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Sunday, December 14, 2014

12-13-14 ~ JUSTICE For ALL


BLACK LIVES MATTER

The National Action Network along with other groups, came to Washington DC presenting their case in what is a national movement demanding that the entire justice system of the United States be revamped through a series of measures. Although the prayer began with a tribute to "Mother god" (a God whom I am not familiar with) and was also supported by gay advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and ended with the rumored mother of a very popular minister's baby (Stacey Francis) and a "Please send Black Jesus" Jamal H Bryant...in all it was a great event and one worth listening to to gain a basis for the various viewpoints on the myriad of issues that have contributed to our current condition within our communities as it pertains to race relations. Click the above link for the entire video. 

Here are some highlights:
Reverend Al Sharpton ~ ..."WE'RE HERE FOR THREE THINGS. ONE, WE NEED A LAW ON JUDICIAL THRESHOLD. WHY IS THE THRESHOLD SO HIGH FOR YOU TO PROTECT CITIZENS AND POLICE MATTERS? WE'RE NOT SAYING ALL POLICE ARE BAD. WE ARE NOT EVEN THINK THAT MOST ARE BAD. WE ARE NOT ANTI-POLICE. BUT, WE'RE ANTI-BRUTALITY. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST HAVE A THRESHOLD TO PROTECT THAT. SECOND, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MUST HAVE A DIVISION WANTED TO DEAL WITH THIS. THIRD, WE MUST HAVE THE POWER OF SPECIAL PROSECUTORS -- NOT THE LOCAL PROSECUTORS. WE CANNOT TRUST THOSE. THEY DEPEND ON EACH OTHER EVERY DAY TO HAVE A NON-CONFLICTED INQUIRY OF EACH OTHER. THEY SAY, YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR ANYBODY GET, WHAT WE MARCH, THOUSANDS COME. THIS IS ABOUT THE VICTIMS. WE DO NOT ALL AGREE WITH EACH OTHER. WE DON'T ALL HAVE THE SAME TACTICS. BUT, WE HAVE THE SAME GOAL. THAT IS EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. THAT IS NOT BLACK AGAINST WHITE -- IT IS RIGHT AGAINST WRONG. THAT'S WHY THE WHITES AND BLACKS ARE HERE TOGETHER -- SHOW THE WORLD TODAY THAT THIS IS NOT A BLACK MARKS, OR WHITE MARCH, THIS IS AN AMERICAN MARCH FOR THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET ME SAY, THERE ARE THOSE THAT WANT TO ACT AS THOUGH WHAT WE SAY IS UNREASONABLE. WHAT IS UNREASONABLE ABOUT ASKING FOR A COURT CASE? WHAT IS UNREASONABLE ABOUT ASKING FOR DUE PROCESS? WHAT IS UNREASONABLE ABOUT ASKING FOR THE CONSTITUTION TO WORK FOR EVERYBODY? WHAT IS UNREASONABLE ABOUT SAYING THAT MICHAEL BROWN AND TAMIR RICE, AND ERIC GARNER HAD RIGHTS TOO? WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS THAT JUST LIKE POLICEMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET UNIONS TO DEFEND THEM, VICTIMS HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET CIVIL RIGHTS, AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS TO STAND BEHIND THEM. YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE KEPT QUIET. YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD SLID -- SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG. WE WILL KEEP THE SPOTLIGHT ON MICHAEL BROWN, ON ERIC GARNER, ON TAMIR RICE. THE ONLY WAY YOU MAKE ROACHES RUN IS YOU HAVE TO PUT THE LIGHT ON."...
Marc Morial, the head of the National Urban League, set forth 10 points of action that he encouraged each individual to take back into their communities:

10 ACTION STEPS (minus 1) FOR POLICE REFORM AND ACCOUNTABILITY 
1- WE WANT WIDESPREAD USE OF BODY CAMERAS AND DASHBOARD CAMERAS IN EVERY POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THIS NATION.  
2- WE WANT AN END TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY POLICING.  
3- WE WANT A UNIFORM DEADLY FORCE POLICY THAT IS TRANSPARENT AND UNDERSTOOD BY ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE NATION. 
 4- WE WANT ALL POLICE OFFICERS TO BE COMPREHENSIVELY RETRAINED TO LEARN HOW COMMUNITY POLICING SHOULD WORK TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE.  
5- WE WANT SPECIAL PROSECUTORS TO BE APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE POLICE MISCONDUCT. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL POLICE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS IS TOO CLOSE FOR THEM TO ALWAYS BE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL.  
6- WE WANT THE FBI TO CREATE A CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT REPORTING SYSTEM. FOR LETHAL FORCE INCIDENTS.  
7- AND WE WANT A NATIONAL DATABASE OF CITIZENS COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE.  
8- WE ALSO WANT A NATIONAL POLICE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM. FOR THOSE DEPARTMENTS THAT DON'T MEET THIS ACCREDITATION, THEY ARE INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FEDERAL DOLLARS. 
9- WE WANT THIS CONGRESS THAT MEETS BEHIND US TO PASS A NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-RACIAL PROFILING LAW. NO ONE BASED ON RACE, COLOR, CREED, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN OR GENDER SHOULD BE PROFILED BY THE POLICE.
Judge (Greg) Mathis entered additional details on what Justice should look like for all Americans:
JUSTICE SHOULD LOOK LIKE FEDERAL INTERVENTION WITH FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATION AMENDING THE LAWS ON SECRET GRAND JURY'S. WE WANT GRAND JURY'S TO BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT. JUSTICE SHOULD LOOK LIKE JUST LOOK AT USING THE POLICE SAY THAT WE HAVE GATHERED AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE WANT JUSTICE TO LOOK LIKE THE POLICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES HUGGING US, TOUCHING US AND LOVING US. TO LOVE US IS TO BE A PART OF US. WE WANT JUSTICE TO LOOK LIKE CHOOSING EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION FOR OUR BLACK YOUTH RATHER THAN MASS INCARCERATION FOR OUR BLACK YOUTH. WE WANT JUSTICE TO LOOK LIKE THE STOPPING OF GUNS AND DRUGS BEING DUBBED IN OUR COMMUNITY BY YOUNG PEOPLE TO KILL THEMSELVES WITH. AND FINALLY, WE WANT JUSTICE TO LOOK LIKE YOU, LIKE ME, LIKE HE, LIKE SHE, LIKE THEM, LIKE THEY. WE WANT JUSTICE TO LOOK LIKE ALL OF US SO THAT WE CAN GET EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. GOD BLESS. 
Conclusion:

Sunday, 12/14/14 is National Solidarity Sunday. A day in which the level of understanding and community action regarding these very important issues will be broached by every major religious organization in the country. Although this is nothing new for New Bethel COGIC, it is something that may churches do not have any experience in. I have already set forth some of my ideas on this issue but will repeat them below:

1- The quality and current condition of Black Lives matter as well. 
Therefore, we call upon business and social and political leaders to help create and develop sustainable  economic opportunities whereby Black and poor minorities can be and become gainfully employed and a relevant part of the development of their communities.

2- The quality of communication, between authority and the community, matters, and must be enhanced:
Therefore, we call on the police and other entities entrusted with the preservation of the public trust to create methods of communication and dialogue that are in the best interest of the entire community and that safeguard all citizens. We commend both citizens and authorities to be held accountable to following those established guidelines and standards, quickly fixing and redressing issues that arise.  

3- The tactics of authorities must be improved and developed in accord with the community:
We call on law enforcement at all levels to work with the community and community groups in developing strategies and tactics that best serve the public, fight crime and be of a benefit to all citizens.

4- We Believe That The Local Process Of Police Policing Themselves And The Use Of The Local Prosecutor Or States Attorney In The Cases Of Police Killing Is Ineffective And Ask For A Complete Overhaul In The Process Which Includes An Automatic Independent Review Of Each Occurrence In Which A Citizen Is Killed By A Law Enforcement Official. 
All around the country, in events such as those that took the life of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the public relies on the local States Attorney's office for Grand Jury assembly and due process. The States Attorney's office however is placed in an immediate position of conflict of interest because that office regularly works with police in order to produce convictions against criminals. We believe that process should be changed immediately simply based on the "appearance" of conflict. We believe that legal review should be an "at arms length" process and regulated independent review appears to be the best way to create and maintain that type of relationship.  

5- We believe that the community policing strategy of "broken windows" is a tragedy and must be done away with.
We believe the the theory of "broken windows" leads to tragic incidents and standoffs between police and citizens. We believe that this failed theory has contributed to the mishandling of both innocent citizens and citizens such as Eric Garner allegedly engaged in certain low level  crime or criminal activities. We believe that the "broken windows" strategy is a racist strategy at root and only leads to racial profiling.

6- We believe the courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, should backtrack historical decisions and reaffirm 4th Amendment protections for ALL citizens.
The historically wild and fanciful interpretation of the courts at the recommendation of law enforcement has eroded American citizens 4th Amendments rights. A violation of 4th Amendment protections has led to excessive "stop and frisk" policies reinforcing practices of racial profiling that we see in departments and communities that embrace such theory. This must STOP! 

7- Good and exceptional officers should be hailed for their values, efforts and commitments to their communities.
We believe that police departments nationwide are filled with good police who respect and serve the public. We commend those good officers and leaders to stand forward, stand up, and reclaim their departments from associates who may have questionable tactics, methods and philosophies.

EVERY life does matter. However, this is an emergency dealing with Black lives and the plight of Black America. When those entrusted with the security of the Black community then turn on that community because it is afraid of the community, then we have a problem. Hopefully this will be the beginning of change all across America on this and many other very important issues. 
One More thing...thank you MICHELLE ALEXANDER for your diligent and timely work in this area calling on criminal justice officials to STOP the mass incarceration of Black men in this country. Your efforts are not forgotten and we look forward to seeing what you have to say as a new and brighter agenda for our entire community is both forged and put in place.

Blessed!  


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Black Lives Matter...Most Of The Time


The recent excuses given to not indict or even take to trial individuals trusted to protect the public has created a firestorm of controversy in the United states. The Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, Bishop Charles E. Blake, calls on the COGIC community along with all believers to send a strong message of solidarity Sunday Dec. 14th that Black Lives Matter! (I will save my continued and ongoing commendation to the church to prove the same in a future writing thus the "Most Of The Time" appellation in the title)

New Bethel COGIC, The Dunamis Word and entities in which I, Pastor Harvey Burnett, have association or oversight of, also gladly join in with our national church organization to send a message around the country that we believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER! 

Pastor Harvey Burnett, New Bethel COGIC, The Dunamis Word & Related Entities Also Believe:

The quality and current condition of Black Lives matter as well. 
Therefore, we call upon business and social and political leaders to help create and develop sustainable economic opportunities whereby Black and poor minorities can be and become gainfully employed and a relevant part of the development of their communities.


The quality of communication, between authority and the community, matters, and must be enhanced:

Therefore, we call on the police and other entities entrusted with the preservation of the public trust to create methods of communication and dialogue that are in the best interest of the entire community and that safeguard all citizens. We commend both citizens and authorities to be held accountable to following those established guidelines and standards, quickly fixing and redressing issues that arise.  

The tactics of authorities must be improved and developed in accord with the community:
We call on law enforcement at all levels to work with the community and community groups in developing strategies and tactics that best serve the public, fight crime and be of a benefit to all citizens.

We Believe That The Local Process Of Police Policing Themselves And The Use Of The Local Prosecutor Or States Attorney In The Cases Of Police Killing Is Ineffective And Ask For A Complete Overhaul In The Process Which Includes An Automatic Independent Review Of Each Occurrence In Which A Citizen Is Killed By A Law Enforcement Official. 
All around the country, in events such as those that took the life of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the public relies on the local States Attorney's office for Grand Jury assembly and due process. The States Attorney's office however is placed in an immediate position of conflict of interest because that office regularly works with police in order to produce convictions against criminals. We believe that process should be changed immediately simply based on the "appearance" of conflict. We believe that legal review should be an "at arms length" process and regulated independent review appears to be the best way to create and maintain that type of relationship.  

We believe that the community policing strategy of "broken windows" is a tragedy and must be done away with.
We believe the the theory of "broken windows" leads to tragic incidents and standoffs between police and citizens. We believe that this failed theory has contributed to the mishandling of both innocent citizens and citizens such as Eric Garner allegedly engaged in certain low level  crime or criminal activities. We believe that the "broken windows" strategy is a racist strategy at root and only leads to racial profiling.

We believe the courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, should backtrack historical decisions and reaffirm 4th Amendment protections for ALL citizens.
The historically wild and fanciful interpretation of the courts at the recommendation of law enforcement has eroded American citizens 4th Amendments rights. A violation of 4th Amendment protections has led to excessive "stop and frisk" policies reinforcing practices of racial profiling that we see in departments and communities that embrace such theory. This must STOP! 

Good and exceptional officers should be hailed for their values, efforts and commitments to their communities.
We believe that police departments nationwide are filled with good police who respect and serve the public. We commend those good officers and leaders to stand forward, stand up, and reclaim their departments from associates who may have questionable tactics, methods and philosophies.

From the parents of a police officer:
"OUR TAKE ON ALL OF THE "UNREST" CONCERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT: 
We are so disheartened with some of the bad people in law enforcement because they are making it really hard for the good cops, as our son is here in the Orlando area. People are getting so afraid of anyone in a law enforcement uniform that it's making it very difficult for the honest cops out there doing the right thing and making a positive impact in the community in which they serve. It is so very important for ALL of us that when GOOD and HONEST law enforcement gets on the scene of an emergent situation, that they are able to get control of the situation or else a lot of lives can be at stake. If people have a preconceived thought that ALL cops are "crooked cops" this will add more chaos at the scene because of this preconceived way of thinking. All of us can potentially suffer when we ourselves may really need to call "911" because we may be in a life threatening situation where if law enforcement isn't able to get control, our life or our loved ones lives may be at stake. It truly is an unfortunate and scary situation that our nation is in right now because of the bad cops out there.  
From: Concerned Parents Of A "GOOD" Cop,  
Rodney and Rhonda Furness"
God bless the Furness family and may the protection and the guidance of the Lord be upon them, their son and his family as he serves both God and the community in his profession. 

Blessed!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Presiding Bishop Blake Clarifies Carter Criticism...Somewhat...

Thanks to one of my readers I was directed towards a statement recently released by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake   concerning his criticism of Dr. Earl Carter and his message at the 107th Annual Holy Convocation. I have done 5 articles already on this (way too much) that can be found HEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE

In this exciting NEW "episode" Bishop Blake clarifies what commentary contained within the nearly hour long message that Dr. carter presented, was, in his opinion, offensive and "inappropriate". from what can be assessed from the following statement, his dissent is boiled down to his tenor, tone and the use of a crude metaphorical statement.  The statement of Bishop Blake, released by a church Secretary on the West Angeles facebook site is as follows:



There are so many things that can be said about this statement, but please allow me to make a few of the more important ones...First, Bishop Blake in point 5, states that what Dr. Carter said was wrong and ungodly. Because and due to this, he goes on to question Dr. Carter's character and relationship to God, saying "What godly man..." would say such things? 

OK, lets just assume that he is right for a SECOND...Please allow me to ask this...WHAT GODLY MEN WOULD ALLOW PEDOPHILES, MOLESTERS, ADULTERERS AND WHORE MONGERS TO CONTINUE IN THE PULPIT, EVEN PROMOTE THEM THROUGH MINISTRY IN THE UPPER ECHELON OF CHURCH COUNCILS without making them accountable for their actions and unrepentant ways? 

#2: Neither I nor anyone else who understands God's message of righteousness in the bible buy into the "just think of all the people that will NEVER come to Christ because of what Dr. Carter said".....NOPE, NOPE NOPE!!!!! Don't buy into it for a minute....HE is not STANDING IN THE WAY OF SINNERS...too many of these new modern and weak Saints are doing that....

But for a minute, JUST THINK OF ALL THOSE THAT WILL NOT COME BACK TO OUR CHURCH BECAUSE WE DID NOTHING WHEN THEIR RELATIVES, SISTERS, BROTHERS AND CHILDREN WERE MOLESTED!!!!! 

Which damages COGIC ministry more? Someone saying that he wishes that gay men would suffer all the natural and normal aspects of femininity (since they want to be women so badly) Which we all know will never happen...or doing absolutely NOTHING to comfort victims of sexual abuse and minister to their families when such cases arise? Is providing a sexual abuser and offender a handbook called a "Sexual Misconduct Policy" which outlines the rights of the OFFENDER and does NOTHING to protect the ABUSED something that will draw men and women and families to our church???? 

Then, do we think that signing onto a document used to promote homosexuality will HELP our ministry? Not for a minute will we allow the affirming of the the UDHR to skirt by as a method to "draw" folk compassionately...it is NOT! It was a method to conform to this world. 

Speaking of love, where is the LOVE IN ACTION in any of those instances, policies or lack of policies as we hold and conduct power conferences all over the nation at exorbitant prices and fees? Maybe we need to add one more scripture to this examination and lambasting of Dr. Carter and point that back towards ourselves with the 3 fingers that are left:

Galatians 6:7 ~ As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

What of those little ones that are ALREADY OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH who's stories have been discounted and who have been overlooked as individuals in need of restoration?....Some of these will never darken our doors again, but yet we worry about HYPOTHETICAL PERSONS who, if they get saved, will gladly do so with or without being tricked or seduced by some fancy church methodology into salvation....No, the truth is that we worry that we will be criticized and not be "normal" as the world counts normal. 

People who disagree with the Bishop's statement as I do are certainly NOT "scoffers" or "scorners" (whichever translation that one uses...which is very interesting in this case) Since that word is used to suggest that those who disagree are of such repute, I believe that a slight bit of biblical education is in order. 

First, the word "scoffer" which is and can be translated as "scorner" in ancient Hebrew as well, deals with individuals who despise God, his word and his truth. Pulpit Commentary says the following about the use of the word in Prov. 13:1. It says that the word describes:
"one who mocks at goodness and despises filial piety will not listen to reproof." 
Gills Expository Commentary of the Bible says:
"but a scorner heareth not rebuke; that is, a son who is a scorner, as the Targum and Aben Ezra; one that makes a mock at sin, and scoffs at religion: such a man will be so far from hearing, attending to, and receiving the rebuke and reproof of his father, that he will scoff also at that; such as were the sons in law of Lot, and the sons of Eli and Samuel. So scornful men, that make a jest of everything that is sacred, will not hearken to the reproof of God's word, to the rebukes of Gospel ministers, or even to the rebukes of Providence, which will issue in their destruction, Proverbs 5:11."
Either way, the word does not seem to apply to ANYONE calling a church or church people back to God and or higher standards of living and life based on God's word.  So I am at a loss as it pertains to why our Bishop would suggest that those who disagree with him, as many of us do, and who believe that the SIN that has been allowed to proliferate within this church, both will and has called us into judgement and will cause us to face greater condemnation of the world...

Reader, you make the call, but as for me and MY HOUSE...I think you know the rest...

Blessed!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dr. Earl Carter's Response To A Sad COGIC Apology

I received this from a source who confirmed the substance of Dr. Carter's response to the apology delivered by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church of God in Christ.

Of no doubt, I agree with Dr. Carter's assessment of what can be drawn from the willingness to conform to the world within the highest ranks of this church. To the critic, YOU don't control me, neither do you control my pulpit or New Bethel COGIC or any ministries that I and we represent. This blog is a tool of free speech and one that I seek to use to better the Kingdom of God, preach the word, and teach the Saints. In the course of doing those things I gladly stand with those who do what the bible says to do and that is stand for truth. YOU haven't done a thing for me up until this point, continue to do just that...NOTHING...So that means don't demand that I remove anything that is TRUE and that is representative of the bible truth. The sins that you embrace causes you to look bad, not the light of truth that shines upon them. You don't like this ORDAINED, and appointed SUPERINTENDENT'S message, (and I am referring humbly to myself-LOL!) then read elsewhere! I am FREE and this is a FREE country...not communist China or Russia...and I mean no offense to all my Russian and Chinese readers. I appreciate your support and prayers and pray for you in return! 

To The Message:
Re: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an offence; therefore I come with the intention to offend when preaching the gospel … “skandalizo” (Matthew 24:10 Jesus said many shall be offended). 
To the Beloved Saints of the Church of God in Christ: 
This communiqué comes as an informative document. Included is my response to the apology video released by presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. Further, addressing the state of the church and finally, my duty as a gospel preacher. As you all know, I was the key note speaker for Saturday night during the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ. 147 souls were saved and set free! The glory cloud came into the sanctuary. Thousands remained after the sermon for hours as Bishop Brandon Porter stayed and prayed on the altar with them until they were delivered. On Monday while waiting to board my plane I called Bishop Blake to tell him that I enjoyed his message on Sunday and to thank him personally for the opportunity to preach on Saturday night. His response was, “I heard that the Lord really moved on Saturday night and the saints are going home blessed!” I thanked him again and said goodbye. 
After arriving back home my phone began to ring off the hook; expressing that the Saturday night service had gone viral. By Tuesday evening I realized exactly what had transpired with the testimony of Andrew Coldwell. I had a missed call from Bishop Blake and I returned his call. Finally, we talked as he was getting off the plane in L.A. he stated that he would call me back in about 40 minutes. He indeed called me back in about 30 minutes. He stated that we had a ‘situation’ and I interjected with, “what can I do to help the situation and make it more palatable or acceptable? I’m willing to write a statement because I don’t want you to lose any sleep and placate your emotions because I love you and I love the church; whatever I can do to help”. Then Bishop said, “Thank you man for your spirit! Listen, don’t write anything yet-I’ll have my “PR” people to call you and help you with your statement to be sure we are all on the same page and so we don’t open anything up any further”. He thanked me for my kind spirit again and hung up. I never heard from Bishop Blake or his “PR” people. The next thing I hear is his YouTube webcast throwing me under the bus! 
When Bishop Blake apologized on a national stage for the strong words of the “Prophet” he literally rejected the word of God! 
Further, perpetuating and advocating the in- your- face actions of weakness and fleshly dominance! Now that he has done this un-godly thing, the invitation for those who practice such, has been re-instated; they are coming back with a vengeance and reprobate spirit to further invade the church even more. The first chapter of Romans says, “I will give you over to your vile affection;” which means morally despicable, physically repulsive and foul. Homosexuality is an abomination! 
And you mean to tell me that our Presiding Bishop finds the message and language offensive, repulsive, disrespectful, violent, unloving and un-civilized? Well, I found bringing my son to a so called Holy Convocation and being inundated by sissies, homosexuals, gays, down-lows or whatever you choose to call them – offensive! These folk are standing in the way of sinners and sitting in the seat of the scornful. Also, a mother from North Carolina wrote me and said that her 7 year old saw so much from the homosexuals during some of those after hour services: crazy colored hair and hair styles, long stiletto nails, eyelashes and makeup and ridiculously tight pants with purses (so called pouches) till the mother had to explain to her that it was not Gods way and that their behavior was sinful and that God is against them. Can you imagine coming to the Holy Convocation and having to explain how the effeminate men or homosexuals get to serve, sing, shout and dance without any correction? Listen, Ungodly men have crept in unaware and have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness – which is nothing less than a license to sin. 
Jesus said, “I didn’t come for peace but I came with a sword – I came for war”. The reason the real saints of God are so outdone and upset with the apology is because they understood the message that I preached. It sounds like Bishop Nimrod whose pasturing a Babylonian church with a Wal-Mart marketing system, which cuts the price to keep the folk coming. Because of the state of the church, the Babylonian church (compromise) pastured by Bishop Nimrod, the church today in modern America tends to be easy, upbeat, convenient and compatible with the world. It does not require self sacrifice, discipline, humility; a zeal for souls and a fear as well as love of God. There is little guilt and no punishment and the payoff in heaven is virtually certain. What we now have might best be labeled “consumer” Christianity. The cost is low and customer satisfaction seems guaranteed (remember the candy man makes the world tastes good). If we were only customers of Almighty God we could be selective in our faith and reject anything we didn’t like. But that is not the idea we get from Jesus. He (Jesus) pointed us to a cross and not to a spiritual checkout counter. He said if anyone desire to come after me let him first deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24). Christ died on the cross for our sins and not for our satisfaction. He calls us to trust in him and then follow him with a life of self denial. In a world where the customer is always right it takes radical obedience to God to keep from buying into “consumer” Christianity. 
THE STATE OF THE CHURCH 
Read Isaiah 30 “Speak lies to us…” The Homosexual Agenda is Iconoclastic
Destroying the image of an icon and the veneration (reverence) of a religious movement or organization is the definition of iconoclasm. Don’t misunderstand me: the church is a hospital; anyone sick ought to be able to come. But please stay in your bed with your thermometer in your mouth and don’t take an unauthorized white jacket and go around taking other peoples temperature. That is to say: stay out of the choir, stay away from praise and worship, stay out of the youth departments and for heaven sake stay out of the pulpit, and please don’t even think about serving communion to the Lords people. There has been too many victims of sexual abuse in our church. The Church of God in Christ has been inundated with all types of sexual misconduct; from molesting boys and turning out young girls. The wicked struts when the vilest of men are promoted! The homosexual agenda is exactly what is happening – it is now working just fine in our church. They have slowly but surely changed our tolerance and now forcing our acceptance of their lifestyle; Thus, attempting to shut down the un-cut gospel. God forbid. The whole priesthood of the Church of God in Christ can be fired! For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and the people shall seek the law from his mouth for he is the messenger of the Lord of host. But you have departed from the way. You have caused many to stumble from the way. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi says the Lord of host. Therefore, I have also made you contemptible and base before all the people for you have not kept my ways, but have shown partiality in the law (see Malachi 2:7-9). What you tolerate you perpetuate. Babylon means compromise; when you have hot and cold coming together it causes lukewarm-ness which creates an environment for germs to fester. God hates lukewarm! Listen, when the church creates an environment for wickedness such as whoremongers, pedophiles and homosexuals (including lesbians) that is a Babylonian church. 
These homosexuals have invaded our convocation to the point where people do not even reverence or respect us anymore. They not only crept in but someone boldly invited them to come in and rule, reign, serve and participate in our holy services. Our church is now a “Lesbian Friendly” “Gay Friendly” “Bi-Sexual Friendly” “Trans-Gender Friendly” (LGBT) in other words “Homosexual Friendly” church! What do I look like going into a Gay Bar and forcing them to change their environment and behaviors to suit my heterosexual beliefs and lifestyle? My message was not to the world really; BUT an indigenous message to the homosexuals that are a part of or member of our church. They are claiming salvation and hold leadership roles, serve in our choirs and praise and worship – my message was inclusive of these. I loved them enough to tell them the truth. If I were headed over a cliff (hell) I would rather someone tackle me and even bruise me to keep me from falling to my death (hell). In Hosea 4:6-9 my people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge I will also reject you from being priest of my people. God fires not only by death-but you can be fired and still on the job. “The elder and honorable, he is the head; the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tale. For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed (Isaiah 9:15-16)”. 
Finally, God was so bad in the Old Testament until Jesus has to come in the New Testament to give him a better reputation. God is sick of this lukewarm recidivistic church! Men with Identity theft issues are stealing the characteristics of women and destroying the Identity of our once great church. But trust and believe me, God being my help and strength I will not stop preaching the un-cut gospel. Just as the writing of a martyr from Rwanda was forced to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ and he was killed on the spot. However, the night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room: 
“I’m part of a fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made-I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap living & dwarfed goals. 
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I won’t give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows, work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear.”
For the Un-Cut Gospel – NO APOLOGY NECESSARY! 
In HIS Service,
Rev. Dr. Earl W. Carter Sr.,
107th Holy Convocation Saturday Night Keynote Speaker

Blessed! 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

McCulloch, STUPIANI & HOW!

Rudy Stupiani on CNN New Day
Partner In The Firm McCulloch, Stupiani & How!
The former Mayor of New York, Rudolph William Louis Giuliani better known as Rudy Guiliani or Rudy "STUPIANI" on this blog until further notice, not only inserted his foot in his mouth and ate crow with his over the top, ignorant and racist rant against Michael Eric Dyson over the weekend, but continued to display his complete arrogance and utter ignorance through cunningly and meticulously devised fables aimed at appealing to the White "power right" base which were eager to hear him lie, and deceive in effort to get Black people "told". 

Ooh it was easy for STUPIANI to do this because he had an audience ready to swallow his racist, ranting and insults. I mean paint the picture, Blacks in America are out of control...Blacks can't obey the law...Blacks kill one another at epidemic rates...all of which demands that White man, along with tax dollars, have to rescue the world from Blacks right? 

The Backdrop

Although I have already examined and determined that this IS "Open season" on Black men, (WHICH HAS BEEN AFFIRMED WITH THE NON-INDICTMENT OF OFFICER DARREN WILSON) I wanted to take the time to say that STUPIANI'S words were especially poignant and displayed further contempt in light of the totally backwards, cartoon like, nightmarish, and bumbled Grand Jury efforts (if it can be called an effort at all) of the lead prosecutor of STL. County, Robert McCulloch who was sworn to protect the public's interest. 

Robert McCulloch
Although McCulloch has been hailed by his peers, especially them from New York, (would ya have guessed?) for his "top notch" handling of the case in such a "professional manner", one can easily see that his efforts were anything but top notch or professional. It can be readily known that anyone with a modicum of reasonableness can understand that the case, which was supposed to be on behalf of Michael Brown and his family, was destined for failure from day one, and would not see the light of day in a courtroom because the Prosecutor also, mysteriously, became the defense attorney playing both sides, focusing on discrediting witnesses that HE himself presented! LOL!!!!! Can you believe this???

I mean get this, the States Attorney's job is simply to present evidence detrimental to the defense and raise the level of interest and suspicion in order to at least secure a trial indictment. Instead, this cracker-jack box "prosecutor"  discredits his own witnesses, focuses on and supports the killer who said initially that he was struck 8 times by Michael Brown, only to reduce it to 2 times under oath, (without a single ORBITAL BLOWOUT FRACTURE!) focuses on ONE witness, Witness #10, who initially claimed that he/she saw "everything clearly" from "100 yards away" only to RECANT and modify that testimony, like Darren Wilson under oath in the Grand Jury room, claiming at that he saw everything clearly from "50 to 75 yards away" as opposed to his initial 100 yards away.  

Notables: 

1- Under oath officer Darren Wilson somehow either forgot about or lost 6 blows from his original statements, reducing the number of hits he supposedly received from Michael "the Hulk Hogan figure with demon eyes" Brown from 8 to 2.

2- Under oath Witness #10, although he can't remember too much, remembers that he somehow was closer than his original 100 yard distance, by some nearly 50 yards "clearly" seeing it all at least half a football field away...

3- Prosecutor McCulloch, for some strange reason only known to him, excludes all testimony that does not align with officer Darren Wilson's testimony and Witness #10's account. McCulloch even excludes and picks apart witness testimony that HE himself presented to the Grand Jury in "effort" to get the case thrown out...I mean an indictment. 

4- Prosecutor McCulloch then offers an impromptu defense of his affirmative defense of the person he was supposed to be prosecuting, all with a complete rationalization of why the case cannot continue, even claiming that some of the witnesses that he presented lied under oath without any repercussion...

If a LIFE had not been MURDERED in this ordeal, you could call McCulloch's handling of the case the COMEDY SHOW of the year, and give McCulloch an actor's guild award for his "attempt" to disguise his need to both handle the Michael Brown case differently than all others partly because it was a "police shooting", and play to his friends because it seems that the wealthy White authority and establishment has been used to doing what it wants to do in legal cases against Blacks in general and certainly so in this case! 


Then There's STUPIANI

The only thing worse than the deliberate attempt to play the public as ignorant by pretending to "protect" us through enslaving us through the misuse of laws and imprisonment, is the further deliberate attempt to, with malice, forethought and bogus information, paint the entire Black community as lawless, out of control and in need of a 'keeper" to keep us from all the evils that we consistently perform. This was and continues to be the essence of STUPIANI's assertion.

For some reason, STUPIANI has decided to take his case of lies, innuendo, half baked truths to the forefront of the debate over the racial injustice contained within the so called criminal justice system and the Michael Brown decision specifically.  Like an overzealous and unstudied evangelist, STUPIANI is inserting his foot in his mouth while at the same time growing a nose that Pinocchio would certainly be ashamed of. Here's an example: 

STUPIANI Myth #1:

On 11/25/14 on CNN New Day STUPIANI continued to recite, as he had done with Dyson on Meet The Press, that Black people are the number one threat to the lives of other Black people by stating:

"93% of Blacks killed are killed by other Blacks" 

In other words, STUPIANI is suggesting that since a White police killing a Black person is an "exceptional" event and out of the norm, we should be more worried about why Blacks are killing other Blacks instead of why a White police officer killed a Black teen...In other words, the entire argument over why Michael Brown is dead is over the top. 

What STUPIANI did not say...

What STUPIANI did not say, and did not expect us "out of control Black folk" to know, or research, is that that the same report (The 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report) to which he refers, also says, 

"84% of Whites killed are killed by White offenders" 

In other words, most White folk are killed at the hands of other White folk. 

The breakdown goes further to state that 14% of White victims are killed by Black offenders and 7.6% of Black victims are killed by White offenders. Why leave out such important information to place the statement in context? I think the answer is clear...STUPIANI, playing to his audience who want to justify the killing of Blacks for whatever reason, wants mis-information to shape actions, attitudes, fear and ultimately the behavior of his base. Who is his base? Mostly White America who has come to love and listen to the former Mayor who "helped us survive through terrorist attacks".  This is America's mayor and "he certainly can't be wrong" right???? Yea sure!

What else did STUPIANI fail to say? 

Well it seems that it only gets worse for STUPIANI from there. He also failed to mention that a ProPublica report entitled "Deadly Force In Black & White" states that current FBI statistics affirm that Black persons are 21 times more likely to be killed by the police than their White counterparts. The article referring to the report also says the following:
"There were 151 instances in which police noted that teens they had shot dead had been fleeing or resisting arrest at the time of the encounter. 67 percent of those killed in such circumstances were black. That disparity was even starker in the last couple of years: of the 15 teens shot fleeing arrest from 2010 to 2012, 14 were black.
Did police always list the circumstances of the killings? No, actually, there were many deadly shooting where the circumstances were listed as "undetermined." 77 percent of those killed in such instances were black." 
Ooh, one more thing...good ole New York HAS NOT FILED the fatal police shooting report from which this information can be obtained since 2007.  

STUPIANI Myth #2

The next and even more offensive assertion that STUPIANI makes is to present the complete fabrication that most murders, in fact 70% to 75%  of all murders, committed in NYC are committed by Blacks. He specifically states:
"The amount of crime within the Black community is excessive. 70 to 75% of the murders in New York City are committed by Blacks."
Now, one has to consider the source of such a comment. Are there numbers that support that Blacks are out of control murders, and that NYC is somehow an anomaly to the rest of the nation, factual? According to most reports, crime, based on sheer numbers, is equally shared both by Blacks and Whites. Blacks kill at no higher rates nationally than Whites. So where does STUPIANI get his insight from? 

Wouldn't you know that it comes from another New York White elitist...The former NYC police Commissioner Ray Kelly. A 2013 NY Daily News Online article sites Kelly defending his "stop and frisk" policy and stating:
“About 70% to 75% of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American.
...HOLD UP...

????? DID YOU SEE THAT ?????

Let me write it again:

STUPIANI says:
"The amount of crime within the Black community is excessive. 70 to 75% of the murders in New York City are committed by Blacks."
Kelley, more than likely the source for STUPIANI'S statement said:
“About 70% to 75% of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American.
Now, PLEASE tell me you saw and understood that....STUPIANI refers to no source for his statements. In fact Kelly does not refer to a source either. Both simply throw something out. Only STUPIANI changes the statement from "violent crimes" to "murder", further accrediting Black folk for NYC's most devastating types of crime which is murder. 

Of a SURETY we know there are murderers both Black & White in NYC and everywhere for that matter, however, I find it hard to believe that murder would be down nearly 75% in NYC if it weren't for those murderous Black folk. I mean its like an Anti-Purge ("All Hail The New Founding Fathers" right???) 

What we have is a flat out LIE perpetuated on the public by a man who wants to be President so bad he can taste it and by one who simply loves all the attention that he can get. This is further embraced by racists and those who fear Black folk and have no clue about Black culture. For them, the Black family or individual living next door is despised, yet alone the one working with them in the workplace. 

STUPIANI says that he didn't make his statements out of a "racial motivation" but as a "FACTUAL" statement. This is why he earns and deserves the name STUPIANI! His whole "White Night" rant is beyond ridiculous. 

Conclusion, Case Closed!

Yes, America has a problem with both crime and enforcement. Out of all developed countries in the world, America imprisons more of its people than any other nation on earth. Many of those imprisoned are there because of mental health issues as well, which significantly adds to the overall prison population. We remain one of the only nations that imprisons its mentally ill by the droves. So yes, we have a problem, both with behavior and enforcement.

However, for STUPIANI, to say that the problems in NYC and in the country can be laid at the feet of Black people is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY over the top and cannot be borne out by examination of statistics or facts....

I know that there are some class 1 A racists that will read this and hate it even more, but get off your high horse and realize what we're dealing with is an unregenerate nature. It's called SIN and it is alive and kicking in the heart of men and mankind. As long as SIN exists man will need a savior. One things is for sure, people such as STUPIANI do not help and or add to the equation and those who support those like him and statements such as his are clueless and cannot offer a solution because they are blinded by self and hate. 

This Black man is proud to be Black and proud of my fellow Black & White friends who are actively part of the solution of this nations ills and bring it everyday to make a difference in the lives of all men and women. For the cause of CHRIST we continue to fight. We don't need to "pretend" that anyone's sins are greater than the other, for ALL sin stinks in the nostrils of God! 

Blessed!  

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

An Official COGIC Apology...Sad Day For The Church!

In addition to the statement that was released from the church regarding the 107th Annual Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ, Presiding Bishop Blake decided to take things to an all new level or should I say and all new LOW for the "Grand Ole Church". This short excerpt from from the West Angeles Church service after the Convocation has more than burnt up the internet and especially facebook. The statement is resoundingly clear in uncovering what the Bishop was trying and endeavoring to do...Primarily: completely distance himself and the church both from anything that was said during Dr. Carter's message and anything that happened afterward by way of claimed deliverance by Andrew Caldwell, the person who's testimony is at the heart of the controversy.  

Bishop Blake read part of the initial statement and added some additional information for context. Here is the Bishop's statement: 

The Bishop's Assertions

Presiding Bishop Blake concluded that the speaker, Supt. Dr. Carter, had "used terms and spoke in a way that was offensive and inappropriate". To remind you, Dr. Carter called gay men "sissies", called the Bishops responsible for the proliferation of the gay agenda within the church by allowing them free reign, telling them that they were going to be held accountable for what they had allowed and called into judgement, and also at one point wished, that since gay men wanted to be women, that they would regularly "bleed from the butt" crudely referencing the monthly menstrual that a woman has as a sign of womanhood.  

Distance & More Distance In The Name Of The Church

In his address our Presiding Bishop further removed himself from any association with Dr. Carter's statements by additional disclaimer saying that he, Dr. Carter, was solely responsible for the message that he delivered. In other words, Bishop Blake says that neither he nor the church on any level are in agreement with or condones the message. 

Bishop Blake characterized the speaker's delivery in the following manner: 
"harsh, un-compassionate, disrespectful spirit, on the part of that speaker" 
So, for that, the Presiding Bishop thought it was apropos to apologize to the public. Then in line with even more apologies, Bishop Blake would further go on to apologize to Andrew Caldwell whom he called, "a young seeker for the Lord". It was Andrew Caldwell, who claimed deliverance from homosexuality. The Bishop apologized to him for the ridicule that he is enduring as a result of the event. 

After setting forth some ideas, Bishop began to read from the statement that the church initially delivered on their website. I outline some interesting variations from the original statement as you will note:  
Original statement: "Furthermore, the Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual stance"
What he said: "The Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation or their sexual stance"
Now, I would like to know what that means. What is a "sexual stance" and what is the difference between it and a "sexual orientation"? Toward the end he also added:
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. God will judge us all. If you have a love for God, and if you love God's word you are welcome to West Angeles Church and you are welcome to the Church Of God In Christ. 
Since We Are In An Apologetic Mood...

#1:
Since we are apologizing or in an apologetic mood...I would like to know when our Presiding Bishop will apologize to me and the nearly 12,000 member churches and pastors for signing us on the section of the UDHR (Universal Declaration Of Human Rights) which affirms gay unions. May we remind the people that the UDHR is currently a document used to affirm gay unions and the rights of gay to marry all around the world? In fact this document is the pathway to gay rights as gay advocacy holds it, delivering gay rights to the gay community all over the world and the United States.  

#2:
Since we are in an apologetic mood...WHEN will COGIC apologize for the neglect of ALL the victims of clergy and church related sexual abuse? When will COGIC apologize for our church's failure to implement, create, or act upon a SOLID Victim's Advocacy plan? I mean it has only been about 7 to 8 years that I have been after the church about implementing a plan to address the fallout that victims and those who have survived sexual abuse have experienced within this church. In fact, I personally delivered a topical proposal into Presiding Bishop Blake's hands, in Joliet, IL. with a tentative agreement to personally meet with he and certain church representatives in STL. during the 106th Annual Holy Convocation (last year)...Well, that meeting NEVER happened. Is there an apology for either me or more importantly to the victims and survivors for our church's apparent failure to act since we have been so keenly made aware of the problems? 

Bishop Charles Brown
LA.
We are proud that we have planted flowers in STL, gave folk blankets and haircuts and even read books to children while we were there, but what about the terrible weeds that have been allowed to grow around our victims such as those stemming from the alleged perverted actions of a Bishop from Louisiana for example whom the church has never tried in adequate council. I could name many other places and persons. They are self evident and additional information thoroughly posted on ReportCOGICAbuse.com....Are we saying that "flowers" and cleaning up neighborhood garbage is more important that these souls that have survived one of the worst type of attacks from the enemy? 

In conjunction with that, I wonder and listened for additional apology to the church in general for waiting so long to openly address alleged clergy and member pedophiles and sexually immoral persons that use our name and our pulpits to take advantage of the sheep. We have NEVER apologized for the sexual immorality of former General Board Bishop JD Husband, yet alone anyone else. Do I need to remind you that the former elected leader of our church (JD Husband) was a gay pedophile that destroyed many individual lives under the cover of the Grand Ole Church? I know that some of those we need to apologize for have nothing to do with homosexuality, but relieving them (the offenders) from office or at least trying them in front of their accusers in an open and fair forum SHOULD be the standard. Now, shouldn't it? Yet from this Grand Ole Church there is only SILENCE? Why???

#3: 
To the issue of the message at the convocation, As our Bishop states, there were over 15 messages delivered. There was one delivered at a round-table banquet that Bishop Blake annually sponsors for COGIC Charities. The message at that banquet was delivered by a West Angeles member who openly affirms gays and their "right" to marry. I didn't hear an apology to anyone for allowing Earvin "Magic" Johnson to speak to folk who otherwise believe that what he affirms as OK, is condemned by the church. Although we certainly love Earvin, has he ever apologized for his support of gay inclusion in the face of our church's supposed teaching and "stance" on the issue? Did Earvin ever apologize for wanting Prop 8, overturned? Remember, Prop 8 was the gay marriage ban of CA. approved by the citizens of CA. I still remember what "Magic" said in his call:
"This is Magic Johnson calling to ask you to join me and Barack Obama in opposing Proposition 8. Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently - including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers".... "That is not what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks.
I know that's over, (yea right) and the courts of California overrode the will of the people and the legislative branch of the system of government and approved gay marriage, but did the church ever apologize for Earvin's support of gay marriage in any way especially since we are hailing him as a great leader among our ranks? 

It seems to me that IF there are going to be apologies issued, that some of them should be based on this and things like this that the church has allowed. 

#4:
The bible says:

2 Tim. 4:2 ~ Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Now, which and whose is a greater command or commendation? The command to preach the truth or the command of men, to preach something, nearly anything, that accommodates men and their desires? What should Carter have done? Cowered to public opinion, even that of the Presiding Bishop, and the world who doesn't care about the church or God anyway? Should there be an "apology" for a "harsh, un-compassionate, disrespectful spirit, on the part of that speaker" 

I wonder if how "harsh" and "un-compassionate" they thought Ezekiel was when he was commanded by God to deliver a message to Israel and their leaders while laying on his side eating cow manure mingled with certain food and wasting away?  I wonder would our church and those who agree with the Bishop's apology tell the prophet that he was being "harsh, un-compassionate, disrespectful spirit"? So it sounds like that  the "prophet" as Dr. Carter called himself, may need an apology as well, for being called names when his claim is that he was only delivering a message that he received from the Lord?

#5:
Further, I would like to know when, since a message is given or delivered under the rights of free speech in AMERICA, the land of the free, that the message needs to be apologized for. In a free and civil society when no threat was made a person, a group of individuals either based on religion, creed or anything else, would a church associate statements with 


"violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual stance."

It seems that an apology is in order for the violation of the guaranteed and protected right of free speech. Then, when I examine our church we find that this church has a history of people who have taken the church's largest stage and have either inadvertently or purposefully said something wrong. YET the statements and presentation of a preacher, delivering a message in the pulpit is apologized for??? WHAT IS THAT???

#6:
In addition, I would like to know why Bishop Blake felt a need to apologize to a person that claims that they need nothing from the church. Andrew Caldwell, like him or leave him, has not asked the church for anything to my knowledge but for a book sale, CD sale and prayers...Why is this church in the habit of apologizing to folk who are not asking for an apology, while overlooking those whom we should REALLY and SINCERELY apologize to? According to the Bishop, it was because we "think" we have arrived when we are criticized by a comic like Jimmy Kimmel? (whom I've NEVER watched nor considered a source of entertainment)

Conclusion:

We have been SOLD OUT for acceptance among the world. It seems that while we are trying our best to "mainstream" the church, because evidently we are ashamed of the message and witness to the world that the church delivers and has traditionally delivered, that we are steadily losing any power we have to facilitate change in this world. 

We cover up this circumstance with thoughts of "love" and "compassion" to the world, saying that a preacher's message was insensitive and that it does not represent the bible.
But what does represent the bible? Is HELL representative of the bible? I don't think there is a COGIC scholar that would object that it is. We all know that the bible says that God loves everyone and that he wants all to be saved. We all agree. However, we find that the loving and compassionate God (and he is those things without a doubt) yet provides a real, literal and eternal HELL to all them that don't repent. 

Now, is THAT message, of a real, literal and eternal HELL for the unrepentant  "harsh, un-compassionate," and of a "disrespectful spirit,"Maybe someone should take that up with God in heavenly council...Please tell him that what he sets forth is "harsh, un-compassionate, and of a disrespectful spirit"

Since we know that those who love sin, even bishops, pastors, leaders and a whole bunch of people will suffer judgement from their choice of evil....And since we know that the Presiding Bishop is NOT what the Pope is to Catholics...And since his words are NOT the final authority on anything, I REJECT the Bishops apology and entire reckoning of the event and reconcile that this church has sought to maintain its status within society over promoting and heeding to the true and real message of holiness. Certainly Carter was not and is not perfect. Without knowing him, I believe he would be the first to say such, but neither are the men that lead this church. If these men cannot apologize for the evident and abundant issues that are before them and that have been before them for years, then this apology can only be considered a joke or more political grandstanding. 

I certainly don't impugn the character of our Bishop, but I do simply say, THIS was wrong and a shameful approach to addressing issues of truth that so widely impact the quality of life for countless millions in the United States and in the world. If the church can only be relied on to be "nice" as the world counts niceness, then were is its real impact to this lost and dying world? 

Sad day for COGIC and for all my COGIC brethren and sisters.

Blessed!   

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Marc Lamont Hill's COGIC Examination: "Look at This Fxxxed Up Church"

The FALLOUT from preaching HOLINESS and condemning the sin of homosexuality has reached epic proportions and criticisms. Not only has the testimony of a man named "Andrew" been on late night TV shows, mocked and ridiculed by society, because he declared his "freedom" from homosexuality, but but in an interview conducted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill of Huffington Post Live, Dr. Hill says that the criticism, which should have been leveled, should have been directed towards the church (Church Of God In Christ) instead of being directed towards the young man, by saying that under the right circumstance an examination that people should have been saying, 

"Look at this Fxxxed up church, instead of look at this fxxxed up kid" ~ Marc Lamont Hill (48:16 mark of video)

Although COGIC has tried to lay low, I know of no one in COGIC that has criticized the "kid" However, that has not stopped COGIC from playing the "good guy" role by placing all the "good things" that it has done and continues to do in society on top of and over everything that it does. Yet the "educated" elite and in some cases the not so educated, elite, pious, and worldly, have arisen to examine the church, its ministry and its service and criticizing the church as being patriarchal, misogynistic, hateful, full of brainwashed individuals and out of touch in the 21st Century. 

For anyone wanting to see the complete interview, they can go HERE

Before I get started I would like to say that the testimony of the young man named Andrew, whether authentic or not, is not the real issue. People lie in church all the time and from the looks of it the panelists can relate either by personal experience or observation to that truth. So those who choose to condemn and theorize conspiracy or that Andrew was not real, are free to do so. For me, my examination, the issue was always far beyond any individual testimony. The issue, in my opinion, was and has always been about freedom of the individual, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, censorship, the right to preach and teach the bible and fulfill the mission of holiness as outlined within the word. 

Further, what is of equally great concern, is the evolution of the nation's largest Pentecostal holiness church's biblical position as it pertains to homosexuality and how that position, among others, impacts the church's mission to the community. I wonder will the church cower to the world and its intimidation as represented by these panelists, or will it take an even more broad stand creating institutes and forums whereby gays and lesbians can be ministered to and converted and transformed from sin and sinful lifestyles?   

We Begin With TRUTH

TRUTH is the underlying issue of all things within society and life. This is why Jesus says that he is THE truth, not "a" truth. It seems that this is the first issue that clearly challenges modern society, and it was prevalent on this show. The question of truth exists for the non-religious and through the lens of religion and religious experience. Society instinctively knows that there is such a notion as the notion of truth. However, is truth a relative construct or is truth something that is absolute? Or is truth somewhere in-between the two? In the question of truth I refer to the ontology (or body) of truth, not truth in its semantics. Is there a fixed, set, and plain truth that exists apart from our ability to know it? Secondly, has God, if he exists at all, communicated that truth to us, and if so, what is our responsibility and relationship to the ontology of truth? Further, is biblical truth meant to be subject to societal norms or adjusted to meet what the world deems appropriate? Then finally, can sociological and anthropological studies authenticate or affirm the truth, religion and biblical or moral values? 

So far as the latter, clearly, these panelists seem to think so. In fact it appears that they think that religion and biblical values are the same thing. In addition, from their rhetoric, it seems that they believe that sociological and anthropological values, if there is such a thing, are barometers for what truth is or for what should be embraced, even if by failure of alternatives, within society. The implementation of objective truth and over arching life value propositions based on these sort of examinations falls on the sword of moral relativism and subjective truth values and other carnally inspired notions as I will outline. 

As I watched the panelists who sought to "do good" by evaluating both the actions and response of the church, the church leaders, and even the person with the testimony himself, I could see in each guest, some of whom I personally know, the epitome and over arching premise of moral relativism and morally relativistic values devoid of the benefit of and underpinning of objective moral value standards or standards and values not contrived by the human mind. 

That may seem deep, and I must say that depending upon the issue, moral relativism is not a bad thing out of hand. Not every value has an eternal or overarching premise attached to it. However, when dealing with issues such as how we live and eternal values that we should embrace for living, the well out of which one draws determines the outlook that one has. 

When pursuing overarching premises of truth, moral relativism falls flat on its face.  I will briefly outline why the notions of these panelists and many other sociologically inspired new wave church critics should be rejected as Paul rejected those with similar notions in his day. 

Changes Based On Society
Mal. 3:6 ~ For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

The god of the morally relative culture is an ever changing god that seeks to be in step and in accord with humanity, the human will and desires for acceptance and relevance among men. Under a morally relative construct, there can be no truly objective, solid, truth or values and the values proposed as objective are merely constructs of one's own self will and desire. This realization creates a whole set of issues. The primary issue being that if their approach to truth,  and by truth I mean the greater ontology of truth and moral values, is correct then there is not and neither can be a such thing as ultimate and stable truth that reaches beyond society and adopted societal values and norms. Truth is then relegated to what "we say" it is, rather than what God says it is. In other words, we begin with our notions, as noble as they may be in some cases, and build and create our own god around them. the god that we embrace is never higher than our capacity and never beyond our understanding of him and his actions. Our relationship to that god is fulfilled in humanity and relegated to human centered and inspired moral conventions. 

Be careful as not to confuse the issue. We must have healthy, human relationships of a certainty. However, I am talking about the glue that holds it all together. The glue of moral relativism is at best flimsy and temporary. Whereas the glue of moral absolutism is stable and unchangeable. It is those values upon which a truly free society can be built, flourish and endure the tests of time. 

The Acceptance Of Sin Blinds Us To Truth   

Men believe, as the panelists expressed, that we are OK, just the way we are. The term be comfortable in one's own skin, is the theme song of the modern moral relativist. Who does this? Accepts sin? Certainly those who base their lives upon the bible cannot do this...Quite the contrary is true. There is no boundary for the acceptance of sin. Anyone and everyone at each end and in the middle of the socioeconomic and educational spectrum, participates in sin to a certain degree over time whether knowingly or unknowingly. What St. Augustine called or deemed "original sin" is the basis or the progenitor of this disease that causes us to trust "us", our "minds" and ultimately our "intellect" which is not out of hat subject to God, but subject to self, self will and fleshly governance. With the ever and ongoing weakness of man, the acceptance of sin proliferates to a new generation over and over again. 

To say these things to this newly enlightened crowd of examiners immediately evokes issues of condemnation, promoting self-loathing or self hatred. In other words "why believe that we have a problem to begin with?" and "The god that we have constructed loves us anyway and no matter who or what we are". "We are perfect the way we are". The fact of human perfection or our grand design in purpose is not in question for "we are fearfully and wonderfully created" (Ps. 139:14) The fact of loving and embracing ones self is also not in question. For this crowd, it does not understand how one can view themselves as defiled or dysfunctional and yet be still functional, capable and a contributing part of society. That is because the basis for their comparison is a comparison based upon the notions of a god created by man and not a man created by God. 

Secondly, that there must be a correct standard upon which life is built IS in question. For them, that "correct standard" should be in question for all men and mankind at all times. This further leads to the notion that the preaching of the gospel and biblically inspired truth continues to challenge in every society and that religion and religious values of truth are only inspired to serve the needs of the community and society and have very little to do with the authority of God. 

Fact: Man Is Lost

Whether accepted as a part of reality or not, the condition of "lost" exists. Man, by nature, and left to his own conventions, embraces and enjoins the condition of "lost" as is readily proven by his own inescapable desires of self  and self-will. Lost, is defined as a condition in which the soul of man is disjointed and out of union or harmony with his creator Sin is the only thing that brings about this condition and it does so from a theological standpoint through and by "unbelief". For if man cannot believe or be subject to his creator, then man is out of control while believing with all that he is, that he is in control or that he has a new answer. Thus the relationship of man to truth is revealed. 

But then there is another question. Has God revealed his truth and if so can it be known? Many of these do not believe that it can be known and they criticize anyone who claims to know it to any degree. Just as the guest panelists criticized Brandon Porter, even claiming that he was abusive because he spoke authoritatively on many aspects of the subject, they believe that no one, outside of their self-approved circles has the right to any authority, especially when that authority is contrary or contradicts what they believe. In addition, many of them believe that each one has his or her own path to the truth and that many experiences creates one's own version of the truth. It is there that moral relativism seeps in again.     


The fact is that If we can't know truth, then we cannot confidently condemn and or affirm anything. If that is the case, sociological and anthropological studies also mean nothing and can not help us determine the truth of anything or what should be done.  

The Lens

I believe that it was through the lens of obscure and relativistic truth propositions that the panelists spoke, examined and further condemned the Church Of God In Christ and the "kid" who gave his testimony himself. It was the lens of the anthropologically defined, socially relative truth and value proposition secular humanism that displayed its character. As I examined the panelists and their assent to futility of intellectual understanding on the nature of sin and the damage that sin does within society, I understood why the claim of "brainwashing" was an option of the homosexual advocate. He espoused the zeal of condemnation and trivialization of closely held objective moral value standards which were minimized as being un-essential within society and within church. The lack of understanding that  truth exists beyond the intellect was the basis of the claim that the church was embracing "hatred of women", a position espoused by a very long-winded guest panelist on this show. This was and element and basis of Marc Lamont Hill's "condemnation" of the church itself as he said he watched the video and was enraged by what he saw.   

Message To Dr. Hill

Dr. Hill, The FACT is that Truth can be known. If it can't then all we have are opinions and yours is certainly no better than mine or anyone else's. In fact, if you are right, even the most vile opinions among us are equally as valid and noteworthy as any. In other words, if truth can't be known then the whole world is a contradiction. 

One would say, what did any of the panelists say about truth on the show? They were simply critiquing a church and it's approach to culturally relevant and sensitive issues. That certainly was the case, but TRUTH propositions were the basis for their entire critique. In other words, who and what should we believe? 

Should we believe the socially and anthropologically inspired truth of human values set forth by the guests, or should we aspire to believe a higher set of values and standards that are far more reaching in their application?

To me, the answer leads to the heart of the matter. For whatever reason GOD sent the message condemning homosexual sin. No matter what could have been talked about, homosexual sin, which damages society and has an effect on families and the community in general, was the focus of that particular night's message. Ferguson, MO. could have been preached, but it wasn't. In fact climate change in Australia could have been preached, but it too was left untouched!

The SIN of homosexuality was preached and as such I can call it a sin based on its face. That is prima-facie, homosexuality, like all sins, is a PERVERSION of truth. The fact that none of us would be here if homosexuality was the norm and unobstructed way of relationships, is overwhelmingly evident. You may call it hetero-sexism to stand against homosexuality in favor of heterosexual unions, but without a normal relationships, in which procreation occurs, humanity does not continue to exist unless everyone becomes a product of artificial insemination.

Message To The Panelists

For ANYONE to preach against the SIN of homosexuality is not a message of patriarchalism, self-hatred, hatred of women or hatred of effeminence, and certainly not a message of mind-control. It is a message reaffirming the order and regularity that we observe in this world. That order is the recognition that gender differences and a clear delineation between genders is how species continue and that is hardwired into the human species and every other species that continues to exist on earth. It is a message based upon the truth of ALL that we know. 

To cause individuals to recognize the message of order, even in relationships, has nothing to do with shame or abuse. If that is the case, you cannot possibly believe in much that is written in the gospels and or the New Testament itself. Therefore, I find your positions not only unreasonable, but unauthentic IF you say that you are believers. In addition, any message that does not recognize the flaw of alternatives to truth, no matter what those alternatives and perversions may be, does not reach beyond a person's decisions to embrace such things in an attempt to seek normalacy in the world, and it certainly does not uplift hearts seeking to embrace and solving the real issues of life.  

It is for those persons attempting to find normalcy in this world, that the Church exists to reach and teach, and as such, it can only do so as it exists in and as it promotes TRUTH or overarching moral value propositions.

Conclusion

For our "educated" community to criticize something that you know only by books and by fleeting experience does not speak well of you and neither does it secure any of our futures if discerning truth for the masses it is left up to you. For those who cannot perceive foundational elements of truth are not positioned to help change society, yet alone change a church, whose foundation and value premise is on a much higher plane than the plane of subjective, relative, and socially inspired values and moral value propositions, such as those espoused on this show. 

Filled with all the problems that it may have the CHURCH is NOT "fxxxed up" as you said that we should be saying. The church remains God's entity on earth that is designed for the purpose of not making men feel good, but for transforming minds and futures to vessels that can be blessed and used by a real God. 

I am not confused on the issues and what the critique of the panel was really about in this case. The discussion was about a world-view by which man either lives or is condemned. Words happen all the time, but words, as sad as they may be, do not offer a sweeping condemnation of anyone being "fxxxed up" as Dr. Hill said. At the most, I am saddened by the heartless opinions and spineless inaction of the panelists themselves in not standing for freedom and choice of both the church, the preacher and the one receiving the word and exercising his faith. 

It is my desire that all these guests seek truth and the basis for truth before embarking upon such openly blatant and demeaning conversation regarding an institution that has helped shape many families of all nationalities all around the world, giving hope and inspiration to sinners who convert from all forms of life and lifestyle, including those who have converted from homosexuality. It is from the basis of TRUTH that I hope that all Christian churches and the Church Of God In Christ in its mission to the world, continues to speak to this world and its inhabitants.      

1 Cor. 3:18-23 ~  18-Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.19-For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20-And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21-Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;22-Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23-And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

Blessed!

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