Mancow Muller spoke about a class action lawsuit against Harvest Bible Chapel if James MacDonald doesn’t resign. Its my hope that Mancow along with many former members from Harvest will file a class action lawsuit to open up the black budget. That is the only way Fred Adams will speak. In a class action lawsuit Capin Crouse and ECFA should be included. Both organizations enabled James MacDonald amidst shady behavior, massive financial problems and a black budget.
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
The ECFA’s Dan Busby told me in July that his group reviewed Mars Hill Global and found it to be in compliance with ECFA standards. In September, a week after Driscoll announced his sabbatical and the church announced its review of his behavior, Busby said, “ECFA will let the church complete their review. Then, ECFA will be in a position to determine if our separate review of the same issues is warranted.”
Dan Busby from ECFA on Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill in 2015.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NLT
Mancow Muller is on the far right.
This morning Mancow is airing more tapes about scandal involving James MacDonald. I believe he is going directly to the sexual harassment allegations as a part of the #Me To Movement. There is so much to write about Harvest but I want to analyze a way in which the Harvest Bible Chapel debate can move forward and some answers can be provided.
Evangelicals are Changing Their Thoughts on Lawsuits Amidst Fraud and Abuse
Many evangelical Christians are slowly changing their views on lawsuits due to the incredible fraud and abuse situations coming out of evangelicalism. I wrote about this topic in, ““…Someone Needs to Sue These Bastards.” Are Evangelical Christians Reaching a Tipping Point When it Comes to Lawsuits and Legal Action?” That title came from a Washingtonian Magazine article that looked at the child sex abuse issues inside C.J. Mahaney’s Sovereign Grace Ministries and how those were allegedly covered up. What is slowly happening and my hope is that people at Harvest Bible Chapel realize what I am about to say next. Questionable and shady pastors like James MacDonald will use scripture on people in the church and bind them by it. Then they don’t follow or believe what they teach. People who attend or who have gone to Harvest Bible Chapel need to realize that James MacDonald never played by the rules. Why should they be boxed into a corner just because? Why should the rules apply to the person in the seat but not the person in pulpit? As scandals happen people in some of these churches are slowly waking up and realizing that they need to take the next step. That is why people filed a lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries, its why a RICO was filed against Mars Hill Seattle and its why a RICO is pending against Gospel for Asia.
Did Capin Crouse Commit or Enable Fraud at Harvest Bible Chapel? What About ECFA?
This blog would like to ask the following question. Did Capin Crouse commit fraud in handling James MacDonald’s financial books for Harvest Bible Chapel for years? Were they aware of the black budget and did they stay silent and view that as a hands off item? What does an organization like Capin Crouse do when they encounter shady or questionable financial dealings in an organization they handle the finances for? To get these answers a lawsuit should be considered against Capin Crouse. You can read the financial statements from Capin Crouse in the following post, “Walk in the Word, a Black Budget at Harvest Bible Chapel and Finances that Resemble a Criminal Syndicate More Than a Ministry.” But the question needs to be asked, did Capin Crouse know of the black budget? Capin Crouse needs to be held accountable for the black budget issue.
Then there is also the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA is based in Winchester, Virginia which is about an hour outside Washington, D.C. Their moto is “Enhancing Trust in Ministry.” During the entire Harvest Bible Chapel scandal, ECFA has chosen to certify Harvest. And that is with all the financial issues, the $42 million dollars of debt, the black budget, and James MacDonald extravagant lifestyle. This is not the first time that ECFA has failed as an organization. They also certified Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church. When the scandal came out who did the head of ECFA blame? Was it Mark Driscoll? No it was bloggers. You can read what Dan Busby said here. There were questions about ECFA and Mars Hill which Warren Throckmorton wrote about here and here.
Aim for the Black Budget is the Only Way to Get Fred Adams to Talk
The question I have heard from nearly everyone is that the person who knows where the “bodies are buried” at Harvest Bible Chapel is Fred Adams. Fred Adams resigned from Harvest Bible Chapel in December of 2017. Today he still works in the evangelical industrial complex at Church Building Ministry in Elgin, Illinois. If people want to get Fred Adams to speak, and to go on record a lawsuit can do that. This is hypothetical but I want to raise this question. What if a successful lawsuit forces open the black budget books? What if in the process they discover that the black budget was used to cover up 45 incidents of child sex abuse at Harvest Bible Chapel? What if people learn that victims were given hush money to stay silent and made to sign financial and legal agreements? What if the black budget revealed that James MacDonald dealt with a sexual harassment claim by giving a person money? And what if in many of these transactions it was Fred Adams who signed the check? Now imagine if that information is coming forward in the Chicago media in publications like the Daily Herald or the Chicago Tribune; and its reported that Harvest Bible Chapel used a black budget to buy people’s silence and the point person was Fred Adams. Fred is going to be put in the position to speak to the allegations and questions. This is the only way to get Fred Adams to talk.
Mancow Should Proceed with 3 Class Action Lawsuits Against Harvest Bible Chapel, Capin Crouse and ECFA
This blog is encouraging Mancow Muller and former members of Harvest Bible Chapel to engage in a class action lawsuit against the following entities:
- Harvest Bible Chapel to open up the black budget and make that information public knowledge.
- Capin Crouse in their financial audits of Harvest Bible Chapel and handling their finances. Did Capin Crouse know of the black budget and the other issues and stay silent? Did they look the other way? These questions need to be asked.
- Evangelical Counsel of Financial Accountability needs to be included. Is it standard practice to have ECFA certify churches that have black budgets? Is it standard practice to look the other way against massive debt amounts that exceed most organizations. $42 million is a lot of debt – and that still remains.
My hope is that Mancow Muller will still pursue a class action lawsuit against Harvest Bible Chapel and force open the black budget. Its my hope that many former members who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars also join a class action lawsuit. Yesterday I spoke with someone who gave over $90,000 to Harvest and is angry over the waste. You can read about that in, “The #HarvestMeToo Movement. How Much Did Harvest Bible Chapel Financially Fleece Your Family?” Lawsuits against shady Christian organizations are healthy and good. My hope is that this post will give those who once attended Harvest Bible Chapel something to consider.