Mark Driscoll Kicked Off Stage For Calling Out Male Stripper’s Opening Act

By David Hoffman

by Danielle Dolin

Mark Driscoll was kicked off stage at a recent men’s conference for calling out the opening entertainment of the event for being like what someone would likely see at a strip club. He specifically criticized it as being reflective of “a spirit of Jezebel” and perversion. Here is video of the incident that occurred.

This took place during the Stronger Men’s Conference that was hosted by James River Church, one of the largest megachurches in Springfield, Missouri. The conference took place on April 12 and 13.

The act that was in question was done by sword-swallower Alex Magala. Magala is a stripper and pole dancer who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent for a dangerous sword-swallowing routine. During the performance at the men’s conference, Magela ripped off his shirt, swallowed his sword, and then climbed up the pole with the sword still in his mouth and throat before falling back down the pole.

Magela has made international news in the past with his dangerous exhibitions on different Got Talent shows. In an exclusive story by, they go into his past double life as a male stripper/pole dancer, at which time he was a crowd favorite in some of the “hottest gay bars in LA and Las Vegas.”

When Driscoll took the stage, he said, “I’ve been up since 1 o’clock in the morning.”

“The reason I’m hoarse is I have been praying, and my heart is very burdened for you. And I want to be very careful with this, and it’s not what I want to say, but the Jezebel spirit has already been here.”

Only a few minutes into sharing, John Lindell, senior pastor of James River Church and event organizer, jumped up on stage and booted Driscoll off.

The following is the transcript of what Driscoll shared and his immediate removal as a speaker for that session of the conference. For a link to the video, click here.

Driscoll: This is a rebuke and a correction of no one. This is an observation.

Before the Word of God was opened, there was a platform. It was a high place. On it was a pole of Asherah. The same thing that’s used in a strip club for women who have the Jezebel spirit to seduce men. In front of that was a man who ripped his shirt off like a woman does in front of a pole at a strip club. That man then ascended.

See, our God is not arrogant. He doesn’t ascend. Our God is humble; he descends. And then-

Lindell interrupts: “You are out of line, Mark!”

Driscoll: “He swallowed a sword, and Jesus cried.”

Lindell: “Wrong time, Mark!”

Driscoll: “Okay, Pastor John, I’ll receive that.”

Lindell: “You’re Done

Driscoll: “Thank you.”

Driscoll then got off the stage.

Lindell: “Wow. Let me just say this. If Mark wanted to say that, he should have said it to me first. He didn’t. Matthew 18. Matthew 18. If your brother offends you, go to him privately. I talked to Mark for a half hour. There was not one word of that. He’s out of line. If you want to say it, he can say it to me. You may not agree with me. You may not agree with him. But we are brothers in Christ, and there’s a right way to handle this.

And I’m telling you: I’m not going to sit back and watch someone do publicly what they should have done privately. And as a pastor and a man of God, I’ll call another man of God out. And I love Mark, but he was out of line. And I have a responsibility spiritually for this event. And we saw 530 people come to Christ. And we’ve (unintelligible Jesus. And we’re going to conduct ourselves in a Christian manner, and we’re going to go according to the Bible.”

As Lindell got up on stage following Driscoll’s departure, the audience began to boo loudly, and many could be heard chanting “bring him back!”

The Men’s Conference has been known for being over the top in entertainment. Last year, they had a tank smash several cars in the middle of the stadium. The stage is filled with pyrotechnics throughout the entertainment portions of the event. This year, there was also a monster truck show during the conference, photos of which can be seen on Pastor John Lindell’s Instagram account.

David Hoffman is the founder and director of Kingdom Enterprises an outreach and evangelism ministry in Tucson, Arizona. He has written articles for The Christian Post, CBN, Charisma, and several other publications. His ministry and passion is to equip Christians to share the Gospel and to reach the unchurched right here within the American culture. For more information, go to

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