One of the controversies that added to the rolling snowball that ended in the downfall of Mark Driscoll was the Result Source drama.
Put simply, money was paid to purchase 11,000 copies of Driscoll’s ‘Real Marriage’ book, to help propel the book onto the New York Times Bestsellers list.
As Warren Throckmorton has discovered in an unfolding series of articles, this practice extends far beyond Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill.
James Duncan explains why and how:
“They bill themselves as bestselling authors for the rest of their lives after having paid their congregations’ tax free money to Result Source.”
While it’s unclear which publishers have been involved in this practice, a big thumbs up to Crossway books for not engaging in these practices (not that any organisation should need commendation for abstaining from immoral activities).
One of the comments on Throckmorton’s most recent article articulates the core issue here – dishonesty:
“If you’re a musician, it would make sense to give out cd’s to friends, family and influential people in the music industry to create buzz and get the word out. If you buy 10,000 of your own cd’s from the store and tell the people in the music industry – “Hey look at me, my music’s popular and people love it. Look 10,000 people just bought my album and it’s only been on the market for 1 day!”
That’s deception and a lie.”
It’s a scandalous witness when Christian practices are even worse than that of many in the world.
More on this from Justin Taylor.