Letter of Withdrawal

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New Cathedral

128 West Hamilton Street, Lincolnville, S.C. 29485
Ministry Line 843-871-6848 Fax 843-821-6148 Email: mynewvisioncenter@gmail.com
Dr. Edward Lee Johnson, Sr.-Pastor

 

To: COGIC constituents
From: Edward Lee Johnson, Sr.
Re: New Vision Cathedral Inc. COGIC withdrawal and South Carolina certificate of incorporation

Date: 11/18/2016

It is with much spiritual conviction that I submit this letter to you. I cannot continue to support an organization that I truly believe that its leadership is not following basic biblical ethics and spiritual values. I left home at the age of 17 in 1972 for the military as a backslidden teenager who grew up in my parent’s church. A year and a half later I got arrested by the Holy Spirit at a party while smoking pot and drinking with my friends. I was actually in El Paso Texas at the time when God saved and called me into ministry in 1974. I was transferred to Germany that same year after preaching my first sermon at Calvary in the month of July. When I got to Germany, I couldn’t find a COGIC church so I attended the Church of God Serviceman Center in Nuremberg, Germany.

For an entire year I cut my spiritual teeth in a ministry with a White pastor and predominately White congregation. I develop such a great relationship with my pastor—when he took his family vacation with his wife and two small children for an entire week in England, he took me along and I spent the week with them. When I returned home in1975, I became extremely active with my dad at Calvary. The greatest struggle I had early on was the cultural differences between what I experienced in Germany versus being back home in a COGIC church. In fact, when I would preach, people told me I sounded White. I shared that with the late Bishop H. J. Bell who became our Bishop in 1976; and he said to me, “Well brother Ed you have to blacken up your preaching a little.” What he really meant was that I needed to learn how to whoop like Black preachers. He obviously saw something in me that I couldn’t see at the moment because he appointed me to be the Jurisdictional Secretary around 1977, and Associate Pastor of Friendship in 1981. Although I objected to a lot of things that Bishop Bell did—I was too naïve to confront him. That was then—but I’m not that novice in ministry anymore. I believe that the course that I have taken in my ministry over the past 20 years is that “good fight of faith” that the Apostle Paul taught about, “follow peace with all men…”. The foundation that I received from my father’s ministry has kept me on the straight and narrow through the worst of my spiritual test.

I said all of that in order to help you understand my reasoning for relinquishing my ties with the current COGIC structure. I honestly believe that the leaders have taken the church completely away from the principles in which Bishop Charles H. Mason built it. The corruption didn’t start with Bishop Blake—but he has taken things off the rails just like President Obama did by glorifying immorality in a way that no other president in my lifetime has done. For the past 40 years I struggled in my heart about the cultural differences as well as trying to make sense of the denominational division among churches. I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t some kind of working relationship with like minded Christian organizations for the benefit of our communities; and especially White and Black Pentecostal. As the Holy Spirit began to teach me how all the division got started among denominational churches within the body of Christ —He also gave me a real passion to work with churches outside of the COGIC box.

We use scriptures out of context to justify ourselves like, “touch not my anointed” and “let the wheat and the tare grow together”. If you know anything about the anointing, you would know that a man with the practices and culture like Charles Blake is NOT anointed. And, as for the wheat and the tare parable—go back and read (Matthew 13:36-43) the explanation of the text. Jesus said that the field is the “world” and not the church. If you say that you cannot touch the tare in the church in an attempt to justify openly corrupt and vile people serving in God’s church—then any application to spiritual discipline taught by Jesus and the apostles will not be applicable in any church setting. Of course homosexuals, whoremongers, liars, backbiters, people who are full of hate etc practicing a vile lifestyle, should be allowed to exist in the field “world,” but not in the church. That’s the whole meaning of going into the highways and hedges to preach to sinners. If our gospel be hid—it is hidden from those that are blinded by sin. The purpose of the gospel is to transform the sinner into a saint. If our gospel be compromised—we will all be punished by God as wicked servants in the judgment. And, some weak pastors will have their works burned up even though he or she may scarcely make it into the kingdom.


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COGIC Young Men of Valor Debacle

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    128 West Hamilton Street, Lincolnville, S.C. 29485 Ministry Line 843-871-6848 Fax 843-821-6148

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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FORGIVE

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Pastor Solomon L. Williams

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The word forgive represents a principle of Christianity that has (in some instances in the C.O.G.I.C.) been over shadowed by pride. Pride is demonized to the extent that it prohibits a person professing to be a Christ like individual experiencing the evolutionary nature of God in his or her life when born again. The Bible says “…that pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16.  Also…”Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov.16:18. Why is it so hard to tell a person I am sorry. Please forgive me, and mean it. The Bible says “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the Well- advised  is wisdom.” Prov.13:10.

We do not have to look very far to see the pernicious effects of a confused church that is not spiritually unionized. It leads to “physical proximity without spiritual affinity.” It gives us a church where we are physically desegregated and spiritually segregated, where elbows are together and hearts are apart. It gives us special togetherness and spiritual apartness. It leaves us with a stagnant equality of sameness rather than a constructive equality of oneness. Therefore, our topic leads us to an analysis of “hypocrisy” of righteousness.

Most hypocrites do not see their own sins. They have actually deceived themselves. Despite being guilty of terrible sin, they continue their religious activities in the belief that God accepts them. They believe they are good enough and do enough good works that, in the final analysis, God will never reject them. No matter how deeply sin is rooted in their lives, they still believe they are acceptable to God. They are convinced that they are eternally secure. Throughout the Bible God has much to say about hypocrisy and false religion. “Now I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which we have learned; avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18.

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THE LAW THAT CANNOT BE AMENDED

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Pastor Solomon L. Williams

One day as I sat, pondering on things I could see and wonder about, I thought, why is it, we African Americans as a whole, live in squalor while others seemingly have been given the ability to produce for themselves the necessities of life and more with no hassle? I began to think about certain characters of life that are bigger than the imagination. Like the developer of McIntosh. Do you know how rich he is? He just started thinking and brought his thoughts to fruition by believing he could do it no matter what others thought about it. His inner self consumed him with his thoughts. His mind impregnated with thoughts he could not control. He was not thinking about being rich, he just thought about making long distance calls without being charged a red cent. You know, he achieved his objective and went much further and today we have the computer, iPad, iPod and many other developments. Because a boy sat down and permitted, his spirit to be stirred by a power within which he obviously did not perceive as the GOD of the universe using him to bring about change on this earth that everybody could benefit. I received my answer. GOD has no respect of person and He can use whomever He will, because He is GOD Jehovah Elohim.

Oh, yeah, I can sit here and think about the impediments evil has taken against us, like institutionalized racism. However, the bottom line is how I perceive of myself.

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Was Jesus Silent on Same Sex Relationships?

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Christ TeachingWas Jesus Silent on Same Sex Relationships?

By: Elder Steve Jamison

There are those in the church today who hold the belief that Jesus was silent on the subject of homosexuality. They go so far as to say, since he made no direct comments on the subject, the church cannot take a firm stand against it. Many are using this seemingly gray area to suggest that Jesus was pro homosexual. After all, if this were such a taboo subject, why would Jesus not personally address it? This concept or doctrine is becoming very popular among younger Christians. In addition, many traditional Christian leaders deem the subject too controversial, and avoid it altogether. Their willingness to avoid the issue has created a vacuum, allowing the proliferation of misinformation, causing many well-intended seekers to reach the wrong conclusion.

However, to say that Jesus himself never addressed the issue of homosexuality is erroneous. Jesus thoroughly addresses the matter in Matthew, chapter, 19. In the third verse, the Jews sought to trip him up, by asking him a question steeped in controversy. “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” There were opposing teachings on the subject; some believed you could divorce your wife for any reason, others held to the more traditional reasons, i.e., fornication or adultery. In the next verse Jesus did what we should do in all matters of controversy, he took them back to Gods original purpose of the male female relationship…

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