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.
He’s an embarrassment. Besides leading his church to abandon worship (so families could worship themselves) a couple of Sunday’s back, he’s now blathered on about the Reformation.
… at the Cross Conference a few days ago, JD Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the multi-campus Summit megachurch in North Carolina, declares that God says we need to “shut up about the Reformation” because He is “not a God of the past.”
Greear probably doesn’t know it but every single thing mentioned in the Bible happened in the past. The ignorant git continues, more ignorantly-
Basically what God says through Amos is if you’ll let me put it in colloquial language, “will you shut up about Gilgal and Beersheba?” I’m sick and tired of hearing about those places because I’m not a God who moved in the past. I’m a God who wants to move today in your present. I almost think, I’m on dangerous ground here…I almost think that God is saying to us “shut up about the Reformation.”
That’s not what Amos is about at all. Neither is God saying we should shut up about the Reformation.
The only thing that the selection of Greear to head the SBC proves is that voters at the annual meeting don’t care a thing about a leader’s theological sense or biblical understanding: it’s just a popularity contest. Greear is the pastor of a big church with ‘multiple campuses’ not because he’s a theologian (he isn’t) nor because he’s a biblical scholar (he clearly isn’t) but instead simply because he’s a showman. A farce.
Greear, to borrow a phrase from Paul, should ‘keep silent in the church’.
It has no connection at all to historic Christianity; it lacks theological insight; it has no notion of the Church; and it is not Christianity. If you’re a Christian and your ‘church’ cancels services at its ‘campuses’ (I’ll leave aside for now a discussion of the self-aggrandizing ego maniacs who imagine themselves managing various branch locations) simply because there’s a holiday around the corner, get out. It isn’t a Church. It is pretend Christianity. It doesn’t worship God, it worships something else. In this instance, family. But as we all know (or should know) familyolatry is idolatry.
She’s a Lutheran, right? That or a Pentebabbleist. Ugh. What rubbish theology is afoot these days. ‘Conquering Hell’? Yeah good luck with that, sparky.
Prayer is about a humble encounter with God the Father with whom the believer is in relationship as child utterly dependent. It is a conversation between Parent and child. It is speaking and listening.
It is NOT about some hazy self actualization. And poetry has nothing to do with prayer. God doesn’t need us to read poetry to him. What could be more artificial than that.
This is what happens when theological ignoramuses talk about theological things.
Today, SkyWatch TV posted a program in which End Times author and SkyWatch TV CEO Tom Horn suggested that Hillary Clinton is the “Whore of Babylon” who was conceived during a ritual carried out in 1946 by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Horn claimed that stolen emails posted by Wikileaks revealed that Clinton had filled her 2016 presidential campaign with “occultists” who believe her to be the biblical Whore of Babylon who will usher in the Antichrist.
Citing a ritual that took place in 1946 called “The Babylon Working” in which Hubbard and others allegedly attempted to conceive a goddess through “ritual sex magic,” Horn claimed that Clinton may have been the result of that effort “to bring through, into our reality, the archetype divine feminine, the Whore of Babylon.”
“She’ll grow up, she’ll become an influential worldwide-known feminist who will help give rise to the Antichrist,” Horn said. “They believed that that was Hillary Clinton.”
You Pentebabbleists are lunatics. Brain dead lunatics. You have zero exegetical skill and zero theological knowledge. You are the dilettantes of the dilettantes.
As though the Old Testament has no meaning (or cannot be understood properly) without the New Testament when the truth is, the New Testament cannot be properly understood without the Old Testament.
Nope. You aren’t the first to notice something because you’re a brilliant exegete; you’re first to notice something that no one else ever has because you’re insane.
Again, the New Testament needs the Old to be understood; but the Old doesn’t need the New. So just let the Old Testament be the Word of God in its own right, ok? Bloody Marcionites.
Dispensationalism is so utterly bonkers-
Note to self: it’s a bad idea to roam around at Amazon.com. Look for specific titles, or you’ll just weep.
Make no mistake, and let there be neither confusion nor waffling- no Christian could wear this. Anyone who calls themselves a Christian, and wears this, is not a Christian, but an idolater.
Stop distorting the Bible to make a buck.
Erm…. You guys are an idiot sandwich.
The male version of Nadia Bolz-Weber has outdone himself…
On Monday, right-wing pastor and radical conspiracy theorist Rodney Howard-Browne guest-hosted “The Alex Jones Show” on InfoWars, during which he asserted that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be shot for treason. Howard-Browne, who laid hands upon and prayed over President Trump in the Oval Office last year, was interviewing right-wing activist and commentator KrisAnne Hall, when he attacked Gingsburg for daring to suggest, back in 2012, that Egypt should “look at the Constitution of South Africa” when drafting a new constitution, rather than the U.S Constitution.
“If you hear Bader Ginsburg talk, she talks about the Constitution of America being totally flawed,” Howard-Browne complained. After Hall recounted Ginsburg’s 2012 statement, Howard-Browne asserted that Ginsburg should have been removed from office because “that was high treason.” “She should have been impeached, immediately,” Hall agreed. “I’d have them shot,” Howard-Brown replied. “To me, that’s a total violation, because how do you pledge to defend the Constitution when you are totally throwing it under the bus?”
Once again we have evidence, from their own mouths, that pentebabbleists are anything but Christian.
Lifeway has a new movie based ‘bible study’, for your small group. Because studying the Bible itself is just so hard and without a ‘popular’ hook you just can’t get people interested in doing it…