Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bishop Kelly is guilty

I don't know the story on this one. I will have to do some digging. "Bishop" is a lofty title held by a whole bunch of people in the Church of God in Christ. What is the difference between a pastor and a bishop? does the title have some significance in the African American community? 

Frederick Kelly was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and child molestation on Friday night. His church is looking for a replacement - it is a good thing too, Kelly's going away for 25 years... or more.

In cases like this, I always wonder about the last sermon hypocrites like Frederick Kelly deliver. Do they know their fall is near? Do their words ring true? Were they ever true?

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5 comments:

BLKSeaGoat said...

Bishop ISN'T a lofty title help by a whole bunch of people in the Church of God In Christ.

Like most Protestant denominations, COGIC divides geographical regions into jurisdictions and the person who is the leader of the jurisdiction is a Bishop.

Kelley, is a hot mess and his wife should be arrested too for condoning his behavior.

COGIC, as a denomination, has a history of harboring sexual deviants and child molesters. Sad, but so true. This case is simply one that was well publicized and that the victim was willing to pursue criminal action against him.

Too often, victims are actually chided by other COGIC leaders to simply "pray" instead of seeking justice.

Anonymous said...

Amen!!!!
COGIC does harbor sexual predators!

Anonymous said...

A pastor presides over a church. A bishop presides over a jurisdiction. A jurisdiction is comprised of a number of churches usually in a local region. Like most sections of society sexual deviants are present. But since spiritual leaders talk about the promise of man when they fall it hits us harder. Although we hate to admit it, or not, we hold spiritual leaders to a higher standard. Whenever a wrong is committed it should be exposed. Gladly, in our time nothing is swept under the rug as evidenced by this this ruling and what is happening in the Catholic church.

Anonymous said...

COGIC DOES "NOT" HARBOR SEXUAL PREDATORS. THOSE TYPE PERSON CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE OR IN ANY DENOMINATION. THEY ARE "NOT" ALWAYS FOUND IN CHURCHES. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE "ISSUES", AND USUALLY VERY ADEPT AT GETTING THEIR WAY IN A MULTITUDE OF SITUATIONS TO PREY ON THE VULNERABLE AND WEAK....

mike said...

Its insulting to say that COGIC "harbors" pedophiles. You have to remember that people are people. The bible says if any man says he does not sin, he is a lie. You can't fault the denomination for the hidden and perversed actions of individuals. Our Bishops does not condone this behavior in the least bit. In addition, many of these people really do know the word like the back of their hands, unfortunately, many of them are hypocrites. But the bible warns us of this. COGIC is a great church. I was born and raised COGIC and it is that which has kept me on the right path. If you must use conviction, convict the person, not the church. Blaming the entire church is like saying, "Because thousands of black men have committed crimes, ALL black men are criminals".