements that cannot be defended” and that his 30-minute scheduled appearance “had the potential to divert attention from the real purpose” of the five-day Hillsong Conference.
He said, “it is my hope that Mark and I will be able to speak in person in the coming weeks to discuss some of the issues that have been raised, what – if anything – he has learned, and for me to understand better how he is progressing in both his personal and professional life.”
“The teachings of Christ are based on love and forgiveness, and I will not write off Mark as a person simply because of the things that people have said about him, a small minority of people signing a petition or statements he has made many years ago for which he has since repeatedly apologised,” Houston continued.
“However, I do not want unnecessary distractions during our conference.”
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
‘Mega-pastor’ Mark Driscoll is coming to Australia.
He’s a man who says women are simply ‘penis homes’.
He’s a man who says that women are disrespectful and quarrelsome – and “gardens” that men must shape.
He’s a man who has described his home country of America as a “pussified nation” where boys are being raised by “bitter penis-envying burned feministed single mothers”.
He’s a man who was sacked by his previous church for being domineering towards his staff.
Mark Driscoll is a known misogynist and homophobe who has been preaching the ‘inferiority’ of women for many years. Now a petition has been raised to stop this man from attending the Hillsong Conference. But surely the question should be: Why is this man welcome in our country at all?