A civil racketeering lawsuit that has dogged former Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll since he was forced to resign from the now dissolved church in 2014, was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge on Thursday.
“I am grateful to God for the dismissal of these false and malicious allegations,” Driscoll, now senior pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, told The Christian Post on Friday. “I remain steadfast and committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am forever humbled and thankful for the prayers and tremendous support of family, friends, and fellow pastors.”
The four plaintiffs named in the 42-page lawsuit against Driscoll didn’t have the money to pursue the case and never served Driscoll or former chief elder Sutton Turner, who was also named as a defendant, with the necessary documents, according to The Seattle Times. As a result, the case was dismissed.
Regarding the racketeering charges CP reported in late March that Driscoll said he had not been served with any charging documents.
“I don’t know anything about that [racketeering charges],” he told local news station KCTV5. “Haven’t been served, nothing has been done. At this point it’s false and malicious, and I would reject and refute all of that, and I’m very excited it’ll all be cleared up.”
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a respected accreditation organization, was also accused of being a co-conspirator in the suit but was not listed as a defendant.
Filed by the Law Office of Brian Fahling, the suit questioned how more than $2 million in donations for church planting and a festival were spent.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post