The Wondering Eagle learns a painful story of how James MacDonald allegedly fires employees from Harvest Bible Chapel. In addition a strange Easter sermon in 2013 led some people to leave Harvest. With James MacDonald its all about the benjamins baby! That is James’ God and who he worships.
“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.”
“Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.”
J. Paul Getty
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
This blog has come to learn more information that has to be shared with those from Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago.
James MacDonald’s Anger Issues and How Some Would be Fired from Harvest Bible Chapel
By now you are familiar with the problem that deals with James MacDonald’s rage and anger issues. Julie Roys wrote about some of these issues in her article ataWorld. Behind the scenes he is known for unloading and tearing people apart. In writing this blog I have heard of some stories of James at Harvest Bible Chapel that are troubling. Recently someone approached me and shared a story of how someone was allegedly fired by James MacDonald. In hearing this story I have corroborated this information with other sources who have told me that this happened multiple times at Harvest Bible Chapel.
From time to time with staff James MacDonald allegedly ordered people to be fired because he didn’t like them, or he felt that they were no longer useful to him. James views people through the following lens: How can I use this person and is there anything they can provide me? Some time ago there was a Harvest employee who was allegedly on vacation. MacDonald allegedly was in a rage and ordered him fired. He also allegedly barked for other staff to box up the person’s belongings in their office. So the person came back from their vacation ready to work and to serve, and they were promptly informed that they were fired. From what I have heard seldom has there been a reason. We’re talking about someone who is allegedly impulsive. The source I spoke with about this explained their disgust that MacDonald treats people in such a way. They asked me in a conversation, “Is this a Christian way to treat someone?”
And speaking of firing and office space at Harvest Bible Chapel another source shared this information. When the Harvest Bible Fellowship split took place it allegedly happened on an impulsive decision by James MacDonald. When the split occurred many Fellowship employees were locked out of their office. Scott Milholland is the person who allegedly had people locked out of their offices.
A Strange Easter Sermon That Bothered People and Resulted in Some Leaving Harvest Bible Chapel
The second story is also disturbing. Let me start by asking you how do you think an Easter sermon would go? An Easter sermon would probably be about how Jesus conquered death. It would also be about the hope that comes with the resurrection. It is an example to proclaim the good news of sin being destroyed. Historically that is what I have heard in Easter messages and probably many of you as well.
Its in that context that the following Easter message happened that deeply disturbed people. This took place in 2013. James MacDonald decided to start his series on money. From the pulpit he barked that, “People told me that I shouldn’t preach on money on Easter. Watch me!” With that he did a sermon on money. Nothing about the resurrection. No talk about the most important holiday in Christianity. As people watched James they felt that he was obsessed with money. One person explained to me how inappropriate it was to preach on money. Another person has told me how strange it was. And yet another person told me that after that sermon they decided to leave.
Instead of preaching about Jesus on Easter is it possible that for James MacDonald his God is actually money? Can it be said that money is what James worships? Can it be said that much of what has occurred at Harvest Bible Chapel is due to James obsession to get more money? He’ll join the Southern Baptist to get church planting money. He’ll protect the Van Kamps and other financial sources because he worships money. Does this explain his thoughts on T.D. Jakes? Going back to Easter is the reason why James MacDonald preached about money is because there are a lot of people who go to church on either Easter or Christmas and James wanted to use them as his personal ATM? He had one opportunity to get money from people who showed up on the most important Christian holiday. In my opinion this is who James MacDonald is. He is a fraud and a conman. He’s kind of like the shady used car salesman that you interact with who afterward you need to take a three day shower. With James MacDonald its all about the benjamins!