Thanks to one of my readers I was directed towards a statement recently released by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake concerning his criticism of Dr. Earl Carter and his message at the 107th Annual Holy Convocation. I have done 5 articles already on this (way too much) that can be found HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
In this exciting NEW "episode" Bishop Blake clarifies what commentary contained within the nearly hour long message that Dr. carter presented, was, in his opinion, offensive and "inappropriate". from what can be assessed from the following statement, his dissent is boiled down to his tenor, tone and the use of a crude metaphorical statement. The statement of Bishop Blake, released by a church Secretary on the West Angeles facebook site is as follows:
There are so many things that can be said about this statement, but please allow me to make a few of the more important ones...First, Bishop Blake in point 5, states that what Dr. Carter said was wrong and ungodly. Because and due to this, he goes on to question Dr. Carter's character and relationship to God, saying "What godly man..." would say such things?
OK, lets just assume that he is right for a SECOND...Please allow me to ask this...WHAT GODLY MEN WOULD ALLOW PEDOPHILES, MOLESTERS, ADULTERERS AND WHORE MONGERS TO CONTINUE IN THE PULPIT, EVEN PROMOTE THEM THROUGH MINISTRY IN THE UPPER ECHELON OF CHURCH COUNCILS without making them accountable for their actions and unrepentant ways?
#2: Neither I nor anyone else who understands God's message of righteousness in the bible buy into the "just think of all the people that will NEVER come to Christ because of what Dr. Carter said".....NOPE, NOPE NOPE!!!!! Don't buy into it for a minute....HE is not STANDING IN THE WAY OF SINNERS...too many of these new modern and weak Saints are doing that....
But for a minute, JUST THINK OF ALL THOSE THAT WILL NOT COME BACK TO OUR CHURCH BECAUSE WE DID NOTHING WHEN THEIR RELATIVES, SISTERS, BROTHERS AND CHILDREN WERE MOLESTED!!!!!
Which damages COGIC ministry more? Someone saying that he wishes that gay men would suffer all the natural and normal aspects of femininity (since they want to be women so badly) Which we all know will never happen...or doing absolutely NOTHING to comfort victims of sexual abuse and minister to their families when such cases arise? Is providing a sexual abuser and offender a handbook called a "Sexual Misconduct Policy" which outlines the rights of the OFFENDER and does NOTHING to protect the ABUSED something that will draw men and women and families to our church????
Then, do we think that signing onto a document used to promote homosexuality will HELP our ministry? Not for a minute will we allow the affirming of the the UDHR to skirt by as a method to "draw" folk compassionately...it is NOT! It was a method to conform to this world.
Speaking of love, where is the LOVE IN ACTION in any of those instances, policies or lack of policies as we hold and conduct power conferences all over the nation at exorbitant prices and fees? Maybe we need to add one more scripture to this examination and lambasting of Dr. Carter and point that back towards ourselves with the 3 fingers that are left:
Galatians 6:7 ~ As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
What of those little ones that are ALREADY OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH who's stories have been discounted and who have been overlooked as individuals in need of restoration?....Some of these will never darken our doors again, but yet we worry about HYPOTHETICAL PERSONS who, if they get saved, will gladly do so with or without being tricked or seduced by some fancy church methodology into salvation....No, the truth is that we worry that we will be criticized and not be "normal" as the world counts normal.
People who disagree with the Bishop's statement as I do are certainly NOT "scoffers" or "scorners" (whichever translation that one uses...which is very interesting in this case) Since that word is used to suggest that those who disagree are of such repute, I believe that a slight bit of biblical education is in order.
First, the word "scoffer" which is and can be translated as "scorner" in ancient Hebrew as well, deals with individuals who despise God, his word and his truth. Pulpit Commentary says the following about the use of the word in Prov. 13:1. It says that the word describes:
"one who mocks at goodness and despises filial piety will not listen to reproof."
Gills Expository Commentary of the Bible says:
"but a scorner heareth not rebuke; that is, a son who is a scorner, as the Targum and Aben Ezra; one that makes a mock at sin, and scoffs at religion: such a man will be so far from hearing, attending to, and receiving the rebuke and reproof of his father, that he will scoff also at that; such as were the sons in law of Lot, and the sons of Eli and Samuel. So scornful men, that make a jest of everything that is sacred, will not hearken to the reproof of God's word, to the rebukes of Gospel ministers, or even to the rebukes of Providence, which will issue in their destruction, Proverbs 5:11."
Either way, the word does not seem to apply to ANYONE calling a church or church people back to God and or higher standards of living and life based on God's word. So I am at a loss as it pertains to why our Bishop would suggest that those who disagree with him, as many of us do, and who believe that the SIN that has been allowed to proliferate within this church, both will and has called us into judgement and will cause us to face greater condemnation of the world...
Reader, you make the call, but as for me and MY HOUSE...I think you know the rest...