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Megachurch Tries to Scrub the Web of Pastor's 'Jesus Made Mistakes' Sermon (Video)

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Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., recently edited six minutes from a sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll who was preaching about the "mistakes" that Jesus made during his life on earth.

Anthony Ianniciello, executive pastor of Media & Communications at the megachurch, told The Christian Post at the time: "It is standard operating procedure at Mars Hill to take the first two sermons that Pastor Mark Driscoll preaches each week and edit the best possible version of the message for distribution to the other Mars Hill locations, and our online audience. Partly because it is necessary to edit the sermon to conform to time restraints."

"We welcome anyone to come and visit our services to see the amazing things God is doing among the people of the cities we serve. Pastor Mark's sermons can also be found on the Mars Hill website, MarsHill.com, each week for all to learn from and enjoy, or even criticize if you wish," added Ianniciello.

However, the missing six minutes (video below) about Jesus' "mistakes" are not at MarsHill.com or any other Mars Hill church website. In fact, Mars Hill Church doesn't seem to want that part of Pastor Driscoll's message anywhere on the web.

Psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton recently uploaded the missing "mistakes" video to YouTube, but Mars Hill Church filed a copyright infringement claim to get it taken down.

Throckmorton responded on his blog:

In my opinion, the use of the material falls under the fair use exemption. The sermon was delivered in a public setting with many witnesses and was a part of the total work that I excerpted in order to critique the work in question. The use of the material does not deprive Mars Hill of any income since the sermon is offered for free on their website. I am considering how to respond.

Throckmorton also posted a transcript of the video on his blog.

Mars Hills Church has been in the news over the past several weeks due the resignations of various pastors who claim the church elders are heavy-handed, even forcing pastors to sign a non-compete clause that places limits on the churches that they can preach at.

For his part, Pastor Driscoll has been laying low after allegations of plagiarism in his books, reports of the church hiring an outside company to buy his books to boost sales and Pastor Driscoll himself telling non-Christians they were going to hell on Twitter. He also questioned if President Obama was really a Christian.

Sources: The Christian Post, Warren Throckmorton, AlterNet.org

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