COGIC officials: "no comment" on repeat clergy molester

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Church of God in Christ (COGIC)  pastor who had been under a dark cloud of suspicion since a 2005 arrest for lewd conduct with a boy, has been arrested again and charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse [source].
According to an article appearing October 8th in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Billy Eckstine McCurdy, pastor of Revival Temple COGIC was arrested after an eight month long investigation by Las Vegas police.
revival temple cogicReporter Brian Haynes said “At the church Friday night, men in all black suits said no church officials were prepared to comment on the arrest.” Four days later, there has still been no comment by COGIC officials, a passive noncommital pattern the denomination’s current leadership has made policy since public awareness of growing sexual abuse cases came to light.

The “no comment” position is the same one the denomination took in the 2005 case.  Rev. Lawrence Daniels, operations chief for Church of God in Christ churches in Nevada, said he had no comment about McCurdy or his future at the church on Tonopah and Vegas drives.

Report COGIC Abuse, a site that tracks and documents cases of sexual abuse and misconduct by COGIC clergy, cited the 2005 case but was rebuffed by a woman who claimed she was related to McCurdy.
Just a year ago in late September, Doreese Johnson demanded that RCA remove McCurdy’s photo and information from its “‘Offenders Gallery” and hinted at legal action against the site.
“In viewing your site I came across some disturbing information regarding one of the profiles listed. It is of utmost importance that you remove the information regarding Elder McCurdy, from your site as the allegations were found to be false and were completely dismissed. Once investigated it was merely and attempt to extort money from this Great Preacher and community worker. In Order to preserve the integrity of your site and to keep you from any legal actions I suggest you remove the false information immediately. If  you require further verification please contact the North Las Vegas Police Department which will confirm the dismissal of these unfounded charges. There was a news article in the local news paper stating that the Police Department would not pursue charges because the accuser lied. It is very important for us not to be instruments used by the enemy to destroy a person’s character. I do believe that one who commits such crimes against humanity should be punished. In this case it is NOT merited”

RCA did contact North Las Vegas Police, but they referred the inquiry to the courts. Per the Las Vegas Review Journal dated Sep 2, 2005, the prosecutor is quoted as  saying “We didn’t feel we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, There was conflicting evidence concerning the accuser.”  The prosecutor also refused to say the accuser “lied”, just that there was “conflicting evidence”. While Johnson is right that McCurdy wasn’t convicted (in that case), it was not the same as saying “allegations were found to be false and were completely dismissed.”  There is a difference legally in not being able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt and “all allegations being false”. Thus, the information RCA posted wasn’t false, just incomplete.

Now, McCurdy has been exposed as the pedophile predator that he is. Its still unclear as to why COGIC did not remove McCurdy or enjoin him from being a credentialed representative of their denomination. The church has demonstrated in the past that they have little to no control over sexual predators in roaming in their midst and an even weaker will to protect potential victims.
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14 thoughts on “COGIC officials: "no comment" on repeat clergy molester

  1. Take away the money and cars and you have another Eddie Long story.

    However, having been a part of the COGIC in Vegas for about 5 years I can honestly say that I am not surprised. Pastors were often caught up in sexual immorality and domestic violence cases that always seemed to disappear.

  2. What is it with this “mentoring” stuff these black preachers are doing that always has to involve some kinky sex?

    Lee Grady did a good peice in Charisma about biblical mentoring.

    http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones/29374-reclaiming-the-forgotten-timothy-principle

    These sex wolves use this mentoring trap to get young boys into their grip and throw off others who would normally question why a young man needs to be naked, shower with you, sleep naked in bed with a grown man, etc.

    SICKENING.

    I pray the Lord have his way and let their evil be returned upon their own heads.

  3. @gcmwatch your correct these wolves attempt to use the mentoring trap to seduce folks to quench there “perverse sexual appetites.” Sounds like this guy should have been removed in 2005, considering he probably caused more damage than good in the last 5 years. On top of that bringing a reproach upon the Church and COGIC organization.

  4. Awesome article Pastor Foster…I’ve brought up the same questions at my church on why the only thing we do for the Bishop is slave for him….get water, walk him into the sanctuary etc…When do we get to actually learn? I was told to sit down and learn.

    That’s not gonna work for me…..

  5. I read the artical that you mentioned, and I enjoyed it. I like the term that Grady used “egotisticus giganticus” I can honestly say that I have witnessed this myself coming from a Pentecostal background. It is quite sad that many in the body of Christ have lost their ability to discern between what is right and what is wrong. Thank you for sharing that artical, it really put things into perspective.

  6. Dunimas YES! Its almost expected that you do menial tasks to prove your worthiness to the leader but they do not allow you to learn by including you in the work.

    The problem with this system is that if fosters abuses by wolves and hirelings who need a harem of men to chose from.

    Its even sadder that some parents believe that its a good thing to turn their young men over to these crooks because they want them to get attention and /gasp/ fame.

  7. Any time the focus is on “man” instead of GOD you have abuse of all kinds. When people no longer fellowship with GOD they always devise a system to subjugate other men. Lets see a person has a history of preditary behavior and you allow them to function unmonitored. Sounds like the Chaldeans are gathering. Habakkuk 1:6

  8. …And the choir sings on…the saints shout still… and the preachers bury their heads in the sand…Church playing as usual. sigh

  9. I PRAY THIS IS NOT TRUE SO SINCE THIS IS YOUR MINISTRY I ASK THAT YOU CHECK IN TO THIS. (reverend Lanceer Fisher)Miracle COGIC I BELIEVE THE CHURCH IS IN PITTSBURG, And yes i do know that Reverend is all lower

  10. gmcwatch hold on, Here is another Pastor Michael Charles Campbell of House of Worship COGIC (THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL) I BELIEVE GOD THE FATHER IS CLEAN UP HIS CHURCH AND BRING TO LIGHT MANY THAT ARE LIVING IN SIN, STAY ON THE WATCH TOWER CAUSE WHEN THE TEMPLE IS CLEAN GOD THE FATHER IS GOING TO POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT ON ALL US THAT ARE LIVING HOLY

    GCMW: Wow, we will have to amend that story. This is stunning.

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