The 107th Holy Convocation took place last week in St. Louis, Missouri, and what a blessing of an event it was.
Unfortunately, some controversy arose from the event, specifically with a set of speakers who uttered inappropriate remarks and offensive terms in reference to human sexuality. The video has since gone viral.
At Sunday’s service, Bishop Blake, Presiding Bishop over the Church of God in Christ, addressed those remarks and apologized on behalf of COGIC.
Listen to Bishop Blake’s response to the remarks below:
And here is Bishop’s message transcribed:
“On Saturday evening, November the 8th, one of our more than 15 speakers used terms and spoke in a way that was offensive and inappropriate. Though he alone was responsible for the nature and tone of his remarks, it was on my watch that this took place. Even though I was not present at the service on that night, as Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God in Christ, I apologize for what seemed to be a harsh, [non-compassionate], disrespectful spirit on the part of that speaker.
“I also apologize to Andrew Caldwell, a young seeker for the Lord who came forth and made statements on that night regarding his change of heart and his purpose in life. His testimony literally went viral and it has brought upon him criticism and sardonicism. We extend our love and our prayers and our support to that young man as he seeks to know God and to serve God.
“We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that we do. And we do not in any way compromise our Biblical position against same sex unions, or in favor on the biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct. But at the same time, we expect that our Clergy and Liety will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith. We love all people. Regardless of their faith or their moral standard. And when we fail to express ourselves with love and humility, we contradict the witness that we would strive to have to have to the world.
“The Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against, and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual orientation or their sexual stance. Such actions violate entirely the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. God will judge us all. If you have a love for God and if you love Gods word you are welcome to West Angeles Church and you are welcome to the Church of God in Christ. Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 and Verse 13 says; let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. God will bring every work into judgement including every secret thing whether good or evil. Let the Church say Amen.”