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James MacDonald - When a Wolf Tries to Come Back Into the Sheepfold

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Hold accountable the particular leaders who led the hostile takeover and what followed.

Be transparent about forcing out 10 other significant staff leaders and shunning our family.

Be transparent about HBC's wrongful seizure of millions in Walk in the Word (WITW) assets.

Be transparent about HBC's destruction of WITW and other efforts to end our ministry permanently.

Be transparent regarding the cost of arbitration - entirely avoidable - and HBC's vicious but unsuccessful strategy.

Be transparent regarding refusing to meet with me in 2019 and the unseen actions so few know about.

I apologize if that is more than you wanted to know, but it gives you a feel for where we have been living and what we have endured, as my intellectual property and fully-vested pension were withheld in an effort to force our acceptance of WITW's destruction."- James MacDonald

He is not sorry beloved. He wanted you to get the message that not only has he not repented but he is in fact the victim of the vicious Harvest Bible Chapel. Was it HBC that expanded the board to water it down? Was it HBC that had a gambling addiction? Was it HBC that openly admitted to wanting to plant child pornography on someone's computer? No James, it was you. In addressing where he failed, MacDonald wrote:

"Yes - Harvest Bible Chapel was blessed with what could be seen as success over many years, but since early 2017, I struggled increasingly under the weight of it all. I stepped away from the ministry multiple times with Elder support to regain my health and capacity to lead. In the end, I just burnt out, and had to "pull over" for extended time away from ministry. I had carried too much for too long, and I am grieved by the impact that had on several good leaders working most closely with me. Three times in 2019, I confessed my role in those relational failings to the board in writing, and multiple times publicly. Most difficult in all of this has been the loss of long term friends who apparently believed HBC leaders' narrative and cut us off completely, refusing our efforts to communicate with them regarding the truth. We covet your prayers toward softening hearts for all, protection against bitterness, and healing - especially where rejection by those who might have known better has, at times, been too much to bear." - James MacDonald

Wow. So let me get this right. Your sin was working too hard and too long until you burned out? Your destroyed relationships with close friends had nothing to do with your abuse and instead was because they believed the false narrative of HBC? You claim this only started in 2017 when it is documented as far back as 2013? Where is the admission of wanting to plant child pornography? Sorry but this does not come close to cutting it. MacDonald is trying to dismiss decades worth of abuse and personal failings by blaming people he hurt throughout the years. He also seems overly hurt by the loss of money by claiming what is his alleged property. Very unseemly and non-responsive to the serious allegations that he boils down to simply being overloaded and burned out. Sorry, that dog don't hunt. MacDonald now tries to make this an issue of his calling:

"Through it all the Lord has confirmed that no group of critics, most we've never met, can declare my calling completed or "disqualified." Paul faced this with the Corinthian church declaring emphatically: "By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God, who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:5-6). The shamings from our former church (11 public statements in 2019, with the final pronounced 10 months after we were gone) have surely given me pause and a ton of reflection. But we are not deterred, finding comfort in this promise: "The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable" (Romans 11:29)." - James MacDonald

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