What does it mean to say the Constitution/Charter is based on the Word of GOD?  The implication is the WORD of God is the basis or the foundation of it.  When we talk about lead based paint we immediately know there is lead in it.  Lead was added to the paint  because it improved its durability.

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary two of the definitions for the word base is;

2 a : a main ingredient <paint having a latex base>
3 a : the fundamental part of something : groundwork, basis

The Church of God in Christ carries the Name of Christ, but in governing they leave out the Word.  The name is based on the Word but not the government.   GOD magnifies his Word above his name, we should esteem the WORD of GOD above everything else.

“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)

When you look at the Constitution/Charter (Pages 1 – 39), the word Bible is mentioned 1 time on page 1, “Lord” is mentioned 1 time on page 1, “Savior” is mentioned 2 time on pages 1 and 14, the name “Jesus Christ is mentioned 2 times page 1 and 14.  As you read it ask your self, is the Bible the main ingredient of the Constitution/Charter?  Is the Word of GOD the fundamental part of the Constitution/Charter?   THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING NO.   The Bible cannot be the main ingredient, it is mentioned once, out of 8,871 words, one time.

Remember the Constitution/Charter is found on pages 1 through 39 in the Official Manual.  Look at the index, it clearly states Part 1 is the Constitution.  Part II  is the “Articles of Religion” which is not part of the Constitution.  Here is what the General Counsel Enoch Perry said in court in Wichita, Kansas when asked about the Constitution;

The leadership of the Church of God in Christ uses the Constitution to govern the Church.

When GOD governs HE uses the WORD;

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

I think it would be correct to say since the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us GOD uses the WORD to govern.  Shouldn’t we esteem the WORD above all else?

As a child, I heard a recording of Bishop Mason praying part of it was 1 Timothy 2:1 and 2

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2, KJV)

Let us earnestly pray for our leaders:


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