As many of you may be aware, The Elephant’s Debt has raised numerous questions regarding gambling and the ministry of James MacDonald. Please note that on November 18, 2013, MacDonald preached a message titled “My 5G” wherein he admitted to gambling both in private and in public, meaning casinos. In the comment section of the November 7th update, Bob Arosen, a close of friend of James MacDonald and one-time Director of Walk in the Word ministry, sought to shed light on many of the questions we have raised. According to Mr. Arosen:
- James MacDonald played poker for money with Bob Arosen and his friends in a “home setting.”
- James MacDonald has attended a poker tournament in a casino; and subsequently promised his elders that he would not do so again.
- Fred Adams has “offered that he will never enter a casino again for the sake of the ministry.”
Given Mr. Arosen’s public testimony, The Elephant Debt would like to ask the following questions:
- Did all of the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel know about these poker games and visits to the casinos?
- Do the elders of Harvest agree with Mr. Arosen’s contention that playing poker for money is not gambling?
- Given many people’s reaction to playing poker for money, is Pastor MacDonald willing to set this practice aside from here forward in the same way that he set aside entering casinos for the sake the preventing someone from “stumbling?”
- How is a member of Harvest Bible Chapel intended to understand MacDonald’s previous sermon regarding gambling in the light of his poker activities?
- Is Mr. Arosen’s statement a confirmation that the Fred Adams listed on globalpokerindex.com is, in fact, the same Fred Adams who serves as the CFO of Harvest Bible Chapel. If these are two different men, can Mr. Arosen confirm that?
- Should the tithing members of Harvest Bible Chapel consider silence on this matter an acceptable response based upon MacDonald’s recent blog post?