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March 5, 2019 1 comment

Glenna Gordon Nigerian WeddingsLast night I dreamed of Bishop Charles H. Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ. Its only the 2nd time in about 9 years that I have dreamed of him. You can read about the first dream. I decided to use this forum as a place to chronicle those dreams for anyone who might see the significance of them.

In the dream I was given the task of transporting Bishop Mason’s body out of Mason Temple to an undisclosed location where it would be reinterred. For some reason a decision had been made to remove it from Mason Temple where he had rested since his death in 1961.

I was surprised when I looked at the body that it looked alive as if he had just passed away. I took the body and placed it in a truck. The casket was fully open and he laid face up. On the way, I received instructions to take the body to a COGIC church which was along the route. I stopped at this church and took the casket in still open. The church was hosting its “district meeting” and it was packed. I left the casket in the foyer and went inside. The service was in “high praise” mode. I told the pastor that I had Bishop Mason’s body in the foyer and had been instructed to bring it to his location temporarily. At this news, everyone began to rejoice harder. The pastor told me to bring the body into the sanctuary. When I went to get the body, Bishop Mason had turned on his face in the casket. I took it in and placed it up front.

The rejoicing continued. Then suddenly, Bishop Mason arose out of the casket and stood up. When he did, the music stopped. He told them that they didnt need all the noise to rejoice. He began to sing a song, clap his hands and dance before the people. Everyone remained quiet and watched but didnt join him. Then, the pastor ordered the musician to get the music started again. They tried in vain to get the organ to play but it wouldn’t. No sound would come from any of the instruments. Bishop Mason continued to dance and clap his hands. The pastor sat down in his seat and with a disgusted look on his face and put his hands in his head. They called for technical specialists to get the music started but could not.

Finally, the pastor ordered Bishop Mason to leave. I escorted him out and took him to another church. A very small church. I left him there. When I came back to check on him the next day, they had put him in a gray jumpsuit and made him the church janitor.

 

Texas federal judge finds NM COGIC Bishop Jones guilty in 2016 sexual abuse lawsuit

March 5, 2019 Leave a comment

According to the Daily Mail, a prominent news organization in the UK, in 2016 the Church of God in Christ organization and its Bishop of New Mexico was hit was a 12.2 million dollar lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor. Now, that bishop has been found guilty in a Texas civil court and ordered to pay his victim $750,000.

LaKeith JamesA bishop at one of the largest African-American Christian churches in the United States has been accused of grooming and sexually assaulting a female member of the denomination for more than 20 years.
Kimberly Pollard, who is now 37, filed a $12.2-million lawsuit against the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and Bishop James L’Keith Jones, accusing the church of allowing her to be sexually assaulted by the high-ranking bishop for 20 years, according to court papers obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.
Pollard claims that Jones not only groomed her into what became a 20-year sexual relationship and extra-marital affair, but also tried to groom her six-year-old daughter, telling her she looked ‘sexy’ and that he would wait until she was 18 to date her.
The mother-of-one from Lubbock, Texas, says that the relationship between her and Jones turned sexual in or around 1995, when she was still a minor.

In 2019 Pollard won her lawsuit against Jones but the COGIC organization its board of bishops was dismissed from the suit. Jones was ordered by a federal judge to pay $750,000 but is still denying that he owes or committed any crime. He told a Albuquerque news station KRQE via email that he served a “one year suspension” imposed by the church. In typical fashion, COGIC, its presiding bishop and its PR representatives have all refused to respond to requests for clarification on Jones current position in the denomination. Watch the video of Jones telling a 6 year old girl she looked “mighty sexy” in a nightgown and a video clip he sent to Pollard using his fingers to simulate performing oral sex on her.

 

Kim PollardAn Albuquerque Bishop was ordered by a federal civil court judge to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the woman who accused him of being a predator.
However, the Bishop, who’s still on the job, claims he doesn’t owe a dime.
Bishop James L’Keith Jones of the Church of God in Christ, or COGIC, in Albuquerque, says he’s done nothing criminal. But that doesn’t change the fact that a federal court has now ordered him to pay $750,000 after a civil lawsuit was filed.
Jones has been preaching in Albuquerque for years, leading the Albuquerque chapter of one of the largest nationwide churches. But on Special Assignment in 2016, KRQE News 13 reported on Texas woman Kimberly Pollard’s lawsuit against the Bishop that revealed another side of him.
Pollard claims Bishop Jones made the comment, “You lookin’ mighty sexy in your nightgown,” to her 6-year-old daughter in a video message.
That comment was just part of a series of video and text message exchanges between Pollard and Jones that the lawsuit centered around. Some images in the messages are too explicit to show on television.
Pollard claims Jones preyed on her when she was a teen 20 years ago, and says he sexually assaulted her in a hotel room when she was 16 years old.
Then as he worked his way up the church ranks, she claims he used his authority to keep preying on her, “using coercion, threats, and his position as a spiritual advisor.”
The Bishop denies any sexual assault occurred. Still, court documents show Pollard won a $750,000 judgment in the case.
Her attorneys say Jones hasn’t paid a dime and instead claims the case was thrown out.
Recently, legal assistants on the case made the trip from Texas to hold up a large sign for Sunday parishioners.
The sign read, “COGIC Bishop James L’Keith Jones has been found liable by a federal district court of having a sexual relationship with a child. And he is still in good standing with the Church of God in Christ.”
One of Pollard’s attorneys told KRQE News 13 via email, “It’s concerning that COGIC allows Jones to continue in such a high profile position.”
Jones declined an on-camera interview and called this a case of a “woman scorned.” Jones told News 13 via email that he served a year suspension with the church, and doesn’t owe Pollard anything because the judge didn’t sign the document ordering him to pay.
He also argued the judgment was by default since he missed a deadline to report to the court.
“So I {sic} am in err for failing to respond to the court and not any damages or harm done to Ms. Pollard,” Jones wrote in an email.
But KRQE News 13 called the Northern District of Texas courthouse where the judgment was filed and were told a judge doesn’t have to sign the document. The writ of execution is valid with a clerk’s signature, meaning Jones still owes $750,000 plus $20 per day in interest.
Both the Church of God in Christ and the Board of Bishops were dismissed from the lawsuit. News 13 called the church’s headquarters in Memphis to ask if Jones is still in good standing with the church. The church did not respond.

COGIC General Board Member marches in National Marriage Protection March

April 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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Give honor to whom honor is due. And COGIC General Board Member Bishop Brandon Porter of Memphis is due honor for breaking the mold and marching with supporters of natural marriage aka nonsurgically altered,biological male-female marriage which is under severe attack from within and without. Its not just marriage. Behind the attack on marriage, is that age old satanic rebellion against the authority of God. No matter what face the rebellion takes, men of God ought to be the first to lead the counterattack. Those who will not speak out and stand up should not be trusted.

Porter, one of the featured speakers at the rally, told thousands of participants:

“We believe in marriage God’s way “I often view God as a parent. I see the Heart of God more and more each day through the act of marriage. What is the one thing that parents want from their married children? You got it: Grandchildren. And God wants the same. He wants us to multiply and replenish the Earth. Same-sex marriage cannot provide that Kingdom request. [source]

Son of SC Bishop adds his voice of warning to COGIC leadership

March 17, 2015 6 comments

Competing with the din of punching hammond organ music, shouts of praise and punctured preaching in Church of God in Christ congregations around the country, are voices that don’t get praise or prominence. Its the few who have spoken out about the strong spiritual and moral current in the denomination which is carrying the church downstream away from its holiness roots and previous adherence to biblical mandates. Generally such individuals are quickly branded as “troublemakers” and characterized as “fighting leadership”. That diminishes the impact of their words and allows for the pentecostal praise fest to continue among the rank and file members. After all, acknowledging the words of a prophet who speaks truth to leadership would give them legitimacy and its appears COGIC leadership has mastered the art of denying such voices a place to be heard. The show must go on.

But still they speak because the Spirit of the Lord commands it.

EJohnsonIn South Carolina, the son of the jurisdiction’s bishop is speaking out and in the process risking his all important place and “legacy” in COGIC.

Dr. Edward Lee Johnson, son of Bishop Johnnie Johnson and brother of COGIC scholar Dr. Alonzo Johnson, took his message public after a letter decrying the treatment of Supt Earl Carter to COGIC leadership went unanswered.

On March 3, Johnson launched his “Prophetic Argumentative Essay” and contended that COGIC’s Presiding Bishop had supported, openly endorsed and had given authority to speak corruption from the pulpit of West Angeles. On the list were the Rev. Peter Gomes, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congressman Bobby Rush, and self proclaimed gay performer Tonex aka “B. Slade”.  The common bond with all the men? Homosexuality.

In just the past 108 years God raised up the Church Of God In Christ with the purest Biblical practices since the birth of the New Testament Church. Even racism was brought to its knees for a brief period in Bishop Mason’s ministry. Magic Johnson, a “poster child” for the LGBT community has officially infiltrated our ranks as a (COGIC member). (Listen to his admitted statement with Anderson Cooper during the Donald Sterling debacle.) All it takes for the Church Of God In Christ to change its position against same sex marriage is for enough of the Johnson and Rush types to “creep” into our church. And trust me, there are many that are not highly visible but believe just like them among us. If people will not obey the Bible—what makes you think they will obey your constitution?
We all should be taking a lesson from the US Supreme Court on this grave issue; you only need one deciding vote. I am literally ashamed of the current leadership of our church in this area. Black people are blaming White conservatives for not being compassionate, and having a racist slant—but the Black churches have bought into the liberal agenda of the country, and have almost completely “sold out” on “good morals” and biblical principles. That may not have been the intentions when the church took sides with the political parties—but it’s the reality of where we are presently. And guess who is taking the brunt of the suffering in their communities as a result of poor leadership on the national level among people of color?

Read the entire commentary JUDGMENT-COGIC General Assembly.

One Million and counting

January 12, 2015 4 comments

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Guest writing spots available

January 11, 2015 Leave a comment

COGIC Abuse Watch blog has three (aapc3) guest writing spots available for qualified writers. Guest writers will receive full byline credit and opportunity to become a permanent contributor to this influential online, COGIC-oriented information source. Writers should be mature, articulate, passionate and responsible. No anonymous guest writers are acceptable, although pseudonyms are acceptable under some circumstances.  Current members preferable but will accept non-members with COGIC backgrounds. Written subject matter must be exclusively connected to the Church of God in Christ. If interested, send an inquiry email to cogicabuse@gmail.com.

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Presiding Bishop releases letter further decrying Holy Convocation message

December 5, 2014 Leave a comment

blakeThis is hopefully the last salvo in the war of perspectives pitting the COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles Blake against Elder Earl Carter. Carter’s message on homosexuality (and other sins) and the failure of COGIC leadership to deal with it,  angered some but was also met with widespread praise.  It did not impress the Presiding Bishop. This official —but undated— letter was released by the Office of the Presiding Bishop and addressed to the COGIC constituency at large.

Bishop Blake wrote in the letter, “Normally, I would not continue to discuss an issue once I have addressed it. But in this particular instance, for the best interest of the Church, I feel compelled to elaborate further, and in greater detail to ensure my message is fully understood and not misrepresented.”

You can review RCA related articles here, here and here. The letter can be downloaded from our Letters and Documents section.

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