IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

June 7, 2016

Greater First COGIC Knoxville, Tenn- The Judiciary Board Stand For Justice

Greater First Church of God in Christ, Knoxville, Tennessee is a church at the center of a firestorm.  Bishop Thomas Holsey requested an interpretation of the Article III, Section D of the COGIC Constitution which controls the transfer of churches from one jurisdiction to another.  Now the Judiciary Board has ruled and the Church leadership is not pleased.  Here is an excerpt from his request;

“It is requested the Judiciary Branch of the Church of God in Christ, render an interpretation of the constitution:
ARTICLE III
Part II
SECTION D TRANSFER OF CHURCH
CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURE FOR LOCAL CHURCHES”

Does Article state  geographical guidelines?

Click here to read Bishop Holsey’s request

The Judiciary Board’s interpretation;

Article III, Part 2, Section D, ¶ 17, 18, 19, of the Constitution of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. governs the transfer of churches between jurisdictions.  A  careful review of said provision reveals that the Constitution is silent on the issue of geographic location as it relates to  transfers.

Therefore, it is the finding of this Court that the Constitution does not prohibit nor restrict local churches from transferring their jurisdictional affiliation regardless of geographical  location(s).

Complete Order

Article III, Part 2, Section D, paragraph 17,18, 19

Just this past November in the General Assembly, Bishop Blake spoke of a meeting between the three branches of Church government, (excerpt from page 2 of the November 2015 General Assembly minutes);

“Bishop Blake continued informing the delegates of a meeting he convened between the leaders of the three branches of the church’s government. The goal of the meeting was to work out any division or differences among these bodies for the unity and future of the Church. A special resolution (see Attachment C) was prepared as a result of their collaboration and read to the Assembly for acceptance. A motion was made to adopt the resolution. After a proper second, the MOTION  CARRIED  and  Joint Resolution  #112015 was ADOPTED.”

Paragraph 5 of the Joint resolution stated;

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the rulings of the Judiciary Board are final and not subject to scrutiny or review; and”

Complete Joint Resolution

As I stated before there is now a huge uproar over this ruling.

More on this subject at a later date.

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December 17, 2013

FIRST COGIC JUDICIARY BOARD: HISTORY REVEALS THE FACTS.

THE FIRST JUDICIARY BOARD

The First Judiciary Board in the Church of God in Christ was established  as early as the 1940’s and operated until the new era of Church Government, (The General Board).  The actions and recommendations of the board was recorded in the General Assembly (first known as the General Council of the Church of God in Christ) Minutes of 1959 as well as 1960.  The minutes verify two cases found in the book “HISTORY REVEALS THE FACTS”, with a date of March 18, 1993 found on the page with a heading “Overview”.  This Judiciary Board operated from at least 1959-1969 and then, for unknown reasons, ceases to exist.  In the 1959 General Assembly Minutes (click here to view a copy) Item #5 shows the Judicial Board addressing a case known as “Richardson versus Jefferson.   In 1960 it shows the Judicial Board making a recommendation the the General Assembly (Click here to view the minutes).

PREFACE

In 1992 a Judiciary Board was elected by the General Assembly and has mistakenly been identified as the First Judiciary Board of the Church of God in Christ.

History has proven this to be inaccurate. The first Judiciary Board, the original, was established in the 1950s by the General Assembly. It consisted of Bishop J. W. White, Bishop C. C. Cox, Bishop A. T. Moore, Bishop W. A. Patterson, Bishop J. L. Lewis, Bishop F. Clemmons, Bishop W. L. McKinney, Bishop L. T. Walker, Bishop Monte J. Bradford, Bishop Van Goodlow, Bishop E. B. Stewart, and Bishop F. J. Hayden.

For reasons that are unknown as of this writing, this original Judiciary Board became inactive and the General Board assumed its responsibilities.

The Judiciary Board established in the ’50s has never been formally dismissed. As you read these pages you will learn of some of the cases that were handled by this board

(Click on the picture below to read the book))

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL JUDICIARY BOARD OF THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST1st Judiciary Board copy

August 29, 2013

COGIC LEADERSHIP CRISIS

A CRISIS IN THE RANKS OF COGIC LEADERS

There appears to be a crisis with the leaders of the Church of God in Christ.  Bishops Larry Shaw and Thomas Holsey have sent a notice of intent to file a Federal Lawsuit against Bishop Blake, Bishop J. H. Sheard and THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, INC. alleging violations of the RICO laws.  This appears to come out of the pursuit of Bishop Holsey and other issues.  The Word of God tells us Christ gave himself that he might present it to himself a church without spot or wrinkles (Ephesians 5:26-27).   When we as “saints” of God do these things, we cause the Name of God to be blasphemed, and if those in leadership are guilty, it is much worse.  God places a greater responsibility on leaders because of the damage caused the body of Christ if and when they fail the God say’s;   “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed.” Isaiah 9:16 (NKJV).  God also told David his sin with Bathsheba gave the enemies of the Lord great occasion to blaspheme (2 Samuel 12:14)

TO THE LEADERS OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD

(21) “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? (22) “You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? (23) “You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? (24) “For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.”[Romans 2:21–24 (NKJV)]

  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Ephesians 5:3

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26–27

Below is a copy of the “letter of intent to sue” sent to Bishop Sheard and Bishop Blake: It was subsequently sent from the office of the Chairman of the Board of Bishops.

Click here to view the letter of intent.

Click here to view a document written by the First Vice Chairman of the Board of Bishops.

Click here to read an article which appeared on the web site of Cogic Abuse

Click here to read Bishop Nesbitt’s letter.

Click here to read the letter Enough is Enough

Also read this article at Cogic Abuse

Click on the image below to read a letter from Bishop S. P. Nesbitt dated September 7, 2013  Brown Bishop Nesbitt Book copy

August 14, 2013

TO THE PRESIDING BISHOP, et al; BISHOP SAMUEL P. NESBITT: THE STILL SMALL VOICE August 11, 2013

Here is the latest letter, written by Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt, dated August 11, 2013.  Click on the book cover to read it.

Brown Bishop Nesbitt Book copy

July 20, 2013

PLEASE RESET YOUR CLOCK

Reset Your ClockRead this stunning article written by Dr. Lenard Lovett.  The subtitle is “A response to the Trayvon Martin verdict”.  Click on the image to read the Ebook.  Click here to read the PDF. Please Do Not Forget to Reset Your Clock

July 18, 2013

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE: THE STRUGGLE OF THE ORLANDO INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH IN 1999

07-18-2013 02;12;18PM The struggle for justice is not a new one.  Here is a struggle over church property the courts in Florida got right.  If someone with the clout of say a General Board Member had come to Wichita, Kansas to dispute the testimony of former General Counsel Bishop Enoch Perry the outcome would have been different.  Click on the picture to the left to read this book written by Bishop Charles E. Blake when Supt. Derrick Hutchins was at the Orlando Institutional Church of God in Christ?

Here is an account of the story written in the O.I.C. NEWS.  Bishop Blake showed a willingness to fight for the underdog, to go against the system to correct an injustice.  What has happened to that?   He did not show up in Wichita, Kansas.

Click on the image below to read the story

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July 13, 2013

COGIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS EXPOSE REVISITED

This is a topic whose time has come for it to be revisited.  The Constitutional Rights Expose was written by Brenda Stidham and the Response to the Constitutional Rights Expose was written by Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt.  The documents are presented in Ebook form a more comfortable reading experience.

Click here on the title to view The Constitutional Rights Expose

Click on this title to read Bishop Nesbitt’s Response to The Constitutional Rights Expose

If you cannot open the Ebooks, here are the PDF versions;

Constitutional Expose 

Bishop Nesbitts Response

Here is another critique of the governmental system of COGIC.  COGIC GOVERNMENT

July 10, 2013

Part II: Bishop Holsey, a case of injustice

Bishop HolseyHere is a copy of the Judiciary Boards Order on the Bishop Thomas Holsey case.  General Board

In its order dated April 12, 2011, the Judiciary Board retained jurisdiction “…for the purpose of ensuring the terms of the November 15, 2010 order …” was carried out (Click here for the complete April 2011 Judiciary Order).  By retaining jurisdiction, (similar to the way a federal court made sure its busing orders were enforced) it was not necessary to make another appeal.  Since the Judiciary Board ( COGIC Supreme Court) retained jurisdiction, the May 29th order brought the case to a close;  click here to read the order Judiciary Board Order 106-11

Bishop Sheard

Or did it?  Here is a copy of a Joint Motion for Reconsideration from the General Board (Uleses C. Henderson Attorney) and the Board of Bishops (Bishop Enoch Perry III and Elder C. Edward Watson are the BOB attorneys) of which Bishop John Sheard  is the Chairman.  Is this similar to the story Nathan the prophet told David about the rich man killing and dressing the lamb.

Normally when a Bishop dies, the Executive Branch comes in, plunders the Jurisdictional coffers and the new bishop starts from scratch.  Is it possible, this is what happened?  Somehow someone overlooked something, and discovered to their chagrin, there were assets they missed?  These are hypothetical questions for intelligent thinking individuals to ponder.  There is a saying, “follow the money”, the answers will be there.

General Counsel Enoch Perry III

 

 

 

 

Bishop Enoch Perry III (Former General Counsel of COGIC, Inc., one of the attorneys for the Board of Bishops)

 

Charles E. Watson II

 

 

 

 

Charles Edward Watson II (Attorney for the Board of Bishops)

 

uleses hendersonAs a question, is it ethical for brother Henderson to be the Special Counsel to the Presiding Bishop and also the General Counsel for COGIC, Inc.?  This is a question, not an accusation.  What happens if the interest of the Presiding Bishop and COGIC, Inc. (General Board) are different?  Since the actions of the Presiding Bishop require the approval of a majority of the General Board, the possibility exists their interest and desires could be different.

 

 

Uleses  C. Henderson (General Counsel COGIC, Inc.)

July 1, 2013

BISHOP THOMAS HOLSEY, ANOTHER CASE OF INJUSTICE?

Since 2010, we have heard accusations against Bishop Thomas Holsey of improper use of a Delaware Jurisdictions funds.  This jurisdiction had a reported 4 million dollars in its coffers of which a substantial amount has been depleted.  At first mention, it was rumored Bishop Holsey had converted some of this money for personal gain.  We then find he had loaned a number of people money and had given money for various reasons to others,  (see the letter from Bishop Holsey to Bishop Sheard).  He made a large investment of  $700,000.   It seems like the catalyst for the action against him was  the return of checks written on the Jurisdictions accounts to the National Church for credential holder reports.

Does the action of the General Board signal that all Bishops who write insufficient fund checks are now subject to have charges of misfeasance brought against them?

Bishop Holsey had a total of nine counts brought against him, of that nine the Board of Bishops found him guilty of of one; nonfeasance and misfeasance.  These were combined and considered one count, the fourth of the nine counts brought against him.  He was acquitted of the other eight.

MisfeasanceRead these excerpts from The Whole Truth  written by Bishop Samuel P. Nesbitt.  Click here to read the complete article The Whole Truth

To read the original charges against Bishop Holsey, the order of the Board of Bishops and other documents click here and read the Case Against Bishop T. Holsey.

Whose report do you believe?

Definition from  Blacks Law Dictionary 2nd edition

April 2, 2013

WHO TOOK THE MONEY AND RAN?

I have obtained a copy of a letter written by Bishop Nesbitt in which he further addresses the issue surrounding Bishop Holsey.

Whose report do you believe?   Do we worship the Most High GOD and trust him as our provider, or do we bow down and worship the provision?

Bishop Holsey has been accused of taking $4,000,000 dollars.  Who really took the money and ran?  Read this letter addressed to MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF COGIC.

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