IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

July 30, 2012

That which is gone from thy lips thou shalt keep and perform;… (Deut. 23:22a)

In the Church of God in Christ, the consecration of a new bishop is a very solemn occasion.  It is at this time, before GOD, the members of the Church, the General Board, and the Presiding Bishop, the bishop designee gives his word to “…perform all the duties assigned to you as a Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, according to the order and direction of the General Assembly?”

Pictured below is an excerpt from the September 23, 2008 Judiciary Board hearing where Vice Chief Justice Jackson stated; “…we have The Bible, which is another black book, which is a superior black book to our Constitution,…”

When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth. (Deuteronomy 23:21–23, AV)

General Counsel Enoch Perry III, has stated, the language was “…dicta.  It’s just ceremonial language because it’s in the charge of consecration.  It does not have the full force of the law to say you must do this, you must do that.”1

When did the WORD of GOD become “just ceremonial” in the Church of God in Christ?  We have vows in a marriage ceremony, is that just dicta also?  Is the keeping of that vow also optional?  Are all vows optional in the Church of God in Christ?  God Forbid!

An attorney of both COGIC, Inc and Bishop Gilkey, Attorney & Pastor Charles E. Watson II stated; “pg. 108, 9/28/2008 Judiciary Board.

In my opinion he says the Constitution sits above the Bible on a day-to-day basis.  Whose report do you believe?  Read the complete Consecrated Charge.

1KS Case #05CV621 Court transcript, pg.163 line 25, pg.164 lines 1-3

July 28, 2012

COGIC CHURCH PROPERTY

In times past we the members of COGIC  were allowed to believe if there was no state or national monies put into a church it belonged to the local church.  THAT IS NOT TRUE!! Due to the lawsuit brought by Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey, (Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction) and the Church of God in Christ, INC (the named Plaintiffs), the Kansas Court made a finding, the National Church to own all COGIC property.  Church of God in Christ, INC  the General Board is the board of directors for the corporation.  That means the Presiding Bishop a majority of the General Board along with Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey sued us  twice, went after back tithes and reports, and through the court required us to pay rent of $2000.00 a month on a building that we literally built.  The General Counsel for the COGIC, INC was the main witness and played an integral part in the seizure of this local church.   Now before you say that is not true read what the plaintiffs attorneys, one of them an ordained elder; Charles E. Watson II and now a pastor asked for;

  1. COGIC, INC believes it is entitled to back tithe
  2. COGIC, INC tried to get tithes and rent.
  3. COGIC, INC was denied back tithe but awarded rent on building built by local members                                            Charles E. Watson II

Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey Sr.

July 19, 2012

JUDGE BETWEEN ME AND THEM

I was talking with someone who told me some of the leaders think I am a rebel, a renegade because I didn’t “submit to authority”.  I would be glad to do so if I had a fair, unbiased hearing and decision.   That has  never happened,  I invite each of them to call me, talk to me.  To hear the rest of the story.  Perhaps they are afraid I would post what they say on this blog.  That without their permission would be a breach of trust.

I ask you the reader to judge.

When a bishop commits an offense, and you immediately notify by complaint via certified mail of his actions and you wait believing men of God will take action, and they don’t count you worthy of a response.  I mailed letters to the General Board requesting help, and to Bishop Sheard requesting help.  I expected an answer.  Can you understand the disappointment when you realize they are more interested in you staying “in your lane” than justice.

Before Bishop Gilkey sued us, we followed the Official Manual.  When speaking to another Bishop via telephone I was told “only a bishop can appoint a pastor” I accepted what was said and from that point said (per the Bishops Charge  in the Official Manual page 215, paragraph 2) the people have a right to have a voice in who their pastor will be.  General Council Enoch Perry III said this was ceremonial (dicta) he doesn’t have to do this, I thought we should keep our vows, if this is a charge of the General Assembly should not it be kept?  We were told there had been some amendments to the manual which implied those things were no longer relevant.  No one provided a copy of the amendments.

When Enoch Perry III asked Associate Justice Warren (now Warren-McKinney) to talk to us, I asked her for a copy of the amendments, I was told they would be sent they did not send them.

Around December of 2004 we sent an official complaint to the General Board with proof, there was no response.  As they would say in the Old Testament, am I a dead dog not even worthy of a response?   If I commit an offense I expect my leader to correct me but to ignore me is that not an abuse.  What father who loves his child ignores him?  I thought they would investigate what was happening to at least see if the complaint was true, but they did not, we were never asked anything.  I was labeled a “renegade”.

FACTS:

I FOLLOWED WHAT IS IN THE OFFICIAL MANUAL.  I was labeled a renegade

In writing, I asked the General Board for help.   None came

In writing, I asked Bishop Sheard for help.  He was only concerned about ” whose the Pastor ” (in reference to the Green and White Book

WHEN YOUR LAW IS NOT PROCLAIMED, HOW CAN IT BE ENFORCED.   Even after 30 years there are many people who have e been in COGIC their whole life and have NEVER heard of the Green and White Book.  When GOD instituted the ten commandments, he told the people before all the people (through Moses) what would be required and all the people agreed to it before it became law.  Is it honorable to enforce an unknown law.  If GOD allows his people to choose should we do less?

The Green and White Book was never published, a few copies were printed and sold on the floor after a session for $10.00 each and that was it. ( per the information available to me).  The Official Manual is still the only thing you can get when you ask for a copy of the Charter/Constitution.

Some members of the Judiciary Board violated their Code of Conduct which is part of the constitution.  That seems to be okay. ( Is it okay to tell half-truths, do things even the world condemns and say you acted justly?)

WHEN I AM UNDER AN INJUNCTION FROM THE CIVIL COURT, AND I AM DOING WHAT YOU ASKED THEM TO HAVE ME DO, WHY DO YOU CALL ME A RENEGADE?

 

I SUBMIT TO YOU, I AM NOT A RENEGADE, BASED ON THE INFORMATION THE CHURCH PROVIDED I FOLLOWED THE RULES.  I WAS SUED AND PLACED UNDER COURT ORDER, AND STILL WAS NOT PROVIDED THE RULES.  WHAT I HAVE NOW I GOT THROUGH THE YEARS OF RESEARCH, NOT FROM THOSE IN LEADERSHIP.  THAT IS NOT JUST.  I KEPT THE RULES AVAILABLE TO ME, (the Official Manual).  Call the bookstore today, see if you can get a copy of the Green and White Book,  ask them for the latest copy of the Charter/Constitution or any By-laws or even resolutions.  HOW CAN YOU BE EXPECTED TO COMPLY?  SOME SAY THE JURISDICTION SHOULD TEACH THE CONSTITUTION.  IF YOU PUBLISH THE UP TO DATE RULES THEN YOU CAN BE JUSTIFIED IN CALLING THOSE WHO VIOLATE THEM REBELS AND RENEGADES.  (According to the results of the poll at the bottom of this page almost 80% of the respondents did not know)

ABORTION IS LEGAL, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?  IN SOME STATES, GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?  YOU SAY THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS IT, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?

The civil case is now over, the National Church, Bishop Gilkey and their lawyers are moving to get the $24,000.00 rent we were ordered to pay.

HOWEVER I now (as before) call upon the Righteous Judge of Heaven; Father in the Name of thy Son Jesus Christ, I submit myself to you, in all my ways.  I ask that you JUDGE BETWEEN ME AND THEM. LORD IF THERE BE SIN IN ME, I ASK YOU TO SHOW ME MY TRANSGRESSION SO THAT I MIGHT FALL ON MY FACE BEFORE YOU IN REPENTANCE.  Lord whatever is right in your eyes, I submit to.  Lord your people groan and cry out for justice and there is none to be found.  Stretch forth thy hand I pray and deliver your people from the oppressors according to your WORD

Contact me if you think I am a rebel or renegade or not.  I vow I will not post or reveal the conversation without your explicit permission.  Contact me at Isaiah58.1@prodigy.net                                                                                             

July 8, 2012

STAINED ECCLESIASTICAL JUDICIAL GARMENTS

STAINED ECCLESIASTICAL JUDICIAL GARMENTS

As reported on COGIC Abuse Watch, Milton Wells, a former COGIC official in Michigan  was sentenced for sexual assault, by a judge from another circuit because;

“At Friday’s hearing, Wells’ attorney, John Beason, asked Berrien County Circuit Judge Sterling R. Schrock to sentence Wells to no more than five years behind bars. Schrock was assigned to preside over the case after the four circuit judges in Kalamazoo County disqualified themselves from hearing the case because they formerly served on local boards with Wells and Wells is a personal friend of one of the judges.”

(Kalamazoo’s MLive news outlet reported the trial and sentencing.  Excerpt Taken from  COGIC Abuse Watch )

It appears the world has a higher standard for its judges than the Church of God in Christ.  In the above mentioned case, the judges have recused themselves because of their association with the litigants; unlike the judge who failed to recuse herself in the Jerry Sandusky case.  The judge served on a local board with the former Penn State football coach, yet failed to disqualify herself, and was later removed from the case.  In Florida, a judge recused herself in the highly publicized Trayvon Martin shooting because of her husband’s association with the defendant George Zimmerman’s attorney.  The secular world does not tolerate the failure of a judge to disqualify his or her self.

In a case that was before the COGIC Judiciary Board in 2008 two Associate Judges required to recuse themselves by the COGIC Code of Judicial Conduct (Cannon) however, chose not to.  In the Michigan case, four judges disqualified themselves because they had served on local boards with Wells and one of the judges was a personal friend of Wells.  Associate Justice F.E. Perry failed to recuse himself in the COGIC, INC. and Kansas Southwest vs. Board of Trustees Emmanuel Church of God in Christ 2008 case, in spite of his 23 year friendship with Bishop J. C. Gilkey, as evidenced by a full-page ad by Bishop Perry in the 18th Annual Holy Convocation in the Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction souvenir book,   dated July 22 -28, 1985 which reads;

“Congratulations to My True and Dear Friend Bishop Joseph Cisro Gilkey Sr.  God Bless You.”     

(click here for KSW  Ad and impeachment petition)

Justice Warren-McKinney also chose to ignore the Judiciary Code of Conduct when she failed to recuse herself because of previous work for the Office of the General Counsel with Chief Counsel Enoch Perry III, who without a subpoena, testified as material witness in the 2008 case on behalf of Kansas Southwest and Bishop J. C. Gilkey.  Justice Warren-McKinney also because she acted as an advisor for Bishop Gilkey and Kansas Southwest at the request of the General Counsel in Wichita, Kansas in December 2004.  In spite of her previous involvement in the case, the Associate Justice, a licensed attorney, failed to disqualify herself

(click here for impeachment petition)

By violating the Judicial Code adopted in April 1993 which was made a part of the COGIC constitution each of these justices have stained the honor and integrity of the Judiciary Board and violated the COGIC Constitution.

July 2, 2012

COUNT UP THE COST

Is it worth giving up your local church property to allow the court to call you hierarchical.  Wouldn’t it be better to tell the court how you want property to be controlled.

For the leaders of COGIC who worked so hard, and who in the civil courts have yelled loudly, COGIC is a hierarchical church there is a cost that you did not count on.  You see, if  all property is held in trust for the National Church and not the local church you now have something that can be attached, confiscated and sold.  For those who don’t think that could happen, remember the case in Washington where the jurisdictions state house was sold to pay a judgement in a sexual misconduct case.   When the Kansas Appeals Court made their finding everyone church from West Angles to Mason Temple could come into play if there were a large adverse decision.  The court also explicitly said that a long-term association with the National Church was enough to trigger the trust in favor of the National Church.  Here is a decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals which is dangerous to the entire COGIC  body.  Here is an Analysis of the Courts decision.

Only the General Assembly can CORRECT THIS TRAVESTY THAT HAS BEEN THRUST UPON US BY MEN WHO LIGHTLY ESTEEM THE WORD OF GOD.  They can tell the civil court we will judge this matter, the civil court will.

Remember Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt wrote of this issue in this letter.  He outlined the injustice and how it was brought about

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