Here is a letter written by Bishop Nathaniel Wells, in reaction to a column written by David Waters in the Memphis Commercial Appeal .
Here is a link to a PDF of that article.
Here is a link to a PDF of that article.
This booklet details the qualifications and the duties of all the elected officials. It also details the areas of authority each official and Branch or Department has.
The Federal lawsuit filed by Pastor Andre Johnson and others was recently dismissed without prejudice, (it can be filed again). I have been informed, the technical items the Federal Judge stated were the cause of the dismissal are in the process of being corrected. It is possible it will be refiled in October 2015.
The three branches of government of the Church of God in Christ, are in a power struggle. In my opinion and for reasons unknown, it appears the Legislative Branch (General Assembly) desires to undermine the authority of the Judicial Branch (Judiciary Board), this only benefits the remaining branch, the Executive Branch.
Prior to April 1991, the General Assembly was the highest Judicial authority in the Church of God in Christ, there was no appeal from the decisions of the General Assembly.
On April 11, 1991 at 8:15 P.M., the General Assembly transferred all of its Judicial Authority to the newly created Third Branch of Government The Judiciary Board, with the exception of the three following instances each with right to appeal to the Judiciary Board (the Supreme Court):
(Found in Article VIII-The Judiciary Board)
The Judiciary Board was created on April 11, 1991 at 8:15 p.m. and the Judicial Code was passed November 15, 1994.
Click these links to view excerpts of the minutes when this transfer of authority was discussed and PASSED.
When one branch of government attempts to infringe upon the Constitutionally granted rights of another, a crisis is created. We then descend into rule by the powerful elite rather than the rule of law, where the rights of the ordinary members are subject to the desires of those who hold power. In an attempt to end this crisis, the heads of the three Branches of COGIC Government met in Memphis on April 16, 2015. According to a “Memorandum” of the meeting by Chief Justice Jackson the following individuals were present,
|Executive Branch||Legislative Branch||Judicial Branch|
Charles E. Blake, Sr.
|General Assembly Chairman Bishop James W. Hunt, Sr.||Chief Justice
Thomas Jackson, Jr.
|1st Asst. Presiding Bishop
P. A. Brooks
Bishop Lemuel F. Thuston
|2nd Asst. Presiding Bishop
|General Assembly Delegate Pastor Melvin Smith||General Assembly Delegate
|General Board Member
Bishop George McKinney
|General Assembly Delegate
Click here to read the Memorandum by Chief Justice Jackson
For copies of the complete minutes send a request through the contact form.
Four subpoenas have been issued for members of the Church of God in Christ. In times past COGIC has encouraged those whom have been subpoenaed to claim they are too busy to attend. Those cases have been filed at the State Courts.
This action however was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Federal Court). The way these subpoenas were issued, a failure to attend could have the U. S. Marshal show up to escort you to the site. Here is part of the subpoena, below it you can click the links to view the complete documents.
Those to whom the subpoenas were issued are;
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.”
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?
“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”.
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.
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.
“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)
There has been another lawsuit filed against COGIC. This time however it has been filed in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION. Read the first page below,
When the scales of Justice are no longer balanced, and the wolf is valued more than the sheep, justice is denied.
Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. (Ezekiel 22:27, NKJV)
In the Judicial System of the Church of God in Christ, it is almost impossible to receive Justice from the Board of Bishops, unless you are a Bishop, and have not “fought leadership”. If you are a Bishop and have offended the leadership, you are treated worse than an infidel. The fear, and stigma of this treatment, paralyzes and prevents most from speaking out against it.
When you have been wronged, you take comfort when you discover you may file charges against a Bishop if he has committed any of the offenses found in Article VIII, Section D of the Official Manual of the Church of God in Christ. You believe the National Church must not know about this behavior, there is no way it would tolerate this type of behavior, especially when the Word of God calls some of the things sin.
You soon realize the scales of justice are not balanced. There is the appearance of justice, but make no mistake, if the offender has “friend in high places”, the scales of justice are not balanced. The system rewards the Bishop for “obeying leadership” by placing him in something similar to what I will call, the “Bishop Protection Program” in which some of the leaders make the charges go away by ignoring them or intimidating those who file them. That Bishop is then in debt, and because of fear, he will go along to get along.
One man makes the decision to move forward, dismiss, or ignore cases when they are presented. Even when the Grievance Committee recommends sanctions and or trials, his is the final voice, and he has been known to show favoritism. This is a corruption of the process and makes the favored ones almost untouchable. The majority of people become frustrated and say just forget it with many of them leaving, wounded, hurt, and offended.
It is exactly this type of thing, which the Word of GOD condemns, and calls sin;
“As I live,” says the Lord GOD “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”—therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.” (Ezekiel 34:8–10, NKJV)
With all that is happening, I thought I would re-post this article written in 2010 by Brenda Stidham.
Click this link to read the full article GOD CALLS LEADERS; NOT DOMINATORS.
Praise GOD. The link above will let you read the update on the struggle of Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ located in Muncie, Indiana. We praise GOD and I think King David said it best:
1 Chronicles 29:10–13 (NKJV)
10 Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 13 “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY