IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

October 8, 2018

A LETTER TO COGIC

 

COGIC

Do the right thing

Written by Steve Jamison

The real question is, why are we so easily intimidated by the office of Presiding Bishop? Why are we willing to be controlled and manipulated by someone who works for us? Instead of him being our willing servant, we are his unwilling slaves. We treat the office as deity, acting as if somehow it makes its occupant infallible. Causing almost every presiding Bishop in my lifetime to take on warlock like qualities. Whenever men are ruled by fear and intimidation it is the same as witchcraft. How did this happen, where did we go wrong, and what do we need to do to correct this calamity?

I believe the problem can be traced back to the death of Bishop Mason. Bishop Mason was a powerful man of God, one who caused the church to focus on Jesus. By doing so he kept the church Christ centered, causing the spirit of the Lord to have the preeminence in our activities both business and spiritual. He was not a self-centered leader but was a builder of other men. Under his selfless leadership the church grew, covering the entire nation and the world in a short while. Upon his death certain unprepared men were thrust into leadership. Not knowing what to do they proceeded to make a comedy of errors. The major error being, placing the dead body of Bishop Mason in our place of worship. They unwittingly opened a spiritual door that would lead us in to decades of Idolatry and man worship. They knew Bishop Mason could hear from God, they knew he was an anointed leader. And some how they transferred the spiritual qualities he personally possessed to the position of presiding Bishop, assuming anyone in that position would possess the same spiritual qualities. Therefore, the office of Presiding Bishop has become synonymous with the Voice of God. However, although these men were given the position of presiding Bishop, they lacked the spiritual capacity to assume the authority, which led to abuse of powers and tyrannical leadership. This begin the era in the church where we began placing more emphasis on positions then piety. In fact, having and getting positions has become the major ambition of the saints. We began to strive for them and fight over them. We love the seats on the platform high above everyone else. We crated a class system around positions. Your value in the church is determined by the position you hold or your parent held. There are different rules and rights afforded to you as you rise in class. Although we are admonished in scripture to honor leadership, we have turned leadership into a privileged class, causing animosity where fellowship should abide.

This is no one’s fault in particular, but simply reflects the nature of fallen man. Man will find something to worship other than God, in this case it is the dead body of our sainted founder. When Moses died, God had to hide his body from the Israelite’s to prevent them from building a monument to him and forgetting the real goal of possessing the promised land. This can also be seen at the Mount of Transfiguration, when Peter made the fatal mistake of placing Moses and Elijah on the same level with Jesus. The Scripture says they fell as dead men. I believe God killed them to show His disdain for what Peter was intimating. Jesus brought them back to life. At which point God said to them this is my beloved son hear ye him. It is always a death sentence spiritually when we place mortal men equal to or above Jesus. I have noticed, in many of our contemporary COGIC churches we will make more noise and commotion over the pastor then for Jesus.

God did not want what he had done through Moses to over shadow what he wanted to do through Jesus. Neither does He want what he has done through Bishop Mason to over shadow what He intends to do through Jesus and the collective on going spiritual leadership of the Church of God in Christ. Therefore he had to take Moses body out of their site and reach. When Sarah died Abraham sought for a place to bury her, saying specifically that I might bury my dead out of my sight, insinuating the dead does not belong among the living. This does not mean we forget or disrespect what our forefathers did, instead we should seek God for the ability to hear His voice for our generation, as they did for theirs, building on the foundation delivered to us. Therefore we are experiencing the culmination of the bad decisions of those good but misled men who did not hear the voice of God. Let us correct this problem, by taking the dead body of our sainted founder out of our place of worship, out of our place of life, and build a suitable resting place for Bishop Mason. One befitting his contribution and labor to the church and the world, and let us return to being the spirit led church God intended us to be.

 

 

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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

November 4, 2013

NOVEMBER 3, 2013: THE STILL SMALL VOICE-BISHOP SAMUEL P. NESBITT

Brown Bishop Nesbitt Book copy

   TO READ THE LATEST LETTER WRITTEN BY BISHOP SAMUEL NESBITT, CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER

       TO:    The Presiding Bishop, General Board, General Assembly, Board of Bishops,
                  Council of Pastors and Elders, Officers, Members and Friends,
                  Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

October 2, 2013

LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST COGIC BISHOP JOHN SHEARD

As reported by WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA, a lawsuit was filed by Bishop Larry Shaw against Bishop John Sheard, Chairman of the Board of Bishops and Elder William McCray III on October 1, 2013.  To view report by WGCL-TV click here. 

To view the complete 15 page complaint, click on the cover page below.

Elder William McCray

                       William McCray        Bishop Sheard

Bishop John Sheard

Lawsuit

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

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