Mark Driscoll Lies About Where His Bible Came From

On March 21, 2021, Mark Driscoll of the elderless and abusive The Trinity Church dropped this image on Instagram with a caption that reads:

Some 30 years ago, my beautiful girlfriend (and eventual wife) gave me this bible. Since then, my life has been about learning and teaching the words written within the leather binding. I may or may not have had it rebound a few times. 😂 What’s the verse that changed your life? Drop it in the comments.

There is only one problem: his girlfriend couldn’t have given him the Bible he has in his hands, because the ESV didn’t exist yet.

The ESV was published by Crossway in 2001, and so it would be impossible for it to have received it 30 years ago back in 1991.

He did not misspeak and mean 20 years ago, as he was already married for nearly 10 years by then – certainly, no girlfriends were giving him bibles.

It is technically within the realm of theoretical possibilities that he was given a different bible and just rebound it with an ESV cover – say an NRSV or something, but that would make no sense, particularly because he frequently uploads pictures of his sermon notes to Instagram and all the bible verses are from the ESV, as well as has said on multiple occasions that he preaches from the ESV.

Any explanation from Driscoll and company on how that time-traveing bible came into his possession would be most appreciated.

h/t to @renatlsurvivors on Twitter and @trinitycult on Instragram for the find.


Enjoy our content? GREAT! Unfortunately, ad revenue for truth-telling websites has been severely hampered by censorship and de-platforming. This ministry isn't free to run, and finding people willing to support polemical theology is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

So we have some great ways for you to EASILY support our work that will take less than 3 minutes of your time to do.
First, check our our page explaining this all at detail at

But in short, you can support us on Patreon and get exclusive rewards like the FULL non-truncated episodes of the bi-weely Polemics Report podcast ONLY available on your Patreon app. It's super easy to use. Get exclusive updates from JD. Get all that and support our work for only $5.95 a month. You'll also get a PAID subscription to 'The Insurgency' "banned news blasts" once a day for 50 news links to banned content you can't find in social media. For other patron tiers, you can join us live via zoom to interact with JD during the Bulldgomatic Bible study, get free theology books in the mail, and more.

Or, if you don't want to use Patreon and don't want the rewards, subscribe to 'The Insurgency' "banned news blasts" for free (three days a week) or $7 dollars a month (notice that's a dollar more than getting it through Patreon) or $70 dollars a year. Instead of you scouring the news, let our Gideon Knox News team do the news-hunting FOR YOU and it will save you time finding real news.

And finally, you can give a one time financial gift through Giving Fuel . It's also super-easy to set up and takes only minutes.

Because JD gets banned in Facebook a lot, you can also find him on Twitter here And if you're into politics, check out Montana Daily Gazette. If you just want his sermons, check out his SermonAudio feed

3 thoughts on “Mark Driscoll Lies About Where His Bible Came From

  1. C’mon, he’s a contemporary pastor of the Church Of What’s Happenin’ – nobody expects him to tell the truth.

  2. I’m sure he’s not lying about the fact that his wife, then girlfriend, gave him a bible. She is a pastors daughter. And I’m sure that did turn his life around. Unfortunately it’s all lies, deceit and ungodliness after that.

  3. The ESV is a revision of the RSV. It’s possible Grace gave him an RSV and over the years he updated his copy accordingly.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *