Let’s talk about…Mark Driscoll’s “pornovisions”

Also known as “I see things.”

Here’s a link to a transcript of this video. Please note, I do not agree with Team Pyro on much of anything, and in point of fact, Team Pyro would likely think I’m an uppity woman and acting outside the will of God. That said, reading the transcript is instructive, because it shows that Driscoll has asserted he has this “pornovision” on more than one occasion.

Here’s another example, involving Driscoll’s wife, Grace. I’ve quoted this before, but it’s worth repeating:

One night, as we approached the birth of our first child, Ashley, and the launch of our church, I had a dream in which I saw some things that shook me to my core. I saw in painful detail Grace sinning sexually during a senior trip she took after high school when we had just started dating. It was so clear it was like watching a film — something I cannot really explain but the kind of revelation I sometimes receive. I awoke, threw up, and spent the rest of the night sitting on our couch, praying, hoping it was untrue, and waiting for her to wake up so I could ask her. I asked her if it was true, fearing the answer. Yes, she confessed, it was. Grace started weeping and trying to apologize for lying to me, but I honestly don’t remember the details of the conversation, as I was shell-shocked. Had I known about this sin, I would not have married her.

(From Real Marriage, page 11, hardcover edition, emphasis added.)

Frankly, I find these “pornovisions” very disturbing. In my opinion (such as it is) it’s a way of holding control over people. Moreover, you have to ask, what kind of guy discusses publicly a “vision” he claims to have had of his wife that makes her look bad? And it’s in a book sold to thousands, and is touted as marital advice? It’s not marital advice, it’s voyeurism in the name of God.

Those of you who are currently attending “The Trinity Church” should be careful lest you get caught up in one of Mark’s “pornovisions.” Of course, the smart thing would be to go to some other church in the Scottsdale area. There are several which teach similarly to Mark, without the pornovisions, starting out with Scottsdale Bible Church. But Mark Driscoll’s “church” is not where you want to have your spiritual home. It just isn’t.