June 28, 2013


One of the biggest downfalls of any Church or organization is the pursuit of power.    For those who pursue power, seek to elevate themselves above their fellowman and then try to dominate other men.  In seeking to subjugate others, they fail to tap into the real power, the power of the Most High God.  No where in the scripture does God allow men to dominate other men.  He does give us leaders, but disciples of Christ (followers) do not seek to dominate those he has been given to lead.   I think it would be safe to say, domination is  a form of oppression.

(KJV) Leviticus 25:17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.

Here is a letter I have obtained written by a COGIC Bishop.  Click  here to read it, Enough is enough 

Here is another letter with a similar theme written a few months ago dealing with acts of oppression and an accusation of obstruction of justice written by Dr. Lovett to Bishop Sheard

These letters add another voice to the issues addressed in this letter by Bishop Samuel Nesbitt

June 20, 2013


Here is another case of injustice.  The members of Forest Hill Church of God in Christ in Fort Worth have been experiencing oppression. The definition of oppression is;

op·pres·sion  (-prshn)n.1. a. The act of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power: “There can be no really pervasive system of oppression . . . without the consent of the oppressed” (Florynce R. Kennedy).b. The state of being oppressed.2. Something that oppresses.3. A feeling of being heavily weighed down in mind or body.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

oppressor noun persecutor, tyrant, bully, scourge, tormentor, despot, autocrat, taskmaster, iron hand, slave-driver, harrier, intimidator, subjugator .Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Leviticus 25:17 (AV)

17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.

Micah 2:2 (AV)

2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Whose report do you believe?

In this case, the oppression seems to come the  Auxiliary Bishop of Texas Northeast #1,  Bishop Reginald L Williams.  What Bishop Williams is doing to the members of Forest Hill Church of God in Christ, appears to fit the definition of being an oppressor;

Here are two letters written by members of Forest Hill, one Deacon Adrian Winston and the other by Sister Martha Kelly.  Deacon Winston wrote a letter of complaint to Bishop Sheard, Sister Kelly authored a letter to the General Board.

The average member of COGIC is in the dark when it comes to filing a complaint.  Many times for fear of retaliation they send in an unsigned complaint.  Not realizing an unsigned complaint will not be acted on.  Deacon Winston and Sister Kelly, I commend your courage.   When it comes time to stand up and fight, even God sends those who are afraid home.

Judges 7:3 (AV)

3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

Click on these links to read the letter to Bishop Sheard written by Deacon Adrian Winston and the letter to the General Board authored by Sister Martha Kelly for the members of Forest Hill COGIC.  The phone numbers have been redacted.

June 19, 2013


Filed under: COGIC — R.E. Stidham @ 10:38 AM

Isaiah 58:1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,and shew my people their transgression,and the house of Jacob their sins.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God

Here is the link to the original posting of the following letter on the message board.



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