New COGIC sexual abuse site announces launch today

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On behalf on a growing group of concerned parents, leaders and former clergy sexual abuse survivors of the Church of God in Christ, I am pleased to announce the launch of ReportCOGICAbuse.com.

The site has been in months of planning, researching and developing.  And we felt it appropriate to launch it on Bishop CH Mason’s birthday to honor his call to holiness, purity and righteousness and to alert people to a growing problem affecting a cross section of the church’s constituency.

Mason, called one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century, was born September 8, 1866 just outside Memphis, Tennessee and later founded what has become the nation’s largest black pentecostal denomination.

The site’s main goal is to empower the people of COGIC with solid information, resources and a grass roots friendly instrument to fight the culture of silence and inaction which emboldens sexual predators to continue their devastation upon innocent men, women and children. We believe  Bishop Mason would not have stood by silently in the face of such grave abuses of someone’s sexual sanctity.  The site also raises up the profile and plight of victims and the families who are often quickly pushed to the side and forgotten.

We also take this occasion to once again call on Bishop Charles Blake and the leadership of COGIC to demonstrate true leadership by supporting reform and stricter accountability measures in the church.

Future plans include press conferences, awareness seminars, cross-denominational partnering and an expanded database of convicted clergy sexual offenders.

Visit www.reportCOGICabuse.com

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25 thoughts on “New COGIC sexual abuse site announces launch today

  1. Great site DL, this has been a long time coming, and am going to do all in my power to help you get the word out about this site. It’s time to hold COGIC accountable. They’re little defense that “COGIC isn’t responsible for the local churches” is as thin as a fishing line. If they’re not responsible for the local churches then stop taking it’s money which comes in the form of reports that goes to the Jurisdictions and then makes its way to the National Church. Great Job DL.

  2. Kudos DL! But you know what’s so sad, that something like this even has to be launched for the so called “church.” It reminds me of the Megans Law website that tracks sexual predators. It truly is a sad day when a “sexual abuse” website has to be launched to track those operating in God’s house! Yes, come quickly Lord Jesus!

  3. Agreed 100% Godlysoldier. But the leaders of COGIC and their cold silence and mistreatment of victims of clergy sexual abuse are responsible. I still cant understand why they feel its okay NOT to help people and their families when the perp has ADMITTED to the crime. They would rather they go away and shut up so as not to ruin COGIC’s 100 year old name.
    Sad and tragic.

  4. DL, when one is caught up in “image” (how things “look” and “appear”) and that’s all they are concerned with, then how things “really are” will never be dealt with.

  5. Julia, I’d be happy to answer your questions as best I can. I can understand your skepticism as this is something that is extremely unfamiliar waters, especially for COGIC people. If you check back in a couple of hours, I will honor your request with honest answers. Thank you.

  6. ill never understand why people insist on addressing symptoms and not the problem…its similar to Israel killing the prophets for pronouncing the word of the Lord instead of just doing what was right…the watchdog isnt the problem..the problem is the sexual abuse thats going on in COGIC..i can remember plenty of COGIC preachers talking about how jacked up the Catholic church was when all their mess came out…but now that it’s COGIC turn on the wheel, it’s touch not mine anointed and DL Foster got an axe to grind and he hasnt been delivered…if the church would have been policing itself like it should have been instead of winking at/whispering about peoples mess, there would be no need for sites like this..but nobody sees that..im glad somebody is worried about the victims and not the “image” of the church..props, homie…

  7. I totally agree w/you, djenk. I took time to review DL’s responses to Julia’s questions earlier. I found them to be very forthright in a biblically sound manner. While I can understand that there are upstanding people in the ministry, I could not help but be perturbed that her skepticism of the site’s motive was on the stregnth of an alleged incident involving her brother. It is this type of behavior that trivializes substantiated cases of sexual assualt to the extent that it forces victims into perpetual silence. As one that suffered extensively from such abuse (albeit outside of the “church”), I can relate to many of the tactics used to not only downplay the incidents, but the after-effects as well. Ultimately, compassion and justice are required for the victims, not defense for the repeatedly guilty.

    It is for this reason I am proud of DL’s work in doing what is needed to shine a badly needed light into yet another corner of spiritual darkness.

  8. Nice try johnapple. I’m Jbodank35. My name is Elder Todd Johnson and my church is Agape Assembly Church in Warren, OH. You can find me anywhere on the web,facebook, etc. We are not COGIC and even though I’ve entertained the idea personally (it’s not secret agenda), we won’t ever be. I’ve got nothing to hide, I don’t even know any prominent COGIC leaders, just a few local pastors. I just have an opinion that anyone is entitled to.

    I find it interesting that you feel the need to reserve the first comment to “tell” on whoever disagrees with the site and try to defame me. Real mature. But here it is, I’ve already sent Bro. Foster a msg with my feelings and perceptions, acknowledging that they may be wrong. Cowards like you can hide behind your online handle with false accusations if you like, it makes no difference to me. I’ve got no time for worthless online battles and foolishness.

    todd

  9. O Lord, the ol’ “Touch Not Mine Anointed” defense. All believers are anointed. The anointing is Christ Jesus. The victims ar also anointed in many cases; now what? I hope the website has a similar transforming effect as the Catholics Voice of the Peoiple movement.

  10. Elder Foster,

    A move in the right direction is always a move second guessed by everyone remaining motionless.

    COGIC will be made better for it. I noticed at the site the concern of who’s going to minister to the victims? Well, that’s what victim’s advocacy is all about. The church should heal the wounded according to scripture. The unfortunate part is that there seems to be very little interest in “healing” those eho experienced this sort of tragedy. Secondly the efforts of prevention are all self-centered and based on self-serving motives. Although something is better than nothing, we owe the people of God more than a self-serving message. We owe them the love of Jesus.

    It’s obvious, sins like this occur and wil occur as long as we are on this side of eternity, but how these issues are addressed and what steps are taken in prevention make all the difference in the world.

  11. So why do people attack (touch) other anointed ones of God by using the touch not my anointed verse isn’t that hypocritical? Help me.

  12. This is a bitter sweet situation. I comment the fact that COGIC is doing something to help victims, it is necessary. I do hope that the victims are ministered to in a great way and it seems that their is a serious need for teaching on sexual immorality.

    The part that bothers me is how sinners see the church, in my sinful state I would see this as being crazy as it doesnt mirror how Christians should behave in the least.

    I know this was Paul talking to the jews but I am reminded of this verse of scripture.

    Romans 2:23-25
    23Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

    24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

    May the Lord remove the emotional and spiritual hurt from the victims and deliver the offenders.

  13. That touch not mine anointed is one of the most abused scriptures along with do not judge.

    The Holy Spirit is the anointing of God so it is the offenders (whether they are Pastors, Elders ect) who have rejected this scripture first and foremost by abusing their sisters in The LORD.

    I think more appropriately the anointed should stop touching and doing things we have no right doing.

    “Ephesians 5:2-4
    2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

    3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”

    This website is born out of Church leaders not walking in love.

    God bless!!

  14. Ahh thank you Paul, so are these the ones who want their ears tickled instead of dealing with the sin in the person’s which will send them into the Eternal Lake of Fire?

  15. I think so Robert. A problem I have with people is that this is not just an individual struggling in an area of their lives these are predators, lets get real. This is not about consentual sin its about leaders who should be above reproach using their influence to sexual abuse a sister in Christ. COME ON if this is not exposed the individuals will keep looking for other victims, it is the nature of persons that have these kinds of issues.

    Yes, let focus on the victims please.

  16. this can be a very beneficial site. hopefully its not just for people that have an ax to grind. i belong to cogic and would like to see alot of things cleaned up. i would like to see more deliverance oriented services instead of just wanting to get them happy and receive a generous offering. our screen process for leadership by some is as bad as the repubs and the democrats. we have to get back to fasting and prayer for direction. have more to say but i’ll knock off for now.

  17. I SUPPORT THIS SERVICE BY YOUR ORGANIZATION PASTOR DL FOSTER. THIS SERVICE SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SLAP IN THE FACE TO COGIC. THIS SERVICE IS NEEDED IN EVERY CHURCH TO SAFE GUARD PEOPLE BECAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY OF FALSE PROPHETS, SEXUAL PREDATORS, AND FALLEN SAINTS. ALSO THE CHURCH HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE EX-DRUG ADDICTS OR EX-CONVICTS, SOME OF THESE PEOPLE FROM OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE DEEP ISSUES, SOME TRY TO USE THE CHURCH, SOME RELAPSE, AND SOME RECEIVE TOTAL DELIVERANCE WHEN THEY TRUELY TURN THEIR LIVES TO GOD. ANYWAYS, RIGHT ON, PASTOR DL FOSTER.

  18. ANOTHER COMMENT, I AGREE WITH A PREVIOUS STATED COMMENT THAT SAID COGIC LEADERS SHOULD SUPPORT LOCAL CHURCHES BECAUSE OF THE MONEY THEY RECEIVE FROM THEM.
    YES LORD, COGIC TOP LEADERS AND BISHOPS COLLECT MONEY FROM LOCAL CHURCHES EVERY YEAR. THEY SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR THEM.
    ALSO LOOK UP FORMER BISHOPS EARL PAULK AND THORSBERRY FROM ATLANTA, GA AND HOUSTON, TX, THESE TWO MEGA-CHURCH PASTORS WERE BIG TIME SEX OFFENDERS WHO WERE CONVICTED IN THE COURT OF LAW. I LOVE THE CHURCH AND COGIC, AND I ONLY HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR THEM.

  19. Months in the making. Years in the praying.

    It will be a grand blessing and an unavoidable curse how “successful” this site will become. I, too, am amazed that this site even needs to be made. Moreover, that people would flinch about it.

    Thank God for provision.

    Peace, Pastor.

    HiScrivener

  20. Thank you and God bless you NYTN. I must admit I was a little shocked to see the video. Great commentary and thanks for helping us tell victims they are not alone and tell COGIC church predators they will be stopped.

    I plan to put the video in the video highlight box soon.

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