Prov. 22:1 ~ "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold."
The public may never know what caused the death of Pastor Zachery Tims, what the substance was in his pocket or if the "real" Tims stood up before his death. According to reports over the last couple of weeks, Mr. Tims mother has sued to withhold information from public records.
While we certainly understand the love of a mother toward her son and the preservation of his memory toward the public and for the benefit of his children; those that followed and supported his ministry deserve to be confronted with the truth. After all, many people contributed to this man's ministry and bought his material with their hard earned money. Many viewed him regularly on TV, and had confidence in his insights. Zachery appeared in multiple conferences and collected hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in part based on his testimony, portrayed lifestyle and statements of public encouragement. He didn't do this alone. He did this with friends and other mega star Christian ministers some of which have already said that they knew Zachery had problems and certain issues.
"I thought I was the only one who know how unhappy Zach was, how broken he was, how afraid he was if anybody was to see any flaw in him. He tried hard to heal himself, to fix himself,"~ Bishop T. D. JakesMr. Tims family weren't sole contributors toward his perceived success or the lifestyle that he managed to live as one in the service of the Lord. Just as the family
deserves closure, the public that has both observed and supported him does too. We already know what he had on him
Here is the response that one can expect to receive from the New York Medical Examiner's Office when requesting information on Tims and additional information regarding his death:
"Freedom of Information"
RE: OCME - Freedom of Information Law Request City of New York - Correspondence #1-1-695879542 Message to Agency Head
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 09:05 AM
This is in reply to the email you sent to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Freedom of Information Law email address in which you request the following: "Concerning the death of Minister Zachery Tims of Apopka, FL.....the cause of death of Mr. Tims. the specific nature and name of the substance found in a glassine envelope in his pocket at the time his body."
This request is denied pursuant to Â§87(2)(b) of the Freedom of Information Law, wherein disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Medical Examiner records are not public documents or records. Please be advised additionally that the Freedom of Information Law does not require an agency to provide information or answer questions.For these reasons, your request for medical examiner records pertaining to Mr. Tims is denied.The OCME takes great care to respect the privacy of records prepared in association with of all our decedents.
To receive a copy of an autopsy report or medical examiner record of a specific individual, you must obtain explicit authorization from the decedent's next-of-kin which permits the Office of Chief Medical Examiner [OCME] to disseminate autopsy findings to a 3rd party (such as yourself). The OCME requires a notarized authorization - in which the authorizer's familial relationship to the decedent is clearly stated (e.g., blood relatives must state their kinship to the decedent) If the authorizer is identified as the Administrator or Executor of the decedent's estate, then such authorization must be accompanied by Letters Testamentary/Letters of Administration.To obtain a copy of an individual's medical examiner records, a written request, along with this requisite authorization, should be sent to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, attention Records Department, 421 East 26th Street, New York, New York 10016.
I hope this information is helpful.
Mimi C. MairsSpecial Counsel, Forensic BiologyOffice of Chief Medical ExaminerLegal Department421 East 26th StreetNew York, New York 10016Tel. 212.323.1903Fax 212.323.1920Email: email@example.comWeb: www.nyc.gov/ocme
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The Name & The Life
1 Peter 1:15-16 ~ "15-But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16-Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
It's good to live so that one's name won't be questioned in light of one's death or decisions in life. We live in a time where people don't seem to value their name or what they present to others with the exception of when it comes to profiling or influencing others materialistically.
I say this: If a person doesn't have a dime or popularity, but yet has and maintains integrity, they have helped the world greater than the most wealthy and popular wicked. In the light of the righteous, others can live and flourish. In their memory, others can be blessed and strengthened.
Anyone can make a mistake, but this didn't have to happen to this man. With the exception of his mother, many of those who were most close to him seem to have been merely image managers. Then there were many innocent and god fearing individuals who's plans were thwarted and who's hopes were dashed as a result of this man's failure and now the silence regarding the failure.
Many people simply write this off to controversy, stating that all popular persons have a certain amount of controversy that centers around them. Jesus was controversial. Yet he was holy and perfect in life and in him there was "no guile". Many say, "well that was Jesus"...This was not limited to Jesus however. Even one of his disciples received a similar report from the Lord himself:
John 1:47 ~ "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
Nathanael was a man. What's more, when Jesus made these statements regarding him, he was a man that only had the law as a guide and no inward witness of the Holy Ghost. Controversy has nothing to do with this issue. What's wrong with those of us who believe we have received it all, whether at the cross or as a result of the Pentecostal or baptismal experience? These are those that believe we are better now, than we could have been back then, but yet where is the life to support the belief? Do our leaders now walk and live without guile being found in them? When your pastor, bishop or your favorite prophet cusses you out, you'll know the answer!
For those inquiring to the Medical Examiner's office, this is all that will be sent or said until a ruling is made on or after Nov. 23rd 2011. Even after that time, one can't get a clear and unfettered understanding without having the approval of a family member. I certainly won't spend my Thanksgiving worried about it, but just as they are coming out with information that is damaging to the memory or perception that we have of Martin Luther King, it is simply good to live in truth, because truth inspires freedom.
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