IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

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.

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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 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.

May 2, 2012

To COGIC Members; WHO GOVERNS, THE WORD OR THE CONSTITUTION?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1, AV)

(AV is the Authorized or King James Version)

doctrine /ˈdɒktrɪn/

■ noun a set of beliefs or principles held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group.

–      DERIVATIVES doctrinal adjective doctrinally adverb

–      ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French, from Latin doctrina ‘teaching, learning’, from doctor ‘teacher’, from docere ‘teach’.

Soanes, C., & Stevenson, A. (2004). Concise Oxford English dictionary (11th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

In the Official Manual under the Articles of Religion the first few paragraphs tell us what we believe;

THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT

(The Authority of the Scripture)

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures in all matters of controversy between Christians must be accepted as the supreme court of appeal. We believe that

the Bible is the Word of God and contains one harmonious and sufficiently complete system of doctrine, that all of their parts are consistent with each other, and that it is our duty to trace out this consistency by a careful investigation of the meaning of particular passages.

The Word of God concerning these doctrines is the great and final tribunal before which they must be brought and by which they must be tried, and the validity

of our belief is measured by the corresponding agreement with, or diversity from, that form of doctrine which is set forth in the unerring revelation that God has given to us in His inspired Word.

We believe in the full inspiration of the Word of God (By inspiration we mean the act whereby God the Holy- Ghost, gave us the scriptures communicating the truth to

us through the agency of fallible men, of any kind and that even to the most minute detail we might receive the truth which God, the Primary Author, intended to convey to us.) By this definition, we acknowledge the human authorship of the scripture, that God is the Primary Author (II Peter

1:21; II Timothy 3:16) and it concerns itself with the original writings (autographs) and not copies or other versions. In these original writings there was no error, it was a perfect book.

Why is none of this perfect book in the constitution?  Why is it some parts of the constitution violate the “perfect book”?  We are saved by the WORD, we are healed by the word  “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20, AV) should  not GODS people be governed by the WORD?  Can the constitution heal us?  If you call on the constitution can it save or deliver us?

For all who are saved; whose sins are washed by the Blood of The Lamb of GOD

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten

of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved

us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” (Revelation 1:5, AV)

We need to remember the importance of the WORD OF GOD.  Remember in John 1 where it says;

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1, AV) and a little further in the 14th verse it said;

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, AV)

In Psalms 119:8, the question is asked and answered, the way to cleanse your way is by taking heed to the WORD OF GOD.

“BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:9, AV)

In the Romans 2:13, we are told that hearing the WORD is not what makes you just before GOD, it is doing the word that makes you justified.  In James there are three verses which tell us we must be a doer of the word James 1:22,23,25

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22, AV).  However, until you get saved/ borne again we cannot do it.  Apart from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we cannot live a GODLY life.  You can have good morals, you can be a nice person, but unless He has washed your ” sins in his own blood” you are trying and failing on you own.  Once your sins have been washed, 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to study the WORD OF GOD.  It is through the WORD OF GOD that we are sanctified and cleansed;    “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”(Ephesians 5:26, AV).  It is with the WORD OF GOD that we renew our minds and we are transformed, not conformed;

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”(Romans 12:1–2, AV).  GOD value his word so highly, that He exalts it above His name; “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalm 138:2, AV)

Since we see how highly GOD esteems His WORD what would make men think, it is possible to govern the people of GOD with a man-made constitution and be successful.   If the document has no WORD in it, how can one think it is based on the WORD it cannot be.   If we are not doers of the WORD, if we don ‘t honor the WORD, His only begotten Son what makes us think He will bless us?

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 9, 2011

There Are Wolves Among Us!!

The Word of GOD warns us;

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15, AV)

But sometimes, a small number of wolves disguise themselves because they know the sheep are easy prey.  When the shepherds are hirelings and are more interested in how much money they can get, the sheep are left unprotected.   They are wounded, there is no one to bind their wounds, no one to pour oil into their wound to help them heal.  These are those who are more interested in their position than doing what is right.   They have forgotten GOD gave them instructions to…  “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2–3, AV)

I have stated before, there are those in COGIC who are working very hard to correct the abuses that are happening,  we praise GOD for them and pray for them.

To the wolf/hirelings, those who feed on the sheep, who bite them, spiritually wounding them, scattering them.  GOD says “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:1, AV).  Bishops are not exempt from these instructions.  Who protects the flock when the leaders cause the flock to scatter?

How can you tell a wolf/hireling from a true shepherd?   The wolf/hireling consumes the sheep.  The shepherd lives from the sheep (what they produce).  Jesus says… “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” (John 10:11–13, AV)

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7, AV)

Neither the sheep, nor their pasture belong to the wolf/hireling, they are GOD’S heritage, GOD’S pasture.

As an update to the case I am involved with,  It is now on appeal with the State of Kansas.  Some have said it is over. NOT TRUE

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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