March 6, 2015


I received this essay via email and after reading it I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.  It is a 9 page letter which requires the reader to think.  Here is an excerpt from the essay written by Dr. Edward Lee Johnson Sr., Pastor of New Vision Cathedral Church of God in Christ.  Click this link to read the complete article.  Has God sent JUDGMENT to COGIC?

Here is a link to a blog he has started:  COGIC ON FIRE

Dr. Edward Johnson Sr.

I would like to begin by saying how much I admired Bishop Charles Blake as a teenager, and to this very day, for the work that he has established in California. The West Angeles Cathedral is a marvel to that region and this nation as well. As an accomplished American of African ancestry—he deserves credit for building and overseeing one of the most elaborate worship facilities in the history of America. And, we are all enamored by our “so called” favorite Hollywood movie stars that Bishop Blake heralds as prominent members of West Angeles Cathedral. However, as a church that is founded upon New Testament biblical principles—promoting individuals because of their social, political, or financial status is a “direct violation” of our spiritual principles . We are to esteem those who labor in the kingdom for preaching the gospel, and their work sake. But when it comes to salvation, everyone must come through the same narrow gate and forsake the “lust” of this world in order to win Christ. There are no “celebrities” in God’s kingdom. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” (Philippians 3 :8 ) How is it that some individuals can claim to be Christians, members of a Pentecostal Church—and at the same time promote values in politics, movies, music, and civic activities that are morally detestable?

When it comes to the kingdom of God—the message of the cross is for everyone in the human family to come to Jesus just as they are. But, you cannot come to Jesus and remain as you are. Jesus said, “take on my yoke and learn of Me.” And, we all know that the prevailing message that comes out of Hollywood and the entertainment industry does not reflect the teaching of Christ and His apostles. So, if an individual has committed to being a Christian, and an active member of a Pentecostal institution (The Church Of God In Christ), he or she must shun the very appearance of evil in order to follow Christ. If the said person is overly concerned about their livelihood once taking a stand for the kingdom of God, lead him to this passage of scripture. “Take no thought saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or wherewithal shall we be clothe? (For all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father know that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (what God requires out of a professing believer); and all of these things shall be given freely to you by your heavenly Father.”

(Matthew 6:31-33)

I would be the first to say that a spiritually healthy, grounded, and full-grown adult can probably decipher through most of the filth that some of these individuals portray on the big screen, and in many of their songs. But impressionable young children, most teenagers, and some adults don’t stand a chance against the overt and subliminal messages that come from these morally depraved institutions. The reason why America is currently in a moral free-fall is because too many churches have taken their focus off the “transformed” life and placed it on the almighty ($) dollar….(continued)

For the full essay click here Has God sent JUDGMENT to COGIC?



  1. Why is this about COGIC and not about men of power? I have struggled with homosexuality. Have meet wonderful men and women (straight) that has prayed, mentored and loved me. Now it is always individuals who are in any church that do wrong.
    The real problem is men and women fail to show love. Love in way that makes the sinner want to turn around. I have found that type of Love in the Church OF God In Christ. The love that has help me not live with a man anymore. The type of love which provided space for my friend to now be married to a woman.
    Now it is problems in churches with sexually immortality straight and gay. These men and women need to be called out! However, this is not the COGIC problem. This seems to be in every church and every where. Someone please tell me if i leave COGIC today; where and with whom shall worship with?

    Comment by Garry — December 17, 2015 @ 7:40 PM | Reply

    • To answer your question, it is about COGIC because I only have knowledge of COGIC. I agree with your statement about individuals. Just as in the Old Testament, there is a remnant who have not bowed their knee to sin. Praise God you have found such a remnant. As far as your last question, Paul answers it best in Ephesians 6:12:
      Ephesians 6:12
      because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
      (LEB- the Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into a readable English translation)

      Comment by R.E. Stidham — December 18, 2015 @ 10:56 PM | Reply

  2. Thank GOD for your boldness. This administration is the worst in Cogic history. They have sold there souls to satan. Bishop Blake has no respect for GOD. GOD is not pleased with the direction that Cogic is going. This church needs an Azusa experience we needs to go back to the Old Landmark. When we didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have SJK’S, Stacy Adams, tailored made suits, chauffeured cars, so many security guards and adjutants . Homosexuality is rampant in the church, lesbians, pedophilia, money laundering, lieing ,cheating and stealing. The people’s don’t have respect for the leadership of Cogic caused they have souls to satan for titles and positions. Bishop Blake has open homosexuals in administration in his local church as well as his National cabinet. The General Board is a group of PUNKS that are scared of Blake. They don’t take a stand for Holiness. GOD is going to hold them accountable for not taking a stand for Him or His people’s. Dr.Johnson continue to take a bold stand for Holiness and for GOD. You truly knows that your rewards come from GOD not man. Look forward to seeing you at April call. GOD ‘s protection be upon you. Let’s see if anyone or should I say any real men and women of GOD will take a bold steps to proclaim that. It’s Holiness or Hell. We have a saying. You can’t join in you got to be born in. Well now of days. We just let anyone or anything come in. Long as they have money they do whatever they want to do. I pray that GOD covers you in the Blood of Jesus. Gives you and your family protection. Going against Blake is like going against the Mafia. Yes Lord

    Comment by Leslie Faust Richardson — April 8, 2015 @ 12:09 AM | Reply

  3. What a honest and well reasoned tome. I hope that this message gets communicated to the Church at large, and the God will use it to begin a revival within the Body of Christ. God Bless you Pastor Johnson

    Comment by Warren MA — March 11, 2015 @ 9:50 AM | Reply

  4. I thank God for your honesty. Too often we overlook the word because of the person’s status.
    All have sinned & Bishop Blake is no exception to the rule, which includes his comments on same sex marriages.

    Comment by Jeannie — March 10, 2015 @ 3:57 AM | Reply

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