We’re not sure what to make of this yet. With all the falling away from the faith going on all around us, it shouldn’t be surprising that more and more of these once prominent ministers would begin accepting engagements from homosexual churches. Perhaps they just need the money and gay churches are a new source of revenue. Or maybe we really are in a free fall away from the truth. There are quite a few supporting links in this story, please check them out to get the full picture.
A commenter (Dee) mentioned this and it bore checking out. And it does appear Bishop Larry Trotter (pictured, left) will be “in revival” April 23rd at Greater New Heights Christian Church in St Louis. The church is a member of Yvette Flunder’s gay denomination, The Fellowship and pastored by Bishop Wyatt Greenlee who serves as the “Episcopal Assistant to the Presiding Bishop”.
Like other black gay churches in The Fellowship, Greenlee moved his congregation into Christianity’s most extreme left wing denomination, the United Church of Christ. The UCC was Barack Obama’s “home” denomination for 20 years under Jeremiah Wright.
Trotter is pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Chicago and presiding bishop of United Covenant Churches of Christ. Trotter’s itinerary lists him at the church for two nights as well as his past engagements at Noel Jones’ church. We have to confess, this is strange. Trotter was appointed head of the UCCC by its founder Bishop Delano Ellis. If you remember, Ellis was the leader of the quorum of African American bishops who first declared Carlton Pearson a heretic.
On August 22, 1992, the First Pentecostal General Assembly of the Church was convened during the Third Session of the Holy Convocation of the Pentecostal Church of Christ, at Cleveland. Bishop J. Delano Ellis was proclaimed the first General Overseer and President of the Reformation.
After fifteen years of excellent labor, Bishop J. Delano Ellis, II exercised wisdom in the Lord and deemed it necessary for health reasons, to relinquish the office of the presiding bishop and grant a faithful son, Bishop Larry Darnell Trotter, his nomination for succession in the Episcopal Office. After much prayer, the College of Bishops of the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ convened on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 and unanimously elected the nomination of Bishop Trotter to the office of Presiding Prelate of the reformation. Bishop Trotter’s Pentecostal roots, tenacity, wisdom and 21st century technological style prepares us for the continuation of the foundation, as well as propels us to the next dimension…which caused a word in our name to change from “Pentecostal” to “Covenant” for our global agenda.
Does Ellis know that Trotter is trending towards fellowshipping with homosexual churches? In fact, fellowshipping with the same organization that welcomed Pearson’s heresy? Pearson is now a “ecclesiastical board member” of The Fellowship. Does this mean Bishop Larry Trotter is now homosexual affirming? We don’t know, but GCM Watch will seek to find out and keep you updated.
UPDATE: 3:15pm EST A spokesperson for Bishop Ellis said that they have had no association with Trotter or the UCCC for over two years. She did not elaborate on the reason, but suggested GCM Watch contact Trotter’s offices in Chicago.
UPDATE 04.21.09 A reader of this blog who knows about this situation informed GCM Watch of the following:
First, Ellis was retiring and Trotter took the organization and was reestablishing it and changing it and many of it’s practices such as baptism etc. During this, Ellis took his organization back (churches) even if Trotter kept the name (that I’m not as familiar with). By the way, Trotter was disfellowshipped from COGIC because he was caught with his minister of music and wanted to continue pastoring but the Chicago churches said NO.