Mark Driscoll takes aim at the ‘cowards’ in the British church Mark Driscoll is founder of Mars Hill church in Seattle


He’s loved and loathed for his tough talk on the church in the 21st century, and this time he’s taking aim at Britain.

Pastor Mark Driscoll has previously asserted that it’s time for Christianity to “man-up” and drop the image of Jesus as a long-haired man in a dress “drinking decaf and in touch with his feelings”.

The Mars Hill pastor continues on a similar theme in an interview with the latest edition of Christianity Magazine in which he suggests that preachers need to become more like drill sergeants if they are to attract young men to church.

In excerpts released ahead of the magazine’s publication on Sunday, he claims that young men will not go to church so long as there are “guys in dresses preaching to grandmas”.

While many Christians take issue with Driscoll’s manner and ideas, others are wondering if they are behind the phenomenal growth of his Seattle-based church from a handful of believers meeting in his living room 16 years ago to a multi-site church based at 14 locations across four states.

Image is a problem Driscoll sees across the US, but when it comes to Britain there is an additional issue for which he has some harsh words.

“Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth.”

For Driscoll, the solution lies in cutting through the “cultural noise” and making Jesus “interesting” again.

“I think the problem in the church is there has been a one-size-fits-all approach. We speak to nice, godly, growing women in the same way we talk to immature, rebellious, date-raping men.”

The interview appears in full in the January 15 edition of Christianity magazine.

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