Is James MacDonald planning his comeback? A message in a private Facebook group on Thursday evening August 15, 2019 raises that very question. Julie Roys broke this first so I am building off this topic after writing about Harvest Bible Chapel scandal in 2018 and 2019.
“The code of the con is to know just enough about everything so you can lie about anything.
(attrib: E. Tancarville)
We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. 14 We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:13-14 NLT
As I was getting ready for bed I noticed something on social media that troubled me. Each and every shady pastor that had a massive fall due to scandal has tried to re-start their career. C.J. Mahaney did so in Louisville, Kentucky and Mark Driscoll fled Seattle and went to Scottsdale, Arizona. James MacDonald I fear will be no different. James, if you recall was finally fired from Harvest Bible Chapel in early 2019. Mancow Muller, played a tape on his Chicago show, where someone who sounded like James MacDonald was recorded on a hot microphone as to how he wanted to plant child pornography on the computer of Harold Smith who is the CEO of Christianity Today. You can read more in, “Mancow Muller Produces an Audiotape of James MacDonald Allegedly Wanting to Plant Child Pornography on a “Critic’s” Computer. Harvest Bible Chapel Elder Board Promptly Fires Him” and “The Allegation of Child Pornography and James MacDonald. Also a Question for Garrett Higbee.”
A Message From James MacDonald in a Private Facebook Group
At Julie Roys blog she has a private posting in a Facebook group called Walk in the Word Partners. The message in its entirety without being edited says the following.
This message is for our ministry partners only. Greetings loved ones, Please continue in prayer for Kathy and I – there has been a great deal of loss for us this year but we love one another and the Lord and have prayed fervently not to say or do anything during our trial that would undermine our many years of teaching you God’s Word. We have prayed to practice our biblical teaching on love and God has surely allowed us to be stretched. There is much we could say, as so much is not at all what has been portrayed. But we look to the Lord for forgiveness where I did fail as a leader and for vindication of false statements that will not cover forever what others have done. God is in control, truth will come to light in his time. When Our Lord moves to remedy these injustices and bring healing between hearts humbled before him, we will have all the more reason to praise Him. We are ready now with open arms and pray for others to meet us in genuine Christian reconciliation. Our health is good, our children have found other places of fruitful ministry and many prayers have been answered along these lines. Our broadcast partners are our family now and we will be back soon w fresh messages from God’s Word. All free – all digital – all the time, as promised. If you want to write to us – we are reading all mail personally at:James and Kathy MacDonaldPO Box 5368Elgin IL 60121
Just this week I met a man at a gas station in Casper Wyoming (while travelling to see our grankids) who approached me with a strong word He knew it was me and I wouldn’t look up but just began to weep as he said boldly: “James, I love you and many others do too. I can’t make sense of all that has happened in your ministry – just seems like it all could have been worked out. God is not done with you yet– get back to preaching God’s word, as we all need to hear from you.” Wow – i cannot tell you what these suprise and very kind words, so on point and from the Lord have meant to me. I am so thankful for a faithful messenger. In God’s time we desire to be that messenger in your life again, afresh. Great days of triumph and victory always follow days of testing – we look forward to sharing with you in brand new ways – all the Lord has been teaching us and what His calling is for us.Much love to you in Christ,James and Kathy
This Blog Wants James MacDonald to be Done with Ministry
This development I actually feared as someone who is a narcissist needs to be center stage and is addicted to the attention. James MacDonald is a con-man who cannot be allowed to return to ministry. This situation at Harvest is one of the only ones that I know of where a pastor allegedly spoke about child pornography. That is deeply disturbing and also child pornography is a federal crime. This needs to be discussed. James fired himself but by reckless bullying and behavior. This blog very much wants to see him stay away from churches. Go to Nevada and open a casino and you can take Jerry Jenkins with you. If people have information about this development they are free to email me about it and I will gladly write about it.