The Wondering Eagle acquired the non-disclosure agreement that James MacDonald’s Harvest Bible Chapel uses to silence former employees. Read through the agreement, process it and ask yourself, is this how a church should function?
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”
“The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
Below is the Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that employees are asked to sign when they separate from the organization. In reading this over it appears as if this agreement lasts long beyond a person’s employment at HBC. In further study in section 2.1 in the second paragraph it states that an employee will “never aid in any contemplated, threatened or actual litigation against HBC.” So people are silenced from engaging in lawsuits even amidst the potential for any allegation of criminal activity. Isn’t that ironic especially as James MacDonald fires off lawsuits. The Wondering Eagle would like to know, does this NDA apply to James MacDonald or is he exempt? Section 4 deals with publication at blogs, media, websites and social media. This explains why many HBC employees are silent and don’t want to discuss the situation of James MacDonald’s behavior or issues at HBC.
Now here is what I want you to contemplate as you read this NDA. Is this how Jesus would act? Can you imagine Jesus going to his 12 disciples and saying, “You need to sign this NDA otherwise I retain the legal right to go after you long after we have parted ways.” Is this NDA indicative of a church or a cult? Is this how former employees should be treated after they separate from the organization? Here is another question to ask, is this James MacDonald’s church or the Lord’s? Reading this NDA is further evidence why people need to leave HBC.