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Bishop Charles Blake Slams COGIC Preacher’s ‘Disrespectful’ Sermon Against Gays, Apologizes to ‘I’m Not Gay No More’ Testifier [VIDEO]

Bishop Charles E. Blake (Credit: Church of God In Christ)The Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ has openly rebuked the preacher who spoke against gays and apologized to a young man claiming deliverance from homosexuality.

On Sunday, Nov. 16, from the pulpit of his California church, the 74-year-old leader held nothing back.

“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,” said the Senior Pastor of West Angeles COGIC in Los Angeles, reading a prepared statement.

Blake was referring to Superintendent Earl Carter, who used the word “sissy” to describe gay men and said he hoped they would bleed from their butts, among other shocking statements.

The Bishop continued, “Though he alone is 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, I apologize for what seemed to be a harsh, uncompassionate, disrespectful spirit on the part of that speaker.”

In Carter’s pointed, politically incorrect sermon, he said, “I got something for all these homosexuals just walking around here with your pocketbooks, with your tight pants and your bowtie, and you’re walking like a girl, you need deliverance!”  

He continued, “I’ma tell you why you need deliverance and I’ma tell you what’s wrong with you walking ‘round here, looking like a sissy. If they don’t want nobody to say nothing about you, I’m gone say something about you. You’re perverted and you’re lost!”

Carter also blasted the pastors he said allowed the perversion to go unchecked. “I blame some of these preachers. You got the sissies up here doing praise and worship,” he remarked.

The crowd went wild, standing, clapping, shouting and expressing approval of his observations.

But Bishop Blake was neither impressed nor amused.

The COGIC leader said Carter was wrong and failed to be compassionate and sensitive in his delivery. “We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in all that we do.”

Despite his disagreement with Carter’s approach, Blake made it clear that COGIC does not “in any way compromise our biblical position against same-sex unions or in favor of biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct.”

Notwithstanding, said Blake, the church has an expectation that “clergy and laity will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith.”

Lack of civility online also led him to apologize to COGIC attendee Andrew Caldwell who, after feeling convicted by Carter’s sermon, went to the altar to be “delivered more” from feminine tendencies.

His exuberant testimony following prayer from Bishop Brandon Porter went viral and sparked “I’m Not Gay No More” parodies, song mixes and Internet memes.

“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,” said Blake. “His testimony literally went viral and it has brought upon him criticism and sardonicism.”

Though Caldwell has become a caricature and joke in many circles, Blake said, “We extend our love, our prayers and our support to that young man as he seeks to know God and to serve God. “

Before moving on, Blake shared a word of advice concerning the church’s delivery of biblical truths.  He said, we should do that in “humility,” otherwise, “we contradict the witness that we would strive to have to the world.”

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Bishop Blakes comes across as a very humble, gentle and respectful leader. He stood in the gape as Moses did for his congregates. He's so right. We don't need to demean, slander, or brow-beat anyone over the head with our faith or the Word of God. We must deliver God's Word (not ours) with truth and love. His words says' "Out of love and kindness have I drawn thee", so we must be skillful and intelligent when we are ministering to all persons, sinner or saint.

November 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEva Rogers

I listen to Bishop Blake's apology for Elder Carter, and Bishop Blake is wrong. You know it is people like Blake who would have spoke against the prophets of the Bible who God used to speak words of condemnation to Israel for their sins and idolatry. These prophets did not mince words, they spoke with the same authority as Elder Carter has done. Bishop Blake no longer deserves to be called by the sacred office of Bishop let alone pastor. He is wrong. He is borderline apostate. The truth is right and Bishop Blake should resign as the presiding Bishop. What Elder Carter preached is what COGIC is about originally. Those people told us flat out that the Bible is right and somebody is wrong. If the Senior Blake was living he would be ashamed of his son and the shame that Bishop Blake brings to our church for straddling the fence.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

With love and kindness have I drawn thee. Who was elder carter drawing? It was harsh and down right mean. Would that honestly convict you? Wise men know how to draw and rebuke. Did he even say there's a way out? What about liars and over eaters and whore mongers. All sin is sin. When you harp and dwell on a particular subject it's usually something you're dealing with.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRH

Now, I always say it loud. I don't go to church because I don't believe in church and the people who encourage all the wrongs in church but pretend everything is all good on a Sunday, fuck that.

This right here will make me a follower. I need to know where this pastor preaches and when is he going to be in my neck of the woods.

Realest shit I've ever heard and ain't nothing but realness gonna make me go to any house of worship.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNigel

I like that preacher by the name Carter , I salute him for saying what he said , I am sorry for the American church that you have gone so low to apolgize to what a man of God said . Its a shame , come to Africa and preach this gospel of truth . Thats why revival is spreading like wild fire world over because we don't muzzle the of God's servants by what you call tolerance , why should you have in the first place gays in the worship team , what are you trying to portray church in America , I am disappointed by Bishop Blake . Come to Africa Cater , my email is .

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermalitino

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