Isaiah 33:15-16 ~15-He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16-He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure
Reluctantly, I have had to interject into what appears to be a "spin war" of Dr. Earl Carter against COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. The reason that I must speak is because in one of Dr. Carter's latest videos, he invokes my name at about the 14:40 mark (unless he edits the video as he has done and continues to do in some cases after release). One can hear him issue some statements referencing my name.
Plainly, some of his statements regarding what I have said are misstatements. Some are mis-attributions of statements that I have allegedly made regarding both homosexuality and sexual abuse in COGIC. Some of Carter's statements in that video, attributed to me, were patently false attributions. This means, that I DID NOT say what Carter leads one to believe that I said regarding COGIC or our current condition.
For this cause, I have taken the time to point out those misstatements in the comments section of his youtube video. I will recapture the statement in full here just in case my commentary gets deleted.
I spoke as follows:
This is Pastor Burnett
About 14:40 in this video carter mentions my name and attributes something to me that I wrote in PART. He then adds on a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't say such as my "confirming" that I said that homosexuality and child molestation is in COGIC and that I was speaking of a $100,000,000 lawsuit and that the "lady" and her son was doing what I said they would do years ago....I have been a vanguard for years for victims advocacy in this church, but that is as much as I have done and will continue to do. I never said anything about a "lady and her son" and or wrote about a one hundred million dollar lawsuit, or mentioned a prophecy that I spoke because god has given me NONE....
Dr. Carter, you need to be more responsible with information. I can attest that your's regarding my input into that issue is erroneous.
One more thing. Although I would agree that our church needs a renewed spiritual awakening in many areas, similar to other organizations etc, I am in total disagreement with your resolve in character destruction. On my blog I have referenced COGIC over 78 times, Bishop Charles Blake over 34 times, Homosexuality over 68 times and clergy sexual misconduct and abuse over 90 times. I have placed some tough questions and made some pointed statements directly to our leaders, but I draw the line at character abasement. That is ungodly and I do not believe that destroying a person's character is a way to build anything. We can be hard hitting, truthful and even earth shattering without destroying the person. I led the charge against Bishop Charles Brown who allegedly molested his nieces and others. I have interviews that in my opinion are award winning on the issue. However, I did not destroy the man's character as it speaks for itself. Tell what you think he is doing wrong as far as administration is concerned. That is fair. Tell us the shortcomings and missteps. That too is fair. However, I am against denigrating his person and as I have heard your proof, it is only tabloid worthy. I have heard nothing compelling.
I do not wish to be an antagonist, but PLEASE do not use my name unless your retelling is accurate and in context.
Thank you.Supt. Harvey Burnett The Dunamis Word
https://bethelburnett.blogspot.com/search?q=church+of+god+in+christ will take you to nearly every story I have done on COGIC on my blog. In these articles I reference Bishop Blake and his missteps and mistakes especially aligning our church with the UDHR. I am no novice in this. This link: http://bethelburnett.blogspot.com/2012/09/fear-to-victory-overcoming-cogic-clergy.html
Takes you to what I did on the Charles Brown issue, even calling for an investigation after the court threw the issue out because of the statue of limitations. One can speak truth without denigrating a person or becoming the ungodly ugly that we speak against. I hope that can be seen in my work. Dr. Carter, you have a good cause, and that cause is reform of our church. However you methods and methodology is flawed and should cease. I was in STL a couple of years ago with a camera as well. I was not escorted off, but I did not call our leaders gay either, especially at the event. If you know this man is gay, then work on leadership reform, not speculative and sensational approaches to spiritual decorum. The Seven Son's of Sceva saw the problem, recognized it and threw themselves into it. They were powerless and came out bleeding, naked, and embarrassed. DO NOT be one of them. Your skills and talents can be used, but not like this.
Thank youSupt. Harvey BurnettThe Dunamis Word
My Admonition To Carter & All Who Want COGIC & Blake Destruction
For those inquiring minds that want to know...I do not and will not call the character of Bishop Charles E. Blake into question based on Earl Carter's speculation or the speculation of any other. I happen to know how speculation works and how internet sensationalism works as well. My reader count always increases exponentially when I address character of individuals on this blog, which I have done in times past and will continue to do WHEN I have non-speculative facts as proof for my statements.
Although I will continue to speak to church issues that are of importance to the body of Christ, I will continue to advocate for victims advocacy and a complete overhaul of how our church functions in this area, I refuse engage in Carter's malicious fight against the person and character of Bishop Blake, nor be a part of that fight. I have never agreed with Magic Johnson's stance on homosexual inclusion, but he is only a member of West Angeles of which Magic is only ONE member of the over 25,000 that are on the roll. So I reject the argument that Bishop Blake has been "bought" by Magic Johnson, and do not see any evidence of that. As for the late Peter Gomes, I have always contended that Bishop Blake should have researched Gomes and not allowed him to come to West Angeles, however I reject the current speculation that there was an inappropriate and sexual relationship between Gomes and Blake at any time. I have held our Bishop to task on the UDHR and clearly his advisers failed him and our church on that issue, however, to suggest that there is a "gay acceptance conspiracy" at the top levels of the church is over the top.
I support Bishop Blake as he stands against Carter's accusations, and as he leads this church, until as such time as I am compelled to do otherwise by evidence. I am not compelled to follow what has been "reported" or in our times, "GOSSIPED" by people or individuals within or outside of our church against the leaders of our church.
While I know some have sinned which is very serious and cannot be overlooked, and know that we all have faults...myself at the top of the list...I do not believe that either COGIC or their leaders are an "evil syndicate" as Carter suggests.
I and others have said some poignant things at times regarding the operation and function within our church. Various individuals have let me know that I and we have been heard and taken seriously. I have spoken to Bishop Blake and some of his assistants personally regarding many issues and he has listened and acknowledged as much. At times I have even said that I refuse to leave the church and if they (COGIC) want me out, they would have to put me out.
To date no one has attempted to put me out of this church and my money, when I have agreed to pay such, has not been rejected or sent back.
As stated, I am in full agreement that we need reform within our church. I am confident that other reformations, both Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal need the same as well. However, denigrating the character of Bishop Blake and the character of the leadership council is NOT the path to accomplish the goal in my opinion.
I am sure that I will be looked upon and criticized by those who hate COGIC as they always do, and those in COGIC who feel that their needs have not been met. That is OK. We should lead with responsibility, reverently, and cautiously. As for me and The Dunamis Word, we will continue to call out sin and error where it is and where we find it and seek to hold individuals accountable for actions that are disruptive to the body of Christ, even if their name is Carter.