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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 maneuver 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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Nations Largest Pentecostal Holiness Church DISTANCES Itself From Deliverance From Homosexuality



Well, this is something that you don't see everyday Chauncey!

When Dr. Earl Carter preached at the 107th annual Holy Convocation, he did 2 things. First he called the homosexual, participating in the church, a "sissy" and said that they need to be delivered. This is not unusual. The late former presiding Bishop LH Ford called homosexuals "sissies" regularly. In fact a HOST of Sr. bishops can be heard referencing homosexuals in the same manner. Some even calling them what the bible calls them, effeminate, or Sodomites (both of which the liberal religious crowd try to reject)

Secondly, somebody came up and "claimed" to have gotten delivered as a result. A young man who declared that he was "delivered" and that he "loved women" admitted the error of his former homosexual lifestyle and not only he but many others came forth seeking to be free and seeking deliverance. Whether his claim was true or not, remains to be seen, but it seems that COGIC...Yes, the Grand Ole Church...is anything but glad to be associated with either happening. 

It seems that MY church (LORD HAVE MERCY) has released the following statement on the whole issue and a video which they refuse to advertise on their website...in other words they are engaging in CENSORSHIP and SUPPRESSION of speech and freedom of expression...then, more importantly, contorting themselves to the culture. Nevertheless, here is what they said:

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Statement on Video Airing From 107th Holy Convocation


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Church of God in Christ
Statement on Video Airing From 107th Holy Convocation

During the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO, November 3-11, 2014, many tremendous things occurred that demonstrated the church’s love for community and for the whole man. 
Through a number of COGIC Cares initiatives, the St. Louis and metro east communities were helped in some of the following ways:
  • During our Health Fair and Job Fair, hundreds received free healthcare services while many unemployed attendees were able to network with St. Louis employers;
  • 5,000 people received assistance in the form of food, clothing, blankets, toys, haircuts and medical check-ups at our Christmas in November event on Saturday, November 8, 2014;
  • Members of our denomination dispersed within the North St. Louis Fourth Ward community to provide cleanup assistance to blighted areas; and
  • Several COGIC leaders visited a St. Louis Public School to conduct “a day of reading” among elementary school children.
Since 2010, when the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation moved from Memphis, TN to St. Louis, the economic impact to the bi-state, metropolitan area has been over $120 million.
As a Pentecostal, Bible-believing organization, our goal is to edify and care for the entire individual, both naturally and spiritually. Thus, during the convocation:
  • 559 individuals committed their lives to Christ;
  • 97 individuals re-dedicated their lives to Christ;
  • 224 Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit, according to (Acts 2:4); and
  • 227 individuals received divine deliverance from a number of afflictions.
A video, which is now viral, of a young man stating his deliverance from a particular lifestyle does not, in any capacity, speak to all of the remarkable things that transpired during this great church convention.  
We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We do not in any way compromise our biblical position against same sex unions or in favor of biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct.  At the same time we expect that our clergy and laity will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith.  We love all people, regardless of their faith or moral standards.  When we fail to express ourselves with love and humility we contradict our witness to the world.
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. Such actions violate entirely the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
The Church of God in Christ will have no further comment on this matter.

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Now, THAT was interesting! First to call homosexuality "a particular lifestyle" is an UNDERSTATEMENT. In fact why even do that. Simply say what the young man said he was delivered from. He said he was delivered from being GAY...not delivered from a"particular lifestyle"! Then to say that his deliverance is not a "reflection" of all the wonderful things that happened during the week...ARE YOU SERIOUS?

The man said that he was delivered from a SIN that has swept the nation, changing laws and uprooting the will of the people in nearly every state through the judiciary and by the promotion of a President who affirms gay as being "normal" and gay relationships as "just as admirable as heterosexual relationships" 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

Get this COGIC PR team...by the very fact of your statement you have COMPROMISED you biblical position. That is a FACT!

In addition, to call out SIN in no way displays a lack of love. In fact to call out sin is the highest display of love considering the backlash and the resistance that will be obtained as a result. To do what you do in placating the sins of a generation and seeking to conform to this world not only insults God, it is an affront to HIS nature and being as a HOLY GOD! Further is is an absolute departure to the Faith which was once delivered to the Saints through and by the ministry of the late Bishop CH Mason. 

If we love all people regardless of their moral standards, we are doing more than Christ did himself. God has no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked, he will destroy them because of their acts and actions:

Ps. 154:20 ~ The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Nahum 1:3 ~ The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

God says that he "hates" a proud look.(Prov.6:16-17) This is a lifestyle that is contrary to God and his nature. Yet he never separates the sin and what he hates from the person. In fact, in the New Testament, both James 1:6 and 1 Pet. 1:5 says that God "resists" the proud. The word "resist" is the Gk word ἀντιτάσσομαι or "antitassó" which is a military term that means "to rage in battle against or to set one's self against" In other words, God FIGHTS against the proud and those with no humility and who live a lifestyle contrary to himself. 


Now, is this God not the SAME God who came to seek and to save that which was lost? Is this God not the same God who "loved the world that he gave" to save it? To suggest that there is ANY difference between this God and the God of the Old Testament, and the God that Peter believed upon when he condemned Ananias and Sapphira to DEATH (Acts 5),  or when Paul turned one over to satan for the "destruction of his flesh" (1 Cor. 5:5) is to suggest that the bible can be thrown out as a guide for rule and practice of the believer and the church, and has nothing to do with revealing the nature of God. This will NOT happen. 

But if I was ever ashamed of my church, in addition to the SHAME of it not serving victims by victims advocacy and the implementation of victim's rights, I am ASHAMED in this! I am ashamed of a communistic approach to a church within a free society. The reflections of a "Presidium" and the implications of that word which suggest state control, are in full effect within your statement.  

I find that you, in releasing this shoddy statement, are in violation of both your obligation to God and men by holding the truth in unrighteousness! 

Sad day for our church everywhere that it should release such a statement and to hold such a pitiful position!

I AM Blessed!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Lion Hath Roared! Reflections Of The COGIC 107th Annual Holy Convocation

Amos 3:8 ~ The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

New, New, New 
Can You Ride A Donkey Pt. 1 ~ Supt. Earl Carter
Can You Ride A Donkey Pt. 2 ~ Supt. Earl Carter
New, New, New

Normally, I do an article prior to the annual Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ outlining some points of interest and some fairly hot issues that the Saints, in general, should or could address in their largest annual meeting of the year.  

Since 2007 it has been the mission of this ministry to shine a bright light on the issues of sexual abuse and the lack of effort of the church, and more specifically the Church Of God In Christ in providing any respite, healing or reparation to victims of sexual abuse and church related abuse other than opening a checkbook, and implementing gag orders.  

Fast Forward

Not to labor on any ongoing or current efforts by me or this ministry, through I Am My Brother's Keeper Christian Advocacy Council, this year I want to note that God, being the God that he is, sent his word through another vessel, calling the church's attention to issues of integrity, morality and sexual purity within the church at higher levels. 

For those of us Bishops, Pastors, and Elders who were present last year at the 106th Annual Holy Convocation, we remember that it was Larry Stockstill through his book, "The Remnant; Restoring The Call to Personal Integrity" [Charisma House 2008] who was invited to speak to thousands of us delivering a simple message of restoration in the areas of sexual relationships and integrity within ministry in general. 
Supt. Dr. E. Carter
"How many Convocations you need before you get delivered? How many notes you need to take? How many prayer meetings?"  ~ Supt. Dr. Earl Carter 11/9/2014 COGIC Holy Convocation
This year the message of "Can You Ride A Donkey" (I gave it that name) and "get right church" came even closer and was more pronounced through a message delivered by Supt. Earl Carter who was the highlight speaker Saturday night Nov. 9th.  For your reference and as of this writing, Dr. Carter's message IS NOT available for download at OneCOGIC.org which provides instant messages of all of those who spoke at the Holy Convocation...(In other words, you will not find Dr. Carter's message on the COGIC site)

Nevertheless, Dr. Carter took the time to outline some of the problems associated with disintegrating values towards holiness and personal accountability focusing on the modern acceptance of homosexuality and other forms of sexual impurity among those of us who have been called out of darkness and into HIS light that serve within the church. Yes, his message certainly was for all, but it was specifically directed towards COGIC and COGIC leaders and leadership. 

Dr. Carter exclaimed that some preachers are no more than "Candy-men" trying to "make the world taste good" (a takeoff on a an early 70's Sammy Davis Jr. hit song) by dressing up the acceptance of homosexuality and sexual immorality within the church under the guise of love, care and concern. Further, Dr. Carter stated that too many preachers within our church have lost their integrity due to financial kickback and perks such as cars, houses and church salaries asking "how much is that pastor in the window?" (a takeoff on the old song, "How much is that doggy in the window?" sang by the late Patti Page) and stating that even though some pastors can ride in the finest of automobiles and off of accounts set up by the church for them to live, can they "ride a donkey?" like the Lord did when he triumphed over sin.  

In all Dr. Carter's message resonated with many due to his boldness in addressing serious issues that are normally left unspoken during the church's largest annual meeting. Even though COGIC may have scrubbed the message, one can click the above links or go HERE and HERE for the FREE audio of Dr. Carter's message and judge for one's self the effectiveness and depth of the word and whether or not he should have said what he said.   

To The Detractors

It is amazing to me to see the dissent or cognitive dissidence of people when the truth is preached. There will always be some who don't like the message or what is said but this message came with a whole host of controversy. First, the message is and was controversial for at least 4 primary reasons as I assess them:
1- Because the message was directed at and towards clergy it is claimed that it was disrespectful, after all, the clergy are "God's business" to handle right?
2- Because the message was directed in a pronounced manner towards homosexuals and homosexual sin so strongly it is claimed that it was bigoted and hate speech, especially calling folk "sissies"
3- Because some say that because it didn't go far enough calling out all "COGIC sins", that it was a waste of time, and merely a way to get attention. 
4- Then finally, because some say that it (the message) will not be accepted that it will not effect change (as the critic critically asserts) it should have been kept to itself. 
All I can say to these and other criticism is WHATEVER! NONE of those things are reasons to not pronounce or set forth the truth among men and or mankind. In fact we are called to preach the truth because of those instances and thoughts, not in spite of them.  

Then there are other so called concerns. They are the concerns of the "seeker sensitive" crowd, who have no understanding of the teaching of holiness or the method of teaching and preaching holiness, as outlined within the bible, and why the true gospel message and method is different than other message and methods embraced within society. The seeker sensitives would probably say, "What would Jesus have said or done?" This comes with the assumption that Jesus would have taken a much more measured, compassionate, and subdued approach in telling the truth. 

I beg to differ greatly...The Jesus of scripture was anything but a Jesus that conformed to the standards of care of this world...Here are some examples of what I mean:

  • Jesus called those who judge unjustly "hypocrites" (Mt 7:5) and workers of hypocrisy (Lk. 12:1
  • Jesus called detractors such as the Sadducee and Pharisees and other such religious elites, hypocrites (Mt. 16:3, 22:18, 23:13, 14, 15, 23,25,27,29.; Mk. 7:6; Lk.12:56)
  • Jesus called the Sadducee and Pharisees a "wicked and adulterous generation" (Mt. 16:4
  • Jesus called many of the same religious leaders vipers (Mt. 3:7)
  • Jesus called many religious leaders a "brood" (or offspring) of vipers (or devils) (Mt. 12:34)
  • Jesus called the followers of Pharisaic "hypocrites", "twofold children of hell" (Mt. 23:15)
  • Jesus calls the scribes and Pharisees, the religious and social leaders of his day, liars and bearers of false witness, even at one point claiming that their "father" was the devil himself (John 8:44) based not on their nationality or race, but on their acts and what was coming from their hearts through their actions and acts. 
  • Jesus beat the money changers out of the temple on at least 2 occasions (John 2:15, Mk. 11:15. Mt. 21:12)...Was this a calm, casual, love and accept anything Jesus? Or was this a righteously indignant Jesus indignant because of the sin and abuse of the people?
  • Jesus chastises Peter, right after commending him for his spiritual insight, calling him satan (Mk. 8:33, Mt. 16:23,)
  • Jesus called people who were "seeking" him, unfit for his service because they wanted to go home and address their families (Lk. 9:62
So the question of "What would Jesus say?" or that Jesus would have been "more kind and compassionate" is kind of settled since Jesus didn't mince words but called things, situations and people as they really were in spite of individual and or group feelings on the issues. Agreement with his assessment or with truth was not an issue for the truth; meaning that one did not have to agree with what was said for the truth to be told and for truth to be effective.

In addition, I find it the most irrational criticism to say that telling the truth was senseless or useless. In other words, because some "may not change, don't tell the truth"??? that is a silly notion that has no practicality in preaching the gospel. To question the messenger as one who is simply seeking attention, is about as STUPID as one can get...There are all kinds of ways to get attention other than preaching a message with such a deep and riveting impact such as this one. 

In short, the attitude of the detractors in dissent, whatever that dissent may be based upon, is not a compelling reason to deny the effectiveness of what was said, preached and delivered not only to the church, but to the world through this message. The fact that those entangled with the world is a sure sign that the message was sent from God, because the world does not understand, love or want Jesus as long as they want their idolatry too.  

The TRUTH Shall Make You Free (Jn. 8:32)

Ezekiel 33: 7- 9 ~ 7-“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8-When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for a their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9-But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.



At least 2 places in Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:16-19 and 33:7-9)  the prophet emphatically warns the preacher to warn the sinner of his sins and if the sinner repented that a soul would be saved. The prophet also warned that if one did not warn, the sinner would die in his sins, but the blood of them lost would be on the prophets hands. In other words, the forth-telling of God's word includes warning to the sinner of both their sins and the consequences of their sins. 

The interesting thing is that the world is so morally weak, that it cannot take correction and or truth and screams, like the devils that many of them are controlled by, when the anointing truly happens and is sent to address and deliver them from their sins. 

I find that only them that love their sins, were offended by Dr. Carter's message. Did he go far enough? YES! He went as far as god allowed him to go. To question otherwise relegates the pulpit to an instrument of men rather than the edict or sacred desk of God. People questioning whether he said enough question whether God is God and whether he can speak to HIS people as he deems. 

Sinners, or those who practice sin, can repent only when there is truth and that truth has struck its target. We are in need of mass restoration in this church and the Christian community in general. Only TRUTH will make the sinner repent and we saw shades of that repentance that night. 

Conclusion & Commission

As to why others haven't spoken so boldly...First, we don't know that they haven't. Plenty of others have told the unadulterated truth at each and every opportunity, some without the benefit of being broadcast in a setting such as the Holy Convocation. However, we know others haven't been so bold. To that I would suggest that maybe they weren't commissioned as Dr. Carter was. Who knows the mind and God and why he uses who he uses when he uses them? All we can do is be ready and hear what God is saying, for in that we do save our souls and the souls of countless of them that are counting on us as a source for truth, inspiration and encouragement in the Lord.
No matter how the message came, I am wondering will we hear what the message is saying? Forget the vessel for a minute. What about the truth? The fact is that HOLINESS is right and that when we stand before God, we shall all give an account for the things done in our body (Heb. 14:3, 2 Cor. 5:10) After all the debate, what will we do with that? Shall we stand in righteousness or cower in obscurity? That is the question.     

Rev. 2:7 ~  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.


Blessed!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Praying For The Family & The Ministry Of Dr. Myles Munroe

"The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” — Dr. Myles Munroe

With deep sadness it has been brought to our attention that Dr. Myles Munroe along with his wife Ruth, and his daughter, have gone before us into glory after a plane crash in the Bahamas today, Sunday Nov. 9th. 

Sources report that the crash occurred when the plane, a Lear 36 executive jet, malfunctioned for some currently unknown reason, hitting a crane on its final approach to the Grand Bahama International Airport.

Charisma News reported the following:
"Dr. Myles Munroe, internationally-known author, bible teacher, governmental consultant and leadership mentor, was one of nine passengers on a plane that crashed in Grand Bahama on Sunday afternoon, according to multiple news reports. 
A Lear 36 executive jet left the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Grand Bahama International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation reports. The plane departed at 4:07 p.m. and carried nine people. The vessel crashed while making its landing approach, the Department of Civil Aviation said.


News reports indicate his wife, Ruth, and daughter were also killed in the crash. "
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake made the report to the members and congregation of the Church Of God In Christ at the 107th Annual Holy Convocation asking the Saints to pray for the remaining Munroe family, relatives and the ministry that is left in the wake of these tragic events. 


Dr. Munroe was a man of integrity and a man who believed in the success of God ordained and sanctioned marriage between one man and one women. He lived his testimony and was not a small thinker by any means. In passing it is not in obscurity, adversity or scandal, but it is with his wife, his daughter, and ministry associates as they sought to do the will of God and encourage the people of God within the body of Christ. 

Further, Dr. Munroe was the founder of Bahama Faith Ministries International which was a ministry instituted to lift and encourage the body of Christ, minister to marriages, and uplift leaders in the Faith. Dr. Munroe was also the author of 69 books. 

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”— Dr. Myles Munroe


The Dunamis Word and Ministries of the New Bethel COGIC stand in awe of what God has allowed and in prayer for the surviving son of Dr. Munroe and for the strength of the members of the ministry. Times like these remind us that we all must find our purpose in life and fulfill it until the end. We are also reminded that we are living to live again and that this life is NOT all that we have hope in.

2 Cor. 5:6 -10 ~ 6-Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8-We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9-Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10-For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Blessed the memory of Dr. Myles Munroe & his family!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Police, Black Men & Racism. More Evidence

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Sixth Article of the Bill of Rights, otherwise known as The FOURTH Amendment of The United States Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.[HERE]
In my previous post, "Is It Open Season On Black Men?" I pose the question regarding the over the top response by the police to Black people in public settings. I also look at the resultant overstep of law enforcement towards the Black community in general and the Black man in particular. This video is more proof of a very real and ongoing problem.

Taken Jan. 31st in Minneapolis St. Paul, MN. You will NOT find a man with a gun, drugs, cigarette, or a criminal record. You will not find a man running from the police while shooting at them, nor one who has just robbed a store. What you will find is a CITIZEN of the United States of America trying to conduct himself in a manner consistent with his rights granted him under the Constitution of the United States which supposedly also guarantees his personal freedoms. This video, if nothing else, is evidence that for some reason, (race being the issue) was denied the opportunity to live out his freedom.


This is shocking. However, it is all too consistent with how many Black people are confronted by the police either privately or within groups. The young man that was harassed by the police in the video said this:
"All of my charges were dismissed as of July 31st which means everything I did I had a legal right to do so... You can say as much as you want against my case... But the fact that it was already dismissed shows your opinionated predisposition when you comment saying Ignorant things... I was vindicated of all charges already..."
Yes, even though I don't know of anyone who would condone police behavior in this incident, this young man has taken criticism for speaking up and out on the issues and making the point, as it is clear that RACE had everything to do with what we witnessed here. 

To say that race is not an issue as it pertains to community policing and related issues, is to bury one's head in the sand and separate one's self from the historic understanding of not only what racism is, but how the new racism has extended itself within modern society. To confuse this issue with issues of "Black on Black crime" is further ignorance of the real problem. 

The fact is that stereotypes and attitudes against Blacks within society, especially as it pertains to police and issues of freedom, continue to exist...When fellow Americans admit that there is a problem and seek to find solutions to those problems, then we can ALL have a community that we can be proud of. Until then, there is much work to do and all people must be careful and at the same time, demand more from those in authority who have been entrusted to protect ALL citizens of the community. 

Blessed! 

Additional info from Wickipedia:
In certain situations, law enforcement may perform a search when they have a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, even if it falls short of probable cause necessary for an arrest. Under Terry v. Ohio (1968), law enforcement officers are permitted to conduct a limited warrantless search on a level of suspicion less than probable cause under certain circumstances. In Terry, the Supreme Court ruled that when a police officer witnesses "unusual conduct" that leads that officer to reasonably believe "that criminal activity may be afoot", that the suspicious person has a weapon and that the person is presently dangerous to the officer or others, the officer may conduct a "pat-down search" (or "frisk") to determine whether the person is carrying a weapon.[52] This detention and search is known as a Terry stop. To conduct a frisk, officers must be able to point to specific and articulable facts which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant their actions.[53] As established in Florida v. Royer (1983), such a search must be temporary, and questioning must be limited to the purpose of the stop (e.g., officers who stop a person because they have reasonable suspicion to believe that the person was driving a stolen car, cannot, after confirming that it is not stolen, compel the person to answer questions about anything else, such as the possession of contraband).[54][55]
On Probable Cause:
The standards of probable cause differ for an arrest and a search. The government has a probable cause to make an arrest when "the facts and circumstances within their knowledge and of which they had reasonably trustworthy information" would lead a prudent person to believe that the arrested person had committed or was committing a crime.[80] Probable cause to arrest must exist before the arrest is made. Evidence obtained after the arrest may not apply retroactively to justify the arrest.[81]
COPBLOCK.COM ~ Are You Required To Show ID On Demand? 

[Neither Pastor Harvey Burnett nor the Dunamis Word offers, gives or provides legal advice. Legal information is provided for educational purposes only. Those who are in need of legal representation should seek out appropriate individuals actively engaged in the field or practice of law.]  

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Laodicea!...You May be Wealthy, But YOU'RE POOR!!!!

In 2010 I did a post on Tyler Perry's confession to Oprah Winfrey, called "Tyler Perry & The Placed Of Parted Company". In that post I praised Perry for his open confession of the sexual abuse and molestation that he had suffered as a child and stated that I am not willing to throw him under the bus because of what many held to be his speculative sexual past, especially in light of what he had suffered both as a child and young adult. 

I yet praise that confession, because the cesspool of sexual abuse is devastating and no child or person deserves to go through life changing events such as those in any way. However, over time, there has been additional information revealed that I believe adds context to both past and historical events regarding the issue and what we have become to accept as the "Christian "church. 

Follow The Timeline

First, looking back, Tyler, according to his statements during that period of time, was in a relationship with whom I believe we can safely assume was the woman currently carrying his child, Gelila Bekele. I say safely assume, because in a 2011 interview in Ebony Magazine, Tyler did not actually say who it was that he "thought" was pregnant by him even though he claimed that she was "really special" to him. 

In a 2011 recap, THEYBF.COM recorded the August 2011 Ebony article as stating:
"Back in December, when we thought we were having a kid, I got overwhelmed." 
"We" (the interviewer asked) Is there a woman in your life?" 
"Yeah" he responded--smiling yet not elaborating. 
He (Tyler Perry) says, "she is really, really special. It's the longest relationship I've been in, largely because I don't feel any kind of marry-me-now pressure from her".

As you can read, Tyler marveled at how this "girlfriend" was so accommodating and understanding to him and his circumstance and offered no "marry me now" pressure. 


FAST FORWARD To 2014:

Currently, according to BEAUTYWORLDNEWS.COM, citing MediaTakeout, Mr. Perry, at his 45th
birthday celebration, broke the new news that he was expecting a child by Gelila Bekele who Perry claimed was very excited and happy about the child as well. When asked in a subsequent interview how he and his "girlfriend" were doing in light of their expectant child, Tyler said:
"Good, good. We're good. Very happy. She's excited, I'm excited so we're very happy,"~ Tyler Perry via John Carucci The Associated Press 9/26/2014.
However, the previous article claimed that Perry and Bekele were NOT in a relationship other than having a baby, stating that she came to the event with her new boyfriend:
"But the woman who is carrying Perry's child, the 28-year-old Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele, was reportedly at the birthday bash with her boyfriend, who is not the "Madea" mastermind, suggesting that the pregnancy is some sort of arrangement."
So IF the information is accurate, Bekele is NOT his girlfriend, as the questions have been stated, and Tyler is having a baby by someone with whom he is not in relationship with, nor is expecting to be in relationship with. What is really eye-opening, and further drives home the point of my last statement, is that Perry also took the event to make it a "coming out gay" party as well. According to the stated sources:
"MediaTakeOut's insider noted that Perry was enjoying his party with his new beau."Tyler's boyfriend was a muscular lite skinned man,..." the source said. "Tyler wasn't even trying to pretend... they were BOO'D up all night."..."Tyler is very private. I've always HEARD he was gay, but I've never seen him out publicly with a boyfriend," added the eyewitness."
Now, since 2010 Tyler has evidently been in relationship or seeking to expand a relationship with his lover. Whether that lover was male or female is the question. It seems that Tyler has joined the ranks of what are now called "gay-Christians". 

However, someplace in the middle, Tyler firmly established a relationship with Billionaire Oprah Winfrey and gained access to what critics say is arguably the fasting growing individual church in the United States, the Potter House of Dallas, TX., Pastored by Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Jude 1:4 ~ For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Somehow, even in all this confusion done in plain sight, Tyler managed to be hailed for his stage plays as an "instrument of God" in the entertainment industry, partner and associate with the nations most wealthy entertainment entrepreneurs, and become a trusted spokesperson and dispenser of spiritual truth, making sterling proclamations at Whitney Houston's funeral and even laying hands on Bishop Jakes to the point of a spiritual "anointing". I covered that in my 9/2013 article "From Mega Fest To Mega Controversy"

It is clear that money, fame and popularity allowed Tyler to "creep" to the top of what many say is the "Christian world" all without anyone stopping to examine, check, or even ask what was going on. He crept in on the backs of the church's most elite pulpits. I am not saying that Tyler is a devil or that he intends evil, although I do believe that the fruit that he has produced is inconsistent with biblical Christianity. 

So let us examine that fruit for a minute:

The FRUIT...

In the previously mentioned 9/2013 article, I conclude by pointing out that realness of a thing will be determined by the "fruit" that comes from it. That fruit of this complete fiasco is beginning to show. It begins with a clear confession of faith. I only say this because many people contend that Tyler Perry has never said that he was "saved". I beg to differ and offer proof of that below.  

When asked about the role and relationship of faith in Christ in his life Tyler Perry stated:
"It is extremely important. I am a Christian, I am a believer, and I know had I not been a person of faith, I couldn't be here in this place, and I wouldn't be walking the path that I'm on now. And I think the greater good of the path I'm on now is to teach people to learn to forgive and move on, in a way that's done through the healing power of humor." ~ Beliefnet.com (Diary Of A Faithful Black Man)
I don't know how much more clear one can be. I believe that at least Tyler believes that he is a Christian. However, does the fruit of his actions resemble Christianity or Christian behavior in any way? 

In dealing with the current situation only:
  • In October 2010, Tyler confesses to Oprah that he was sexually abused and molested as a child and young adult. Admitting that he has struggled with his sexuality, even sexuality toward men because his body "tricked" him. 
  • Tyler states that prior to his confession, the relationship with this "really special" person was on the rocks, but enjoyed a serious rebound due to his openness on the show and in public.   
  • Aug. 2011 Tyler confessed that by December 2010 he was back in relationship with a "really special" person and believed her to be pregnant.
The Christian world does not say a WORD!
  • In February 2012 Tyler Perry speaks at the Whitney Houston funeral placing her in heaven and, according to many, "preaching" under the anointing in displaying his gospel message. 
  • At Mega Fest 2013 Tyler Perry lays hands on Bishop Jakes at his own conference to which Jakes nearly falls out under the power...
  • Sept 13th, 2014, Perry's birthday, according to sources (as previously stated), Tyler Perry makes a double announcement at his birthday party, that 1- a person is carrying his child that he is not married to. 2- That he is gay and has a gay lover.  
The Christian world does not say a WORD! Further, his fans, many of whom claim to be Christians, defend him and his actions vehemently!

Oh Laodicea!

Revelation 3: 15-22 ~ 15-I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16-So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17-Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18-I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19-As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20-Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21-To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22-He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Now, lets be real for a second. Outside of the material success of this man and many of his associates, does anyone want their children to follow this path of the path of the elite named herein? Why or why not? I would certainly like to know. 

Blessed!  

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