Scott is Signing Off

Dear Readers of The Elephant’s Debt,

Effective immediately, I am handing over sole proprietary ownership of The Elephant’s Debt blog, Twitter account and email account to Ryan Mahoney.  As of the posting of this letter, he will be executing a series of changes to the passwords, which will effectively prohibit me from accessing any of the aforementioned accounts in the future.

Lest any of you think that this letter is in any way an indication of a fracture in our relationship, let me assure you that you could not be farther from the truth.  In my estimation, Ryan Mahoney possesses a strength of character and an integrity that grows increasingly rare today. He is a man with a genuinely curious intellect and the courage to follow it down the deepest of a rabbit holes.  And, lastly, he is a man of generous empathy for those that truly suffer.  So for all of these reasons and more, it has been and remains my privilege and honor to call him my friend.

As for why I have made this decision, I genuinely wish that I could offer you more clarity than what I am about to put forth.  The truth is, over the past few weeks, I have had a growing sense that my personal obligation to follow this story has passed.  Put another way, I believe that I have said everything that I need to say. Like all of you, I don’t know where the story ends, but for reasons that I cannot entirely explain, I no longer feel that it is a story that I, as a writer, need to tell.  And in an era where people seem bent on grabbing the microphone just to power their way into the conversation, I think it’s increasingly important for all of us to know when the moment to lay it down has come.

This change in my thinking has brought us to a new pragmatic problem.  Over the past seven years, Ryan and I have always operated by a few simple rules.  And one of those rules insisted that if either party was reticent to publish a piece for whatever reason, the piece was put in the waste bin and the matter was dropped.  By my count, there are at least 29 articles in that bin.  Of course, as you can well imagine, when one of the two of us has reached a place where he believes that he no longer has anything substantive to add to the discussion, it’s going to effectively paralyze the entire project.  And that is not something that I am prepared to do – especially if Ryan still believes he has something significant to offer.

So let me conclude by offering these final two thoughts.  First, my “retirement,” as it were, would not have been possible seven years ago or even two years ago.  But new voices have emerged onto the scene; and I commend these voices for their courage as they speak truth into this world.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the many, many people who have stood by us over these past seven years.  Your prayers, emails, and financial support have meant the world to me, my wife and my children; and we will forever be grateful for you all.

Sincerely,
Scott Bryant

 

PlainTED

12 thoughts on “Scott is Signing Off

  1. Scott,

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Thank you for your valuable and much needed, yet not so popular and often unwelcome service to the body of Christ.

    I could only imagine what things would be like at Harvest today if you and Ryan had not stood for Christ in the face of opposition like you have for the last several years.

    In fact, it leads me to wonder what would happen if every person who ever left Harvest Bible Chapel remained silent or decided to completely detach themselves from the mess the leaders of Harvest put “their” church in.

    I also wonder just how bad things would really be at Harvest if others weren’t doing a little fact-checking, exposing half-truths and outright lies told again and again by elders, pastors, and leaders there.

    What if no one was relaying truth to friends and family, active members of the congregation who are being kept in the dark because men fear other men far more than God.

    How terrible would things really be if people were silent or no longer were to call out elders, pastors, and leaders at Harvest who have repeatedly lied to and deceived the flock Christ has entrusted to them?

    And I wonder… how loving would it be if caring Christians did not call these leaders, pastors, and elders of Harvest to repentance, but rather ignored their less than Christ-like behavior…leaving them in a state of unrepentance, and IMO, in the case of some, still dead in their sins?

    I, for one, will not stand, cheer, or applaud when clowns like Jeff Donaldson purportedly make some sort of public confession. Their words are empty without action, period. If they are truly repentant, then impostors like Rick Donald, Jeff Donaldson, and Steve Huston, among others…lots of others, would immediately step down from ministry, make reparations, and no longer play the con they’ve played so poorly for years and years. In short, their behavior would radically change.

    In the meantime, Harvest elders, pastors, and leaders, while you continue to exhibit, at best, a mere worldly sorrow, I will continue to call you out, watching and waiting for Godly sorrow that brings repentance…and for some…that leads to salvation.

    Either way, God will get His glory due His Name.

    -Mike Medow
    Former HBC Member (1999-2011) Still Sounding the Alarm

  2. Thanks for the will and staying power to stand up to corrupt leadership at HBC. After 6+ years, the truth has now started to come forth and will continue. Trust that the HBC family truly appreciates the time, effort and labor of love TED has put in. God’s continue blessing and peace to you and your family.

  3. Brother, it almost seems to me as if you might have yet a little role in helping the sole proprietor, that of being a sounding board to help him make sure that what he thinks is important to say is worth saying in that way. Or perhaps at least help him find the person who can fulfill that role well–to use a picture that you can probably associate with, when I first read James MacDonald’s “Authentic”, the question that came to mind was “doesn’t this guy have an editor to filter out bad ideas?”

    Obviously the reality behind that was far worse than I guessed at the time, but we ought to be humble enough to submit much of what we say to a competent editor.

  4. Scott, we cannot thank you enough for all that you and Ryan have done.

    You were brave and diligent when many of us were either burned out, lazy, or too timid. You stepped into the ring to fight the good fight. And — despite the brass knuckles, utter depravity, and immense scale of Harvest — by God’s grace, you won. Along with Julie Roys, you and Ryan laid low one of the most corrupt and fraudulent evangelical/mafia families in American history. Truly a modern-day David vs. Goliath story. Absolutely amazing.

    May God richly bless you and your family, and may your sacrifice and victory serve as an inspiration to us all.

    With heartfelt thanks!

  5. The Coffee Man March 5, 2019 — 4:54 am

    A job well done!

  6. Makes total sense, your mission of educating the public on James is accomplished! Thank you for your many contributions, Scott!

  7. Thank you for everything you have done to bring this out in the open.

  8. Thanks for all of your tireless work and your recent counsel as my family continues to unravel parts of the damage HBC caused to our family.

    Best wishes.

  9. You are a good man. I hope you enjoy this new chapter in your life. Pray for the rest of us who heal and hold forth the truth.

  10. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
    Best wishes

  11. Thank you Scott for all of your hard work over the years in exposing the truth about James MacDonald and HBC.
    May our Lord bless you and your Family in your future endeavours and may He give you His peace, joy, strength and comfort, today and always.

  12. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
    Forrest Gump

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