Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Presiding Bishop Charles Blake Responds to the Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

  A Pastoral Letter to the Saints of the Church of God in Christ 

From Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr,:

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (I Peter 2:11-12).
On today, the 26th of June 2015, the majority of the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that has made same-sex marriage legal in all of the states of the Union. The Court made its decision based on its reading of the United States Constitution. Today, the Church of God in Christ reaffirms its long-held position that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, basing our decision firmly on the Bible. As Christians, we believe that the Bible teaches marriage to be a lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Christians, we are called to proclaim and practice this doctrine. Our ultimate trust is in God and not in any court or government. We trust God. So, I write to you, saints of God, as a stranger and pilgrim in our contemporary society.
We understand even better now why the Bible calls Christians “strangers and pilgrims” in the world (I Peter 2:11). It is clearer now why Jesus instructed us to be in the world but “not of the world” (John 17:15-16). In fact, today’s Supreme Court decision is just another legal law that makes the holiness message even stranger to our society. While the moral landscape of our society has definitely shifted, we know that the Bible is yet right and God still reigns.
In a democracy such as ours, we are to be ruled by laws. As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we have found ourselves at various junctures unable to find a biblical basis for key legal laws that govern our society. It is a fact that the United States of America has now added same-sex marriage to a list of legal rights which adults may exercise but the Church of God in Christ does not practice, including: gambling; the production, distribution, selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages; the practice of the smoking of tobacco; the purchase of pornography; and the securing of abortions. In the states that permit the recreational use of marijuana, we opt not to exercise the right to use that drug. As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we refuse to exercise these particular legal rights, understanding the Bible as calling Christians to holiness. We are not called to panic nor be anxious; we are called to live a holy life. We are called to live a Christian life as commanded by the Bible; we are called to be in the world but “not of the world.” We are called to trust God.
Love is central to a life of holiness. The Bible is clear that Christians are called to love all people. We must resist the temptation only to love those who think like us. Regardless of the personal religious convictions and moral choices of people, we are called to love. We are not commanded to agree with them on all topics. The Bible commands us to love (Matthew 22:39). We are also called to recognize the legal rights of all citizens, regardless of the legal moral choices that they make.
Living in a pluralistic society, clear legal rights have been granted to all citizens. We must remind everyone that our government grants the Church of God in Christ and other religious organizations the legal right for each of us to express our religious convictions, as well as to live out our doctrinal and moral teachings. It also grants us the right to co-exist with those whose beliefs and lifestyles differ from ours. More importantly, we believe the right to religious freedom is a God-given right. We call upon the U.S. government aggressively to protect and preserve the right of religious freedom for all Americans.
As Christians who are strangers and pilgrims, we are indeed living in and “Called to Minister and Witness to a Deeply Distressed and Troubled World.” The church must prepare to receive wholeheartedly and minister effectively to people seeking the biblical understanding of marriage, a biblical Christian lifestyle, and the uncompromising gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us speak the truth with conviction and with care, with patience and with love. Let us proclaim the gospel with courage. Let us embrace our calling to live as strangers and pilgrims in society. Let us live the holy life with boldness. Let us witness unashamedly to the power of the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
About the Church of God in Christ:
The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

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  1. I mean but 75% of your congregation is … well I won’t start anything. Bye lol

  2. Leslie Faust Richardson

    This is a JOKE 🙁 🙁 🙁 What he did after the Elder Earl Carter situation I didn’t expect much from him. He allows men’s that dress like women’s (dresses ) Earvin Johnson, Jr. Plus others. And that’s acceptable. It’s Holiness or Hell. The BIBLE is right everything else is wrong. As a leader I have no respect for him. Our pass leaders of COGIC would have done and said more. He’s sold himself and his church. The national COGIC for a $$$$$$$$$$ :(:(:(:($$$$$$$:(:(:($$$$$$ LOL LOL

    • Just smoke screens and mirrors he has to say something so his character want be in question…..@Authentic One… more like 99.99%………@bishop Blake. .bye Felicia! !!!!!!!!

      • And just to add…….those little boys and girls that your clergy keeps raping Blake and the grand old church will continue to look the other way……….

        Judgement does not start at the white house, whore house nor out house…it starts at the HOUSE OF GOD!

        Hey Rainy…

    • your a joke you bitch

  3. Shame shame shame on all y’all. Spreading these lies on the Cogic church!! We are 100% homosexual free!!! The gay’s don’t play here. No no no no we don’t play that ish!!!!!

  4. Child of Promise

    Talkin loud….Sayin Nothing!! SMH
    @KC you need to be delivert

  5. Please stop with the foolish percentageswith absolutely no merit. Homosexuals are everywhere and will always be in the church but redefining the institution of marriage is an outrage. The Presiding Bishop spoke up as did virtually every other traditional religious leader. There are many things in this great church that I disagree with but when something is right in the sight of God, I must acknowledge and support it.

    • Presiding bishop needs to.come out the Presiding closet…..now let the queens in the cogic choirs say amen!!!!! this statement is 99.9% true…..

  6. Elder James D. Whitman

    i dont want to start no trouble but let me ask a question. Does Bishop Blake have cancer or HIV? All those years of going to Africa to play ministry. I was told he was getting treated for HIV… When he first ran for Presiding Bishop alot of the Bishops on the Board said they would not let a FAG lead the church. And didnt Bishop Blake let a well known Fag preach at West Angeles COGIC. He heard that sunday Bishop J Drew Sheard son was at WestA. You know that Whoremonger Nathaniel Green. lololol

    • I thought Green was a holiness preacher. SMH

    • That is not Bishop Sheard’s son. I heard him say: “If Eld. Green was his son he would proudly own him, because he said he’s a fine young man.

    • Chavonne Stippling

      Why is it that once COGIC makes a good move people like you have to start something dirty by lying. Eld. Nathaniel Green is a great man and Bishop Shared should be applauded for doing something great and positive for the church. We in TNE 3 wanted Bishop shared to stay, but he wouldn’t and thank God I didn’t listen to a lot of people like you, because I find him to be a great leader.

  7. With all the same type mess COGIC pastors and bishops are doing, Bishop Blake should spend his time dealing with internal problems.

    • So because there are internal issues…Bishop should not comment on legislation that will affect every religious institution in this country? Your thinking is a bit skewed

  8. Elder James D. Whitman

    Michael Bloom people send messages unaware all the time. Sheard may have been saying that but at the end of the day Bishop J drew was in love with Water heads (Nathaniels Greens) mother. You know Drew hit that many times. I hear Sheard has a soft spot for his mother too.

    • No I don’t know that and I don’t think you know that either. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Nathaniel’s mother and I know you’re description of her is incorrect and disrespectful. Why is it that some messy idiot has to come in this blog and create some mess like this. Who told you Drew Sheard was in love with her? No one would kno that but him, let’s ask him. Walk up to him and ask him that and see what happens.

  9. Amen… I have decided to show love, and prayfully God can use me to help someone. I refuse to debate with non-Christians, un-educated Christians on the word of God because I am finding it’s useless. Until they receive Christ as their Lord & savior and mature in the word, God’s word is foolishness to them. God word has been around for thousands of years and when we are no longer here, God’s word will survive. God is not sleep, just America and everything they have allowed in this country. Well, they hate Christians like they hate Christ, but soon and very soon we will be gone from this world in the “Rapture,” and they will have their wish. No Chistianns, no Holy Spirit and no Godly Angels for a minute, this is just sad, so Christians that believe the bible, pledge allegiance to Christ need to fast and pray. I am a little selfish, I look up often these days

  10. Elder James D. Whitman

    Michael Bloom don’t get mad at me because you don’t know anything. and you really dont know me like that either. I dont mind asking Drew myself i have done it in the past. When you want to know something go to the source. I dont think that in my previous message I was asking a question. I do believe I was making a statement. Nepotism is a fact in the Church of God In Christ. Many people have had babies out of wedlock or on their current wives. Encluding many of our General Board members. Do I need to do a roll call on that. Jerry Macklin, Brandon Porter just to name a few. As a matter of fact, While a Bishop in this great church. Niggas cant keep there dick in there pants and be true servant leaders.

  11. Coco Chanel Kors

    Everybody knows that Elder Nathaniel Green is truly Bishop John Drew Sheard out of wedlock son. Karen is insecure that is why she almost died having lipo suction surgery. That Drew and Dorinda had been having an affair . Peoples get over it. The truth shall set you free . Bishop Blake is HOMOSEXUAL . He’s sick you can look at him and tell . His wife wanted to divorce him early in the marriage but her Father told her to stay with him . She’s miserable. When we was on a tour for there house in Cali . She had closets and closets of clothes. They take pictures of what she wears . So they will know when and were she wore the clothes. He only had 4 suits in a closet . Yes they have a nice house. But they are living a lie . They are living separate lives of lies . I often wonder if she is a LESBIAN ? So it does not matter what he does. Israel wanted a king they got Saul . COGIC wanted a LIBERAL BISHOP they got BLAKE . And the church has been going down the toilet like shit and piss. He’s the worst leader that COGIC has ever had . He does not deserve to be in that position . He had to give a statement cause he is the leader of the church . All these liars , cheaters, stealers, whores, who calls themselves SAVED and living double lives behold your sins will find you out . Do not be surprised if Blake allows lesbians and homosexuals to marry in his church . He takes their money . His congregation is 99.09% gay . Praise and Worship leaders, musicians, elder and missionaries etc . Half the General Board has alternate lives . Macklin does not live with his wife , has a child out of wedlock , laundering money. Brooks the Black Mafia . Daniels a homosexual . Sheard whoreish, out of wedlock child . Porter liar , thief , crook , money laundering ,whoreish. Winbush liar , thief ,crook and money laundering and whoreish . Just an example . Yet the folks that can vote put all these folks in positions . You should ask yourself what kind of leader is leading you from the pulpit . If they vote for these folks . Nobody has respect for COGIC it is the laughing stock of the world. Churches full of Homosexuals and Lesbians and Transgenders all serving they say in the name of the LORD. Peoples watch your children the church is not a safe place of refuge . Obama is going to HELL. The BIBLE says that a nation that forgets GOD is HELL bound . No more water but FIRE next time . The Fourth of July . May have more fire works than expected. Blake has sold the church for money and prestigious reasons. GOD is going to hold him and all these other so called men and women of GOD accountable to HIM . Has any churches called for any real shut in . I have friends and none of them including my pastor or there’s even said anything on Sunday . But they asked for money for the building fund . :(:(:(

    • Coco u are a lie spreader!!!!! U ain’t saved and house I’d full of cats and can poop!!! Now repent for all these lies ur spreading!!!!

      • Coco is spreading the truth like cream cheese on a bagel.

      • @ Kevin u would say that. U spread horse sh$$ like the rest of them girls!!!

      • @KC…. why do you attack people who state the obvious about COGIC? Let God deal with us. Stop kissing the GB’s ass.

      • @ Kevin.. Now wait a minute I ain’t kissing nobodies a&&!!!! Y u so so concern about Cogic??? U ain’t one of us. So see ur narrow a$$ out our business!!!

      • @KC… I do attend a COGIC.

      • U DO WHAT!!!!!!!! All that hate and judgment that drips from your lips and u gotta nerve to be apart of something you despise!!!! Shame on ur black azz!!!! Poor Cogic. No wonder we have the problems we do. People like u and supervisor William with her bad skin in the mist

      • @KC, I don’t hate COGIC. I’m just not in denial. I love COGIC enough to want it to reform. KC, you hate COGIC, so you want to cover up things to keep COGIC down.

      • Kevin now u talking out of both ends!!! Saying I hate Cogic. Nigglet u almost made me cuss!!!! I love my grand ole church and I’m not covering or hiding nuffin. I refuse to get on some gossip blog and run down my church and my leaders. Does that make u sleep good at nite exposing ur leaders as u call it to the world? And a lot of it is hear say and lies and some Truth. How would u feel if someone expose ur nasty ass and put u on front street and telling ur truth mixed in with lies. U wouldn’t like that. Preacher or not we are all human damnit!! I’m not happy at the things that are going on but u will not see me on a blog trash talking my church. I’m a very handsome man of integrity and to trash talk my church is down right gutter. Ur no better then slew foot David!!! I say all that to say this you don’t u don’t talk against something you claim u love.

    • Coco thank you,I’m so glad you have confirmed everything i’ve been saying for 12 years. ….

    • Ok, I see where this is going. Just a bunch of lies and rumors. Slandering good people’s name. I’m praying.

    • CuriousAboutFacts

      I am always perturbed by some of the comments on the blog, as they seem to demonstrate a cognitive limitation on the part of the persons posting, with the inability to distinguish between Knowledge, as represented by Facts and Truth, as opposed to Supposition, Rumor and Opinion. James Whitman and Coco Chanel assert that they or others or everybody “knows” that Bishop J Drew Sheard alternately had conjugal relations with Elder Nathaniel Green’s mother and/or is even Nathaniel Green’s father. As per my name, and as I have asserted in the past, I am curious as to how Whitman or Coco “know” this? Were you in the room when he “hit that” as you say? Have you access to some documentation of Paternity Test that the rest of us are unaware of? If so, please share it for our edification.

      I don’t ever mind people sharing their opinions. You know the saying about opinions and a certain part of the anatomy…everyone has them. But when someone asserts they “know” something, sure knowledge implies some facts or some truths to support what is otherwise simply conjecture. I am not over eager to defend anyone or even to stand up for folks that at the end of the day couldn’t care less about what any of us say about them on this blog. But I do care about defining and defending truth, and people who want to debate (I love good debate) at least doing so with some intellectual honesty. Don’t assert something as Truth or Fact that you simply cannot know or support. If it is something you choose to believe, just say that you believe it, or its your opinion. But don’t say you “know” it, because by definition you cannot possibly “know” it. #thatisall.

  12. Coco and Whitman both of you are lying, messy little bastards with nothing better to do than spread lies and use Mr. Obnoxious’ digital space to spread your demonic filth..go crawl back into the holes you came out of.

    • C’mon here macky h!!!! U speaking truth. Confirmation!!!! These rainbow children are getting out of control with the lies!!!!!

  13. yall are off subjet !

  14. I feel bad for this blogger he has blood on his hands…..God didn’t get upset with Noah when Noah got drunk. He got upset with Noah’s son for exposing Noah’s nakedness. This blogger has blood on his hand for exposing God’s leaders.

  15. Cogic needs to stop telling that 6.5 million member lie. Cogic is lucky to have 1 million members.

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