December 4, 2009

To the General Assembly. II

After attending the convocation this November 2009, I realized why such energy has been expended toward crushing the members of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.  We are perceived as a threat to the system.  It has been said if we are successful, to transfer to another jurisdiction without a pastor, then everytime the members didn’t like what a bishop did they could just leave.  I again say this is a battle of  the Word of God versus the constitutionIn the Official Manual, it says the local church is the basic unit in the church.   I don’t understand.  The level of hostility that is directed toward us.  How can we expect to be blessed of GOD when we act as the world does?  When we conduct ourselves as the world does we are disobeying the Word of God.
To those who think they are protected because they are incorporated, or who think because they have a different 501C3 number, read what a Kansas court said in a case Bishop Gilkey initiated and won;  A local church, if it desires to remain independent of the influence of a parent church body, must maintain this independence in the important aspects of its operation, e.g., polity, name, finances. It cannot, as here, enter a binding relationship with a parent church which has provisions of implied trust in its constitution, bylaws, rules, and other documents pertaining to the control of property, yet deny the existence of such relationship. A local church cannot prosper from and enjoy the benefits afforded by a parent hierarchial church, participate in the functioning of that body, and then disclaim affiliation when the parent church acts contrary to the desires of the local church, so as to shield from equitable or contractual obligations the property acquired by the local church either before or during such affiliation. page 8 of  New Jerusalem Appeal 
Not all states would allow this, but except for the LORD, all churches are at the mercy of the character of their Bishop.  The General Assembly is the only body that can correct this.  I ask the members of the General Assembly who is on the LORD’S side?   There is no one who can truthfully, without guile or deceit justify this action, trying to take a church, strip the founding members of the use of the name of their church, all in the name of the Constitution.  No where has the General Assembly stated the COGIC is hierarchical.   The fact that the General Assembly is the only law making body who interprets the constitution and the make up of Bishops, Pastors, Elders, and Lay members speaks to this fact.
As well as Bishop Blakes book where he said it was a hybrid, a combination of Congregational and hierarchical Why I Stood For the Defense In Orlando .  page 4 paragraph 2
Choose Ye this day, whom you will serve.
The poll results so far are 53% no notification, 24% yes, and 24% no, but protected.





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