A conversation with a former small group leader at Harvest Bible Chapel leads to this post. A person was shocked to realize how much they gave to Harvest Bible Chapel. The goal of this post is to get people to anonymously share what was given to Harvest. Did you arrange to transfer stocks and bonds or inheritance to Harvest? Let’s share some stories of questionable financial giving which took place at Harvest Bible Chapel. On Twitter let’s use the hashtag #HarvestMeToo.
“Shepherds don’t look after sheep because they love them – although I do think some shepherds like their sheep too much. They look after their sheep so they can, first, fleece them and second, turn them into meat. That’s much more like the priesthood as I know it.”
“There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.”
Frederick W. Robertson
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4 NLT
When the Sovereign Grace Ministries scandal was ongoing people grappled with how much they financially gave to a questionable ministry. Under the threat of church discipline they gave until it hurt, after all that is what C.J. Mahaney taught them. In the shadow of Washington, D.C. some families gave so much to this ministry that they ate oatmeal for dinner for regularly.
I share that as I transition to Harvest Bible Chapel. This blog would like to ask those who were involved in Harvest Bible Chapel, how much money were you fleeced by James MacDonald? This afternoon I had a conversation with a former small group leader at Harvest Bible. His name is Bob, which is a pseudonym and he and his wife work hard. They are solid middle class and they live in the northern Chicago suburbs and the husband commutes to downtown Chicago on Metra. The other day they he sat down and looked at some of his past giving to Harvest Bible Chapel. He deeply regrets the money he turned over and realizes what a waste it was to give above and beyond to Harvest. Bob looked into what would have happened if he gave the money to Compassion International instead of Harvest Bible Chapel. After all at Compassion they can feed a child at $38.00 a month. In doing the math Bob realized that he and his wife could have supported 197 families at $38.00 a month for a full year. He was shocked to realize that he and his wife gave close to $90,000 to Harvest Bible Chapel. In the phone call his voice was filled with disgust over what happened and he encouraged me to pursue this topic.
So for others of you who went to Harvest how much did you give? Can you identify with Bob? Did you give up home repairs, remodels, sell a car, or transfer your Mom’s inheritance to Harvest Bible Chapel? Did you delay braces for the kids? Or did you cancel that vacation to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin or Branson, Missouri to give to Harvest? Let’s get these stories of giving out. You can post below anonymously. James MacDonald is known for his mansions and someone had to support Kathy MacDonald’s shopping sprees at Target. I have heard that Kathy loves to shop. Meanwhile Luke MacDonald and Talbot Behnken are actually neighbors and share a backyard from what I have been told. Even though Talbot and Luke could share food over the fence, someone needs to pay their fat salaries also. What stories of giving can you share with Bob to let him know that he was not the only one that was had? On Twitter let’s use the hashtag the #HarvestMeToo to explain how you were had.