February 3, 2012

To the Members of COGIC contd

In a poll, I had asked the question, ” Do you believe the COGIC Constitution is based on the Word of GOD”.

First I would like to share the source of this information, The Tennessee Secretary of State.  All past and present versions of the Church of God in Christ Constitution/ Charter are available to anyone through the Tennessee Secretary of State.  As a corporation, these documents are public information.  You can go online to ; go to the Corporations tab, then click on the forms and fees tab; click on “Request for Copy of Documents”, download and print off the form.  If you check the All documents box on the form follow the instructions on it and you can get everything from the original 1922 Charter to the last one filed.  The name of the business is Church of God in Christ, Inc Secretary of State control number is 0070620. The mailing address is State of Tennessee; Department of State; Division of Business Services; 312 Rosa Parks Avenue; 6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower; Nashville, TN 37243.

You might be surprised to find in 1922 the stated purpose for the Charter was to “hold in trust for the use and benefit of the said Church all the real estate and personal property of the said Church wherever located or situated”.   The men who are willing to violate the scriptures and take their brethren to court know this means held for the National Church not the local church.  I believe the intent of the Founder was for it to be for the local church.  However if you look at the 1922, 1926, 1927, 1952, 1968, and the last one 1972.  Again I believe it was Bishop Mason’s intent to protect the local church but the document as it is does not.  As a matter of fact, in the COGIC Constitution there are only two classes of people with any rights; Bishops and Pastors.  Before you howl at me look at the documents, they speak for themselves.

To be continued


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