Mark Driscoll books withdrawn from 180 Christian bookstores amid controversy

Camille Banzon

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Tuesday, August 19 2014

Pastor Mark Driscoll and wife Grace appeared on "The View" to discuss the 2012 book, "Real Marriage." The book has been pulled from Christian stores.Credit: ABC / Donna Svennevik

It looks like Mark Driscoll won't be selling books any time soon. His books, "Real Marriage" and a "Call to Resurgence" has been pulled out of 180 Christian bookstores due to controversies involving the pastor.

One Christian literature resource, LifeWay Christian Stores, released a statement confirming the halt on selling the books that the pastor authored:

"LifeWay Stores and LifeWay.com are not selling Mark Driscoll's books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry," said LifeWay in a statement.

Driscoll has been peppered with rumors of "bullying" members of his church when they try to disagree with some elements of his sermon.

In 1996, Driscoll founded Mars Hill Church in Seattle and as of today, the church has grown into 15 locations all over USA, with a reported attendance of 13,000 church-goers. Driscoll is known for his big screen sermons and "magnetic" charisma.

Aside from bullying, it has also been reported that Driscoll has been using church funds "inappropriately." It was said that the pastor spent $200,000 from church money to pay a marketing firm to boost the sales of his book, Real Marriage.

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Real Marriage made it to the 2012 New York Times bestseller list, and churchgoers are pressing allegations that the book made it to the list because of their money.

The pastor is also facing allegations of plagiarism. Some of the critics that read his book, "Call to Resurgence," claim that the pastor did not properly cite sources.

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