COGIC Young Men of Valor Debacle

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Dr. Edward Lee Johnson Sr., Senior Pastor


To: COGIC Constituents

From: Edward Lee Johnson Sr.

Re: Bishop Charles Blake and COGIC’s tacit response to the Man of Valor sexual perverted manual debacle

Date: June 5, 2016


This latest move from Bishop Charles Blake’s administration is straight out of the Mafia play book, i.e. cover your buddies but kill the dissenters. These statements that were sent out from the church do not address the core issues with the COGIC Man of Valor Program—it is just a PR stunt for damage control. (See both statements in the following pages of this letter). If Bishop Blake wants to make this right, he needs to remember what he did in December 2014 with Earl Carter. (In my opinion it was to appease the gay community.) The material in the manual actually VALIDATES what Earl Carter was destroyed for. In Bishop Charles Edward Blake’s own words: “It was under my watch that this happened…” So, why did Ben Stevens get to write a letter with a simple slap on the wrist but Earl Carter was not given the chance to?  Pastor Carter was told by Bishop Blake not to write a statement until he or his PR person gets back to him; but within five days he went on the World Wide Web with a video and assassinated Carter. He used statements like: “That Speaker,” as if he didn’t know anything about the person that he knew of for over 40 years. No godly person will do this without making it right.

Producing this manual and putting it into circulation was a subtle and deliberate move. The culprits didn’t plan on the adults paying too much attention but it was meant to open the floodgates for the next generation of vulnerable COGIC’s. However, just like anything that Satan does, he cannot foresee consequences. Those who were in on this corruption under estimated the power of Social Media. If Earl Carter was not so far on the opposing end of this administration, and didn’t “Ring This Bell” as loudly as he did, everyone would have slept right though this crisis. You know what has been said about us and much of it is true: “If you want to hide it from Black people, put it in a book”. I don’t agree with everything that Dr. Carter does; and no one agrees on everything all the time. However—the cause is legitimate. When this whole fiasco got out of hand and apparent that the entire leadership dropped the ball in forcing the Presiding Bishop to do the right thing, it was time for Nathan to confront David and make his unrepentant sin and pride public.

I have reasons to believe that the manual was actually produced by Ben Stevens, a product of West Angeles. He was formerly over the program, and it is believed that the book was his work. When Dr. David Hall was apprised of the content in the manual—as a member of the publishing house board—he ordered it to taken off of the bookstore shelf and not to be produced in the publishing house. However, three days later Ben Stevens ordered that it be put back into circulation, and that is why I was able to purchase a copy from the publishing house. Ben knew exactly what was in the manual—but when Earl Carter exposed it to the extent that he did after I sent it to him—no one wanted to take ownership for this corrupt material being printed from a holiness church publishing house. In fact—no statement that was sent out actually tells us who produced the manual. Can we get the proper information on this issue NOW? A wise third grader can see through these shenanigans.

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