Almost two years ago, when we set out to publicly tell a story about the failing character of James MacDonald, we never could have imagined that events would unfold in the ways that they ultimately did. At the time, our purpose was simple: we wanted to warn the Church about a man who had systematically ignored and rebuffed numerous confrontations over his private (and at times public) sin. We had no serious expectations regarding the outcome of this project; and quite honestly, as we were the only two voices speaking at the time, we actually believed that most people would, understandably, ignore the warning. Moreover, we did not plan to write about these issues for a lifetime, no matter the outcome. So the time has come for us to set aside this blog as an active site for reporting upon the ongoing events at HBC. The time has come for others, closer to the situation, to continue the work, speaking truth to power.
Having said that, it should be noted that we (along with many others) remain convinced that the recent changes at HBC are either too little, too late or merely cosmetic in nature. Unfortunately, many of us have little to no reason to believe that any authentic repentance has taken place in the man. Thus, our decision to cease writing should not be read as a statement from these authors, or others, that there is no longer a concern over the issues that remain at HBC and with MacDonald.
Also, it must be noted that what compelled us to write was the concern for the spiritual health of the people, pastors and elders of HBC; and that remains our primary focus today in prayer. After receiving volumes of friendly (and not so friendly) criticism over the past year, we would be arrogant fools to believe that we always wrote in a manner worthy of our Lord and His people. Whether our failure came in a word, a tone, a genre or a private moment of emotion that failed to live up to how we are called to walk, we ask your forgiveness, and we hope that our failure will not distract from the testimony so many have offered here.
Lastly, we want to thank the vast numbers of you that helped us in this project. To those who bravely came forward and made a public statement, at times with great personal sacrifice, we thank you for your service to Christ and His Church in this matter. To those who provided insight, wisdom and information behind the scenes, your service is no less appreciated. Know that this effort will not be in vain.