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Candy call: new bishop’s list raises eyebrows

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

RCA has obtained a copy of the new bishop’s list in the Church of God in Christ. Among the 28 men are several that we have covered before. Click on the name to read stories associated with their irresponsible exploits prior to being appointed bishop.

JURISDICTIONAL BISHOPS
1. Bishop Designate Rance Allen, Michigan NW Harvest
2. Bishop Designate Abraham Forcheney, Panama
3. Bishop Designate Ronnie Gibson, Dominican Republic
4. Bishop Designate David Allen Hall, Sr., Tennessee HQS
5. Bishop Designate Norman Harper, South Central Georgia
6. Bishop Designate David Leon Herron, Ohio Central East
7. Bishop Designate Michael Eugene Hill, Greater Lakes First
8. Bishop Designate Samuel Hogan, Massachusetts 1st
9. Bishop Designate Joseph E Hogan, Sr., North Central GA [more]
10. Bishop Designate Loran Mann, Vermont
11. Bishop Designate Christopher Milton, Southern California Evangelistic
12. Bishop Designate Juan LaRue Morrison, Central Illinois
13. Bishop Emmitt Louis Nevels, Ohio Central West
14. Bishop Designate Leon Pamphile, Haiti
15. Bishop Designate Edgar Lloyd Scott, Pennsylvania Central
16. Bishop Designate Ervin Sims, Jr., Republic of Ghana
17. Bishop Designate Detroit Williams, Central Florida First
18. Bishop Designate Junius Earl Williams, Arkansas Fourth

AUXILLARY BISHOPS
1. Bishop Designate Edgar Lewis Allen, Jr., Illinois Sixth
2. Bishop Designate Cornelius Ellis Anderson, Jr., North Carolina Second
3. Bishop Designate Junious Augustus Blake Jr., Southern California First
4. Bishop Designate Welton Lee Lawrence, Canada / Michigan
5. Bishop Otis Lockett, North Carolina Second DECEASED
6. Bishop Designate Charles Glenn Nauden, Southern California Second
7. Bishop Designate Enoch Perry, III, District of Columbia [more]
8. Bishop Designate David Morrell Screven, Eastern Pennsylvania
9. Bishop Designate Jackie Cortez Vaughn, Eastern Missouri First
10. Bishop Designate Frank Anthone White , Eastern New York Third

Bishop’s “victory speech” video removed from Youtube

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

ATLANTA – Just days after GCM Watch reported and exposed COGIC”s upcoming “consecration” of adulterer and deadbeat father Joseph E. Hogan, Sr. a featured video showing a victory celebration at the church he pastors,  has been removed.   The Youtube host channel “faithprovideo”  took down the video showing Hogan’s church having a bizarre victory party upon hearing the announcement that Hogan would become a bishop in the Church of God in Christ.

In May, Hogan was arrested in Clayton County, Georgia  and charged with reneging on child support payments to an out of wedlock child he fathered in 2005.  Incredibly, he impregnated the wife of his former assistant pastor, a man who had served under him for some 20 years.

In the video, church members are seen  dancing, running through the church and wildly waving purple streamers while thronging around Hogan at his Cleveland Avenue church during a recent Sunday morning service.

In one scene, a minister introduces the subdued looking Hogan, telling him “this is your time, this is your season!”. When Hogan approaches the podium, the minister falls down at his feet, appearing to kiss his hands.

Hogan conveys to members that he has done what some thought was impossible. He tells them that “it costs to be the boss” and says that they will have to step up because of the expectations people have when the visit the church of a bishop.  He thanks Bishop Charles Blake and the “Board” for a “unanimous thumbs up” to his promotion. Noticeably absent is his wife of 39 years.

Another online source claimed that Bishop Charles Blake made candidates promise that if they did not win the vote they would submit to the winner and not split the jurisdiction (a common practice among disgruntled COGIC bishops) . Blake reportedly said that he would not proceed with the election until he had that promise. However, upon losing the vote by 2-1 margins to his competitor, Norman Harper,  Hogan allegedly called on some prominent COGIC friends to push for his nomination to bishop.

An email sent to COGIC’s public relations director Robert Coleman, Jr.  inquiring about Hogan’s status had not been answered as of publication.

COGIC prepares to ‘consecrate’ sexually immoral GA pastor

August 20, 2011 2 comments

ATLANTA – Ignoring an impassioned letter for reform in the nation’s largest black pentecostal denomination, Bishop Charles Blake, Sr and his cadre of fellow Church of God in Christ (COGIC) bishops are preparing to consecrate [Superintendent] Joseph E. Hogan, Sr. as a bishop. In November, Hogan will be promoted and has been selected to allegedly head the “North Central Jurisdiction” comprised of about 30 odd churches siphoned off the Central Georgia jurisdiction after the death of Bishop Chandler Owens.

Sources (whom we cannot identify for fear of retribution) very close to this story told COGIC Abuse Watch the selection of Hogan was a “travesty”.

The right choice?
Billing himself as the “right choice”, Hogan used this video to promote his candidacy for bishop of the church’s Central Georgia Jurisdiction,  But after much politicking, legendary COGIC infighting and a vote, he did not win. To pacify him, Hogan was given approximately 30 churches out of the 100 to start a new jurisdiction. In the end, politics and bad judgment won.

If the bible says that among  believers there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people, what of the widespread sexual immorality among leaders?

Who is this man?

Hogan, pastor of New Life Tabernacle COGIC located in SE Atlanta, is a superintendent in COGIC, a midlevel administrative position generally supervising five or more churches. In the video, Hogan says he has been serving in the Central Georgia Jurisdiction for some 52 years and pastoring 32 years. He has been married 39 years.

A deadbeat gone wild
In 2005, Hogan (then serving as a ranking official under Bishop Chandler Owens (d. 2011), impregnated Sherry Adams, the wife of his assistant pastor, a man who had served with him for some twenty years.

Public records from Clayton County (GA)  Superior Court shows that Hogan initially denied the child was his, but after a paternity test, he was ordered to pay child support. In 2011, Hogan stopped child support payments and was subsequently sued and arrested. The case was dismissed “without prejudice” which in legal terms means that he could be sued and/or arrested again in the future for the same offense.

An elder who has served for a number of years in the Central Georgia jurisdiction told Report COGIC Abuse that the child Sherry Adams sued Hogan for child support is only one of several illegitimate children. He suggested that Hogan’s sexual wild cards are a result of the lack of discipline by the his two former supervising bishops. In his campaign video, posted just five months ago, Hogan only acknowledges 4 children by his current wife. But according to the court documents, the statement is  intentional deception.

What does the bible say about men who desire the office of a bishop?

If a man desires the office of a bishop in the Lord’s church, the scriptures are clear and direct in its qualifying stipulations for that man.

The Apostle Paul wrote that if a man desires the office of bishop, he desires a good work. Its important to understand that the office of a bishop while spiritual, is also equally administrative. Thus, “desiring” to administrate (oversee others in organization, supervision) is a good thing. However, because it has serious spiritual ramifications for those under such a person’s supervision and for the body of Christ at large, the prerequisites are intended to prevent unqualified individuals from accessing the office.

Those 16 qualifications are found in 1 Timothy 3rd chapter:

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt at teaching; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one who ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all dignity. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) He must not be a novice in the faith, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good reputation with those who are outsiders, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Just by the adultery, lying, covetousness and deception alone, Hogan fails to meet a minimum 4 of the 16 qualifications. Sources also charge that Hogan does not reside with his current wife due to his repeated cases of sexual immorality. Sound familiar?

Does Bishop Charles Blake know this? If he does, why would he go against the scripture to elevate a man who clearly is unqualified for the office of bishop? If Hogan’s life is out of control now, what excesses will he be able to indulge in once he is given the power of a bishop’s office? For context, Hogan was a faithful disciple of one of COGIC’s most notorious homosexual sex offenders, Bishop John Husband (d. 1991). Incidentally, the church’s current presiding bishop also served as a “youth pastor” under Husband. Have the errors of the past about to resurrect themselves for another Georgia “jurisdiction”?

Warning before a great fall?

COGIC’s stunning disregard of biblical directives in its leadership selection processes has produced numerous high profile embarrassments for the denomination. Additionally, COGIC’s former Chief Justice, Bishop Samuel Nesbitt of Jacksonville, FL wrote Bishop Charles Blake a sweeping and detailed letter warning him that the denomination’s habit of allowing sexually immoral men (among other things) into leadership would be its undoing. Strongly suggesting that COGIC was being intentionally deceitful —and hypocritical— against its public proclamations of holiness, Nesbitt wrote:

“Based on my study of (the etymology of the word lying, and relating it to die meaning of the words hypocrite, deceiver and pretender, I conclude that whether the deceit is uttered (orally) or by an overt act, it is a lie. A hypocrite, a deceiver or a pretender may be classified as “a liar in action.” For this reason, we should be careful what we do and what we say. We are also obligated to place persons in nasttions of leadership who meet the moral standards, as prescribed in the WORD, and the standards which the title represents. A person should not be made to think that he is what he is not In Galatians 5:3, St Paul says: “If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” It is not difficult to see how a deceived person may cause harm to others who may rely upon him to produce that which he is not qualified to perform. As leaders of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc., we are obligated to take every reasonable precaution to see that we don’t place persons in positions who lack the qualifications to produce what the title is known to represent When we knowingly place persons in positions, for which they are not qualified, we may be guilty of making a person think that he is what he is not: That is deceit”

And reminded him (which is quite obvious Blake is aware because he was involved with many of the proceedings) that COGIC has tolerated homosexuals in its leadership ranks

“As you will recall, in the past we allowed certain persons, who were reported to be homosexuals, to remain in office. The late Bishop Husband was on the General Board, the highest executive office in the Church, for 20 years. They put him up to preach in every convocation, and he would always sing: “I’m bound for Mt.
Zion away out on the Hill, and if anybody makes it, surely I will.” Well, he might have made it to Mount Zion, away out on the hill, but many persons were misled by his conduct. There are other cases that I could cite, and how we worked together to save them and to protect their names and the name of the Church, but I find that unnecessary at this time.”

Others, you ask? There are others? Yes there most certainly are others. But Blake never responded to nor acknowledged the April 13, 2011 letter. Read and download the entire letter.

Hogan specifically thanks Blake and the COGIC “board” for a “unanimous” decision.

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