An old comment that I stumbled upon at SGM Survivors leads to a quick post. Was Sovereign Grace a cult or cultic? Or cult like? It was my conclusion at the time that Sovereign Grace was a cult, and that belief has not softened with the passing of time. Continue reading
A disturbing story comes out on Twitter involving Harvest Christian Academy. James MacDonald’s son, Luke MacDonald allegedly threatened the family of Dan Haskell. Luke was allegedly enraged over a prayer that Dan left on The Elephant’s Debt blog. This happened in April of 2018 after the Haskells felt nudged by the Holy Spirit to leave Harvest Bible Chapel two months prior. Dan raised the threat with the Harvest Bible Chapel elders who didn’t address the situation. Talbott Behnken allegedly made Dan Haskell the issue and participated in gaslighting. Dan wanted to make sure that the safety and wellbeing of his children were guaranteed by the head of Harvest Christian Academy. Talbott Behnken allegedly would not do that.
Over at Roll to Disbelieve, an atheist blog, they have a good discussion and article about authoritarianism. In light of the authoritarian issues inside Harvest Bible Chapel, Sovereign Grace and the late Mars Hill this article I believe is a good read. It will give a psychological understanding on James MacDonald’s behavior.
This post at The Wondering Eagle looks at how James MacDonald tests his followers loyalty. It can either be through the Vertical tattoo or the coin Harvest Bible Chapel pastors are expected to carry. In addition this blog learned that at the final pastors and wives retreat before the fracture of the Fellowship, James MacDonald allegedly put many of his pastors in a difficult position and pressured them to get the Vertical Church tattoo.
Doug Ponder an Acts 29 pastor from Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia wrote a troubling article about church planting for The Gospel Coalition in December of 2018. The article has concerns in light of the issues this blog has written about at Remnant Church. What Doug is espousing reminds me more of how cancer spreads and amounts to empire building in the end. Continue reading
This is an article that reflects on an older post from Mike Anderson who led The Resurgence at Mars Hill in Seattle. What do you do when religion leads you to places that are dark and to behaviors just as destructive as alcoholism or drug addiction? This also reflects on what I have seen in my own life. Continue reading
A planned PR blitz on Instagram to support James MacDonald is scheduled to occur tomorrow December 22, 2018. Allegedly organized by a couple of elder wives this blog would like to ask, is this any different than a PR operation in North Korea?
At her blog Julie Roys had a deeply disturbing post that was a follow up to her expose of James MacDonald Harvest Bible Chapel. The post is about a text exchange between Harvest Elder Randy Williams and a number of other individuals. James MacDonald is accused of trying to control the masses and run a cult. Continue reading
An intern for Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) writes a blog post for the Cru chapter at the University of Illinois. In the blog post he writes about why he serves in Cru. For me its basically a blog post on why he wanted to quit his secular job and crawl back into the bubble. In the process he forgets all the other people who could use the Gospel. Articles like this give us insight into the issues with modern evangelicalism.
An article by Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine leads to this brief post. The question that needs to be asked is if religion declines or dies in the United States will it be replaced by political cults? The infusion of religion and politics. Continue reading