IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

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)

                                                                                                                                                                    

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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 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

October 29, 2011

TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE COGIC

In the link BISHOP SAMUEL P. NESBITT; THE WHOLE TRUTH,  read what really happened with Bishop Holsey in Deleware as well as some other issues facing the leadership of the COGIC. You can also click on this link to read the  Whole Truth .

September 4, 2011

Let Us Lift Up The Name Of The Most High GOD

“Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:10–13, AV)

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1, AV)

March 26, 2011

SPEAK BODY OF CHRIST

By Brenda Stidham

 

To all followers of Jesus Christ, this writing crosses denominational, age, economic, gender, and racial lines. Millions within the Body of Christ are active members of organized churches that are judicially and ecclesiastically classified as hierarchical. The origin of the hierarchical church classification can be traced back to the U. S. Supreme Court, the case of Watson v. Jones, 80 U. S. (13 Wall.) 679 (1871). A popularly held judicial view is that in a hierarchical form of government local churches purchase land, construct buildings, and maintain property for the national church, not the local church. This view disregards the fact/reality that the local church invests the funds, without any assistance from the national church. Local church property under this system of church polity (government) is usually held in the name of the local church; yet the courts have allowed the national church to impose, often unilaterally, a trust in favor of the national church. This trust whether express or implied is often imposed without the local congregations knowledge or consent. A judge once commented, in these church cases the parent (national) church really has the local church over a barrel.

Fellow members of the Body of Christ, Jesus tells us in John 10:1 & John 10:7:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

“. . . . Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”

The hierarchical polity system, did not enter into the sheepfold (the Body of Christ), through Jesus (The Door); it came into the sheepfold through the civil courts (judicial system). Jesus says that he (it, that or things) that enter into the sheepfold another way other than by Him, the same is a thief and a robber (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Greek Dictionary # 846, he). The hierarchical polity system is a thief and a robber. Jesus has given us authority. Matthew 28:18-19, James 4:7, II Corinthians 10:3-5. It is time for each of us individually and corporately to boldly speak to the hierarchical polity system in the name of Jesus. We must open our mouths say, speak:

Command the hierarchical polity system throughout the Body of Christ to come down in Jesus name. Plead  the Blood of Jesus against the hierarchical polity system and continue to hold the Blood of Jesus up against the hierarchical polity system. Mark 11:22-25, Revelation 12:11.

Brothers and sisters remember the Berlin Wall. We went to bed one night the wall was standing, we awoke the next morning the wall was down. The wall stood for years, the wall was fortified with military men armed with rifles/guns, guard dogs; yet as believers around the world spoke to that wall in the name of Jesus, that wall came down. Some laughed at former President Reagan, when he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.” We have a biblical demonstration of the people of God opening their mouths and shouting and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Read the 6th chapter of the book of Joshua and be encouraged, for our God changes not and Jesus, our Champion is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Malachi 3:6 & Hebrews 13:8


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