Mefferd Reveals Third Occurrence of Driscoll Plagiarism

By | November 29, 2013

UPDATE 12-2-2013
Carl Trueman has hit another home run with his latest article on the Reformation 21 website.  Read it here.

I am actually tiring of writing on the subject of Mark Driscoll’s plagiarizing.  I would suspect that if an individual were motivated to closely examine all of the books Driscoll has authored many more cases of plagiarism would be found.  What Mefferd has revealed is sufficient, in my opinion, to cause Mark Driscoll to resign from the ministry.  Will this happen?  Doubtful.  After all, C.J.  Mahaney, obviously guilty of blackmail and covering up sexual abuse in his church, is still in the ministry.  The evidence against both Driscoll and Mahaney has crossed the threshold of sufficient evidence; anybody who denies this has chosen to either remain willfully ignorant of the evidence or lacks common sense.

If you would like to listen to Janet Mefferd’s  latest revelation of Driscoll’s plagiarism the broadcast can be found here.

If you would like an insight into the type of pastor Mark Driscoll is I would highly recommend you listen to this broadcast on Pirate Christian Radio. The broadcast was aired back in June 2012 but I just recently was made aware of it by a comment on “The Wartburg Watch” blog.  As you listen to this broadcast I would ask that you compare Mark Driscoll’s view of shepherding a church to that of Jesus Christ:

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15)

Below is a screen shot of a really good blog post on “First Things” by Collin Garbarino.  You can view the post in its entirety here.

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On another note, I just came across a short book that is applicable to Mahaney, Driscoll and all their enablers.  It is titled “The Problem of the Gifted Speaker” by Stephen C. Perks and can be viewed here.  Below is the first paragraph from the preface:

“ONE of the serious problems facing the Church in the Western world today is the problem posed by the “ministry” of those who are considered “gifted speakers” and consequently idolised by the Church. Stated in its most simple form this is the problem posed by the prioritizing of the personality, charisma, “profile,” popularity, stage presence and ability of the speaker as an orator and entertainer over the content of the message being delivered—in short, the triumph of style over content, the consequence of which has been the creation of an intellectually feeble-minded and theologically malnourished generation of churchgoers who are over stimulated by sentimental and mindless entertainment worship masquerading as spiritual edification.” 

Finally, to end on a positive note, here is a beautiful song.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Keep the faith my friends.  It currently looks dark for the Church in the USA, but Christ has made the following promise in Matthew 16:18 “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


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chas pike

there will come many false prophets. driscoll has managed to capture the imagination of a generation. but i think mars hill is his church, not Christ’s. and until he surrenders the bride, and frees her from the shackles of his misguided and potentially dangerous bondage, he will hurt many people, for many generations to come. i pray that he gets of the celebrity circuit, takes a leave of absence from the pulpit, and clean out his ears.

Thanks for commenting chas, I would agree that Driscoll should take a leave of absence from the pulpit – as in permanent. My feeling is he will not. Money and adulation from his loyal fans are undoubtedly intoxicating. I pray for the sheep and rest in the promise of Christ in Matthew 16:18.

God’s continued blessing on you brother.

This whole thing is really sad to me. Let us all just pick each other apart, lets throw stones, call each other liars, plagiarizers, and bad people. Let’s dissect each others “work” and discredit any and everything that has been done under the teaching and leadership of “popular” pastors. While we are at it, lets take Driscoll’s teaching style or word choice out of context, make him an enemy of the faith, we will take bits and pieces of sound bites and critique every syllable and make him into a monster, yet we have never sat down with him, never had dinner with his family, or never attended one of the Mars Hill Churches. Let’s keep making websites and blogs dedicated to telling the masses how terrible he is and how he should just take to heart all of our hatred and opinions so he steps down from the pulpit because people are offended and don’t agree with anything he is doing. Lets do all of this because that is totally the gospel. I am sure we can take bits and pieces of the sermons from the bible and make a case for why it is totally fine to do what you are doing to Driscoll and Mahaney in this post. Super loving, very gracious of you, I also enjoy the tone of unity in the body of believers here.

If you don’t like these pastors and their preaching or books or whatever, don’t read them, don’t go to their churches, write your own books, plant your own churches that honor the vision that God has given you, but don’t use your platform and gifts to tear down other people, especially people of faith, family in Christ, regardless of preaching style, denomination, congregation size, worship set, or whatever else you can use to divide yourselves from other churches, just remember you are just as loved and adopted in Christ as Driscoll and Mahaney. Your sin murdered Jesus just as theirs and mine did.

Praying for you, these pastors, and my heart as I think we all have more time left to be molded into the image of Christ, more humility to grow in, more grace to be extended and more of Jesus’ heart to transform us.

Hi Kyla, Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts here. I realize you feel strongly about this issue or else you would not have responded. Mark Driscoll, as I assume you know, is a rather well known Christian pastor, conference speaker and author. His books have been clearly revealed to contain passages that have been plagiarized.

D.A. Carson, a highly respected Christian professor, has stated that a pastor caught plagiarizing a sermon should resign immediately or be fired. Mark Driscoll himself has a section on his website speaking to the issue of plagiarism.

Check out what the Mars Hill website says about pastor and elders of their churches here:
I quote in part:
“Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.

The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.”

I would submit that Mark Driscoll, with the documented evidence of his plagiarism, has not maintained a good reputation within or out of church. He is not qualified to be an elder. We are all sinners, no question, and there is forgiveness and restoration with God. We are still members of the body Christ but some things clearly disqualify us from ministry. At my previous church we had a man in charge of the finances that committed some grievous sins involving church finances. He is a dear brother and sincerely repented of his sin, but guess what – he lost his job. He is no longer qualified to work in church finances.

Ephesians 5:6-11 states:
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Additionally, read what Richard Baxter wrote here:

I would also urge you to listen to an interview of Boz Tchividjian by Janet Mefferd on sexual abuse. He speaks to the issue of remaining silent on sexual abuse, but I believe it applies to any blatant sin carried out by Christians, especially celebrity “leaders.” The interview can be found here:

I believe that out of love for Christ and our fellow believers we are to expose these things, not cover them up. I would warmly embrace Mark Driscoll as a brother in the Lord if he publicly repents of his plagiarism, but I don’t think he should remain as a pastor.

May God continue to bless you and conform you (and I) into the image of Christ!


“Liar, Lunatic, Lord”

It’s actually known as C S Lewis’ trilemma posed in Mere Christianity in the 1940’s.'s_trilemma
(yeah, I know… it’s wiki, but Lewis predates Morrison, and people used the argument long before Lewis too)

Thanks for the citation terriergal!

Many times I have heard pastors speak on “Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord;” written by Frank Morrison in his classic, “Who Moved the Stone,” yet fail to quote him as their source. Many repeatedly plagiarize Josh McDowell (Evidence that Demands a Verdict). One I have most often heard is, “There is a God shaped hole in the heart of man, that can only be satisfied by Jesus.” This quote is from Blasé Pascal, who said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
It is a sad commentary that pastors lie because, when you fail to quote your source, you take credit for what is not yours, thus rendering yourself a liar and a thief.
Sadly, we live in a day when lying is socially acceptable, since “everyone does it.” (I don’t know who first said that, but it wasn’t me, so I cannot take credit).
Instead of seeking wisdom and insight from the Word by waiting on the Lord, desiring to hear from His Spirit, it is far easier to take credit for that which is not ours. Remember, “everybody does it.”
The world is not eager to hear the truth from those who lie. Simple as that.

Thanks for the comment brother. I agree.