Megachurch Closes After Founder Refers To Women As ‘Penis Homes’

Mark Driscoll

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Mars Hill, a Washington megachurch, has recently announced that several of its branches will be closing. In addition, Mars Hill founder Mark Driscoll has also announced that he will be taking a leave of absence following negative media attention connected to his controversial views.

Driscoll has long been known for his homophobic and misogynistic views. However, he became a troubling topic for the church in July, when several offensive comments that Driscoll had posted on the internet years ago were revealed.

Several bloggers have come forward to unveil Driscoll’s horrific views on women and sex. “Love, Joe, Feminism” blogger Libby Anne made was just one blogger to uncover some of the founder’s comments.

In one instance from 2001, Driscoll – writing under the name William Wallace II, said:

“Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.”

“Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not… And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.” [source]

Anne said she had “rarely seen an evangelical man assert male superiority and prominence this directly.” She wrote:

“In Driscoll’s treatment, women are no more than penis homes. Women were created to satisfy men. There is nothing uplifting or honored in that.

Even many evangelical and fundamentalist women, who are attracted to those beliefs in part because of the rhetorical value they place on homemaking, must surely be appalled by Driscoll’s rhetoric.

In a sense, Driscoll’s downfall was only a matter of time.” [source]

Anne might be right about Driscoll’s downfall. Recently, Mars Hill announced that “negative media attention” and financial hardships were forcing the megachurch to close down several branches and downsize its workforce. Following the controversy, Driscoll announced on August 25th that he would be taking a six-week leave of absence. You can listen to an audio recording of Driscoll’s announcement below: