Open letter to Bishop OL Meadows
Dear Bishop Meadows,
One 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