IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

August 13, 2012

To The Members of The Church of God in Christ, everywhere

Here is the latest letter written by Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt;  To the Members of COGIC.

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August 7, 2012

THE NEW TASKMASTERS

Whenever the church tries to operate using the world’s system, it always comes under oppression.  This is because they are trying to operate outside of the “will” of God.  In the scripture, “Egypt” is synonymous with the ‘Worlds System”.  When the church allowed itself to be defined by the court as “Hierarchical”, it opened the doors to things which lead to destruction.  Just as with Abram; when he left the promised land, and went into Egypt because of a famine.  It was a practical thing to do as a natural man, but spiritually it was disastrous.  Yes he acquired cattle, and other riches, but he also acquired Hagar.  From Hagar he reaped Ishmael, the world is still reaping a harvest from Abrams venture into Egypt.  Ishmael was born of the flesh, as was the hierarchical system.  It came from the civil court system and was embraced by the church.  The body of Christ is reaping the fruit of governing itself through the world’s system, many of our leaders have become taskmasters just as the Egyptians were to the children of Israel.  If you read this Chronology of Events you will see the fruit of the Hierarchical System.

It is foolish to think you can “take your brother to law” and not expect to reap lawsuits.  We are reaping what has been sown;

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.” (Hosea 8:7–8, AV)

The poll below has consistently shown results of; (1).  approx. 60% were not told the local church would loose ownership of their church. (2) 20% believe their property is protected (read this article). (3). Only 20% knew they held  their property for the National Church.  We should be very concerned, with the plethora of sexual abuse cases that now exist, the possibility exist one will be so egregious or a pattern of coverup will emerge, and COGIC will take a large financial hit and all the churches would be viewed as assets.  That is one of the unforeseen side effects of the hierarchical system.  Bishop Westbrook had his,  Washington Jurisdictional headquarters  put up for sale possibly because of a sexual abuse case (as reported on Gay Christian Movement Watch Nov. 16, 2010)

                                                                                                                                                                    

July 30, 2012

That which is gone from thy lips thou shalt keep and perform;… (Deut. 23:22a)

In the Church of God in Christ, the consecration of a new bishop is a very solemn occasion.  It is at this time, before GOD, the members of the Church, the General Board, and the Presiding Bishop, the bishop designee gives his word to “…perform all the duties assigned to you as a Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, according to the order and direction of the General Assembly?”

Pictured below is an excerpt from the September 23, 2008 Judiciary Board hearing where Vice Chief Justice Jackson stated; “…we have The Bible, which is another black book, which is a superior black book to our Constitution,…”

When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth. (Deuteronomy 23:21–23, AV)

General Counsel Enoch Perry III, has stated, the language was “…dicta.  It’s just ceremonial language because it’s in the charge of consecration.  It does not have the full force of the law to say you must do this, you must do that.”1

When did the WORD of GOD become “just ceremonial” in the Church of God in Christ?  We have vows in a marriage ceremony, is that just dicta also?  Is the keeping of that vow also optional?  Are all vows optional in the Church of God in Christ?  God Forbid!

An attorney of both COGIC, Inc and Bishop Gilkey, Attorney & Pastor Charles E. Watson II stated; “pg. 108, 9/28/2008 Judiciary Board.

In my opinion he says the Constitution sits above the Bible on a day-to-day basis.  Whose report do you believe?  Read the complete Consecrated Charge.

1KS Case #05CV621 Court transcript, pg.163 line 25, pg.164 lines 1-3

July 28, 2012

COGIC CHURCH PROPERTY

In times past we the members of COGIC  were allowed to believe if there was no state or national monies put into a church it belonged to the local church.  THAT IS NOT TRUE!! Due to the lawsuit brought by Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey, (Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction) and the Church of God in Christ, INC (the named Plaintiffs), the Kansas Court made a finding, the National Church to own all COGIC property.  Church of God in Christ, INC  the General Board is the board of directors for the corporation.  That means the Presiding Bishop a majority of the General Board along with Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey sued us  twice, went after back tithes and reports, and through the court required us to pay rent of $2000.00 a month on a building that we literally built.  The General Counsel for the COGIC, INC was the main witness and played an integral part in the seizure of this local church.   Now before you say that is not true read what the plaintiffs attorneys, one of them an ordained elder; Charles E. Watson II and now a pastor asked for;

  1. COGIC, INC believes it is entitled to back tithe
  2. COGIC, INC tried to get tithes and rent.
  3. COGIC, INC was denied back tithe but awarded rent on building built by local members                                            Charles E. Watson II

Bishop Joseph C. Gilkey Sr.

July 19, 2012

JUDGE BETWEEN ME AND THEM

I was talking with someone who told me some of the leaders think I am a rebel, a renegade because I didn’t “submit to authority”.  I would be glad to do so if I had a fair, unbiased hearing and decision.   That has  never happened,  I invite each of them to call me, talk to me.  To hear the rest of the story.  Perhaps they are afraid I would post what they say on this blog.  That without their permission would be a breach of trust.

I ask you the reader to judge.

When a bishop commits an offense, and you immediately notify by complaint via certified mail of his actions and you wait believing men of God will take action, and they don’t count you worthy of a response.  I mailed letters to the General Board requesting help, and to Bishop Sheard requesting help.  I expected an answer.  Can you understand the disappointment when you realize they are more interested in you staying “in your lane” than justice.

Before Bishop Gilkey sued us, we followed the Official Manual.  When speaking to another Bishop via telephone I was told “only a bishop can appoint a pastor” I accepted what was said and from that point said (per the Bishops Charge  in the Official Manual page 215, paragraph 2) the people have a right to have a voice in who their pastor will be.  General Council Enoch Perry III said this was ceremonial (dicta) he doesn’t have to do this, I thought we should keep our vows, if this is a charge of the General Assembly should not it be kept?  We were told there had been some amendments to the manual which implied those things were no longer relevant.  No one provided a copy of the amendments.

When Enoch Perry III asked Associate Justice Warren (now Warren-McKinney) to talk to us, I asked her for a copy of the amendments, I was told they would be sent they did not send them.

Around December of 2004 we sent an official complaint to the General Board with proof, there was no response.  As they would say in the Old Testament, am I a dead dog not even worthy of a response?   If I commit an offense I expect my leader to correct me but to ignore me is that not an abuse.  What father who loves his child ignores him?  I thought they would investigate what was happening to at least see if the complaint was true, but they did not, we were never asked anything.  I was labeled a “renegade”.

FACTS:

I FOLLOWED WHAT IS IN THE OFFICIAL MANUAL.  I was labeled a renegade

In writing, I asked the General Board for help.   None came

In writing, I asked Bishop Sheard for help.  He was only concerned about ” whose the Pastor ” (in reference to the Green and White Book

WHEN YOUR LAW IS NOT PROCLAIMED, HOW CAN IT BE ENFORCED.   Even after 30 years there are many people who have e been in COGIC their whole life and have NEVER heard of the Green and White Book.  When GOD instituted the ten commandments, he told the people before all the people (through Moses) what would be required and all the people agreed to it before it became law.  Is it honorable to enforce an unknown law.  If GOD allows his people to choose should we do less?

The Green and White Book was never published, a few copies were printed and sold on the floor after a session for $10.00 each and that was it. ( per the information available to me).  The Official Manual is still the only thing you can get when you ask for a copy of the Charter/Constitution.

Some members of the Judiciary Board violated their Code of Conduct which is part of the constitution.  That seems to be okay. ( Is it okay to tell half-truths, do things even the world condemns and say you acted justly?)

WHEN I AM UNDER AN INJUNCTION FROM THE CIVIL COURT, AND I AM DOING WHAT YOU ASKED THEM TO HAVE ME DO, WHY DO YOU CALL ME A RENEGADE?

 

I SUBMIT TO YOU, I AM NOT A RENEGADE, BASED ON THE INFORMATION THE CHURCH PROVIDED I FOLLOWED THE RULES.  I WAS SUED AND PLACED UNDER COURT ORDER, AND STILL WAS NOT PROVIDED THE RULES.  WHAT I HAVE NOW I GOT THROUGH THE YEARS OF RESEARCH, NOT FROM THOSE IN LEADERSHIP.  THAT IS NOT JUST.  I KEPT THE RULES AVAILABLE TO ME, (the Official Manual).  Call the bookstore today, see if you can get a copy of the Green and White Book,  ask them for the latest copy of the Charter/Constitution or any By-laws or even resolutions.  HOW CAN YOU BE EXPECTED TO COMPLY?  SOME SAY THE JURISDICTION SHOULD TEACH THE CONSTITUTION.  IF YOU PUBLISH THE UP TO DATE RULES THEN YOU CAN BE JUSTIFIED IN CALLING THOSE WHO VIOLATE THEM REBELS AND RENEGADES.  (According to the results of the poll at the bottom of this page almost 80% of the respondents did not know)

ABORTION IS LEGAL, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?  IN SOME STATES, GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?  YOU SAY THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS IT, DOES THAT MAKE IT RIGHT?

The civil case is now over, the National Church, Bishop Gilkey and their lawyers are moving to get the $24,000.00 rent we were ordered to pay.

HOWEVER I now (as before) call upon the Righteous Judge of Heaven; Father in the Name of thy Son Jesus Christ, I submit myself to you, in all my ways.  I ask that you JUDGE BETWEEN ME AND THEM. LORD IF THERE BE SIN IN ME, I ASK YOU TO SHOW ME MY TRANSGRESSION SO THAT I MIGHT FALL ON MY FACE BEFORE YOU IN REPENTANCE.  Lord whatever is right in your eyes, I submit to.  Lord your people groan and cry out for justice and there is none to be found.  Stretch forth thy hand I pray and deliver your people from the oppressors according to your WORD

Contact me if you think I am a rebel or renegade or not.  I vow I will not post or reveal the conversation without your explicit permission.  Contact me at Isaiah58.1@prodigy.net                                                                                             

July 8, 2012

STAINED ECCLESIASTICAL JUDICIAL GARMENTS

STAINED ECCLESIASTICAL JUDICIAL GARMENTS

As reported on COGIC Abuse Watch, Milton Wells, a former COGIC official in Michigan  was sentenced for sexual assault, by a judge from another circuit because;

“At Friday’s hearing, Wells’ attorney, John Beason, asked Berrien County Circuit Judge Sterling R. Schrock to sentence Wells to no more than five years behind bars. Schrock was assigned to preside over the case after the four circuit judges in Kalamazoo County disqualified themselves from hearing the case because they formerly served on local boards with Wells and Wells is a personal friend of one of the judges.”

(Kalamazoo’s MLive news outlet reported the trial and sentencing.  Excerpt Taken from  COGIC Abuse Watch )

It appears the world has a higher standard for its judges than the Church of God in Christ.  In the above mentioned case, the judges have recused themselves because of their association with the litigants; unlike the judge who failed to recuse herself in the Jerry Sandusky case.  The judge served on a local board with the former Penn State football coach, yet failed to disqualify herself, and was later removed from the case.  In Florida, a judge recused herself in the highly publicized Trayvon Martin shooting because of her husband’s association with the defendant George Zimmerman’s attorney.  The secular world does not tolerate the failure of a judge to disqualify his or her self.

In a case that was before the COGIC Judiciary Board in 2008 two Associate Judges required to recuse themselves by the COGIC Code of Judicial Conduct (Cannon) however, chose not to.  In the Michigan case, four judges disqualified themselves because they had served on local boards with Wells and one of the judges was a personal friend of Wells.  Associate Justice F.E. Perry failed to recuse himself in the COGIC, INC. and Kansas Southwest vs. Board of Trustees Emmanuel Church of God in Christ 2008 case, in spite of his 23 year friendship with Bishop J. C. Gilkey, as evidenced by a full-page ad by Bishop Perry in the 18th Annual Holy Convocation in the Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction souvenir book,   dated July 22 -28, 1985 which reads;

“Congratulations to My True and Dear Friend Bishop Joseph Cisro Gilkey Sr.  God Bless You.”     

(click here for KSW  Ad and impeachment petition)

Justice Warren-McKinney also chose to ignore the Judiciary Code of Conduct when she failed to recuse herself because of previous work for the Office of the General Counsel with Chief Counsel Enoch Perry III, who without a subpoena, testified as material witness in the 2008 case on behalf of Kansas Southwest and Bishop J. C. Gilkey.  Justice Warren-McKinney also because she acted as an advisor for Bishop Gilkey and Kansas Southwest at the request of the General Counsel in Wichita, Kansas in December 2004.  In spite of her previous involvement in the case, the Associate Justice, a licensed attorney, failed to disqualify herself

(click here for impeachment petition)

By violating the Judicial Code adopted in April 1993 which was made a part of the COGIC constitution each of these justices have stained the honor and integrity of the Judiciary Board and violated the COGIC Constitution.

July 2, 2012

COUNT UP THE COST

Is it worth giving up your local church property to allow the court to call you hierarchical.  Wouldn’t it be better to tell the court how you want property to be controlled.

For the leaders of COGIC who worked so hard, and who in the civil courts have yelled loudly, COGIC is a hierarchical church there is a cost that you did not count on.  You see, if  all property is held in trust for the National Church and not the local church you now have something that can be attached, confiscated and sold.  For those who don’t think that could happen, remember the case in Washington where the jurisdictions state house was sold to pay a judgement in a sexual misconduct case.   When the Kansas Appeals Court made their finding everyone church from West Angles to Mason Temple could come into play if there were a large adverse decision.  The court also explicitly said that a long-term association with the National Church was enough to trigger the trust in favor of the National Church.  Here is a decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals which is dangerous to the entire COGIC  body.  Here is an Analysis of the Courts decision.

Only the General Assembly can CORRECT THIS TRAVESTY THAT HAS BEEN THRUST UPON US BY MEN WHO LIGHTLY ESTEEM THE WORD OF GOD.  They can tell the civil court we will judge this matter, the civil court will.

Remember Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt wrote of this issue in this letter.  He outlined the injustice and how it was brought about

June 26, 2012

A Tribute to JoElaine Heaven; February 9, 1946 – June 19, 2012

Today, I went to the Home going service of a sister in Christ, a friend and an advocate for justice who has gone home to be with the Lord.   JoElaine Heaven, Attorney at Law transitioned from labor to reward June 19, 2012.   Miss Heaven was the Attorney which represented us the Board of Trustees in the case in which Bishop J.C. Gilkey and the Church of God in Christ, Inc sued to take the church from the members who had constructed and maintained the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Wichita, Kansas.  Not only for us but she (we) believed her work would benefit the entire Body of Christ.

After graduating as an honor student from high school,  JoElaine earned an Associate Degree from Coffeyville Community Junior College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Kansas.  After working as a Social Worker, she became disenchanted with what the courts allowed to happen allegedly in the “best interest of the child” and with the difficulty in getting attorneys to file petitions on behalf of children needing help.  She decided she would go to law school and learn how to do the petitions herself.  Subsequently JoElaine went to law school where she became the first African-American woman to earn a Law Degree from Washburn Law School over 30 years ago.  JoElaine worked tirelessly as an advocate for children and in assisting older members of her church and community.

It is with great sadness and humility I add, she was working on the case for Emmanuel at the time she left.

We who are members of the Body of Christ and those who believe we should act justly and treat everyone fairly owe a debt of gratitude that can not be repaid to JoElaine Heaven, Attorney at Law, another soldier gone home.

February 27, 2012

To Those Who Have Scattered The Flock

We often lament the condition of the visible church. The WORD of GOD tells us the cause and the cure, PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS!
Here is what GOD says, a side by side comparison of the AV and NKLV.

December 8, 2011

LET US BE VIGILANT; discern the real adversary

      Whenever we are going through a struggle, it is easy to look at the person we are in conflict with as the source of our pain.   They are the one’s we see.  We can spend so much time and energy struggling with them, we overlook the true source.  To wage effective spiritual warfare we must, as followers of Christ, recognize the true enemy, Satan.   In Job 1:7 we read of a conversation in heaven between GOD and Satan;

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD,  and said,From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

This conversation was repeated in Job 2:2 after Satan through the Sabeans killed Job’s servants, took away his oxen and asses.   He burned Job’s sheep with fire from “heaven”,  the Chaldeans killed more servants and carried away his camels  Then he sent a  great wind that killed Job’s children.  When we allow Holy Spirit to remind us, GOD has through His Word spoken to us and said;

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12, AV)

Jesus told us;

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, AV)

If we filter our thoughts through the WORD OF GOD, esteem His words above our words, His thoughts above our thoughts, then we realize, Jesus told us how to discern an attack.  If anything is stolen, any attempt to kill, any attempt to destroy it is from Satan.  Even when the person in front of us appears to cause us pain we must again remember the Word of GOD;

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, …”

But when we fail, we have an advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God, and just as Peter did, when he took his eyes off Jesus,and began to notice the wind and the waves,  as he began to sink he cried out “Lord save me.”   We too can cry out Lord save me and be blessed to feel the hand of the Lord catch us, and hear him ask us“… O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?… .” (Matthew 14:31–32, AV)Lord Save Me

Be Blessed my sisters and brothers

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