In the past 24 months, journalists and bloggers have exposed rampant abuse and corruption in the evangelical church—from James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel to Bill Hybels and Willow Creek, the Moody Bible Institute, the Southern Baptist Convention, Gospel for Asia, Liberty University, and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. I firmly believe this is no accident. It’s part of a powerful move of God to purify His Church. And we need to join God in what He’s doing.
This was the message I brought to the RESTORE Chicago conference at Judson University on November 2nd. My talk included stories I’ve never told before, showing the miraculous ways God gave me sources, audio, and even legal support as I followed His lead in exposing wrongdoing at Harvest and Moody. And just as God gave David “one smooth stone” to slay Goliath, He’s likewise given each of us a unique role to play in His purifying work to slay the godless “giant” of the “evangelical industrial complex” or “celebrity machine.”