IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

November 28, 2016

A letter of withdrawal from Dr. Edward L. Johnson

Here is a post I found, you can see the complete article at http://truthandtheway.com/featured-articles/


New Cathedral

128 West Hamilton Street, Lincolnville, S.C. 29485
Ministry Line 843-871-6848 Fax 843-821-6148 Email: mynewvisioncenter@gmail.com
Dr. Edward Lee Johnson, Sr.-Pastor

To: COGIC constituents
From: Edward Lee Johnson, Sr.
Re: New Vision Cathedral Inc. COGIC withdrawal and South Carolina certificate of incorporation

Date: 11/18/2016

It is with much spiritual conviction that I submit this letter to you. I cannot continue to support an organization that I truly believe that its leadership is not following basic biblical ethics and spiritual values. I left home at the age of 17 in 1972 for the military as a backslidden teenager who grew up in my parent’s church. A year and a half later I got arrested by the Holy Spirit at a party while smoking pot and drinking with my friends. I was actually in El Paso Texas at the time when God saved and called me into ministry in 1974. I was transferred to Germany that same year after preaching my first sermon at Calvary in the month of July. When I got to Germany, I couldn’t find a COGIC church so I attended the Church of God Serviceman Center in Nuremberg, Germany.

For an entire year I cut my spiritual teeth in a ministry with a White pastor and predominately White congregation. I develop such a great relationship with my pastor—when he took his family vacation with his wife and two small children for an entire week in England, he took me along and I spent the week with them. When I returned home in1975, I became extremely active with my dad at Calvary. The greatest struggle I had early on was the cultural differences between what I experienced in Germany versus being back home in a COGIC church. In fact, when I would preach, people told me I sounded White. I shared that with the late Bishop H. J. Bell who became our Bishop in 1976; and he said to me, “Well brother Ed you have to blacken up your preaching a little.” What he really meant was that I needed to learn how to whoop like Black preachers. He obviously saw something in me that I couldn’t see at the moment because he appointed me to be the Jurisdictional Secretary around 1977, and Associate Pastor of Friendship in 1981. Although I objected to a lot of things that Bishop Bell did—I was too naïve to confront him. That was then—but I’m not that novice in ministry anymore. I believe that the course that I have taken in my ministry over the past 20 years is that “good fight of faith” that the Apostle Paul taught about, “follow peace with all men…”. The foundation that I received from my father’s ministry has kept me on the straight and narrow through the worst of my spiritual test.

I said all of that in order to help you understand my reasoning for relinquishing my ties with the current COGIC structure. I honestly believe that the leaders have taken the church completely away from the principles in which Bishop Charles H. Mason built it. The corruption didn’t start with Bishop Blake—but he has taken things off the rails just like President Obama did by glorifying immorality in a way that no other president in my lifetime has done. For the past 40 years I struggled in my heart about the cultural differences as well as trying to make sense of the denominational division among churches. I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t some kind of working relationship with like minded Christian organizations for the benefit of our communities; and especially White and Black Pentecostal. As the Holy Spirit began to teach me how all the division got started among denominational churches within the body of Christ —He also gave me a real passion to work with churches outside of the COGIC box.

We use scriptures out of context to justify ourselves like, “touch not my anointed” and “let the wheat and the tare grow together”. If you know anything about the anointing, you would know that a man with the practices and culture like Charles Blake is NOT anointed. And, as for the wheat and the tare parable—go back and read (Matthew 13:36-43) the explanation of the text. Jesus said that the field is the “world” and not the church. If you say that you cannot touch the tare in the church in an attempt to justify openly corrupt and vile people serving in God’s church—then any application to spiritual discipline taught by Jesus and the apostles will not be applicable in any church setting. Of course homosexuals, whoremongers, liars, backbiters, people who are full of hate etc practicing a vile lifestyle, should be allowed to exist in the field “world,” but not in the church. That’s the whole meaning of going into the highways and hedges to preach to sinners. If our gospel be hid—it is hidden from those that are blinded by sin. The purpose of the gospel is to transform the sinner into a saint. If our gospel be compromised—we will all be punished by God as wicked servants in the judgment. And, some weak pastors will have their works burned up even though he or she may scarcely make it into the kingdom.


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November 12, 2016

CONCERNING PACIFIC MOUNT OLIVE- THE TRUTH UNCOVERED

In a letter found on the Church of God in Christ web site, General Counsel Uleses Henderson gives what I believe to be a fictional account of the events which have occurred at Pacific Mount Olive Church of God in Christ. The letter ,titled “Statement On Pacific Mount Olive Church of God in Christ” has many discrepancies not supported by facts.

Paragraph 1: FALSE

On January 6, 2016 Bishop Blake sent a letter in which he stated;

“I, Bishop Charles E. Blake Senior, am the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ Inc., with the International Headquarters located in the City of Memphis, Shelby County Tennessee.

Pursuant to Article III, Part 2 Section A (1)(a) of the constitution of the Church of God in Christ as set forth in the Official Manual 1, you are ordered to cease all operations of Pacific Mount Olive Church of God in Christ, located 1385 East 21st Street in Los Angeles, California, by Saturday, January 9, 2016. You are further ordered at that time to turn over to Bishop J. Bernard Hackworth and the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, or his representative, all keys, papers, bank accounts and all property of any kind belonging to Pacific Mount Olive Church of God in Christ.

This order in addition is being made by the express approval of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ.”


In a January 16, 2016 Ex- Parte Application for Preliminary Injunction and TRO, General Counsel  Uleses Henderson submitted a declaration to the under penalty of perjury.  On page 2, paragraph 8 of that declaration he states;  (Declaration)

“All members of the General Board voted that Defendant Joyner and his agents and affiliates must vacate and turn over all real property held by Pacific Mount Olive Church of God in Christ to Bishop Hackworth.  There were no objections.”


RESPONSE TO THE BULLET POINTS

Bullet Point 1: FALSE

Pastor Joyner appointed to Mt. Olive by Bishop Murphy, Prelate of California Southwest Jurisdiction (Letter from Bishop Murphy)

Bullet Point 2: TRUE

Stated in a deceitful manner, Pacific Mt. Olive had been without a Pastor or Bishop for approximately two years, members voted on a Pastor because they had no Bishop at that time.  In a letter dated July 17, 2012 Bishop Ealy  put them out, for two years they had no Bishop, no jurisdiction and no Pastor.  No COGIC official took any action until the letter from the ousted trustees.

Bullet Point 3: FALSE

Bishop Murphy appointed Elder Joyner as Pastor of Mt. Olive in January 2014. (Letter from Bishop Murphy)

Bullet Point 4: FALSE

Five Trustees, three of whom had been voted out of office sent Bishop Hackworth a letter claiming they represented the membership after they were voted out of office.  These five people were not authorized to speak for the congregation.  The Constitution calls for a vote of two thirds of the members to take this action. (Trustees Ousted)  (Invalid Request)

Bullet Point 5: MISLEADING

If points 1, 3 and 4 were true this would be true. However, to make this statement knowing points 1, 3 and 4  are false, makes it appear as if the General Counsel is attempting to be deceitful.


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