Two weeks ago, on a website entitled James MacDonald Must Resign, a woman by the name of “Lisa M” left a comment under a post of the Marquardt letters. While her comment was not terribly unique or provocative on its own terms, what it inspired was certainly unexpected and extremely valuable. We begin with “Lisa’s” comment:
Having been visit my ill parents in CA for most of the summer, I have sure missed being at Harvest. A close friend texted me a link to this site this morning. In many ways, I simply could not believe what I was reading. First – the name of the blog! Why is it that someone wants to discredit and or destroy the ministry of Pastor James? My family has been going to Harvest almost 5 years and have been faithfully taught the Word of God. Second – it just seems like something that should be more private. If this is an actual letter from Mr. Marquardt to the elders, why is this any of anyone’s business? Does anyone know how this may have been resolved? If it is from Mr. Marquardt I’m certainly done buying cars from the man. I’m really not normally one to post on blogs, but this got me pretty upset.’
As you can clearly see, this comment did not stand out as being substantively different from other like-minded comments that have been posted (on this site) over the past eleven months. But for some reason, this particular comment elicited a response from Dr. Ronald Allchin Sr., a former 10-year Elder at Harvest Bible Chapel and one of the most influential members of “The Void.” His response to “Lisa M”reads as follows:
Since you have raised more questions than you are able to answer, perhaps it would be better to find the answers to your questions before you determine your response to Dan Marquardt’s letter rather than respond emotionally. His letter is so full of truth. Dan is a man who was not willing to compromise his integrity. He joins a growing number of men who believe the same. One more thing: any wise person will continue to buy from a dealership whose leadership is based on a lifestyle of integrity.
Now, having seen Allchin’s statement, two things should be carefully noted. Firstly, Dr. Ronald Allchin, Sr., a man who ministered alongside James MacDonald for many years, believes that Marquardt’s letter is “so full of truth.”
Among the many very particular and pointed concerns that Marquardt raised about MacDonald’s character and behavior, Marquardt seems to summarize them all when he states:
James has repeatedly stated that he is not in a good place and I affirm that.
For Allchin to agree that there is “so much truth” in a letter that is attempting to argue that MacDonald “is not in a good place” is a massive statement that cannot be underestimated. Moreover, by leaving this comment on a publicly accessible blog, Allchin has apparently come to a place in life whereby he is no longer seemingly content to merely leave his name on “The Void” and to let his silence speak for him.
Secondly, it must also be pointed out that Allchin believes that Marquardt has now joined “a growing number of men who believe the same.” The question is, who are these men that are swelling in number? Are these leaders within Harvest Bible Chapel? Are they former leaders who are preparing to speak publicly? Or are they simply congregants that have concerns that have gone largely unaddressed by the leadership of Harvest? As the statement is Allchin’s alone, these are questions that only he can answer with certainty. But one thing seems clear. Dr. Allchin appears to believe that there are a growing number of people who are no longer confident in the leadership of James MacDonald.