In the most recent discussion spurred on by the post entitled Harvest Bible Chapel: Establishing the Authority of King James, several questions were raised regarding the validity of anonymous sources. At different times, the discussion even turned to the question of gossip and whether we, as Christians, have the right to ask questions about significant leaders and/or elders who are no longer present at HBC. Today, in the interest of continuing the discussion about James MacDonald and the internal workings of Harvest Bible Chapel, I would like to draw your attention to comments made by former pastor Rod Van Solkema, on the 25th of July.
For those of you who may not remember Pastor Van Solkema, he was one of four members of the Stowell family employed by HBC during the 2000s. He served as the Pastor of Young Adult Ministries at Harvest Bible Chapel – Rolling Meadows, and although Van Solkema did not serve as an elder, himself, two of his family members did. Pastor Van Solkema was the first of the four Stowell family members to leave the church in relatively short succession. This is what he had to say:
There once was a rabbi who was making a hike in the desert up a high mountain.
A scorpion confidently asked him, “Rabbi, would you please place me on your shoulder and take me up the mountain?”
The rabbi responded,”Why would I do such a thing? You will sting me and I will die.”
But the scorpion promised, “I promise to be your friend and never sting you. Please let me ride on your shoulder.”
So the rabbi took the scorpion and placed him on his shoulder and began the long trek up the mountain.
All went well as the rabbi and the scorpion conversed the whole way.
But when they made it to the top, the scorpion took his stinger and sent it deep into the rabbi’s jugular. His poison shot through the rabbi’s bloodstream.
As the rabbi lay dying, he said to the scorpion, “You promised to NOT sting me. Why did you do it?”
The scorpion responded, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”
Rod Van Solkema
Former pastor at HBC
This comment can be found in its full and proper context by following this link to Harvest Bible Chapel: Is Dissent the Same as Rebellion?
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