Around last summer, I was made aware of a series of sermons Mark Driscoll preached over the notoriously difficult book, the Song of Songs, at a Christian conference in Ireland in 2007. Evidently, he preached it as a book that celebrated human sex, therefore calling it his favorite book of the entire Bible. He readily talked about things like stripping, oral sex, and orgasms, and he was fairly raunchy in his descriptions, pretty much treating the work as a “how-to” book on an exciting sex life. When the content of what he said became public, many evangelicals were furious at his treatment of the book, none more so than John MacArthur, who called it a “rape” of the Song of Songs and demanded that Driscoll step down from the pastorate. Driscoll has since apologized and removed any recordings of the sermons from his church’s website.
After hearing about this, I spent some time scouring the Internet for a copy of his sermons, and I was disappointed that I could not find one. After all, isn’t it the Internet? Can’t you find pretty much anything on it? I can find basketball games from 1984 and Power Rangers episodes from 1994, but I can’t find a sermon from a famous pastor from 2007? Surprising. The best I could find was a transcription of parts of his sermon that some found to be the most offensive. When I read it, I admit that I laughed and I laughed. I could not believe he had the audacity to say such things. I wasn’t really offended (I don’t get offended easily), and while I do think that many conservative Christians need to lighten up, I definitely agree that he was inappropriate in many respects. I will post the link to the transcription, if you are so bold to read it. I thought about posting the link a long time ago on Facebook and linking all of our college students so they could laugh at it, but I thought it might just confuse them too. Well, they are “adults” (sorta) and I will try to explain the book, so here it is: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=13XI1e1zW1–7aX3t8n7uzFr3XylWcGKcEmaeQ7_55nw&pli=1
To start off, I’ll list some lines that I found hilarious and that are not quite as vulgar (emphases are mine): Continue reading