January 24, 2012
James MacDonald, founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel and founding member of the Gospel Coalition, has announced his resignation from the Gospel Coalition council. On his blog, MacDonald expressed his appreciation for TGC's work and explained the reasons for his resignation: "Though never entirely comfortable with the title 'reformed' ... I believe in these important biblical distinctions as protections against a man-centered gospel. I also believe strongly that local pastors benefit from an association that holds a high standard for churches in preserving -- even contending for -- sound theology. Our church's doctrinal statement has only strengthened during this helpful association and will remain unchanged. ... We are resolutely committed to biblical fidelity and gospel proclamation. We are deeply committed to the exposition of Scripture as the centerpiece of our church planting work around the world. ... I believe [TGC's] work will be assisted by my absence, given my methodological convictions. I have very different views on how to relate to the broader church and how the gospel must impact every relationship. I don't want my minor role on the Council to hinder their work as a whole or to give the impression they agree with all God has called me to do."