Category Archives: cogic
In the postmodernist scheme of thinking, people are free to marry whom they will, but doesn’t the bible warn Christians about being “unequally yoked”?
COGIC’s 2013 convocation agenda is out and its peppered with morally questionable COGIC leaders. Which, by the way, happens every year. The 2013 speaker lineup includes Pastor Maria Gardner, a well known personality in COGIC circles.
Gardner divorced Deacon Burnett Thomas and in 2012 the former “Elect Lady” of COGIC’s Evangelism Department married progay apostate Bishop James Langston the nonbiological father of lesbian bishop Yvette Flunder. Langston’s COGIC connections include being brother in law to W.W. Hamilton a former member of the church’s highest governing body, the General Board. But Langston isn’t just a passive bystander to his daughter’s heinous teachings and lifestyle. According to the Flunder’s organizational website, Langston is part of the gay denomination’s “family”.
Flunder’s mother Ruth, accepted the homosexual lie and begin working in the Fellowship until she died in 2007. Ruth Langston’s funeral was a snapshot of the uncomfortable intersection of COGIC and its homosexual offspring. The question is does Gardner also accept the homosexual lie that her new husband espouses?
Despite Gardner’s former years of preaching glory, her life has become littered with sex, divorce and remarriage scandals. It will be interesting to hear what she will “preach” to the COGIC faithful.
Its not clear who chooses speakers for COGIC’s high and holy gatherings, but more and more the speaker lineups are emanating the stench of false teachers. Tragically, like postmodernist influence on culture, the wheels of the organization have been turning slight degrees away from the truth of holiness.
One thing that may be a positive sign of COGIC’s old guard transitioning out is that the newer bishops seem more willing to engage the culture and at least talk about current issues in a cognitive manner. The Blake administration and his contemporaries are so tight lipped and up tight about homosexuality that it makes you wonder what the problem really is. Maybe its all the scandals they’ve had to tip toe around.
Detroit’s Bishop J. Drew Sheard, recently elected to the denomination’s General Board, took some time to respond to a question about Jason Collins and homosexuality. The challenge for those in front of the camera lens is to remain true to scripture. If they can just do that, we will be fine. After the colossal collapse of Kirk Franklin on the issue, its good to hear this bishop at least hold the line at the truth. It would have been great and a spiritual plus had he briefly talked about how homosexuals can be redeemed and transformed, but this is a very good first showing.
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT beginning at the 1:55 mark
[...]“You asked a question about Mr. Collins coming out of the clost as a gay man. Of course, the bible teaches us that God created a man and a woman. He created a woman for a man and at no time does the bible condone any kind of gay relationships. And so if you read the bible you will see that the bible often talks about those kinds of relationships and it talks about them not being of God and an abomination. And things of that nature. My opinion of Mr. Collins is I pray for him and I love him as a person and I pray that God will help him in this area. We often have issues about gays in our ministry and I make it clear that we don’t believe in any “gaybashing”, but we believe that we should help them live their lives the way that God intended for them to do. So thats my opinion of that. I hope that you will be prayerful and read the word of God and see where the Word of God very clear ly states that God intended for a man should be with a woman.”
Several rather strange (and tragic) events happened over the last few weeks involving members of the Church of God in Christ denomination.
STOMP JESUS controversy – A professor at Florida Atlantic University who demanded that students write Jesus’ name on a piece of paper and then stomp on it has been placed on administrative leave due to concerns for his personal safety. Deandre Poole, a member of Lighthouse COGIC in Ft Lauderdale came under fire for the bizarre exercise after one student refused to participate and was subsequently threatened with suspension. Poole claims he was “just doing my job”. More here
FOLK STAR GAY controversy – Michelle Shocked was a celebrated folk singer whose schedule was packed with venue appearances around the country. That was until she unexpectedly unleashed on homosexuals and gay marriage during the second half of her concert in San Francisco with a sizeable group of gays in the audience. Shocked sharply rebuked homosexuals and repeated several epithets including telling them “God hates fags”. Shocked is a long time member of West Angeles COGIC pastored by Bishop Charles Blake. The fallout has been even stranger.
EASTER SUNDAY MUSLIM EXECUTION – Members of the Hiawatha COGIC in Ashtabula, Ohio were traumatized after Easter Sunday service when a 25 year old man shot and killed another man outside the church then entered yelling Muslim statements typically associated with executions in the name of Allah. Turns out the shooter, Reshad Riddle was the son of the murder victim. Full story here
You can find Dr. James A. Forbes of New York in pulpits, conventions and gatherings of many holiness-pentecostal denominations. Including his unfettered access to the Church of God in Christ. Forbes was featured at COGIC’s 2012 AIM convention held in Birmingham in June. Forbes conveniently cloaks his acid lies behind the background of being reared in the United Holy Church of America, a holiness Pentecostal denomination began in 1886. His father was a leader for many years in the denomination’s Southern District. His knowledge of the veneer of black church pentecostalism makes him an attractive guest to leaders who have no value for biblical integrity or sexual holiness.
You also may not know that Forbes is a false teacher who brags about his involvement with the homosexual “marriage” perversion. False teachers and perversion go together like a hand in a glove. According to the gay marriage organization Lambda Legal, Forbes is one of their main defenders and supporters. They use his quote on their website and urges supporters to use Forbes’ quote in their gay marriage “talking points”.
“I have officiated at wedding ceremonies for gay couples for 15 years, and I believe that gay marriage will do more for stable families and will not harm one single heterosexual marriage.”
Forbes is going to be a guest speaker for the Metropolitan Community Church for their upcoming convention. If you are unfamiliar with the MCC and its gaggle of sex cultic clerics look here, here and here. Warning: not safe for spiritually weak minds!
These false prophets are just as welcome at the “holiness” meetings as they are at the satanic altars. When leaders such as Bishop Charles Blake give these false teachers access to their churches and especially young people, its like letting a ravenous wolf into a room with lambs. Blake has a history of dancing cheek to cheek in the dark with the homosexuals and their allies but then claiming not to know them when he is exposed.
COGIC’s leader should be ashamed that he continues to undermine the foundations of a once great church. Sadly, with men like Blake at its helm allowing wolves like Forbes into the flock, it wont last much longer.
COGIC used to be guided by a protective truth established in scripture that was foundational holiness. Come from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord (2 Cor 6:17). But under Bishop Blake’s wayward leadership it has changed to “Let them in among you and be ye defiled.”
Calling him “a prophet without honor”, the National Black Evangelical Association blasted officials at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta over the firing of Dr. Jamal Hopkins, a professor, fired for supporting the biblical teaching that homosexuality is sin. Read our report here.
The NBEA was founded in 1963 as the National Negro Evangelical Association (NNEA) and counts among its executive board COGIC Bishop George McKinney and prolific educator Dr. Ruth Lewis Bentley, a charter member.
The letter which cites five points of error on the part of the ITC’s president and a prohomosexual professor from the Presbyterian seminary calls the firing unjust, unprofessional and biased:
The presiding power at this historical Black institution fired a Black evangelical prophet. Indeed, apparently without manifest justification or due recourse, the (ir)responsible decision-maker treated the Rev. Dr. Hopkins with dishonor, unprofessionalism, academic biases, and human indignity. The institution fails to redress the relevant issues and respect a fellow scholar who is the only known African-American authority in the area of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and who happens to be of an intentional “Black evangelical” persuasion.
To the best of our investigation, the NBEA has ascertained the following:
1) ITC President Ronald Peters did not renew the contract for the professorship of Dr. Hopkins for the 2012 Fall Semester, even after having promoted him six months earlier from the position of assistant professor to associate professor;
2) Against school policy the ITC President selectively changed grades of Hopkins’ students without merit, or the knowledge or consent of Professor Hopkins;
3) Those responsible administrators failed to give a timely hearing to the complaints and grievances of Dr. Hopkins;
4) Professor Margaret Aymer appears to be the catalytic influence that instigated and/or orchestrated the firing of Dr. Hopkins, and did so presumably based on her intolerance of conservative and evangelical theological and biblical views, particularly as they are manifested in the areas of homosexual practices;
5) Certain ITC professors and colleagues of Dr. Hopkins made a failed appeal to the party responsible for his termination to reverse the action, and renew his professorship.
The ITC has long had a history of gay religious activism and some observers note that the unjust firing of Dr. Hopkins signals homosexuals at the school flexing their muscles.
No word of support for Dr. Hopkins from ITC alum Bishop Charles Blake who CH Mason Seminary (COGIC) is housed at the ITC. Unlike the other denominational schools, COGIC’s theology mirrors Dr. Hopkins, but the dean of the school Harold Bennett has been silent as well.
The letter stated that Hopkins was attempting to work the situation out. ” The NBEA understands that Professor Hopkins has submitted his case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). What Dr. Hopkins has experienced may have implications for the warning placed on ITC in December of 2011 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting body of ITC. In addition, the American Association of University Professors has sought to mediate this matter with ITC, and to secure the fair treatment of Professor Hopkins in the areas of academic freedom and the professor’s sole authority to change a student’s grade. Further, we realize that Dr. Hopkins has retained legal counsel, and that litigation of certain issues may be pending, despite the good desire of Dr. Hopkins that negotiations will resolve the matter.”
Its unlikely that the grossly hypocritical Peters and the professional false teacher Aymer will act with justice and fairness unless forced to legally. In that, we hope that Dr. Hopkins will prevail in this struggle.