Like so many other megachurch parsons, James MacDonald has run from taking responsibility for whatever sin he’s engaged in.
The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that pastor James MacDonald would take an “indefinite sabbatical” from preaching and leadership at the Chicago megachurch while it works to reconcile with past critics.
The decision came after the church’s Executive Committee of the Elders held a closed-door meeting on Monday and presented its recommendations to the entire Elder Board Tuesday night.
The announcement follows recent reports of criticism of the church’s financial and management practices.
“We have tried a variety of different strategies to address external criticisms over the past several years,” a statement from the elders acknowledged. “It has become apparent that these efforts have failed to fully identify and address our personal failures, sins, and errors in leadership, thus perpetuating a continuation of the criticism.”
The elders said MacDonald has permission to continue preaching at the Harvest location in Naples, Fla., this winter but he has recused himself from having any leadership role in the reconciliation process and will participate only when asked.
“I have carried great shame about this pattern in certain relationships that can only be called sin,” MacDonald said in a statement. “I am grieved that people I love have been hurt by me in ways they felt they could not express to me directly and have not been able to resolve. I blame only myself for this and want to devote my entire energy to understanding and addressing these recurring patterns.”
These guys are always so evasive and always refuse to repent with any sense of sincerity and clarity. They are a blot on the body of Christ and a cancer.
If you go to a megachurch chances are pretty darn good that your Pastor is a sketchy somebody who will be found to be such in due course. Get out and attend a real church where the Pastor actually knows who you are.