- Pastor James MacDonald preaches to over 13,000 congregants every week
- He recently decided to test his congregation's compassion by disguising himself as a homeless man outside his church
- A viral video shows some of his congregants simply walking past him without stopping to help
A pastor in Chicago, United States, recently disguised himself as a homeless man outside his church to test his congregation's faith and compassion.
Pastor James MacDonald preaches to more than 13,000 people every week at the Harvest Bible Chapel, Western journal reports.
He was reportedly worried that many of his congregants weren't taking his teachings to heart, Briefly.co.za gathered.
He therefore wore a fake beard and worn-out clothes. Like a homeless person, he pushed a trolley full of bare minimums and sat right by the doorway to his church.
A cameraman secretly filmed the pastor's congregants as they walked into the church. Some of them didn't stop to help him or have a word with him.
Pastor MacDonald posted the video on his Facebook page, where it has gone viral. It has been viewed over a million times and shared 29,000 times so far.
Fortunately, his experiment proved that most of his congregants were compassionate. He said:
I cannot believe the people in this church, the number of people that prayed with me and brought me food. Just watch and see.
Many commenters felt Pastor MacDonald's unusual test conveyed a powerful message. Kimberley Savage wrote:
Powerful message. The verse at the end of the message is perfect. You never know who you are encountering. You might even be encountering an angel. It talks about that in the Bible.
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