2019 was a banner year for exposing corruption and abuse in the evangelical world. Nearly 3.4 million people visited my blog last year, which exceeded even 2015 when a post of mine about abortion survivor Gianna Jessen went viral. Most of my top stories concerned either James MacDonald or Harvest Bible Chapel. However, my top post—with more than 175,000 views—was a response to the apostasy of Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson.
Here are the top 10 stories from last year. I’m amazed at all God revealed and accomplished through this blog. And I’m grateful for every source who entrusted his or her story and information to me. This was a team effort!
Harvest leaders reveal that James took nearly $1 million/year in total compensation from Harvest Bible Chapel, as well as about $1 million in discretionary funds. MacDonald also reportedly is demanding his broadcast ministry, Walk in the Word.
Former Harvest Bible Chapel employees say James MacDonald used church funds for extravagant personal expenses, including African safaris, expensive cigars, and month-long vacations in Naples, Florida.
7. Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Naples Asks for His Church Back in Wake of James MacDonald Controversy
The founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) Naples, John Secrest, asks leadership in Chicago to reverse their decision to allow James MacDonald to preach in Naples, and also to return HBC Naples to local autonomy. Minutes after article posts, Harvest fires Secrest.
9. In Subpoenaed Text, James MacDonald Admits Church Took Money From Harvest Bible Fellowship, But Admits No Fault
In texts to former Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF) pastors, James MacDonald admits that Harvest inappropriately took at least $1.8 million from HBF. But he places the blame on other employees, not himself.