Former pastor and radio preacher James MacDonald is no longer fit for ministry, said the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel, the megachurch MacDonald founded in the Chicago suburbs in 1988.
In a statement released Sunday (Nov. 3), the church elders found MacDonald was prone to anger, “had a pattern of improperly exercising positional and spiritual authority over others to his own advantage” and sought to profit from the church’s ministry.
“Because of these findings, James was biblically disqualified from the position of elder, meaning he did not meet the spiritual standards to which a Harvest Bible Chapel elder is held,” the statement read. “The Bible does not teach that disqualification from ministry is permanent; however, with the scope of the damage caused by his behavior, James will not be able to serve again as an elder or pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel.”
MacDonald was fired by the church’s elders in February for conduct “contrary and harmful to the best interests of the church,” after months of controversy.
In recent months, Harvest’s elders have conducted a review of MacDonald’s tenure as pastor, according to their most recent statement. They found a “substantial pattern of sinful behavior” in nine areas of MacDonald’s life in which he fell short of the characteristics a pastor should demonstrate.
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SOURCE: Charisma News