Mark Driscoll: A Theology of Hate and the God of Love
Influential pastor Mark Driscoll claims that God might hate you. Does that describe the God revealed through Jesus? Adam claims that Driscoll’s god is closer to the gods of Rome than the God of Jesus. Janus was a Roman god who had conflicting wills of love and hate. There is no conflicting will in the God revealed through Jesus, who loves all people. Jesus explicitly says that God loves even God’s enemies. There is no room for hate within God. Nor is there room for hate for those who claim to follow Jesus. Rather, in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus challenges his followers to be perfect like God by loving all people, including those we call our enemies.
If you are interested in reading more about the word study on wrath, love, and anger in the Bible, see Zach Hunts article at “American Jesus” here.
Driscoll’s sermon “Jesus Sweats Blood” can be read and listened to here.