IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

May 11, 2021

The Pursuit of Truth

Filed under: COGIC — R.E. Stidham @ 6:00 PM

Like the nation of Israel was in the book of Habakkuk, the Church of God in Christ, because of treacherous people, is on the cusp of destruction.

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2–4, ESV)

When Habakkuk cried out to GOD, just as many in the Church of God in Christ have cried out and continue to cry out. From sexual abuse as Miss Kimberly Pollard, to financial abuse like the theft of potentially millions of dollars yet our leaders turn a blind eye.

The Word of God says, they do violence to the law.

Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men; her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law. (Zephaniah 3: 4, ESV)

What does it mean to do violence to the law, it means to corrupt it, to make the law say what they want it to say instead of adhering to it. Even in our General Assembly we break the law every session, we misquote and make the law void, both the law of GOD and the law of the land.

We find men who worship the leader more than they worship GOD, who deal treacherously like those in Houston Texas. Who continue to persecute Bishop Rufus Kyles. Men like Terrance Kirk who sent a text placing illegal restrictions on who can attend church. In Texas a church is considered a public building and unless a crime is being committed, you cannot deny access.

What response did GOD give Habakkuk?

For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own. (Habakkuk 1:6, ESV)

In this country, only the court system and the I.R.S. can seize church property. If you listen carefully, you may be able to hear the noise as the Chaldeans prepare to march through COGIC.

Just as when Achan kept the silver, gold and Babylonian garment hidden in his tent, his sin caused the defeat of the nation, sin tolerated among our leaders will cause the defeat of COGIC. Ask our leaders why do they allow sin in the camp.

To those leaders who speak lies and half truths (guile), who steal, and persecute their brothers, who deal treacherously; Truth is coming your way.

April 30, 2021

Kurt Thompson Facing A Trial

Filed under: COGIC — R.E. Stidham @ 5:58 PM

After months of misconduct, Auxiliary Bishop Thompson if now himself facing a trial for the unconstitutional things done to try to kill off Bishop Kyles. The level of persecution that was brought to bear in this case is shocking. The lack of integrity shown by so many people bogles the mind. Who would have thought, hand clapping foot stomping tongue talking preachers would be this treacherous.

Click Here to read the Case

The double jeopardy trial was held and the verdict; guilty on all counts. It just goes to show you what persecution looks like. When those in the upper echelons of Church government decide they want to persecute and crucify you. If they must pull something out of the air, they will do it. The only way this can be resolved is via a Federal Lawsuit because the rules and laws of COGIC seem as if they are only suggestion.

March 17, 2021

The Persecution of Bishop Kyles

Filed under: COGIC — R.E. Stidham @ 6:18 PM

In what appears to be a concerted effort to completely crush Bishop Kyles, there is another trial scheduled for March 29, 2021 (click this link) for the same case the Judiciary Board refused, the same case in which an investigating committee found no merit for a trial but yet the General Board through Auxiliary Bishop Kurt Thompson continues to grind him into the ground. They let Bishop L’Keith Jones off with a one year suspension after an almost 20 year affair which began when the victim was a minor. Bishop Kyles has not been in his pulpit for almost six years. He has had no income during this entire time. There has been fraud perpetuated by the people the General Board left in charge with Auxiliary Bishop Thompson at the fore front.

The double jeopardy trial was held and the verdict; guilty on all counts. It just goes to show you what persecution looks like. When those in the upper echelons of Church government decide they want to persecute and crucify you. If they must pull something out of the air, they will do it. The only way this can be resolved is via a Federal Lawsuit because the rules and laws of COGIC seem as if they are only suggestion.

Auxiliary Bishop Kurt Thompson is facing a potential trial for his actions taken against Bishop Kyles. It makes you think if the law was violated to get a verdict, the verdict itself must be unlawful. Click this link to see the Thompson Charges from the Grievance Committee

Click on this link to read the heart wrenching letter from his wife who by the way, was kicked out of her office, her belongs placed on the floor in the hallway. She has been ignored by the Women’s Department and ignored by those she thought were her friends.

The three individuals pictured above have had a hand in the continued persecutions of a man who with the Board of Bishops have violated the law at every turn.

Mother Kyles Letter

September 19, 2020

COGIC GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Filed under: COGIC — R.E. Stidham @ 12:53 PM

There has been a battle brewing between the General Board and the General Assembly.  Some members of the General Board would like to close the lid on the General Assembly and keep them in a docile subservient position. They seem to forget, the General Assembly came into being before the office of Chief Apostle (Click this link).  The General Assembly is approximately 108 years old.  The General Board and office of Presiding Bishop is 52 years old.  The General Assembly has existed since the inception of COGIC.  The General Board is the new kid given the executive responsibilities and now like spoiled entitled children, they think they run everything.  Just because you give your children control of their room does not mean the control the whole house.  If it chooses, the General Assembly can abolish the Presiding Bishops office and the General Board however they would have to choose another form of a Bishop led government.

Click here to see Superintendent Jonathan Saffold, Sr. thoughts on the Authority of the General Assembly.

 

August 17, 2020

Is This COGIC’S Official Position???

As children of God we have been tasked with wining souls to Christ.  The Word says “he who wins souls is wise”.  As an advisor these tweets beg the question is this the Official COGIC response?  We are told to treat others as we would have them treat us.  Is this the level of cruelty that exist at the top level of COGIC?

See what the senior advisor to the Presiding Bishop has posted.

https://twitter.com/TalbertSwan/status/1294956046650413056

 

July 31, 2020

COGIC General Assembly: The Ruling Body

It is time to pay attention to those who are elected or appointed to the various offices in the Church of God in Christ.  We have tyrants whose main interest is money and ruling with an iron hand.

There is Kurt Thompson in Houston who has now filed a lawsuit against Bishop R. Kyles for attempting to take his lawful, rightful place as Pastor of his local church.   Kurt Thompson is the same person who allegedly defrauded a grieving mother whose three children died in a fire.  Kurt Thompson allegedly falsified documents to get at the insurance money.

In his petition he continues the half-truths, lies and deceit which those from the General Secretary, the General Assembly, the Board of Bishops and the General Board have all become proficient doing. Read Petition

This filters down to some of the jurisdictional bishops like Bishop James Scott of Tennessee.  Who has persecuted Pastor Michael Cummings without merit or mercy.  Just as Jezebel found false witnesses, they found false witnesses against Christ, these minions will and have lied for personal gain.  (More on this sad case later)

There is no protection for the average member; there is no one at the national level who will help.  The laws that do exist are perverted in their application.

Even when you follow the letter of the law, they do as Bishop Scott did; they plunge the dagger of deception into the backs of anyone who does not bow down and then run squealing to their friends in high places crying woe is me I was treated so unfair.

There is No justice in the Church of God in Christ, it is mismanaged through cronyism and back room deals.

We must demand integrity of our leaders, we must demand accountability.

June 19, 2020

Persecution From Those Who Lead

Much like the brutality that is being played out in the news today, the abuse of church members who for various reasons find themselves in the sites of their leaders.  When questioned, these leaders use deceit and partial truths to justify their actions.  They rely on a lack of knowledge and the fact that many are reluctant to question their leader.  This is plain and simply fear.  These leaders rule by fear, they want you to be too afraid to even question them.

On paper, COGIC has laws in place that should prevent this type of abuse, but because of cronyism it is very rare for any leader to be punished.  Even in the face of documented evidence it is rare.  This gives us a system with no real accountability.  When the Presiding Bishop has had charges pending against him for four years, when a General Board member from Memphis has charges against him, with no action.  When a bishop in Memphis unlawfully excommunicates members and then sues them to recover money legitimately spent on the ministry, and he brags about it. When a pastor in California fraudulently sells church property and the bishop does nothing.  This leads to abuse and a brazen, I can do whatever I want attitude.

In Houston Texas, a close friend of the Presiding Bishop, welched on repaying $45,000 of personal loans from the man he is actively, in defiance of the COGIC Supreme Court, trying to strip away a 34 1/2 years of work.  You may ask why isn’t the church law being enforced.  Because in COGIC the bishop enforces the law and the rulings of the courts.  When the bishop himself is the lawbreaker, they will not punish themselves.  However, they will descend on the average person like riot police at a protest.

I know a deacon raised in Mississippi who said, “I was Jim Crowed in the south, I didn’t come to the church to be Jim Crowed”.  That is it in a nut shell, there are those in COGIC leadership which Jim Crows its own members.

June 21, 2019

COGIC Impeachment Petition

There has been a Petition for the impeachment of a C.O.G.I.C Judiciary Board justice filed last week.  After reading through it I was glad to see the author of that petition followed the Word of God before he filed it.  He went to his brother and was rebuffed, he then took at least two witnesses and was again rebuffed.  Finally as was said in the petition they are now in the third phase.

Click here to read the statement of purpose

Click here to read the petition

 

October 8, 2018

A LETTER TO COGIC

 

COGIC

Do the right thing

Written by Steve Jamison

The real question is, why are we so easily intimidated by the office of Presiding Bishop? Why are we willing to be controlled and manipulated by someone who works for us? Instead of him being our willing servant, we are his unwilling slaves. We treat the office as deity, acting as if somehow it makes its occupant infallible. Causing almost every presiding Bishop in my lifetime to take on warlock like qualities. Whenever men are ruled by fear and intimidation it is the same as witchcraft. How did this happen, where did we go wrong, and what do we need to do to correct this calamity?

I believe the problem can be traced back to the death of Bishop Mason. Bishop Mason was a powerful man of God, one who caused the church to focus on Jesus. By doing so he kept the church Christ centered, causing the spirit of the Lord to have the preeminence in our activities both business and spiritual. He was not a self-centered leader but was a builder of other men. Under his selfless leadership the church grew, covering the entire nation and the world in a short while. Upon his death certain unprepared men were thrust into leadership. Not knowing what to do they proceeded to make a comedy of errors. The major error being, placing the dead body of Bishop Mason in our place of worship. They unwittingly opened a spiritual door that would lead us in to decades of Idolatry and man worship. They knew Bishop Mason could hear from God, they knew he was an anointed leader. And some how they transferred the spiritual qualities he personally possessed to the position of presiding Bishop, assuming anyone in that position would possess the same spiritual qualities. Therefore, the office of Presiding Bishop has become synonymous with the Voice of God. However, although these men were given the position of presiding Bishop, they lacked the spiritual capacity to assume the authority, which led to abuse of powers and tyrannical leadership. This begin the era in the church where we began placing more emphasis on positions then piety. In fact, having and getting positions has become the major ambition of the saints. We began to strive for them and fight over them. We love the seats on the platform high above everyone else. We crated a class system around positions. Your value in the church is determined by the position you hold or your parent held. There are different rules and rights afforded to you as you rise in class. Although we are admonished in scripture to honor leadership, we have turned leadership into a privileged class, causing animosity where fellowship should abide.

This is no one’s fault in particular, but simply reflects the nature of fallen man. Man will find something to worship other than God, in this case it is the dead body of our sainted founder. When Moses died, God had to hide his body from the Israelite’s to prevent them from building a monument to him and forgetting the real goal of possessing the promised land. This can also be seen at the Mount of Transfiguration, when Peter made the fatal mistake of placing Moses and Elijah on the same level with Jesus. The Scripture says they fell as dead men. I believe God killed them to show His disdain for what Peter was intimating. Jesus brought them back to life. At which point God said to them this is my beloved son hear ye him. It is always a death sentence spiritually when we place mortal men equal to or above Jesus. I have noticed, in many of our contemporary COGIC churches we will make more noise and commotion over the pastor then for Jesus.

God did not want what he had done through Moses to over shadow what he wanted to do through Jesus. Neither does He want what he has done through Bishop Mason to over shadow what He intends to do through Jesus and the collective on going spiritual leadership of the Church of God in Christ. Therefore he had to take Moses body out of their site and reach. When Sarah died Abraham sought for a place to bury her, saying specifically that I might bury my dead out of my sight, insinuating the dead does not belong among the living. This does not mean we forget or disrespect what our forefathers did, instead we should seek God for the ability to hear His voice for our generation, as they did for theirs, building on the foundation delivered to us. Therefore we are experiencing the culmination of the bad decisions of those good but misled men who did not hear the voice of God. Let us correct this problem, by taking the dead body of our sainted founder out of our place of worship, out of our place of life, and build a suitable resting place for Bishop Mason. One befitting his contribution and labor to the church and the world, and let us return to being the spirit led church God intended us to be.

 

 

January 26, 2018

The Scattered Flock

We members of the Body of Christ, have become so enamored with our leaders, we have contributed to their deception as many of them believe they are the reason ministries flourish. The shepherds now think they are the most important creatures in the sheep fold.

Many of those who are members of the flock no longer like to be referred to as sheep because of the negative connotations associated with being sheep. Perhaps they view sheep as being dumb and weak. A member of the General Board has even referred to the people as “dumb sheep”. Sheep are not dumb, they know there is strength in numbers and they flee from danger. They know when they are separated from the rest of the flock they are vulnerable to predators.

Both shepherds and the sheep have lost sight of the Chief Shepherd.

The under shepherds have forgotten, it is not the shepherd who increases the number in the flock, sheep begat sheep. They only reproduce when they are protected, since running and banding together is their only form of defense. Some of those charged with protecting the flocks have become predators. They gnash at the sheep with their words, instead of leading they try to drive them.  They use a few selected guard dogs to “keep the sheep in line” because the sheep are afraid of the dogs. They view them as a predator which is why they band together and run away.

The shepherd experiences increase only when the sheep increase. A well fed, protected and healthy flock produces wool which the shepherd can gather, sell and then purchase things which benefit the shepherd. When sheep are protected, fed, healthy, and have their wounds healed they produce wool as well as increase their numbers which is how the shepherd experiences increase.

Jesus said “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Feeding and nourishment in the life giving Word of God cause sheep to increase in numbers and freely give of their wool. As the Chief Shepherd, Jesus has given the under shepherd the right to live off what sheep produce. If you as a shepherd are experiencing lack it is not the fault of a well-protected, nourished and loved flock. It is because they are not protected, they sense a predator in their midst. GOD said;

“… “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”—therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”” (Ezekiel 34:8–10, NKJV)

In many cases the shepherd themselves have become the predator. When your flock is getting smaller, they are not being nourished; they have become prey or as GOD said in Jerimiah 10:21,”…the shepherd has become dull- hearted…” GOD also said;

A voice of the cry of the shepherds, And a wailing of the leaders to the flock will be heard. For the Lord has plundered their pasture,” (Jeremiah 25:36, NKJV)

You say the people are not coming, the people are not giving, I ask is GOD plundering your pasture because you have made his flock prey for yourself and other predators

Elder R. E. Stidham

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