COGIC bishop who spoke out against homosexuality passes

Atlanta – The Church of God in Christ’s former presiding bishop Chandler D. Owens of Atlanta  has passed away at age 79.

Owens’ five year tenure as the head of the denomination was marked by tensions particularly in the leadership arena. He clashed on numerous occasions with current bishop Charles Blake over alleged “abuse of power”. In the summer of 1999, Owens and Blake were on opposing sides in an Orlando court case in which Blake supported political ally the Rev. Derrick Hutchins in a leadership controversy. Hutchins was later rewarded with a position as head of the influential General Council of Pastors and Elders.   But last year, Blake announced that Hutchins had “submitted his resignation” from his high profile position (due to adultery).

As profiled by religion writer David Waters in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Bishop Owens spoke out forcefully and often against homosexuality.

In 1996, he called on COGIC to “rebuild the walls” of orthodoxy to prevent the world’s unclean spirits from invading the church.

“I believe this is a time of spiritual repair,” Bishop Owens told COGIC members in Memphis. “The walls of the Church of God in Christ, in my judgment, are in bad repair. In many places those walls have fallen. We have allowed the church to be open and we have been invaded by all kinds of people. The church used to be a sanctuary. Now it’s a zoo. Everything from everywhere has crept into the Church of God in Christ.”

He said the church had strayed too far from fundamentals.

“We are against same-sex marriages,” he said. “I don’t care what another church does. In the Church of God in Christ, a man, a real man, a ‘sho-nuf’ man knows the difference between the smell of Old Spice and Chanel No.5 … COGIC won’t ordain sissies.”

Chandler Owens took over the denomination’s troubled Central Georgia jurisdiction after its bishop, General Board member John D. Husband was stripped of his office and excommunicated. Husband admitted to embezzling half a million dollars of church money and sexually abusing countless young men under his charge.

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21 thoughts on “COGIC bishop who spoke out against homosexuality passes

  1. Sho-nuf, Pastor Owens, tell us what you really think!

    I think he just became a hero of mine, Pastor Foster.

    I am trying to imagine how deeply he will be missed by his family and congregation. His enemies? Not so much.

    Thank you for posting.

  2. They should have kept him in leadership. He was rough at the edges on some things, but at least he recognized the need to shore up the walls against the flood of unclean spirits that eventually did find their way into COGIC thanks to you know who.

  3. yes we need to stop entertaining the darkness and lead those living in the dark to the light. Thank you for men who stand up for right vs wrong, there is a difference. Men male—-Women female. One was made for the other not the same gender. I stand behind every word that God said.

  4. wannachange aka False Minister Gerald Palmer, he didnt call gay men sissies, he said COGIC would not ordain sissies. Get it correct. And brother jefferson didnt say Owens was his hero either. Calm your drama already.

    And some gay men are sissies or in more appropriate terminology effeminate.

    And while I dont encourage church leaders to call people unnecessary names, I would rather have a leader that spoke out rather than one who is passive and silent while it rages in his face.

  5. It saddens me that the old guard that stood strong for holiness, the Word of God, and the gifts of the Spirit are passing away (in EVERY denomination) and in many cases those who are taking their places care more for the things of the world (money and power) than the things of God. I watch messages on youtube from the late Bishops David Ellis (PAW) and G.E. Patterson just to name 2, and my heart burns for that type of solid, sound preaching to be more prevalent today.

  6. You are so right ED. But when we see this we must hold that legacy up even as it becomes more and more unpopular with today’s compromising leadership. Holiness isnt right because man said it is, its right because God commanded it.
    That makes defending it all the more worthwhile.

  7. Bishop Owens didn’t call gays sissies…he just said a real man knows the difference between the smell of Old Spice and Channel Number 5 lol. He was an unapologetic preacher that stood straight up and told the truth concerning homosexuality. A rare breed and he WILL be missed.

  8. My statements is simple. When will someone in COGIC or any Christian local church pastor recognize that the mighty are fallen. Who will stand to accept the mandate to consistently live and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ? Who will stand in the gap and intercede? Who is willing to throw away his or her reputation to be pleasing in His sight? Who will choose to live to please Him and not live to be pleased by man? Who is willing to risk it all to live and preach what is right? Pride. Arrogance. Elitism. Entitlement. Empowerment. Expediency. Depraved Indifference, leading to abusing others, including themselves just to gratify themselves. Will this be the epitaph of male Christian leaders of our times? Sadly, unless there is a serious adjustment, a change of heart, and mind, we will only witness more sin. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!

  9. This is really something Elder. What the Bishop spoke against and stood up for will be greatly missed. I wonder who will stand and how in light of the fact that we need a renewal?

  10. JUST CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE MEN OF GOD, THAT DOORS WILL BE OPEN SO THAT THEY MAY PREACH THE WORD OF GOD, FOR THERE ARE MANY THAT ARE STILL PREACHING HOLINESS AND NOT ACCORDING TO MANS WISDOM BUT BY THE POWER OF GOD, AND THESE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE BEING HELD BACK (HINDER), AND WHEN IT IS TIME MANY MANY MANY WILL REPENT OR BE DAMM, THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IS THAT CHURCH BUILD ON THE WORD OF GOD AND KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD, PRAY FOR ME AS I CONTINUE TO DO GOD’S WILL ELDER FOSTER TO FOCUS YOU WILL BE REWARDED

  11. Rev Robinson so good to hear from you. God bless and thank you for sharing those words of wisdom. When the smoke has cleared, only God will be glorified and every kingdom that man has built for himself will be destroyed in the fire.

  12. And he would have remained in leadership had he not acted like a tyrant while he was presiding bishop. IMO, he burned too many bridges and crossed too many people.

    But besides making a few statements, I’m unaware of anything significant or substantial that he did regarding the preservation of sexual purity among the leadership of the Church of God in Christ.

  13. For the record, Elder Derrick Hutchins was not appointed Chairman of the General Council of Pastors & Elders. He was elected in the year 2000 by his colleagues during the 93rd Holy Convocation in Memphis. Subsequently, he was re-elected twice (2004 & 2008).

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  15. AP, do you mean by all the pastors and elders influenced by Bishop Blake to vote for him? Do you think that Hutchins just rose to the top on his own with no help from his political father? If you do, you are extremely naive. It is clear that Blake was the mitigating factor in Hutchins ascension to power.
    And its sad that while all that re-electing was going on, Hutchins was knee deep in adultery and attempting to cover up for himself. What does that say about all his “colleagues”?

  16. @GCMW No one was influenced by Bishop Blake. Bishop Blake wasn’t even presiding Bishop @ that time. The election for the Chairman took place 3 days before the General Election races. None of the General Board members were present during that election process.

  17. AP, I understand your technical explanation of his election. I understand COGIC backdoor politics. You should too.

  18. Abiding_Peace-like Pastor Foster said lets not be ignorant. Everyone knows the ways to ascend to the top in COGIC.

    1.Compromise on Beliefs
    2.Hoop and hollar with hardly any theological understanding
    3.Keep a hush on anything that will negatively effect COGIC’s image
    4. See number one…..

  19. WOW Bishop Owen’s sermon still rings true today. We need a total cleansing in the Church. Let revival start today, and please let it start in me.

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