New GA COGIC jurisdiction whitewashes child molestor’s history
ATLANTA – Perhaps it is inconvenient for COGIC’s newly formed Georgia Jurisdiction to mention that one of its past leaders was a serial child molestor and a sexually immoral monster. That’s understandable. But why whitewash his crimes and sins by referring to his tenure of rule as “dynamic leadership”? Is dynamic leadership defined by ruining the lives of young men and boys, infecting some with a deadly virus?
From the Georgia South Central COGIC website:
“At that time , the office of Bishop was bestowed on Elder John Dale Husband, who continued a progressive program of spiritual growth and development. Under the leadership of the late Bishop John D. Husband, many, many great leaders materialized. The late leaders, Supt. Simon Shuman, Supt. Odell Barnwell, Supt. H.T. Benton, and Bishop John Cooper were great men of God that emerged from under the auspices of Bishop Husband’s dynamic leadership.”
As bishop of Central Georgia, Husband’s wickedness was boundless without regard to the faithfulness of the men who served under him. He sexually molested the grandson of Supt. Simon Shuman to which he later admitted guilt. For many decades, the truth about John Dale Husband was concealed by church leadership and his poisoned legacy nearly erased by those embarrassed by his exploitation of the high office to which he was consecrated. Others had a personal, vested interest in concealing his history.
But we have uncovered the truth so that those who read may know that this spirit is still alive and in operation in COGIC. And some of the same leaders who covered for and excused Husband are still in office as well. God’s mercy is truly astonishing. The scripture records that He will allow persons and organizations to continue for long periods of time even after he has warned them of his coming judgment. The hope is that his goodness will lead to repentance. Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 ESV
Despite warnings and repeated violations of the weak, defenseless and vulnerable among them, COGIC leadership seems to continue on a business as usual path. Hush money —with nondisclosure clauses— is still being paid. Lawsuits are hurriedly, but quietly, being settled to keep up the facade that all is well. But God is beholding the good and the evil and to ignore his vigilance is to one’s own peril.
And when he (Jesus) was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Luke 19:41-44
Isreal did not repent, turn or amend their wickedness. They continued with an arrogant attitude, living off their history of being Abraham’s seed and believing that nothing could touch their privileged position. But 40 years later, as prophesied by Jesus, a violent destruction came. The 12th and 15th Roman legions were stationed on Mount Scopus, further to the east and commanding all ways to Jerusalem from east to north. On the 10th of August, in A.D. 70 – (the 9th of Av) — in Jewish calendar reckoning, the very day when the King of Babylon burned the Temple in 586 B.C., the Temple was burned again. Titus took the city and put it to the torch, burning the Temple, leaving not one stone upon another.
The Church of God in Christ has indeed enjoyed the blessings and favor of God bestowed on it via promise to the beloved founder Charles Harrison Mason. But his legacy has been hijacked and perverted. And even though God is merciful, he will not overlook the wickedness of this leadership. We do not suggest the time of judgment and we pray it does not come. But remember that God is not impressed with history when repentance, righteousness and justice is forgotten.