The following video clip was produced by Harvest Bible Chapel defending its founding pastor, James MacDonald. Apparently, several dissenting and now ousted former elders brought charges against MacDonald. At the beginning, MacDonald makes a statement encouraging the church to listen to the elders' defense. I have no dog in the local church hunt as to whether MacDonald is guilty or not guilty of the charges brought against him but only in MacDonald's opening remarks. That's why I pulled his clip from the original.1
Here's what MacDonald said about structured authority in God's church:
"We believe that the Bible teaches that the authority of the church is vested in the elders. And that when the elders speak collectively in agreement, they speak for God to our church"
I've never heard a more monstrous skewing of New Testament ecclesiology than MacDonald's absurd notion that as elders speak "collectively in agreement," they speak God's Authoritative Will to the church. How much more ex cathedra could one become without being Catholic?
Those who follow this blog know I'm extremely reserved about flinging around the word "heresy" or tagging someone a "heretic." But judging from the Baptist Free Church congregationalism to which I convictionally belong, MacDonald's view constitutes ecclesiological heresy.
And just think: James MacDonald not only has heretofore been a hero of the young, restless and Reformed, but also was one of the key advisors for Lifeway's Gospel Project Bible study curriculum.2
1for those desiring to see the entire clip which includes approximately five minutes of elder-defense for James MacDonald you can watch it here
2though Lifeway has now scrubbed the names of all the advisers since we exposed their decidedly Calvinistic bias in creating the project. Compare its present page where the contributors once existed to a cache version of the page where all the Calvinists are listed who've now been scrubbed from the site.