The #HarvestMeToo Movement. How Much Did Harvest Bible Chapel Financially Fleece Your Family?

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.”

Christopher Hitchens

“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. 

9 thoughts on “The #HarvestMeToo Movement. How Much Did Harvest Bible Chapel Financially Fleece Your Family?

  1. Harvest isn’t done! There will be a remnant of true believes who will remain! God will build His church through faithful spirit filled believers and there is not a damn thing anyone, including Satan himself, can do about it!

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    • I believe that God is sovereign and He calls people to stay and people to go.. I have a dear friend who, has given over $300,000 to harvest Bible Chapel. They live in a very modest home in Elgin, do not take any extravagant vacations and you would never know by knowing them that they have been so generous. Think about how you may feel about that if that were your money. Your pat answer may be, well you were giving it as unto the Lord. And yes God will bless the intentions of every man’s heart, but there has been fraud, money gone missing, no real accountability, $180-$200,000 expense account per year for James alone to spend as he wishes. A two to $300,000 per year blessing find that James can use anyway he wants. Who approved at the executive committee. And then up to the other pastors who travels, private jets first class. I wonder what the apostle Paul would’ve said about just one little thing like taking first class in an airplane. Are we to be servant leaders to wash the feet of one another, and sacrifice comfort for the sake of the gospel at times? Maybe this is it making sense to you but in the name of Christ this has happened under the umbrella of that particular elder board who is approved these things. Please just think about it And yes you may think well we’re getting a new elder board and such but rearranging the fruit without full exposure, even when Tom Kim supposedly was overseeing the money from Haiti, when we were doing the “churches helping churches” when everybody generously gave. There was $800,000 went missing, and the others well the regular elders anyway, never were informed of that. No big deal just another day at Harvest. Thank you for letting me share

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      • Thanks Takeheart2 for the story. There are countless people that have been fleeced. Just think of the impact if that money had gone to a worthwhile charity instead of HBC.

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      • This is so disturbing they gave 300,000 lives a modest life didn’t take vacations!! Wonder if they have kids and how they could have invested that money into their children!! The church never encourages you to invest in your OWN kids!!! So sorry for this family

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    • That Bible quote refers to the Church, capital “C”, meaning universal believers; it does not necessarily refer to HBC, little “c”. God may be done with it!

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    • This is so disturbing they gave 300,000 lives a modest life didn’t take vacations!! Wonder if they have kids and how they could have invested that money into their children!! The church never encourages you to invest in your OWN kids!!! So sorry for this family

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    • Yes Kent we will see about that! My parents gave $$$$ to gift their campus pastor an expense paid trip to Israel out of appreciation. I’m not saying they regret that, but I know there are other big regrets. So Kent while your so sure God will sustain Havest He also sees the beautiful hearts of giving people like my parents and makes me wonder who He is more interested in vindicating.

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