A comment on a prior post at this blog leads to this article. A former member of Harvest Bible Chapel explained why they attended. Also worth noting is that the atheist community is paying attention to the Harvest Bile Chapel scandal. This is two posts in one
But yet the sheep at the megachurch will still blindly obey the pastor and the elders. They’re Godly men you see and to say anything negative against them is a sin! It pains me to see how dumb and gullible so many Christians are.
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“Its’ the healthiest church I have been involved in Dave.” That is what an Air Force Captain who graduated from the Air Force Academy told me about his former Sovereign Grace church – Redeemer Arlington in the Washington, D.C. area. Accusations about covering up child sex abuse from a lot of their churches poured out on a blog called SGM Survivors. There was allegations of C.J. Mahaney’s criminal activity. I was dumb founded as to why a person would want to go to such a church. If they cared about God why attend a church mired in scandal, corruption and more? I still don’t understand it to be honest with you.
What happened in Sovereign Grace Ministries also is ongoing in Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. The question that also must be asked is why are people attending Harvest Bible Chapel. Amidst the abuse, the Paxton Singer situation being mishandled, and so much more. I wrote why people need to leave Harvest Bible Chapel in, “Why People Need to Leave Harvest Bible Chapel.” They other day a person left a comment on a post that explained why they attended Harvest Bible Chapel. I want to use what they said to explain to others why people are still attending. I would love if those of you who left Harvest could explain and discuss what is said here in the comment section below.
I can tell from experience. It’s literally a Midwest thing. We don’t care if we don’t have to. I was there (Harvest Bible Chapel) for 21 years and literally didn’t care as long as I got my worship fix and a good message. Didn’t care about anything else. I wised up one day when he (James MacDonald) attacked and laughed at something very important to me. I never set foot in HBC again.
The people there love the brand and or the product. You can tell them it’s toxic or a disaster, they don’t care. They get their Sunday fix, pay their tithe, grab the kids and go home.
I still have friends that go and when we see them they’re all “wasn’t the sermon great today..???” Etc. They’re not interested in what anyone else has to say. They love Jmac and are totally loyal to him and his product. They love the worship, trust me it’s second to none, and that’s what keeps them.
The Atheist Community is Watching the Harvest Bible Chapel Scandal
Up above there is a quote from someone who explained why people attend Harvest Bible Chapel. There is another factor to consider and its this point. Many atheists and secular humanists are watching all this play out with James MacDonald. They are noticing, discussing and speaking about this issue. This also happened with Mars Hill in Seattle. One of the biggest critics of Mark Driscoll was atheist Valerie Tarico who wrote about Driscoll in posts like this and this. If you read Valerie’s blog you can read about 8 articles and see Mars Hill from the perspective of an atheist.
Now we are dealing with Harvest Bible Chapel and its one of the most well known atheist bloggers who is writing about the scandal with James MacDonald. One of the posts is not by Hemant Mehta, but the other one is. You can read what those in the atheist of secular humanist community are saying about the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal at The Friendly Atheist. Those posts are here and here.
I am poking around and seeing what else is being said. But I thought this post is a good opportunity to combine two topics. Why people go to Harvest Bible and what atheists are saying about people who attend Harvest Bible Chapel. By the way read the comment section it is rich.