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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June 3, 2016

Bishop Rufus Kyles, Jr.-The JUDICIARY BOARD TAKES A STAND FOR JUSTICE:

cropped-scales-logo_small1.pngThe Case of Bishop Kyles

The Judiciary Board of the Church of God in Christ,  has taken a stand for justice that is unprecedented.  This week they have released two rulings in which they looked at what the document says (what is written) and made these rulings.

In the case against Bishop Kyles of Texas, because of errors by the Board of Bishops, Bishop Kyles won his appeal.  The Judiciary Board did not address his guilt or innocence, they only looked to see if errors claimed by Bishop Kyles occurred in his trial..  These are their findings of errors made by the trial court (Board of Bishops).    Judiciary Board Order

Here are excerpts of the Judiciary Boards Order which only consist of the reason their decision was rendered as it was.  The purpose of these excerpts is so the average person can understand their decision.  Links will be provided for the complete documents.  Links will be provided for the Board of Bishops rules which are mentioned.

I.

Certification, Function and Deliberation of Jurors

The first issue the court will consider pertains to the certification, function and deliberation of the jurors in this case.  The Constitution of the Church of God   in Christ, Inc. as recorded in Section D, paragraph (i) of the Official Manual and  the Board of Bishops Rule 10(r) govern the trial of a Bishop. For a Bishop to be convicted of misconduct, the majority of bishops present and voting must so vote. (See Board of Bishops Rule 10(5) (r)).* Likewise, the sentence for said  wrongdoing must be agreed upon by the majority of bishops present and voting. (See Board of Bishops Rule 10(q))….

…The record is silent as to the number of bishops that voted for conviction. That deafening silence renders a review impossible. In  the absence of numbers, there is no way that this court can accurately calculate the existence or absence of a majority.  If this court is unable to confirm the existence  of a majority, it cannot affirm a conviction predicated thereupon.  As  for  the penalty  phase,  the  record  reflects  that  46  (+5)  voted  for  removal  from  office.

Simple arithmetic clearly indicates that the sentence cannot stand as is does not reflect a majority of the certified number of bishops present. It  is  largely  irrelevant, however, because without a valid conviction, the sentence cannot stand. As a result, both the conviction and the sentence must be vacated.

This court is at a loss as to why the specific voting results were not recorded and incorporated into the official record of these proceedings. The failure to do so denies the respondent fundamental fairness and impugns the integrity of our church’s adjudicative process.

[(from Official Manual Article VIII, Section D, paragraph 2(i))]

(i) It will take a vote of the majority of the members of the Board of Bishops, present and voting, to sustain the charges or charge. If less than a majority, present and voting, fail to vote to sustain the charges, the accused Bishop shall stand acquitted.

II

Grievance Committee Members as Jurors

It appears from the record that bishops who served as grievance committee members also served as jurors. (See transcript of Day 2, Page 7, Line 6). For  bishops to serve in this dual capacity denies the respondent due process and fundamental fairness.

First, the Grievance Committee members serve in an investigative capacity. As such, they are privy to information pertaining to the allegations that may or may not ultimately be admitted at trial. Additionally, their function is not merely to collect data, but they must evaluate that data. They not only determine whether charges should be brought, but they actually issue the charges. (See transcript of Day 1, Page 3, Lines 22-24; Page 4, Lines 1-5).

…Additionally, as investigators, they may be called upon to testify as to some portion of their investigation, in much the same way that a police officer is subject to be called upon to testify during the course of a criminal trial where he conducted some portion of the investigation.

In summary, not only does such a circumstance deny the respondent due process by tainting the jury pool, but it also compromises the legal process as it allows for the potentiality of grievance committee members to serve both as jurors and as witnesses in the same proceeding.

III

Arguing in Opening Statement/Standard of Proof

The next allegation to be addressed is whether allowing the plaintiff/prosecutor to argue during his opening statement was reversible error.   It   is fundamental that arguing during opening statements is improper. It is also fundamental that arguing during opening statements is generally not a basis for reversible error. However, in this case, the prosecutor did not merely argue in his opening but he effectively charged the jury which, of course, is improper. (See transcript of Day 1, Pages 17-19)….

Given that multiple standards of proof were provided to the jury, there is no way to ascertain if the jurors utilized the applicable standard of Clear and Convincing Evidence or the lesser standard of Preponderance of the Evidence.  As a result, the conviction cannot stand.

IV

Removal as Pastor

 The respondent also argued that he was illegally removed from his post as pastor. Pursuant to the Board of Bishops Rule No. 3, paragraph (b) “[I]f the Complaint is being brought against the Bishop for his conduct in his capacity as a pastor of a local congregation, the Complainant must certify in writing that the Complaint is being brought by a majority of the members of the  local  congregation. (Emphasis added).” A review of the record from the proceedings below reflects that no such certification was ever referenced, presented or made  part of the record.  Furthermore, the order entered by the Board of Bishops does   not include any language that pertains to restrictions or reprimands pertaining to   the Respondent’s role as Pastor. Accordingly, no action taken against  him as  Pastor can stand, as no charge was levied against him in that capacity and no order has been entered against him infringing upon his functioning in that role. Furthermore, any action taken against the respondent in his capacity as Pastor is void ab initio.

V

Admission of Evidence of 20 year old trial

The final issue considered for review by this court is the admission of evidence of a charge from twenty years ago where the respondent was accused of similar offenses, but was ultimately exonerated. This court is unable to see the probative value of such evidence. Moreover, any probative value that it may have had was substantially outweighed by its prejudicial impact.

We find that such is the case here; it was plain error to allow the jurors to hear and consider that the respondent had been similarly charged over two decades ago.

For the foregoing reasons, the “Final Order and Judgment” of the lower

court is vacated and the matter is remanded for a new trial.

 

February 5, 2015

SAVE OUR CHURCH: VOL. 1, ISSUE 1

Here is a new publication which I have come across which discusses COGIC current events.

(Click on this link to read the newsletter)

 

Save our church

(Source unknown)

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

 

 

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