August 16, 2012


What do you call a farmer who clears the ground, plows the field, plants the seed, kills the weeds, and reaps the harvest.  He then loads the grain and takes it to the mill.  After receiving the going rate he walks out of the office with the fruit of his labor.  However the person who owns the land is there to claim his agreed upon share.  That farmer is a sharecropper. When the sharecropper dies, the landowner, as the legal owner can do whatever he wants, he owns the land.

: a tenant farmer especially in the southern U.S. who is provided with credit for seed, tools, living quarters, and food, who works the land, and who receives an agreed share of the value of the crop minus charges (Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

There are similarities between sharecropper and the COGIC  Pastor and members.  The farmer has one advantage over the Pastors and members of the Church of God in Christ, he knows he is a sharecropper.  The COGIC Pastor and members do not!!

You the Pastor and members get to work the land, but  THE LOCAL PEOPLE NEVER OWN IT. Read this excerpt from our appeal

During the April call meeting, the General Counsel, at the request of Chairman Hunt, offered an explanation regarding property as it appears in the Official Manual, p. 16,  paragraph 9; He stated “taking of property requires a transfer of title” He further explained  proposed changes which would involve clearing the   language so that  title to the property would belong to the local church with the national church having an expressed trust interest in that property”. (Minutes to April 2012 call meeting pg. 8 paragraph 2

That is double talk and legal speak; in the Emmanuel COGIC , Wichita, Kansas case, the local church was taken from the local members who bought and paid for the land, constructed the building, maintained the Church all with no national or state monies, without a transfer of title.  The local members were barred from ever holding any office and were effectively ousted as member. Just as the King of Assyria in 2 Kings 17:24 removed the people and brought in others.  The original members were displaced.  AND THE GENERAL COUNSEL HELPED.

THANKS TO BISHOP GILKEY, THE GENERAL COUNSEL, AND THE GENERAL BOARD, WE ARE ALL SHARECROPPERS, the national owns all the churches”.  The General Counsel knows what an “Express Trust”  is (See page 1176, column 1,paragraph “P-Q”).  He knows the words, “Express Trust”  wipes out the part about “title to the property would belong to the local church”.  It sounds good but you would still be a sharecropper!  The difference in an “Implied Trust” and an “Express Trust” is the express trust is done in writing and the Implied Trust  (page 1176 column 1, paragraph “S”)is one implied or presumed by circumstances.
The circumstances; since the “civil court” finds (believes) the Church of God in Christ is “hierarchical”, the civil court presumes the National Church owns all the property, to quote Bishop Enoch Perry III “akin to the Catholic Church” (2009 CV 3960; pg 129,  line 25, pg. 130  line 1).

Express Trust: A trust created or declared in express terms and usually in writing, these are done on purpose

We must understand we are at a disadvantage when we,talk to people with legal training who often use words unfamiliar to us.   Words may have a different meaning to the layman than they have in a court of law.

The General Assembly must decide if it will  condone the National Church, taking  property when it has put nothing into it.  No one knowingly agrees to be plundered and beaten, in Jesus name.

If the local church belongs to the local members, the property must be held in Trust for the Local Members exclusively.  That the local church as grantee as named on the deed, is the exclusive owner of the local church property. Property acquired by gift or device must create to the local church the same right of exclusive ownership as purchased property.  The local church shall have the right to defend its right of ownership against any and all others.



  1. May the Lord bless you real good this day. Yes sir I love this church very much because of it I am by the grace of what I am. My concern was how are we able to pay out these large payment on these law sue as a Supt. wanting to do my part and just to be inform very concern.

    Comment by Eddie Toppen,jr. — August 29, 2012 @ 7:33 PM | Reply

    • This is an area that never gets discussed at the General Assembly. Even when the General Counsel does give his “report” it consist of vague generalities. The General Assembly can demand answers to these questions from the Executive Branch. Where does the money come from? Whose budget does it come from? There are a lot of questions, but not many answers

      Comment by R.E. Stidham — August 30, 2012 @ 7:47 AM | Reply

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