December 27, 2014

Whose Report Will You Believe?

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. ’ (Revelation 3:1–6, NKJV)

There has been a lot of controversy over the message Evangelist Earl Carter preached at the 107th Church of God in Christ Convocation.  Many letters have been written, many opinions have been expressed.  Bishop Blake apologized because “one of the more than fifteen speakers used terms and spoke in a way that was offensive and inappropriate”.

The only opinion that matters  is that of the Most High God.

I have included the apology as well as all the letters I have found on the internet concerning this issue.  You can view the apology and click on the links below to read the letters.

Supt. Earl Carter

Bishop Charles E. Blake

Dr. Edward Johnson

On the web site THE AGORA,  there are two articles on this issue, Part 1 and Part 2

There has been a call for a forum at the Leaders Convention January 2015 concerning this controversy.  Bishop Talbert Swan has written a letter refuting the need for a forum on this subject.  Click on the link provided to read that letter, then you decide.

Bishop Talbert Swan II


“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” ‘ (Joshua 24:15, AV)

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22–23, AV)



  1. Bishop Swain’s letter is a poor attempt at changing the subject. Supt Carter message, was not just about ‘gay marriage’ it was/is about the Church’s seemingly waffling position regarding the ‘legitimacy of homosexuality’ as an accepted, and affirmed way of expressing human sexuality. Supt Carter’s message was about the lack of the ability/willingness of COGIC leadership to deal biblical and seriously with a whole host of sins in their midst homosexuality be just one of many. His message was/is a call to reform and return to the tenets of the faith that was once delivered unto them. Bishop Swain’s injecting the issue of the need for the Church to focus on ‘social justice’ is actually the real distraction taking place here. Before the Church challenges the world on the issue of ‘social justice’ ” it needs to take the ‘beam out of its own eye’. The cause for the ills Bishop Swain cites in his letter is directly related to the inability or unwillingness of the Church to be salt and light in the world. God did not establish the church to be the champion of ‘social justice’ (what ever that really means) He called the world to be the Champion of his Word, His Will, and His Way! The sooner we get back to that, the better we will be able shine the light of God’s truth in such a manner that all people (black and white) will stop living their lives in complete violation of God’s word. It is the violation of God’s word, (sin) that is at the root of the ‘injustice’ in our society. We need leaders who fear God more than they fear man. We need people who put God first, before party, before ideology, before family, and yes even their own sexual proclivities. I totally support and endorse the message delivered by Supt Carter, COGIC it is time to get your house in order. In fact it is PAST TIME….

    Comment by warrenma — December 29, 2014 @ 8:48 AM | Reply

    • He that has an ear…

      Comment by R.E. Stidham — December 29, 2014 @ 4:29 PM | Reply

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