Following up on my last post, someone might ask, ‘but what are the dangers of having celebrity pastors?’
Well, here’s a ‘for-instance’: Harvest Bible Chapel Sues Former Members, Julie Roys for Defamation.
Should a megachurch and its celebrity pastor, James MacDonald, be suing a journalist and some other writers over criticism? It’s not actually a hard question.
The answer is no.
What could possibly have inspired them to think this was a wise and righteous course of action? 1 Corinthians 6:1-11?…no, that wouldn’t do it…Luke 6:28?…no, that doesn’t help either. One suspects the inspiration for this litigation comes from something besides the Scriptures.
This quote from MacDonald is, I think, telling:
“It isn’t that some of the criticism wasn’t fair. I believe in the marketplace of ideas and of regular, vibrant discussion inside a local church. It’s just that their words were often untrue, their information was incomplete, and over time their tone of reasonableness disintegrated, exposing their obvious goal of ending our ministry. Over a three–year period, their materially harmful untruths drove more than 2000 members out of our church — a church we founded with a handful of people more than 30 years ago and have given our lives to,” MacDonald explained in the statement in which he said he was “devastated.”
The church belongs to Christ. It’s His church; we give Him our lives. The bigger and more famous we get, the easier it is to forget.