James MacDonald Demands More Money from HBC and Makes a Threat to the HBC Elders

On 12 April, 2019, James MacDonald met with 6 of the 7 soon-to-be-resigned elders (one was unavailable due to medical reasons) and the reconciliation consultants hired by HBC. Based upon several different sources this appears to be the best snap shot of what transpired. I wish there could be more clarity, but, as always, HBC Elders are keeping relevant and vital information from the congregation, and we must piece together the story on our own.

To understand what transpired on Friday we need to fill in a bit of the back story. In recent HBC history, when Steve Huston was Chairman of the Executive Elder Committee, he granted MacDonald permission to sell the remaining broadcast time HBC had with TBN. Eventually, MacDonald found a buyer, negotiated with TBN for the price, and acted as a go-between for HBC and TBN. He, as always, attempted to profit from this situation. He played one side off of the other in an attempt to secure $1M from the roughly $4M sale of the TBN time. He did this by telling HBC that TBN was upset with how the church had treated him, and TBN wanted to make sure MacDonald received some compensation for this deal, to the tune of $1M. HBC was unwilling to pay MacDonald $1M for the sale, and the deal sat idle.

Eventually, Trey Morris, former WITW Executive Producer, helped resolve the impasse. He put HBC and TBN personnel in contact with one another, helped them realize MacDonald was the roadblock, and the parties executed the deal directly with one another, thereby denying MacDonald his $1M to which he felt entitled. Recall, this TBN time was compensation from TBN to HBC for the sale of the Aurora property to TBN.

Fast forward, obviously MacDonald is now receiving far less money than to which he is accustomed. He is roughly 60 years old, he is too young to retire, and he needs to make some kind of a living until he is entitled to receive his retirement funds from HBC. The easiest way for him to make money is rebrand and sell the sermons he “created” as an employee of HBC for Walk In the Word. So, MacDonald has been desperate to obtain the naming rights, the branding, the sermons, and most importantly, the donor list.

So, MacDonald now wants everything related to WITW and his $2M from the TBN sale. Wait, so why demand $2M? Well, because MacDonald is about the money. MacDonald believes that the real value of the TBN time was only $2M, and it was through his, and his attorney’s, effort that drove the value of the time to $4M. Therefore, in MacDonald “logic,” he is entitled to the $2M of increased value. Even assuming that MacDonald’s story is true, he as the agent of HBC was merely selling the property of HBC and would not be entitled to any of the proceeds from the sale unless there was a written agreement to that effect.

To date, the disqualified and soon-to-be-resigned elders of HBC have offered MacDonald the WITW naming rights, sermons, donor list, and $100,000 in cash consideration. MacDonald needed to accept that offer by Friday, 12 April, 2019. UPDATE 1: As of Sunday morning one source was able to confirm that a verbal offer was made by the elders to MacDonald up to $500,000 in addition to the WITW rights. UPDATE 2: There was an agreement between the parties, but negotiations continue at this hour – 14 April, 2019, 1:00 PM CST. This was, at least, part of the purpose of the meeting on Friday. It is my understanding that the HBC Elders did not give into MacDonald’s demand for more money. (There may be reasons for this beyond a sudden onset of HBC elder heroism). His response to the HBC offer was to threaten the elders with litigation if his demands were not met. Wait, he also threatened … wait for it … their wives to be named if he was not satisfied.

As always, we close with questions.

  • Why in the world are the elders – some of whom, oversaw the financial disaster that brought HBC to this point and who will be resigning in the coming weeks – the ones to represent the interests of HBC and the donations of the congregants?
  • Why not put off any final negotiations until the new elder board is put into place?
  • Why would these men allow MacDonald the tools he needs to fleece fellow Christians? WWJD?
  • Given that Bill Sperling, in part, financed the litigation against Scott and his wife, Me and my wife, and Julie (sorry Neal), how is Bill feeling about litigation involving spouses today?
  • Will MacDonald really sue the elders and their wives, or is this just yet another hollow threat from a petulant child who is not getting his way?
  • After taking more than his fair share of the donations to HBC, HBF, and WITW for years, why would HBC offer another dime to the man who ruined them, their reputation, the reputation of Jesus and His Kingdom, and many other innocent lives?

26 thoughts on “James MacDonald Demands More Money from HBC and Makes a Threat to the HBC Elders

  1. Watching and Praying April 13, 2019 — 10:50 pm

    Been praying all weekend. Asking God send freedom to to thousands, that it’s OK to leave. Asking that all bondage will be broken- specially bondages from extra-biblical membership covenant agreements at HBC. Be set free in Jesus name.

  2. Jmac is an EXTORTIONIST and needs JAIL TIME, not retirement !!

  3. James aside, let’s not forget that at least a few of these Elders made promises that couldn’t be kept and thereby put precarious HBC Church Finances further at risk.

    I guess that’s what you do when you’ve signed a statement of “unconditional support” for your disqualified Senior Pastor that you don’t dare say is disqualified.

    What a mess.

    1. Amen.
      Unconditional support.
      Unconventional stupidity.

    2. JMac and Kathy (who is fully complicit and a co-conspirator) are equivalent to Ananias & Sapphira, from Acts 5:1-11.

  4. Does JimmyMac have no shame? I firmly believe that he has not accepted Jesus Christ as His own personal Savior and Lord. There is no guilt or repentance on his part for what he has done to the name of Christ, God’s Church and HBC. The six elders must be men and stand up for what is right in the eyes of God. Stay firm on refusal in all of his demands. As departing “elders” do your job in protecting the flock as JimmyMac wishes to continues to pillage the church from the outside. Do not protect him and let the true story out in how this false prophet has concern for his own interest rather than for the people of God. Stay firm on refusal in all of his demands. HBC must take the initiative to both sue this non-Christian and have the Federal, state and local governments involved for fraud, embezzlement and tax invasion. But you can provide him a character reference if he wishes to join the ministry of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Mark Driscoll and others.

  5. Our Lord is faithful. This cannot go on forever. MacDonald is not a believer in Christ, but using Him for personal gain. And those around him who support or help him in this folly will know God’s wrath as well unless they are honestly and truthfully repentant. Will Harvest survive all of this? Only the Lord knows for sure. I hope so, but meanwhile we all need to be in earnest prayer for those true believers still there, and for all who were hurt, wronged and abused by this collection of self indulgent, self righteous men. The day is coming. Christ WILL be glorified!

  6. I’m glad God is bigger than MacDonald. It may seem he’s getting away with something but, in reality, he’s not. God won’t be mocked and he knows what’s happening.

  7. James MacDonald should get absolutely nothing. No sermons, no rights to anything, no WITW, no “Vertical”, no money, no NOTHING.

    Elders: You are disqualified. You are not welcome to make decisions on behalf of the church. This entire situation lies at your feet because you permitted James MacDonald to run HBC into the ground. If you want to make this right, take a stand here. Do not give in.

    He will take his sermons and his brand and relaunch himself somewhere to fleece another flock and abuse even more people.

    Soon to be ex-Elders, you can get this part right. Do not simply turn this wolf loose on another sheepfold. This all must end.

    This all must end. You are done, HBC may be done, but someone needs to stop this.

    This all must end now.

  8. It is time for the states attorney to get involved!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Why isn’t this man being prosecuted for what he as done? He has taken thousands alone from my mother who is a widow. My husband and I left the Easter he decided to preach on the 5G campaign rather than Jesus resurrection. We saw then he was a phony ad charlatan.

  9. Someone or government agency needs to stop this megalomaniac soon. He is bankrupting the cause of Christ not only in the Chicagoland area, but nationwide. Shame on the SBC for letting this scoundrel into their Convention.

    1. But not a word from the SBC. IMO they enabled MacDonald. Shame on these “leaders.”

  10. May the words below from A.W. Pink, an itinerant preacher 100 years ago, and the scriptures he shared, awaken us all to do what the Apostle Paul once said, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5).

    The Son of God did not come here to save His people in their sin, but “from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). To be saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to “forsake our way” (Isa. 55:7). It is to surrender to God’s authority, to yield to His dominion, to give our selves over to be ruled by Him. The one who has never taken Christ’s “yoke” upon him, who is not truly and diligently seeking to please Him in all the details of his life, and yet supposes that he is “resting on the Finished Work of Christ” is deluded by the Devil.

    In the seventh chapter of Matthew there are two scriptures which give us approximate results of Christ’s Gospel and Satan’s counterfeit. First, in verses 13 and 14, “Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there he which go in there at. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Second; in verses 22 and 23, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (preached) in Thy name and in Thy name have cast out demons, and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Yes, it is possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His name, and though the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How necessary it is then to find out where we really are; to examine ourselves and see whether we be in the faith; to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are building our house upon the sand; or whether it is erected on the Rock which is Christ Jesus. May the Holy Spirit search our hearts, break our wills, slay our enmity against God, work in us a deep and true repentance, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.

  11. “He is roughly 60 years old, he is too young to retire, and he needs to make some kind of a living”

    Our local McDonalds is hiring.

  12. I see you....HBC April 13, 2019 — 3:05 pm

    Why indeed would HBC continue to offer things to this man that were neither promised nor deserved? I can only speculate …but there is always a reason. Perhaps the logic here is: JMac has something on HBC he is threatening to reveal. Indicators keep pointing to much more rot festering unexposed.

  13. Mr. McDonald the FBI and IRS will knock on your door!!!!!!

  14. Bradley Dylhoff April 13, 2019 — 2:30 pm

    Why would these elders offer this man anything??? They appear to still be his guys …. What belongs to HBC should stay with HBC. Donors list, WITW rights and all the sermons..
    And does the congregation even matter??? Where is our voice!

    1. The only voice we have is to not give and or stop going. Because the Elders/ Leaders don’t care to tell the congregants what’s going on. They send us these lame updates but after all this time we still know very little because of them . Almost nothing without the internet. Still don’t know salaries, compensation, abuses, didn’t hear from them about this meeting. Same Elders still running things. Rick Korte got the heck out of Dodge quick, all is good my job is done? WHat job exactly did you do? No audit, no transparency. I pray Gods hand comes against this abomination, and it falls into a heaping pile as a warning to others. Maybe this is Harvest’s fate.

  15. The man is truly a piece of work! And to think I lost my best friend of many decades in part because of this turkey!

  16. Guess he will be loading up the Private Jet with His Minions for the Masters this weekend now that the meeting is over

  17. Did he not collect a generous paycheck from Harvest and Walk In The Word? Either you get a salary or you go commission only, you don’t get both!

  18. Deborah H Richardson April 13, 2019 — 2:01 pm

    Another day of our very own King Nebuchanezzar mystery lawn care tour. Daniel 4:28-33
    “The Kingdom has departed from you” Daniel 4:31b If you can spit out the grass, humbly pray for forgiveness, publicly admit what you’ve done, ask for forgiveness from all those harmed and accept the fate you yourself chose. So very sad, because you were warned. God sent many messengers over many years.

  19. Yesterday’s date was April 12, 2019. Typo, I assume.

  20. If there ever was any doubt that James is one the wolfs 2 Peters refers to hava now been dispelled .

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