Pastor fired amid fallout over James MacDonald sabbatical, scrutiny
The pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel's location in Naples, Florida has been fired after he refused to allow James MacDonald, the longtime pastor of the Chicago-area megachurch, to preach there during his recently announced "indefinite sabbatical."
In an email to members of HBC-Naples, Thursday, John Secrest, the church pastor, said he disagreed with the decision that the Chicago-based HBC elders made recently with the announcement that MacDonald would be taking an indefinite sabbatical amid scrutiny of the church yet would preach occasionally at HBC-Naples through the winter months.
Secrest explained Thursday that he wrote the elders, asking them to reverse this decision but they refused. The Naples site was originally planted in 2016 as an independent church but partnered with Harvest Chicago in February of 2018, becoming its eighth location....
I'm not sure if any of these men you mentioned have anything to do with the SBC, John MacArthur is an IFBer. The following article will give a person and idea if he should even consider going to a particular church or not.
BDM wrote: .... If pastors train people to follow without information and knowledge, they are training them to shirk their responsibility to grow in wisdom, discernment, and understanding. Who knows where the next person in the pulpit may lead them, if they are accustomed to following the leader because the leader says so. These Rules will encourage Christians to remain babes, letting someone else be responsible for their thinking and acting. Is this not the stuff that cults are made of? .... ...an example of the extremity can be seen in the unbiblical hierarchy of the Roman Catholic churchâ€”the ultimate in cult-like thinking. Although the Roman Catholic hierarchy would be criticized by those in the professing evangelical church of today, it is often subtly duplicated. While the offices and gifts must function in the church, there is an overriding need for the church to be a priesthood of all believers....
Macdonaldâ€™s church, â€œ Harvest â€œ appears to have joined the SBC a couple of years back. A problem I have seen is these mini popes ( mega church CEOâ€™s) is they are bringing their poison to the SBC. The Village Church, Driscollâ€™s , MacArthurâ€™s , Stanleyâ€™s, Jeremiahâ€™s, JD Greer, etc. These mini kingdoms suck the air out of the small to medium sized church. Iâ€™m aware that elderly people provide a great deal of money to the radio and television miniseries. Often, people will sit home and listen to their favorite preachers and not go to church. In macdonalds case, he gets his cake and steals yourâ€™s too. He is probably not the only mini pope in the SBC that doesnâ€™t have a problem taking from the real church and lining his pockets.
Contacting the authoress of the article that wrote the World magazine--
https://tinyurl.com/y7m95r6l (Hard times at Harvest)
--I see how that made the Florida minister unpopular for what amounts to be a denomination. I would point out a denomination that is trying to keep its alpha male and not get rid of him.
From the article in World magazine it reminds me of another that was in Forbes.
Reverend Frank Benson Jones wrote: I have heard of some churches that require the members of the staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, and that is a sure sign the church is doing something wrong. Requiring churches and religious organizations to file an IRS form 990 would in no way impede the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion, but it would help to expose those greedy preachers who are using the constitution to conceal their improper accumulation of wealth at the expense of American citizens.
https://tinyurl.com/ydhy7thd "Court Rules Churches Can Continue To Conceal Financial Information"
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.