Within weeks, one of my heroes has fallen, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp.
Less than a week after dropping their lawsuit against three critics of the church, Harvest Bible Chapel has announced that its founder and lead pastor James MacDonald will be taking an “indefinite sabbatical.”
Harvest Bible Chapel filed a defamation lawsuit in October 2018 against three critics, but on Tuesday, after the court denied their request to keep certain documents confidential, the megachurch decided to drop the case.
Harvest Bible Chapel recently informed their congregation that the church’s Chief Information Officer defrauded the church. While the email to the congregation did not reveal the amount, the police report filed with the Elgin Police Department alleges that he stole more than $270,000 from the church.
Pastor James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel sued a blog and a radio host in October, alleging they spread false information and caused upwards of 2,000 people to leave the church, according to Christianity Today.