Kathy MacDonald Thanks God for Criticism Against Her Husband James MacDonald Because ‘It Has Sanctified and Refined Us’

Kathy MacDonald, wife of James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago-area, speaks at the annual Pastors' Wives Conference ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)
Kathy MacDonald, wife of James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago-area, speaks at the annual Pastors’ Wives Conference ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.
(Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)

Kathy MacDonald, wife of Harvest Bible Chapel Pastor James MacDonald, said Monday she thanks God for the criticism that has been leveled against her husband.

MacDonald broke down as she recalled the attacks that she and husband James faced as they grew their Chicago church from 18 people meeting in a school building to the multi-campus church it is now. “Unfortunately I feel like I have my PhD in this topic,” she shared with the audience of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Wives Conference.

Yet she tearfully proclaimed, “I thank the Lord for what he has brought us through because it has sanctified and refined us.”

MacDonald said her family has walked through “quite a season” of criticism as their church has expanded. She explained “It’s just the reality at our scope of ministry, people don’t even know us anymore and they think that they do and they say things.”

She also said that her husband’s character made them a target for disparaging words. “He is a passionate man and he is a firecracker and he is out there and I love everything about that. But that also means that sometimes there are things that come back at you,” she described.

A recent public disagreement occurred in 2012, when James MacDonald invited T.D. Jakes to participate in the Elephant Room roundtable discussion despite grumblings among influential evangelicals that the Texas pastor’s take on the trinity was heretical. A leaked email from Harvest Bible Fellowship Executive Director Kent Shaw revealed that “certain influential men have rallied to pressure James to cancel Bishop [T.D.] Jakes.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stephanie Samuel

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