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Breaking: Atlanta law firm to file federal racketeering lawsuit against COGIC Presiding Bishop; Board of Bishops Chairman

August 30, 2013 3 comments

cogicbishops-hosleyAtlanta – Charges of leadership abuses by the administration of Bishop Charles Blake, Sr may have crested with a new volley of potential legal charges. Today Report COGIC Abuse confirmed an Atlanta law firm has sent a letter to the  Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Presiding Bishop and its Chairman of the Board of Bishops informing them of the intent to file a federal lawsuit alleging racketeering, theft by extortion and several other charges.

Report COGIC Abuse obtained an original copy of the letter sent to Bishop Charles Blake, Sr of Los Angeles and Bishop John Sheard of Detroit dated August 27 by attorneys from the law firm of Changus Campbell LLP on behalf of its clients Bishop Larry Shaw of Savannah, GA and Bishop Thomas Holsey of Dover, DE.

Also named as a potential defendant in the lawsuit is the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Blake and Sheard are accused of violating  O.C.G.A. [Official Code of Georgia Annotated] § 16-14-9 (RICO) . § 16-18-16 (theft by extortion) and  and § 16-14-3 (9)(B) (theft chargeable under the laws of the United States).  The two are alleged to have engaged in a “pattern of racketeering activity…conspiring together or with others to violate O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4.”

Perhaps the most serious charge is that the Presiding Bishop violated IRS laws by failing to “properly report, identify and pay taxes on revenues generated from offerings within the church”, thus jeopardizing the denomination’s tax exempt status.

The letter cites evidence yet to be revealed accusing Bishop Sheard of offering controversial Atlanta media personality William McCray III (ordained COGIC elder; red glasses) “thousands of dollars” to post defamatory information on his website called Obnoxious Blog.  See those reports here and here.  McCray has claimed that the Sheards are personal friends.  Warning: profanity and graphic descriptions of sexual activity on this site.

The letter also contends that Sheard instructed McCray to post the false and defamatory information prior to 2012 COGIC elections in an attempt to destroy Shaw’s re-election efforts. Bishop Shaw is currently secretary of the denomination’s Board of Bishops. Sheard and Shaw have been in a long standing dispute over Sheard’s unjust persecution of fellow Bishop Thomas Holsey.  See our previous coverage here.

It appears this entire situation was supposed to have remained private between the accused parties and the law firm until a September 13 deadline had expired. But sources tell Report COGIC Abuse, Sheard immediately forwarded the letter via email two days later without comment to about 20 select bishops. Its unclear if he consulted with the Presiding Bishop before doing so or had his approval.

We’ve posted a copy of the letter in our letters and documents section. RCA will continue to update this story as pertinent information becomes available.

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Infidelity, adultery, immorality: the fruits of a lie

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Editor’s note – Seems like the more sexual immorality we have in the church, the less teaching we hear concerning how to overcome it. Check the last  two year’s worth of The Whole Truth and count how many articles have been published on overcoming sexual immorality of any type. Report COGIC Abuse receives numerous marital infidelity reports which are outside our mission scope (almost always from women whose husbands are in ministry). Nevertheless we’d like to pass on some fresh teaching from Pastor Harvey Burnett of New Bethel COGIC in Peoria, IL who gave RCA permission to post this.

Divorce concept

In receipt of an overwhelming amount of calls and cries for marital help due to infidelity and extramarital relationships, I thought that maybe I could put something together that may be of help or encouragement.

If I may:
TO: Those seduced, tricked, trapped or tempted:

DISCONTINUE believing the lie that he or she (the third party) has your best interest at heart. If they did they would not intrude upon your marriage and family. Love involves sacrifice. If you love your God and family, then first sacrifice yourself for the benefit of both. If those who say they have developed feelings for you are authentic, they will not seek to harm you, or anyone you love and they will be among the first to sacrifice their desires for your best interest.

This may be a pill to swallow for some but SELFISHNESS, and the desire to inflict pain upon one’s own self, is the root of most if not all extramarital activity. For reasons ranging from money, to loneliness to not enough physical intimacy, the enemy speaks to try to convince you that you are “entitled” to your experience. Look at it for what it is. it is a LIE. It is a DECEPTION. You are never “entitled” to sin, evil and a defilement of your temple or have the right to defile the temple of another.

There is always a consequence to defilement. Whether a one night stand or an ongoing relationship, don’t “dip in it” if you don’t want to deal the effects of your actions for at least the next 7 years. The bonds are not only physical, but also emotional and in most cases emotional bonds tend to dig much more deep than physical bonds. Not to mention the possible public fallout which may never be able to be managed.

Biblically, when the 7 year jubal occurred, those who were held captive were set free. Those who also had accumulated certain debts were also forgiven. Yes, that was a foreshadowing of Jesus as he has come to set one free immediately from all bonds. However, the scripture says that sexual sins are a rather unique sin. It is a sin “against” one’s own body and has a much deeper source of infliction that it initially appears:

1 Corinthians 6:18: “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

For someone to do something “against his own body” indicates, not only selfishness, and in this case wantonness; but also indicates a propensity toward suicide and murder. This speaks to self-perceptions and individual self-worth. The act ‘appears” to say that an individual loves themselves, but quite the opposite is true. They actually “hate” themselves seeking to medicate that self hatred with sexual activity or the pursuit of it.

Ultimately anyone in this situation knows that they will be eventually “caught” and that there will be pain as a result of that. Now, who intentionally inflicts pain upon themselves unless there is an element of “I don’t care what happens” ? That “I don’t care” is an infliction not only upon one’s self, but also upon those, who are innocent, dependent and connected. That is the process of murder, suicide and self-loathing.

So a truth arises that what many define as “sexual” actions and marital infidelity are often carried out in ways similar to one who commits suicide and one who commits murder.

Look at it further. There are always 2 to 3 things present in suicide and murder. 1- Isolation, 2- Secrecy and 3- (most times) a cover up.

A man or a woman considering entering into sexual sin always isolates themselves. That is the time that the devil incubates the idea and concept and the temptation takes shape. Isolation begins with absence from conversation, meetings, family time etc. Further the “enemy” attempts to convince one that “no one else understands” therefore the isolation is justified.

Next they cover themselves so that they won’t be identified. whether man or woman, they deal in secrecy so that their actions won’t be discovered or discouraged. Then at some point begins the cover up so that they won’t be caught or further exposed.

Secrecy, which is also a strong element of suicide, also involves hiding or shading information from others in part due to fear of being seen in a certain light. The attempt is to reinterpret the facts or do like the White House spokesman, put a new ‘spin” on what is being observed. The reason is because: “They won’t like me if they see me” This is a TRICK. Those who love you and see you vulnerable will do all they can to help you, while the illicit lover will run when vulnerability and truth is exposed especially when that means that they must submit themselves to greater authority and truth.

Keep no secret and maintain no isolation. They are DECEPTIONS and exactly what one should not do if one wishes to avoid marital infidelity.

Proverbs 11:14: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

When one is tempted one should run INTO council and people to whom they can be accountable. Run TO godly people and run TO truth, not away from them or it.

Avoid the “cover-up”. Temptation to this will cause a person to assert upon their life that grass is blue and that yellow is brown. Some people who have dedicated their complete lives to truth will lie under circumstances of exposure. That is not uncommon or special. Light comes to illuminate and drive away darkness. Accept the light, because that is the ONLY path out of the darkness of marital infidelity and sexual sins.

It is my hope that those considering unfaithfulness will reconsider the fact of their situation and take and introspective look to deal with the real issue. A “body”, no matter the size, skin tone, shape or the smile that comes with it, will NOT satisfy or address the real problem. If one is considering jeopardizing what could be a lifetime of joy, in exchange for pain, uncertainty and ultimate heartache, one need to simply, wake up, smell the coffee and come out of the fog and rain.

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AL Bishop suspends adulterous superintendent

August 12, 2013 29 comments

Report COGIC Abuse today received confirmation that the Bishop of Alabama 1st Jurisdiction has suspended a married superintendent who carried on a six year adulterous relationship from office pending further investigations.  Read our August 1st open letter to Bishop Meadows.
Bishop O. L. Meadows’ letter, dated August 5th stated in part, “Upon receiving of this letter you are suspended from the pulpit of your churches and the responsibility of District Superintendent until this matter comes before the Council of Pastors and Elders.”

RCA praises Bishop Meadows’ judicious handling of this situation in seeking to end the mockery of God’s people by those who do not walk worthy of their calling . The pastor, who supervised another church in a Mississippi jurisdiction had previously been forced to remove the name “Church of God in Christ” from his church name due to sexually immoral actions unrelated to the Alabama case.

In addition, RCA has learned that the pastor –whose name we are withholding at this time– held what was described as a “near violent”  members’ meeting over his impending removal from the church.

Open letter to Bishop OL Meadows

August 1, 2013 16 comments

Dear Bishop Meadows,

OL MeadowsOne week ago we received a shocking collection of videos and pictures depicting a superintendent under your charge engaged in explicit sexual activity with a young woman in his congregation.  According to an accompanying  letter, you and several executive staff have received the same information. You received the first letter in March and a follow up letter in July but there has been no action.

According to the letters, this married superintendent carried on a six year sexual relationship with this younger woman while he was in office in your jurisdiction.  After becoming remorseful about having sex with a man who was supposed to be pastoring her, she informed him that she would leave the church so that she could recover and get back into the will of God. He advised her that she would be “out of the will of God” if she left his church. Nevertheless she finally summoned up the will to leave and stayed away for 8 months.  Then his phone calls started again and he seduced her back into his evil desires.

The woman in her letter said that she became pregnant and the first response from your superintendent was an order for her to kill the child before he/she was born (abortion). There’s also evidence of this conversation. Upon this information being reported to you by phone, you made promises that you would take action and “sit him down for three months”. While this is woefully inadequate discipline given the extent and nature of these charges, it is what you said you would do.  However to date, despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, you have taken no actions and this sexually immoral man remains in office with no disciplinary actions against him.

Sir, as a bishop of over 20 years now, you do not need Report COGIC Abuse to instruct you on how to administrate the office of a bishop to which you were consecrated. Those stipulations are clearly outlined in the Constitution of the church which you are bound to uphold. Moreover, if there were no constitution, the bible is clear in its scope of disciplinary responses to sexually immoral in our midst.

Bishop Meadows, we ask you sir to take no further delay in dealing righteously with the matter. The longer you delay, the more your own credibility comes into question. The Presiding Bishop has said that he is adamant about repairing the serious breach of sexual ethics and morality in the Church of God in Christ clergy ranks.  Here is a clear opportunity for you to demonstrate that as well.

We are in contact with the plaintiff who is also considering MORE legal action against the church. Perhaps you ignoring her has unnecessarily pushed her to have to take these measures. Do you want to be responsible for the church having yet another sex-based lawsuit to defend itself against?

We hope that this letter will spur you to do what is right.

1. Remove this wicked and immoral man from office pending an investigation by a duly appointed, unbiased committee.

2. Demand that the perpetrator submit to a paternity test to determine whether he is the father of the child.

3. Enjoin him from contacting the plaintiff for any reason.

4. Communicate with the plaintiff specifically what actions you have taken in this matter.

If you and your staff continue to ignore this situation as many bishops have done in past situations, RCA may begin publishing the details of this situation including  names, letters, audio, pictures and video of your naked superintendent with his head in between the legs of this woman. Please do not misconstrue this as a threat. It is not.  Your concern for the welfare of the church, this man’s wife and an innocent child should outweigh your desire to protect this wolf.

He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 NKJV