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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Now That It's Legal, Pastor Driscoll Asks "Should Christians Smoke Pot or Not?"

Posted by on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

This morning, on the day marijuana prohibition ended in Washington State, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll published a free e-book titled Puff or Pass: Should Christians Smoke Pot or Not? Driscoll has made a name for himself by luring in a hip urban congregation, and then convincing them to adhere to his strict conservative agenda; this is the guy who thinks that Satan wrote the Twilight books, after all. If you'd like to read Driscoll's introduction for the book, you can find it on Mars Hill's Resurgence blog, and if you'd like to download the whole 38-page book (be advised that the font is HUGE), you can find the PDF here. Driscoll first admits that he's never smoked pot, but he notes that just because something is legal doesn't mean it's godly:

Some things are neither illegal (forbidden by government in laws) nor sinful (forbidden by God in Scripture), but they are unwise. For example, eating a cereal box instead of the food it contains is not illegal or sinful—it’s just foolish.

In fact, he blames marijuana as a factor behind a trend of hapless man-children that he sees as contributing to the rot of society: "what also concerns me is the fact that young men are the most likely to smoke weed and, by seemingly all measurable variables, are immature, irresponsible, and getting worse." He takes a brief detour from the pot talk to launch a tirade about how men aren't even responsible enough to own their own cars anymore:

A recent article even noted that young men are now less likely than ever to own a car, as taking public transportation allows them to use their smartphone more hours every day playing video games and downloading porn.

Will the high numbers of men downloading porn on the bus increase with the proliferation of legalized weed? Seems likely! Driscoll warns us that "while the Bible does speak of alcohol, it never mentions marijuana," which makes it ethically tricky. He examines multiple viewpoints of the marijuana issue, including medical marijuana. "Some believe that Christians should exercise caution and wisdom regarding medicinal use," Driscoll says, "simply because of marijuana’s reputation and the connotations it implies." (Heaven forbid those cancer patients get a bad reputation.) Finally, Driscoll reaches the most unsurprising conclusion ever:

I would advocate that the soundest Christian response to the legal question is Option C: that recreational use should be illegal but that medicinal use may be allowed. Based upon Christian convictions, I do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Regarding medicinal use, while I have studied this issue, the truth is that I am not a medical doctor and therefore do not feel comfortable debating the potential medicinal benefits of marijuana. I’ll leave that aspect of the conversation to others more qualified.

That's an iffy endorsement of medical marijuana—it "may be permissible," Driscoll repeats later—but it sounds like Jesus hates the demon weed. Hope you Christians enjoyed your few hours of guilt-free pot use, because God has spoken through His special tool, Mark Driscoll.


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I admit I don't know the scripture by heart, but pharmakeia (drug abuse) in the Bible is sin. Just because the Governmant allows it doesn't make it not sinful. Abortion and homsexuality is sinful, but legal in the United States. It isn't about judging people. Judging and affirmation are not the same thing. God has already said it is wrong. Very few who use marijuana actually use it for legit medical reasons. The reason people smoke weed is because of what it does; gets people high. According to the scripture this is sorcery. I can give mercy to those who use it for real medical reasons even though there are alternatives, but for recreational use, it is sin.
Posted by on December 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
I think the argument that marijuana is sinful because it feels too good ("causes euphoria") is kind of giving the whole Christian game away.
Posted by Orv on December 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Huh. I guess that C really is the heavenly option after all...…
Posted by lopes on December 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 29
@28 OUCH!! And you win Slog today. Driscoll really should focus on gluttony in his sermons and that extra weight makes your sprem less potent and MANLY!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 7, 2012 at 7:14 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 28
@19: considering his weight, not much.
Posted by scary tyler moore on December 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 27
Speaking of La Driscoll, I was beyond appalled to discover that Mars Hill is taking over the old First United Methodist Church downtown.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on December 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM · Report this
Cannabis is mentioned several times in the old testament:

"Kaneh besm" or cannabis, shows up in Exodus 30:23, Song of Songs 4:14., Isaiah 43:24, Jeremiah 6:20, Ezekiel 27:19.

God clearly loves all his creations.
Posted by oxyala trio on December 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM · Report this
Isn't cannabis a New World plant?
Posted by Pope Buck I on December 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM · Report this
I betcha my grandmother's Bible that Driscoll has congregants who are pot smokers. That's part of the reason he has to tread so carefully. This is in addition to his congregants downloading, and enjoying the hell out of, smut. That one's a given. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if Driscoll himself is a pot-smoking hairy-palm kinkster.
Posted by floater on December 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM · Report this
"Well, it's not illegal, and the Bible doesn't say anything about it, and I don't really know any of the science about its health effects... but I still don't like it!"

Well, that certainly is an opinion.
Posted by Proteus on December 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Typographer 22
Special tool... oh, I need to start using that line!
Posted by Typographer on December 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 21
You have to admit he has a point about Twilight.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on December 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 20
The 'eating the cereal box instead of the cereal it contains' analogy kinda rules. Someone should show up at one of his sermons, make a pro-smoking counter-argument, then eat a cereal box.
Posted by mikethehammer on December 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
rob! 19
But how does he feel about exercise-induced endorphins?
Posted by rob! on December 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 18
This quote is so much fun! "A recent article even noted that young men are now less likely than ever to own a car, as taking public transportation allows them to use their smartphone more hours every day playing video games and downloading porn."

I ride the bus a lot, and I will admit to playing games (Yay Dragon Story ^_^) and reading smut (Yay SLOG). I am a bad Christian after all.
Posted by ScienceNerd on December 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
ChadK 17
Mars Hill Church... Brought to you by the font Futura Bold Condensed.
Posted by ChadK on December 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Pretty sure the Bible has absolutely nothing to say on the subject and he's just making it up.

Driscoll needs to go to the Moon.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
So, he recognizes his limitations to be able to speak to medical issues. When will he recognize that on almost every other topic he also unqualified?
Posted by Timothy on December 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 14
@11--Too true. If it weren't for hapless man-children, Driscoll wouldn't have a congregation.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on December 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Hernandez 13
@3 Actually, my takeaway was:


Expect to see that line in a Mars Hill sermon before too long.
Posted by Hernandez on December 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 12
"And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.”

Suck it Driscoll.
Posted by Max Solomon on December 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
pfffter 11
Special tool is right. He's the most special tool in the whole world. He is also a bloviating assface.

I am more concerned about the hapless man-children that listen to this idiot than I am about the high guys on the bus downloading porn.
Posted by pfffter on December 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 10
Sounds like Driscoll just clued us in on a powerful new ally in the war on cars. Thanks, man! Have fun on the bus!
Posted by icouldliveinhope on December 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
OK Paul, so how do YOU explain the trend of hapless man-children then?
Posted by takes one to know one lololololol! on December 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
You win the day with the very last bit of the post. Very nice.
Posted by Lynx on December 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
sikandro 7
Strangely, the article he cites mentions neither porn nor video games.
Posted by sikandro on December 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
Now if today's weed was like the Myrrijuana stuff back in 60 A.D., then Mark would be fine with it.
Posted by dirge on December 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
I Heart Flan! 5
But the bible does mention cannabis Mark:

Genesis 1:29

And God said "behold, I give you every herb bearing seed on the face of the earth"

Or some such nonsense..
Posted by I Heart Flan! on December 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
orino 4
I sincerely hope I live to see the day when dogmatic, misogynistic belief systems like the one espoused by Pastor Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Inc. are consigned to the dustbin of history...
Posted by orino on December 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM · Report this
balderdash 3

That guy is just the absolute platonic ideal of a douchebag.
Posted by balderdash on December 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
the Bible also never mentions cars...doesn't that mean they're possibly of the devil as well?
Posted by ssmary on December 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
seatackled 1
Sounds like it's okay if young girls smoke pot instead of read vampire novels.
Posted by seatackled on December 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this

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