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2016 Legacy Conference




A Letter to the Members of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Members of the Church of God in Christ

October 22, 2015

Preaching against the Practice of Homosexuality is Nothing New

The Church of God in Christ since her founding has stood for and called for holiness and righteousness.  The practice of homosexuality is one of several activities of mankind that the Bible and our church deem to be sinful and immoral.  (I Corinthians 6:9-11). Throughout our history, our Presiding Bishop, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and those of us in ministry have rightfully been relentless in our stand against the practice of homosexuality and all other manifestations of sin.  That is a responsibility we have rightly fulfilled for over 100 years and that we will continue to fulfill with all diligence.

As we preach, we must be led by the Bible which teaches us that a loving and humble spirit should govern our words.

In Col 4:6, we are encouraged to, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”  NKJV

The Apostle Paul, in Titus 2:6, admonishes us: “Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”  NKJV

On November 8, 2014 at the Annual Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, Elder Earl Carter spoke against the practice of homosexuality. With that, we have no problem.  However, in that message, Elder Carter made a statement which was inappropriate and beneath the dignity of our church and our divine calling.  Specifically addressing male homosexuals, he indicated his “wish” that they would experience monthly anal bleeding “like a girl.”  His words were crude, offensive and base.  It is with that specific statement alone that we take exception.  Sadly this statement has been heard by millions of people around the world.

As Saints, we must always serve God in ways that reflect His righteousness, dignity and unremitting love.

What Godly person would wish rectal bleeding on another human being?  Why would a man, called by God to introduce souls to the loving salvation of Jesus Christ, seemingly hate men to the degree that he would wish such a fate upon them?  And, why would any preacher speak from the pulpit about a female bodily function in a way that implies that women are somehow inferior?

Ultimately, Elder Carter’s inappropriate statement became the subject of a major negative, shameful news story captivating the talk show circuit and news media, projecting the church as a source of hate and anger.

Inappropriate Behavior Demands Correction

In his role as Presiding Bishop, spokesman and leader of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Blake publicly apologized for Elder Carter’s inappropriate statement while again reaffirming our stance against the practice of homosexuality.  In the same statement, he reaffirmed our stand for righteousness and holiness and our commitment to “speaking the truth in love.”

In Ephesians 4:15-16 the Apostle Paul wrote, But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”  NKJV


The Appropriate Response to Correction

Correction should produce humility and repentance.  We believe Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” NKJV

Elder Carter should have humbled himself and submitted to the correction of the Presiding Bishop and apologized for his poor choice of words.  That likely would have brought the matter to a close.

Instead Elder Carter Continues to Mount a Vicious and Personal Attack

He did not apologize but chose instead to launch a scandalous and deceitful attack against our leader, accusing him repeatedly of immoral behavior without the slightest substantiation.

Elder Carter’s actions are reckless, hurtful, inflammatory and intensely damaging to the reputation of the Church of God in Christ, the office and person of the Presiding Bishop and, his family.

We believe that attack against the Presiding Bishop is an attack against all leadership and the church herself.

Elder Carter’s behavior, in direct response to correction, is egregious and threatening to the very order and discipline of the Lord’s Church.

Rebellion Must Be Dealt With In a Timely and Appropriate Way

We cannot sit back and watch any ordained elder launch an unwarranted, baseless and demonic campaign against our church and our leader without responding aggressively.  The ramifications of inaction are commensurate with waving a white flag of surrender to the enemy of our souls.

We now stand in defense of our leader who appropriately and courageously stood in defense of the dignity and name of our God and our great church.

We, leaders of the church, protest and denounce both Elder Carter’s initial inappropriate statements and his subsequent attacks upon the Church and the Presiding Bishop.  We call upon Elder Carter to apologize for his unbecoming conduct, to retract his statements against Bishop Blake and finally, to cease from making future derogatory statements about this matter so that he may continue to enjoy the fellowship and support of our great church.

We remain hopeful that Elder Carter will comply but, if he does not, then we believe the fellowship and privileges of ministry in the Church of God in Christ should be withdrawn from him.

In affirmation of our support, we affix our names to this statement and direct that a copy should be conveyed to Elder Carter by registered mail immediately.

We hope that others will choose to join in with us in affixing their names at the soonest possible opportunity. (Submit your name below.  Names will be updated daily.)


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Bishop P. A. Brooks Bishop J. W. Macklin
Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush Bishop George D. McKinney
Bishop Frank O. White Bishop Brandon P. Porter
Bishop Ted Thomas Bishop L.M. Wooten
Bishop John H. Sheard Bishop Frank A. White
Bishop Edwin C. Bass Bishop Talbert W. Swan II
Bishop Darrell L. Hines Bishop William Wright
Bishop Ocie Booker Bishop Milton Hawkins
Bishop Dwight Walls, Sr. Bishop William T. Cahoon
Bishop Welton L. Lawrence Bishop Martin L. Johnson
Supt. Linwood Dillard Bishop Christopher E. Milton
Supt. Michael Eaddy Bishop Alphonso Denson
Bishop J. Delano Ellis II Bishop J. A. Blake, Jr.
Bishop William Watson Bishop James Whitehead
Bishop Isaac King, Jr. Bishop Charles H. Brewer, Jr.
Bishop C. H. McClelland Bishop Mark L. Gilkey
Bishop Terence Rhone Bishop Loran E. Mann
Bishop Joe L. Ealy Bishop Vincent Matthews
Bishop Roger L. Jones Bishop Kurt Thompson
Bishop Designate Roderick Hennings Bishop Robert Smith
Bishop Designate Elijah Hankerson III Elder Uleses Henderson
Elder Charles E. Blake II Supt. Destry Bell
Dr. Benjamin Stephens III Elder Lawrence C. Blake
Elder Tyrone Potts Supt. Samuel Braxton
Pastor Michael Golden Minister Marlon Bush
Elder Benjamin Nickerson II Dr. Michael Jenkins
Missionary Rubbie Corley-Bradshaw Brother D. Denard
Bishop Jewel R. Withers, Jr. Elder Tatum
Elder Darren Dotson Robert Tyree
Minister Vincent Cobb, II Supt. James Strolger
Elder Jamian Pippen Pastor Timothy J. Freeman
Michael Gause Pastor Cornell Wheeler
Minister Marquis Nixon Elder Varnell Bien-Aime
Elder Cameron D. Eads Pastor Jimmie Smith
Pastor Reginald Finley Supt. Philip Jackson
Elder Brian Byrd Pastor L. Hammond
Pastor Corey Henderson Pastor Mark Miller
Elder Keith Wilson Elder Donell G. Wright
Elder Frank Robinson Deacon Sidney Allen
Evangelist Kathryn Newborn Lavina Moore
Mary Reaves Bria Richardson
Bishop John Daniels, II Admin Assist William C. Hackworth Sr.
Elder Justin Edwards Elder LaMale Williams
Elder Jeremiah Levitt Minister Bobby Hines
Elder Stephen Holden Minister Thomas Griggs
Bishop Charles H. Mason Patterson, Sr. Elder Phillip Crabtree
Admin. Assist. William C. Bass Pastor Antwain Alexander
Supt. Alfred Nicholson Elder Jonathon Zeigler
Pastor Roger L. Jones, II Elder Thomas Sherman
Elder Chad Brown Elder David George Newsome
Supt. Eric Slack Pastor Walter L. Davis, III
Supt. Derrick Hutchins Elder D. Keith Hutchins
Missionary Sherinda Robinson Xzavion Colbert
Elder Ender Austin Deacon William Spencer, Sr.
Sister Denisa Fisher Spencer Elder Alonzo Harley
Minister William Spencer, Jr. Elder Alphonso West
Evangelist West Minister Micah J.D. Spencer
Deacon Charles Simpson Precious Turner
Elder William Mayer, IV Elder Damon Mack
Minister Corey Reese Sister Kierstyn Walker
Dr. Hazel Shepherd Minister Martin King
Elder Terrance Johnson Pastor Mark Beavers
Elder Ryan Allen Minister Darrin Darkins
Pastor Tyron Gaston Pastor Eric Sloss
Dr. Douglas Joyner Evangelist Maereatha Geddis
Elder Elijah Porter Elder Kyle Mann
Supt. James Mann Evangelist Shirley Mann
Elder Kale Mann Elder Christopher Hooker
Sister Courtney Jones Supt. Melton Timmons
Supt. Kevelin B. Jones, Sr. Elder Bobby Bennett
Pastor Derrick Hutchins, II Minister Andrew Tingle
Pastor Quentin Battle Pastor Joe Armstead
Supt. Herbert Reynolds Bishop Michael Hill
Supt. Darryl L. Grant Elder Eric Henderson
Minister Andre Smith Sister Susan Jamieson
Gabriel Sharpe Bishop Larry Thompson
Dorothy Hankins Charlene Bryan
Elder Jamar Johnson Supt. Mack Mason
Sister Sharon L. Griffin Elder Damon Davis
Elder Terry Williams Gloria Williams
Pastor K.C. Williams Elder Dennis Newsome
Herdest Bethel Pastor John A. Chapman, Jr.
Supt. Milton Wren, Sr. Mr. Kristopher Brooks
Rev. Marvin Holmes Eric Browning
Victoria Norwood Elder Herman A. L. Jefferson
Supt. Larry Murphy Justi McNair
Elder Roderick McClintock Whitney Houston
Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch Pastor Quinton Barrow
Bishop Isaiah B. Smith Minister Doremus M. Kennedy
Supt. Gerald A. Echols, Jr. Addison Brookins
Deacon Vincent Wilson, Sr. Supt. McKinley Moore
Elder Thomas Leverette Minister Brian Dorsey
Minister Jason Taylor Elder Brian Seymore, Sr.
Kortney Moten Evangelist Daylon Howard
Brother Jerome Stephens Robert Coleman, Jr.
District Missionary Evangelist Irene Johnson Missionary Ramona Bingham
Admin Assist Charles Johnson, III Elder Darian Stephens
Evangelist Missionary Denise Mitchell Pastor B. James Cranford
Sister Brenda Brown James Missionary Gloria Rivers
Pastor Robert DeJournett Evangetist Missionary Sharon J. Brown
Deacon James Kirkland Elder Quintin Nard
Pastor Keith Odom R. Tomas Harris
Pastor Donnie L. Dixon Bishop Stenneth Powell, Sr.
Pastor Ketryn Yarmaine Anderson Administrator Cherie Brown
Evangelist Markita Knight Elder Sylvester Kasawala
Pastor Eric Boatner J. Patrick Lewis
Elder Dennis Brown Elder Courtnay White
Deacon Eddie Stokes Aspiring Missy Trenise Stokes
Pastor Kenneth Keys Dr. Joe A. Chase, Jr.
Pastor Herbert Purkett, Jr. Pastor Emeritus Richard Bradford
Pastor T.L.Gibson Evangelist Brenda James-AllBritton
Bishop Harvey Young, Sr. Bishop Adrian Williams
Supervisor Barbara McCoo Lewis Bishop James A. Lewis, Sr.
Supt. Jeffrey M. Lewis Elder James A. Lewis, Jr.
Elder Sean Gaines Supt. Joseph Williams
Elder Wilfred Bailey Elder M.A. Pryor
Supt. Zachary Hicks Minister Tevin Harris
Cheryl L. Jones Overseer Jerome Harris
Elder Perry Morgan Pastor George Hill
Pastor Billy Jermale Evans Chaplain Yvonne Gibson-Johnson
Evangelist Missionary Yvette Black-Liggins Dr. Zeno Veal
Elder Bobby Blade Elder Kerry Williams
Supt. Harold W. Jones, Sr. Minister Donald Sherman
Deacon Peter Cook Supt. Claude Bell
Pastor James Harris Supt. John Harris
Elder J. Kyle Nicholson Rashad Thompson
Brother Walter Lehman Bishop Peter Wren
Pastor Craig Davis, Jr. Supervisor Francis E. Harris
Elder Malcolm Donohoo Tony Gentry
Pastor Harris Horace Johnson Elder Roderick C. Lightner, Sr.
Elder Dexter Hedgepeth Pastor Jonathan Anderson
Elder Courtney Avery Aposte Ermon Trotter, Jr.
Minister Paul Cunningham Marquita Dunn
Elder David Smith Evangelist Mazie Sconiers
Pastor Riley Jackson, Sr. Pastor Embra Patterson, III
Bishop D. O’Neil Fleming, Sr. Elder Ronald Bess, Sr.
Bishop Adrian Williams Sister Brenda Young
Pastor Wilbert Wofford Gloria Lowe
Aubry Drake-Graham Admin Assist Charles O. Nash, Sr.
Pastor Charles Hill Deacon Freddie Davis
Minister Brandon D. Jones Admin Assist Earnest Fitzhugh, Sr.
Tameka Snow Elder Clifford Dawson
Pastor Jeffrey Cox Elder Kenneth Jenkins
Bishop Robert D. Strong, Sr. Evangelist Tootie Smith
Jessie Marshall Olton Drake
Mother Kathie Humphrey Sister Tianni King
District Missionary Carolyn Lindsey Elder William C. Harris, Jr.
Evangelist Sandra S. Jones Pastor Johnny P. Hardeman
Elder Arnold Robinson Pastor Felton Beck, Jr.
Elder Torrey J. Howard Admin Assist Ross Johnson
Pastor Gregory Greene Elder Frank Grigsby
Lady Floetta Lewis Scott Bradley
Evangelist Anita Spence Supt. Tony Campbell
Pastor Eddie Parker, III Supt. Levi Bell
Elder Roderick Lightner Missionary Diana O’Brien
Admin Assist Samuel Wyatt Tena Anderson
Ericka Filmore Jason Filmore
Cle St. Laurent Damon Mack
Davida Bridges Evangelist Mertha Mason
Minister Jonathan Stalling, Sr. Minister Ronnie Stalling
Elder Stephen Bishop Elder Alvin Stalling
Elder Nathaniel Stalling, Jr. Elder James Stalling
Travis Butler Candace Butler
Pastor Lonnie Nichols, Sr. Evangelist Dorothy Kemp
Pastor Howard Parker Evangelist Patricia Stewart
Deacon Johnny Stewart Evangelist Maxine Morgan
Elder Ronnie Stalling Elder Perry Morgan
Elder Hugh Anderson, II Elder Aaron Smith
Sister Debbie Cisse Minister Donald Felder, Jr.
Elder Carlos Hunt Elder Warren Mosley
Supt. Ace Gillems Pastor CJ Rolle
Evangelist Theresa Reese Minister Veda Brown
Brother C. Jarvis Admin Assist Marvelle Cranford
Pastor Michael D. Brown Tamekio Williams
Pastor Jeffrey Coleman Ariel Obregon
Karen Obregon Deacon Marcus Upshaw
Ashlee Jones Minister Adam Davis
Pastor Benjamin Nickerson, Sr. District Missionary Vivian Oliver
Pastor Phillip Green Brenda R. Darcus
Brother Andreas L. Mackey Pastor Lemmie Sander, Jr.
Aspiring Missy Sonya Young Elder Kenneth H. Walls, III
Evangelist Shirley J. Roberson Elder Brian Franklin
Pastor Harvey Chip Rice Pastor Jimmie Hicks, Jr.
Pastor Mark Leonard Brother Robert Pickett
Bishop Earl J. Wright Evangelist Jacqueline Thomas
Assistant Pastor Robert Lewis Ramzy Supt. Andrew Jackson, Jr.
Mother Willie Mae Ramzy Missionary Alicia Motton
Elder Terrance Motton Supt. Virgil Thomas
District Missionary Gloria Sterling Supt. Sam Long
Elder Kenneth Williams Elder Larry Taylor, Jr.
Supt. Wilbert Jones, Jr. Sister Angela Madison
Pastor Frederick Skinner Dr. Judith McAllister
Admin Assist Jerry E. Johnson, Sr. Minister Cortney Williams
Admin Assist Jerome Strickland, Sr. Elder M.C. Coleman, Jr.
Karen Merridy Elder A. Lydell Logan
William Gordon Linda Gordon
Bishop Embra Robert Patterson, Jr. Bishop Bevin Lawrence
Evangelist Bertha Mason Evangelist Linda Butler
Jamie Brooks Mother Lenora Johnson-Cureton
Bro. Steve Harris Supt. Barry Fraser
Elder Orin Boyd, Jr. Leon T. Jackson
Elder Robert Brown Supt. Kevin Hammond
Pastor Greg E. Mitchell Pastor Emeritus Larry T. Lakey
Brother Christopher Boston Eric Johnson
Brother Elijah Easley Sister Tracey Billingsley
Supt. Carl Davis Leonard Perkins
Pastor Willie Jones Steven Miller, Jr.
George A. Gibson, Jr. Bishop Robert J. Ward
Clifford O. Chappell Sister Guadalupe Dunson
Pastor Barry L. Ginyard, Jr. Diane C. Kelly
Brother William Birks Elder Rodney E. Johnson
Sister Shanetha Buchanan Evangelist Maria Gardner-Langston
Bishop James Langston Brother Jerry Phillips
Minister Daniel Parham Supervisor Betty Green
Elder Lawrence N. Crump Pastor Michael Payton, Sr.
Admin Assist Elton Amos, MD Supt. Ronald Alexander
Evangelist Denise Steen Elder Larry Fitzgerald
Evangelist Catherine King Supt. Lafayette Price
Elder Harold Davis, Jr. Pastor Samual Canty
Brother Kevin Walker Bishop Alfred M. Spence
Elder Jake Hill Bishop Robert Hargrove
Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel, Sr. Elder James L. Holt
Supt. Ernie M. McCutchen, Sr. District Missionary Paulette Holt
Elder William Christmas Supt. Kendrick Lamar
Bishop Percy W. Henderson, II Brother Sean Carter
Supt. Arthur Walker Minister James Sampson, Jr.
Pastor Herman Love Pastor James Andrews
Missionary Sandra Miller Missionary Kathy Logan-Newborn
Brother Valente Martin Garry Hayes
Elder Douglass Smith, Jr. Supt. Harvey Burnett
Pastor Angelo Beard Elder Robert Whittley, Sr.
Supervisor Vicki Taylor Evangelist Anthony Wills
Jetney Hollonquest Supt. Ronnie Bell
Supt. Ronald Benson Brother Kim Dunson
Mrs. Kathrene Henderson Supt. Gary D. Hooks
Pastor Clarence Powell Overseer Corey Smith
Sister Romona Johnson Pastor Abraham Wade, Jr.
Elder Don Shelby, III Bishop Willie G. Robinson
Admin Assist Don Shelby Antonio Binder
Julius Hines Bishop Corby Bush
Supt. Jerry Daniels Chaplain Crystal Davis Jones
Pastor Wilbert L. Brooks Elder Nalvin Troy Lewis
Elder Timothy Godfrey Evangelist Katherine Butler
Bishop A. Michael Clark Brother Gregory Alexander
Evangelist Margarette Lawson Walker Evangelist Martha F. Lawson
Jerry Porter Pastor Anthony Wallace
Bishop Albert James Mays, Jr. Robbie Brooks
Pastor Darius J. Horton Pastor Michael L. Harris, Sr.
Elder Oscar Owens, Jr. Apostle Damon Nesbitt
Missionary Rose Rolla-Bennett Dr. Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie, II
Lady Jerice L. Kenebrew Supt. Geric La Keith Kenebrew
Pastor David E. Harris Pastor Jerry L. Harris
Minister Charles O. Moses, Sr. Lady Lisa Clark
Pastor Maurice D.L. Clark Admin Assist Thomas E. Hill, Jr.
Pastor Robert Phillips, Sr. Bishop Clarence LaVauhn Hills, Sr.
Pastor Richard Harper Minister James Fincher
Elder M.C. Coleman, Jr. Admin Assist Jerry Johnson, Sr.
Todd Citizen Supt. Lawrence H. Murray
Evangelist Evelyn Tahiru Prophet Henry Lee Shields
Mr. Kenneth Rodgers Minister Trevor N. Nolan
Minister Michael Purvis, II Mr. J. Phillips
Pastor Clarence Powell Pastor Darin Burns
Pastor Edward Maythews Kandyce Gamble
Supervisor Diane Bogan Evangelist Peggy Cook
Elder Marcell Washington Elect Lady Jamel Jones
Pastor Stephen Jones Elder Darrell E. Hills
Pastor Tony Gentry Sister Teonna Richardson
Evangelist Carolyn Harris Sister Penny Ford
Sister Paulette Whitley Jamal Brock
Minister Terrill Manuel Evangelist Nailah Matthews
Pastor Tyrone Matthews Bishop Neavelle Coles
Carmen Haley Elder Bennie Stewart
 Bishop Samuel E. Iglehart  Pastor Millard Harvey III
 Elder Curtis Lollis  Sister LaToya Young
 Elder Rodney Reavling Sr.  Elder George Gaskin
 Elder Loren C. Due Elder Larry Williams
 Minister Garnell Wood  Pastor Ryan Sims
 Reverend Frederick Powe  Evangelist Marva Sykes
 Pastor Prince Sykes  Pastor Timothy Frisby
 Miss Josephine Hardge  Evangelist Marva Sykes
 Elder Edward Clark  Brother Joshua Moore
 Elder Adrian H. Patterson Evangelist Jermisha Hannah
 Elder Jermaine Gandy Supt. Samuel Danzy
 Elder Tre Williams Evangelist Jerneice Bell
 Elder Alan Culbreath Supt. John Ooten
 Evangelist Brandon Flowers Pastor Tharon Franklin
 R.D. Lottie, Jr. Elder Robert Faust
 Natasha James Evangelist Ollie F. Lyons


Defending Our Leader



See Letters In Support Of Our Presiding Bishop.



Tribute Celebrating 75 Years!

A special tribute in honor of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.'s 75th birthday! 

AIM Tribute

Bishop Blake’s Town Hall Meeting: “I Can See You Now”

Join Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at the International AIM Convention for this Town Hall Meeting.

Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage…

A Pastoral Letter to the Saints of the Church of God in Christ
From Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr,:

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (I Peter 2:11-12).

On today, the 26th of June 2015, the majority of the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that has made same-sex marriage legal in all of the states of the Union. The Court made its decision based on its reading of the United States Constitution. Today, the Church of God in Christ reaffirms its long-held position that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, basing our decision firmly on the Bible. As Christians, we believe that the Bible teaches marriage to be a lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Christians, we are called to proclaim and practice this doctrine. Our ultimate trust is in God and not in any court or government. We trust God. So, I write to you, saints of God, as a stranger and pilgrim in our contemporary society.

We understand even better now why the Bible calls Christians “strangers and pilgrims” in the world (I Peter 2:11). It is clearer now why Jesus instructed us to be in the world but “not of the world" (John 17:15-16). In fact, today’s Supreme Court decision is just another legal law that makes the holiness message even stranger to our society. While the moral landscape of our society has definitely shifted, we know that the Bible is yet right and God still reigns.

In a democracy such as ours, we are to be ruled by laws. As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we have found ourselves at various junctures unable to find a biblical basis for key legal laws that govern our society. It is a fact that the United States of America has now added same-sex marriage to a list of legal rights which adults may exercise but the Church of God in Christ does not practice, including: gambling; the production, distribution, selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages; the practice of the smoking of tobacco; the purchase of pornography; and the securing of abortions. In the states that permit the recreational use of marijuana, we opt not to exercise the right to use that drug. As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we refuse to exercise these particular legal rights, understanding the Bible as calling Christians to holiness. We are not called to panic nor be anxious; we are called to live a holy life. We are called to live a Christian life as commanded by the Bible; we are called to be in the world but “not of the world." We are called to trust God.

Love is central to a life of holiness. The Bible is clear that Christians are called to love all people. We must resist the temptation only to love those who think like us. Regardless of the personal religious convictions and moral choices of people, we are called to love. We are not commanded to agree with them on all topics. The Bible commands us to love (Matthew 22:39). We are also called to recognize the legal rights of all citizens, regardless of the legal moral choices that they make.

Living in a pluralistic society, clear legal rights have been granted to all citizens. We must remind everyone that our government grants the Church of God in Christ and other religious organizations the legal right for each of us to express our religious convictions, as well as to live out our doctrinal and moral teachings. It also grants us the right to co-exist with those whose beliefs and lifestyles differ from ours. More importantly, we believe the right to religious freedom is a God-given right. We call upon the U.S. government aggressively to protect and preserve the right of religious freedom for all Americans.

As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we are indeed living in and “Called to Minister and Witness to a Deeply Distressed and Troubled World.” The church must prepare to receive wholeheartedly and minister effectively to people seeking the biblical understanding of marriage, a biblical Christian lifestyle, and the uncompromising gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let us speak the truth with conviction and with care, with patience and with love. Let us proclaim the gospel with courage. Let us embrace our calling to live as strangers and pilgrims in society. Let us live the holy life with boldness. Let us witness unashamedly to the power of the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

About the Church of God in Christ:

The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.


Pilgrimage To Pentecost

On behalf of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. God has placed it upon his heart to call the Church Of God In Christ annually to a 50 day consecration of fasting and prayer, called the C. H. MASON PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST. Our desire is for God to fill His people with the Holy Ghost and to continue the revival that He started on the Day of Pentecost!

Over 2.9 billion people on the face of the Earth have NEVER heard the Gospel preached!
We need the power of the Holy Ghost to reach the world for Christ!

This consecration is NOT a departmental event or activity; this is a call for the ENTIRE CHURCH to seek the LORD.

C. H. MASON PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST starts Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Resurrection Sunday) through Sunday May 24, 2015 (Pentecost Sunday).  Attached are the 11 prayer requests that our leader desires for us to focus on during the 50 day consecration; so that we may have some type of unity, structure and strategy in our prayers.



You are NOT asked to read or recite these; but to catch the heart and spirit of the prayer requests and allow the Lord to use YOU to cover these (or similar) needs in prayer for at least 11 minutes of your prayer time every day for 50 days. This is why the consecration is also called 11/11/50.

You are requested to fast on Tuesdays and Fridays (COGIC’s traditional fast days) from Midnight to at least 12 Noon. Again, this is at the request of our Presiding Bishop and how the Lord is leading him. Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

We need your help:

  1. Please print off this letter and the 11 prayer requests and announce at all of your church, district, jurisdictional and departmental events.
  2. Also, please share this info on your social media, television and radio broadcasts.
  3. Please also resend this email to your distribution list.
  4. Please plan on having a huge Day of Pentecost celebration on Sunday, May 24, 2015!!!

The Presiding Bishop is requesting saints of ALL NATIONS to participate and also believers from other denominations are welcomed to join us, as we seek the face of God.

May God richly bless you as your participate in the mighty move of God!



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Bishop Blake’s Official Response


Official video response from Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. of Church of God in Christ(COGIC) regarding the incident at the recent COGIC 107th Convocation and the viral video of Andrew Caldwell.


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