Weekly briefing: Harvest Bible Chapel, Chick-fil-A donation to SPLC; Danny Gokey on Great Commission

www.christianpost.com | 11/29/2019 | Staff
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Review - Harvest - Bible - Chapel - Records

A legal and financial review of Harvest Bible Chapel's records has revealed that their founding and now former pastor, James MacDonald, was paid over $1 million annually.

The report revealed that the church maintained two private checking accounts that gave MacDonald $3.1 million from Jan. 1, 2016, through Feb. 14, 2019. Approximately $1.2 million was used to fund deferred compensation plans, primarily for the benefit of James MacDonald, all of which was approved by Harvest Bible Chapel’s compensation committee. Another $1.9 million was used for other spending at MacDonald’s direction, the report said.

Response - Report - Findings - MacDonald - Instagram

In response to the report's findings, MacDonald claimed in an Instagram post that the expenses in question were both "elder and auditor approved" and that they "predate the involvement of those now speaking.”

MacDonald also suggested that he might begin preaching again at a different church next year.

Chick-fil-A - Charity - Arm - Southern - Poverty

Chick-fil-A’s charity arm donated $2,500 in 2017 to the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has labeled many Christian conservative organizations as “hate” groups. Christian conservative activist and commentator Ryan Bomberger raised concerns Wednesday about the past donation made by the Chick-fil-A Foundation. This revelation follows immense conservative backlash to Chick-fil-A’s recent decision to end giving to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

On Monday, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A confirmed with The Christian Post that the donation in question was, in fact, one of over 300 donations disclosed in the foundation’s 2017 990 form. The spokesperson noted that the 2017 SPLC donation “was made by a...
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