In the Watergate scandal after Nixon resigned those who supported the corruption still faced consequences for their actions. That included people like John Ehrlichman,H.R. Haldeman and John Mitchell. In the case of the Harvest Bible Chapel, this blog is calling for Garrett Higbee, Kent Shaw, Rick Donald, and Jeff Donaldson to be held accountable. Plus this blog would like to find out did Kent Shaw or Garrett Higbee receive a payout to buy their silence. If so what was the amount. People who gave their money to Harvest Bible Chapel have a right now know how it was used.
“You wanna know people are held accountable if they engage in misconduct and that no one is above the law. “
“The business of popularizing crime is how we expose the faults in our justice system. It’s how we expose police misconduct.”
For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
Romans 13:9-10 NLT
Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974
As the Watergate scandal dragged on in 1974 President Richard Nixon still had the support of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill. On August 5, 1974 that changed with the emergence of a recording from June 23, 1972. In that tape Nixon was informed about the break in at the Democratic National Committee on June 17, 1972. Nixon approved the plans the thwart the investigation and the cover-up. On Capitol Hill Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott from Pennsylvania, Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona and House Minority Leader John Jacob Rhodes from Arizona met with Nixon. They bluntly told Nixon that he would be facing impeachment and that he had to resign. When Nixon asked about his support in the Senate Goldwater said is was only about 15 votes. Shortly there after Nixon decided to resign. He gave a national speech on August 8, 1974 and gave his last talk to the White Houses staff on August 9, 1974. You can watch that speech up above. Nixon then walked out onto the White House lawn, gave his victory salute and left the White House to Gerald Ford.
Even though Nixon was gone the Watergate scandal still dragged on many of the people under Nixon still were dealing with the ramification from the scandal. For example John Dean who became well known for his testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice before Watergate Judge John Sirica on October 19, 1973. His sentence was handed down on August 2, 1974, and testified against other Watergate conspirators until January 1, 1975. John Ehrlichman who was Nixon’s counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs resigned on April 30, 1973. Ehrlichman faced a trial and was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and other charges on January 1, 1975. He faced prison and served a total of 18 months. John Mitchell was Nixon’s Attorney General who approved a controlled political slush fund used for gathering intelligence on Democrats. When Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post journalist was asked to comment on an upcoming Post article, Mitchell remarked that Kathryn Graham (who published the Washington Post) was going to ‘get her tit caught in a big fat ringer…” On February 21, 1975 Mitchell was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to prison where he eventually served 19 months. H.R. Haldeman was Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff. Nixon instructed Haldeman in the June 23, 1972 tape to engage in the cover up. Haldeman was fired on April 30, 1973 and he also faced trial and was convicted on January 1, 1975 of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He served 18 months in prison and was released on parole December 29 ,1978.
Why Garrett Higbee, Kent Shaw, Rick Donald and Jeff Donaldson Need to be Held Accountable
The idea for this post came in speaking to someone who suggested Watergate. This post was not an original thought by me. However I have used Watergate as a topic previously in discussing the Sovereign Grace Ministry scandal. You can read that in “What C.J. Mahaney can Learn from Richard Nixon’s Resignation and Fall from Watergate: Some Thoughts on Humility, and “When it Comes to C. J. Mahaney; What the Evangelical Christian Church can Learn from Deep Throat and Watergate.” When it comes to the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal this blog would suggest that individuals like Garrett Higbee, Kent Shaw, Rick Donald and Jeff Donaldson are the equivalent of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, and others. Just as those individuals did Nixon’s malfeasance in Watergate, inside Harvest Bible Chapel Higbee, Shaw, Donald, and Donaldson did theirs. It was done either it staying silent and refusing to speak out or by cooperating with James MacDonald.
- Garrett Higbee was supposed to hold James MacDonald accountable who never did. He didn’t speak up or raise issues. When on Mancow Muller it was revealed that someone who sounded like James MacDonald wanted to plant child pornography on a computer, the question needs to be asked; was Higbee aware of James MacDonald and any issues of child pornography and chose to stay silent? You can read more in “The Allegation of Child Pornography and James MacDonald. Also a Question for Garrett Higbee.” This blog would like to ask the question if Soul Care inside Harvest Bible Chapel was used to cover up sexual crimes especially was they pertain to domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
- Kent Shaw was the Executive Director of Harvest Bible Fellowship. Its this blog’s understanding that Kent was aware of the money that was transferred from Harvest Bible Fellowship to Harvest Bible Chapel, If Kent wasn’t aware then he wasn’t doing his job.
- Rick Donald is known as the “smiling assassin.” Rick Donald did James MacDonald’s dirty work as the Assistant Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. John Secrets down in Naples learned that the hard way. Inside Chicago Rick Donald did the dirty work that enabled the MacDonald family.
- Jeff Donaldson should also be included in this list. Jeff is the Executive Ministry Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. Jeff started out well years ago, but he prostituted his soul in service to MacDonald. That is how he was rewarded with the position and influence he has inside the organization.
In the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal these individuals should also face investigation and more. This blog believes that some of the issues and alleged criminal activity could not have happened either by cooperating and allowing it to occur, or to stay silent or willingly go along. The question needs to be asked, what did they know and when did they know it?
Did Garrett Higbee and Kent Shaw Accept Payoffs to Keep them Silent?
This blog would also like to know what was the payoff for Garrett Higbee and Kent Shaw when they left Harvest? Individuals like them don’t leave organizations like Harvest unless money has changed hands with the promise to stay silent. This blog would like to find out how much did Garrett Higbee and Kent Shaw take when they left Harvest? Was it $200,000? $250,000? $300,000? Many people scarified in giving to Harvest Bible Chapel, and people have a right to know how their money was used. If anyone knows please email me the information.