James MacDonald, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll and Other Celebrity Pastors. A Discussion on Authoritarianism at Roll to Disbeleive

Over at Roll to Disbelieve, an atheist blog, they have a good discussion and article about authoritarianism. In light of the authoritarian issues inside Harvest Bible Chapel, Sovereign Grace and the late Mars Hill this article I believe is a good read. It will give a psychological understanding on James MacDonald’s behavior.

“Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.”

Charlie Chaplain

“Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.”

George Ayittey

and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[a] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:27-28 ESV

C.J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace

Inside the Neo-Calvinist movement there is a massive problem with authoritarianism. The abuse of power by people like James MacDonald, C.J. Mahaney or Mark Driscoll is sickening. You can go from Harvest Bible Chapel to the late Mars Hill to Sovereign Grace and the issues duplicate themselves. In Mars Hill Joanna Petry wrote that if Mark Driscoll could have murdered her husband he would have. James MacDonald, according to Julie Roys used elders wives pictures for target practice and stabbed another one in a rage with a butter knife. C.J. Mahaney smiled and was known for his “humility.” While being humble he casually blackmailed people and led a corrupt theological empire. He exerted people to “give until it hurts.” While people in Sovereign Grace gave sacrificially and often ate oatmeal for dinner Mahaney lived well off the backs of people who gave. He has no remorse for his behavior as I interpret this situation.

Authoritarianism is a major issue in evangelicalism. Its also an issue in our culture. Outside the Neo-Calvinist camp I have also written about traditional evangelical culture warriors who also exhibit this issue.  Over at the atheist blog Roll to Disbelieve they have a solid article about authoritarians like James MacDonald. Captain Cassidy writes about the history of authoritarianism. After World War II psychologists studied what attracted people to Nazism in Germany. Some people pull ahead as leaders and others are followers. Many authoritarians exploit fear, they escape their fear by gaining power. I would strongly encourage this read as it gives a psychological aspect on James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel. You can read the article in, “Authoritarians, Fear, and the Culture Wars.”

2 thoughts on “James MacDonald, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll and Other Celebrity Pastors. A Discussion on Authoritarianism at Roll to Disbeleive

  1. Good article I don’t agree with everything. But it makes excellent points! I love the shift of culture becoming more consent oriented especially the church. Also when it talked about people will talk in raises voices to make themswlves more credible to the group right then I’m like that’s why some pastors yell during sermons, Macdonald is one and I see his sons are copieing that too and that’s why!!!

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    • Ja and that is fine. The goal that I have is to teach you how to think and not what to think. The fact that you can read something and appreciate parts of it and disagree with other parts is good. You, me and everyone else needs to learn how to think, challenge and question. Learning to think critically is healthy and good and will prevent you from getting involved in another Harvest Bible Chapel. But think about things from different angles and even question me. That is good and any person who writes should welcome questions. Thanks for your comment.

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