On September 15, 2013, Harvest Bible Chapel posted a shocking video on their website, which was shown at all the campuses during their worship service. The posting of this video has stirred an incredible controversy, and as a result of its release, another fourth, recently resigned elder has courageously come to the defense of his fellow former elders. This elder has never been referred to on The Elephant’s Debt; and until now, we were unaware of his story.
It must be pointed out that the claims by MacDonald and his elder board to being unified during this season of HBC’s history are simply not true. In Harvest’s June Elder’s Update, they claimed that Marquardt, Phelps and Slabaugh’s resignation was “an isolated dissension among three elders.” However, as much as HBC wants to argue that unity is a hallmark of their church, the simple fact of the matter is this: when men disagree with Harvest policies or with James MacDonald, they ultimately walk away and find other churches in which they can worship with integrity.
In our post of September 15, 2013, titled An Open Letter to Steve Huston, we called out the dangerous theology being espoused by the elders presented in this video when they claimed to speak for God, and we demonstrated the absurd nature of HBC’s claim that “publicizing viewpoints rejected by the elder majority for any reason is Satanic to the core.” We also called upon Steve Huston, the elder that uttered the most heinous line of the video to apologize to Phelps and Slabaugh publicly.
In the comment section of this post, the recently resigned elder, Russ Barney, and his wife Gini, made this comment:
Perhaps this comment fits in with the previous post regarding Scott Phelps, Barry Slabaugh, and, indirectly, Dan Marquardt – but since the first two gentlemen were the target of this the video’s diabolical tirade, I will post here.
First, I am another ‘former elder’ of HBC. My wife and I left in 2011. We did not leave under pleasant circumstances, and found that we were ostracized following our departure. Barry was the only one to contact us afterwards, which is the reason I am writing in his support now.
We all need to be in prayer for the gentlemen who have resigned because their consciences would not allow them to remain on a puppet elder board. Please be praying for their families as well, as they will also be targets of this uncalled for retribution.
Scott, Barry, and Dan are men of integrity, as are the others mentioned in “the Void.” Can anyone who has known those who have left honestly doubt that there is a major problem at Harvest? It is heartbreaking for those of us who have invested time, prayer, love, and money to help Harvest grow to see the vindictiveness presented in the video. (Link removed)
My wife and I both applaud Scott Bryant and Ryan Mahoney in their attempts to bring the truth forward, and to strongly defend the above elders.
We pray that the members of the congregation will not turn away from the Lord as this ugly mess continues to unravel.
Russ (and Gini) Barney