JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST:

March 31, 2015

FEDERAL SUBPOENAS HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN JOHNSON vs HUNT COGIC LAWSUIT

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.Command

Those to whom the subpoenas were issued are;

  Bishop Thuston  Supt. Williams   Bishop Wells    Supt. Saffold

March 6, 2015

HAS GOD SENT JUDGMENT TO COGIC?

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?

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)

November 12, 2014

FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST COGIC

FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED

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,

Click here to read the complete FEDERAL COMPLAINT.

Federal complaint cover

 

 

September 22, 2014

WHEN SHEEP ARE NOT VALUED, JUSTICE IS DENIED!

Justice out of BalanceBy Ronald Stidham

HOW IS JUSTICE DENIED?

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)

sheep running from

WHO PROTECTS THE SHEEP?

August 22, 2014

GOD CALLS LEADERS; NOT DOMINATORS

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.

July 31, 2014

HARD TASKMASTERS UPDATE!! PRAISE REPORT

MT. OLIVE COGIC, MUNCIE INDIANA

 

http://m.thestarpress.com/topstories/article?a=2014307310021&f=3696

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

June 20, 2014

Who Has Bewitched You?

Filed under: Bishop Blake,COGIC,COGIC Judicial System,Pastors and Clergy — R.E. Stidham @ 10:16 PM

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Galatians 3:1 (NKJV)

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

 

January 23, 2014

DON’T TRUST THE TRUST CLAUSE!

DON’T TRUST THE TRUST CLAUSE!

There is a lot of confusion as to what the ‘Trust Clause” found in the COGIC, Inc constitution really means.  The COGIC Trust clause found in the Official Manual, Article III, Part II, Section D paragraph 9 on page 16 states;

“The said property is held in trust for the use and benefit of the members of the Church of God in Christ with National Headquarters in the City of Memphis. Shelby County. Tennessee, and subject to the Charter, Constitution, Laws and Doctrines of said Church, now in full force and effect or as they may be hereafter amended, changed or modified by the General Assembly of said Church”

How many people really know what that means?  To put it bluntly it gives the National Church ownership of your property.
In Wichita, Kansas, in 2005, in District Court, the former General Counsel said;
” The members of the Church of God in Christ are all members who are a part of the national organization from the headquarters down to the local assembly.”
Since the General Counsel in his official position stated this for the court,  that is the position of the Executive branch of COGIC, Inc.
Did you know you are holding your Church for everybody who is part of the national organization? And here you thought it was for the local members.

Black’s Law Dictionary gives the definition of a Trust as;

1. An equitable or beneficial right or title to land or other property, held for the beneficiary by another person, in whom resides the legal title or ownership, recognized and enforced by courts of chancery. See Goodwin v. McMinn, 193 Pa. 046, 44 Atl. 1094, 74 Am. St. Rep. 703; Beers v. Lyon, 21 Conn. 613; Seymour v. Freer, 8 Wall. 202, 19 L. Ed. 300. An obligation arising out of a confidence reposed in the trustee or representative, who has the legal title to property conveyed to him, that he will faithfully apply the property according to the confidence reposed, or, in other words, according to the wishes of the grantor of the trust. 4 Kent Comm. 304; Willis, Trustees, 2; Beers v. Lyon, 21 Conn. 613; Thornburg v. Buck, 13 Ind. App. 446, 41 N. E. 85. An equitable obligation, either express or Implied, resting upon a person by reason of a confidence reposed in him, to apply or deal with the property for the benefit of some other person, or for the benefit of himself and another or others, according to such confidence. McCreary v. Gewinner, 103 Ga. 528, 29 S. E. 9G0. A holding of property subject to a duty of employing it or applying its proceeds according to directions given by the person from whom it was derived. Munroe v. Crouse. 59 Hun. 248, 12 N. Y. Supp. 815.
Law Dictionary: http://thelawdictionary.org/trust/#ixzz2rGkq7QOw

In layman’s terms, what that means is; you give the beneficiary (the National Church) an equitable (think equity as in equity in your house) interest in your Church.  Their name does not have to be on the deed.  When you join, pay your National Reports, participate and go to the meetings you are on the hook.

The attorneys know this but they talk in legal speak where words have a different meaning to them and the civil court than it does to those not trained in the law.  This I think is done to deceive, when you want to communicate truth you speak the language your hearer will understand.

Different states also handle this differently.  Some states use the “Neutral Principle”, that means whatever name is on the deed, that whose it is.  Others states use whatever their state law says.  The third and the one that is most harmful to the local members is the “Hierarchical Principle”.  You should find out which policy your state uses but remember, it  could change with the stroke of a judges pen.

If the Trust Clause stated it was held for none but the local church members or congregation, it would protect the local church.

As it stands, every chicken dinner, every bake sale done for the church is for the National Church, because of the “Trust Clause.”

Because of the Trust Clause, you are owners in name only.  Which makes you a sharecropper.

January 15, 2014

THE ABUSE, OF THE COGIC SEXUAL ABUSE RESOLUTION

IS THE MISCONDUCT RESOLUTION BEING ABUSED?

The resolution granting the authority to suspend, presented and passed on November 12, 2002 is being used in a manner that causes due process for pastors and potentially all credential holders to be in jeopardy. (Resolution is found on page 2)

It was originally purported as way to protect the National Church from Misconduct involving Sexual Molestation (See the first and last Whereas).

From the Church of God in Christ online Sexual Misconduct course, the definition of Sexual Misconduct is;
Any conduct of a sexual nature that is non-consensual, including but not limited to sexual harassment and sexual assault, or any behavior that has the effect of threatening or intimidating the individual against whom such conduct is directed.  A minor or mentally incapacitated individual can never consent to conduct of a sexual nature.
From the Church of God in Christ online Sexual Misconduct course the definition for Sexual Harassment is;
Sexual harassment, which is a form of sexual misconduct, is unwelcome attention, advances, touching, or harassment of a sexual nature that includes a range of behavior from mild, implicit or subtle transgressions an annoyances to overt and blatant activity or conduct than can involve forced sexual activity in an employment environment.

November 12, 2002 Resolution

November 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This resolution has been misapplied and used as an excuse to deny Pastors their due process under the law of the Church of God in Christ.  It is an act of injustice to use this resolution to circumvent the pastor’s constitutional rights of due process when competent, consenting adults are involved.

One such case is at the Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ in Gary, Indiana in the Third Jurisdiction of Indiana, Bishop E. Bobby Warren is the Jurisdictional Bishop .

When you look at the picture of the church, one wonders if the true motive is the acquisition of the church.

An allegation was made of conduct between two consenting adults.  The accusation have to this point not been substantiated but have been categorically denied, a case of He said/ she said.  The pastor was denied the rights as shown here from ARTICLE VIII, Section B, paragraph 2, sub paragraph, pages 31-32 of the Official Manual;

2 The procedure for the trial of a local Pastor shall be as follows:
(a) When a majority of the members of the Church Of God In Christ have documented evidence that a Pastor of a local church has committed any or all of the offenses enumerated hereinabove, they may file charges against such Pastor specifically setting out the acts and things complained of The original copy of the charges shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the Assembly of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of which the Church and Pastor are a pan, or with which they are affiliated, and copies thereof shall be filed in the office of the General Secretary of the Church Of God In Christ at its National Headquarters in Memphis. Tennessee.

How will the General Council of Pastors and Elders respond?

Will the council require the law be followed?

As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am thought a line from his paper, ”Letters from the Birmingham Jail” where he wrote;

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” [Source ]

Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ, Gary, Indiana

Bethe Temple

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