SMH, Another Article on Lesbianism in the Local Church, WOW!

Pastor Fred Pastor Fred C. Rochester

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Biblically Bold And Truthful Statements About Sexual Immorality Issues Affecting Believers In Jesus
FEBRUARY 2, 2015

The Danger Of Lesbianism Leadership In The Christian Church

As some of you may know, Jericho City of Praise in Maryland has a new pastor installed by members of a Board. The battle in the courts between the Board and Bishop Joel Peebles continues. The newly installed pastor at Jericho, Dr. Jasmin Sculark, also known as “Dr. Jazz,” has a very charismatic presence.

On a side note, in an attempt to be neutral and objective, the appearance of Sculark becoming pastor at Jericho is extremely questionable. I could be mistaken about this but it appears that the Board is seeking legitimacy by installing a pastor to appear that it is business as usual, attempting to be normal. It’s especially questionable when it appears that there is already a pastor in place after the passing of Betty Peebles. I do not know everything as God does, however, if I were asked to pastor a church that has unresolved legal challenges regarding who is supposed to be the pastor, wisdom dictates that you decline the offer. If there is grace from God, not from Jakes or any high profile Bishop or Pastor, I’d wait until the final earthly ruling is indisputably made. You allow the two parties exhaust all legal challenges until a ruling is reached by the courts. Even after a ruling, sometimes people will become unruly.

Even before relief from the courts is sought and achieved, if there is no grace to pastor that church as God’s set person, preachers should be careful not to interfere or intrude, or they will end in disgrace.

In a non objective statement I’m about to make, while we do not know everything, one certain participant in this debate over Jericho City Of Praise, I believe, and I could be wrong, was severely judged by God with an illness that brought that person to the brink of death.

That’s one mega reason to steer clear and let God have His way.

If it were me, I would not dare think about walking into a minefield with an identifying sign saying “STEP HERE” on each mine.

Finally, on this subject, watch the tree and the fruit of Sculark. If there is no good fruit, it’s time to scoot.

Sadly, people will eat bad fruit from a bad tree and look at you square in the face and say that it is good fruit, and offer you a bite.

According to certain sources, there has been some serious statements alleging her sexual preference.

Bluntly, lesbianism.

Unless I am missing it, there seems to be no denial about these allegations from Dr. Sculark.

In 2012, the Ugandan government made a very powerful stand as a government to outlaw homosexuality.

On the Robert F. Kennedy website, there is a letter, signed by 30 pastors that support LGBT’s agenda to urge the Ugandan government to rescind their laws.

One signature that is of note is Sculark who at the time was the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in York, PA.

In the OT, Shiloh, if you recall, was the place where the Ark of the Covenant was taken by the Philistines because of the sexual immorality of the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas.

Be careful about naming your church after Shiloh.

The letter and the signatures of these pastors can be read here.

There were several high profile leaders at the installation of Dr. Sculark. Most notably, Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potters House in Dallas TX. His involvement, endorsement, and presence at this installation cannot be overlooked, swept under the rug, masked, or hidden behind great oratorical skill.

When sin is not crucified at the cross, ultimately it will destroy the person.

Sin is acceptable in the pulpit because it is unchecked in the heart of man.

Her signature is not evidence in and of itself that Sculark is a homosexual, however, when you support the sin of homosexuality by signing a letter, you are already an enemy of the cross of Christ. To be on the side of homosexuality is to be against God. The Ugandan government took extreme measures to protect its people from the destructive forces of homosexuality. It underscores the fact that when people run from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to help deliver people from the destruction of sin, either the government will allow sin to run its course and destroy them, or take decisive action.

There is a serious undercurrent that many in the Body of Christ is not paying attention to.

The undercurrent of lesbianism in the Christian Church.

Powerful women of influence is cropping up faster than a comet. Not every woman is a practicing homosexual or sympathetic to the LGBT agenda in support of the sin of homosexuality. However, you have to be very watchful. Behind the scenes we are seeing a general acceptance of homosexuality.

It is now front and center.

The dangers of homosexual leadership, be it male or female is as result of permitting the sin of adultery, fornication, porn, masturbation, and bisexuality go unchecked. It is the doctrine of devils and seducing spirits. It is the bed of fornication in the city of Babylon that many professed believers are in.

This is a stench before God.

No sin will go unpunished.

When man rejects the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to set men and women free, there is only one place where sin and practitioners of sin must go.

The lake which burns with fire and brimstone.

Until there is a clear renunciation of this signature. Unless there is a clear declaration of renunciation of the sin of homosexuality from those that profess to be pastors and bishops. Unless there is a clear reversal of those that signed that document, their ministry, at best, is suspect.

Even those that are connected in any way with Sculark, namely Jakes and others, their ministry is suspect if they refuse to vehemently renounce the sin of homosexuality.

Either you are for the Lord or you are against Him. If you are lukewarm, you will not last another second in the mouth of Jesus. If you are a professed believer, you must make your choice. God gives space for people to repent. However, for some, space is limited. There is not much sand left in the hour glass. For when that last grain slips through, the law of gravity will not be denied.

For some, we will see that time is up.

They have already slipped into eternity.

For others, they will live out their days and it will be a testimony to them that God was gracious to give you time to repent, but you failed to take advantage of the grace of God to repent.

Watch where you go to attend church services and watch who you are hooked up with. Watch who your leaders are hooked up with. Bad connections yield more bad connections. Sin is not “ok.” Look at the destructive forces behind sin. It should be a deterrent to commit or permit sin in the local church. Have an “I don’t care” attitude about sin, and you will die in your sins. There is no middle ground or compromise. Otherwise, the death of Jesus for our sins is in vain.

If your pastor or bishop doesn’t take a clear stand against ALL sin, including the sin of homosexuality according to LGBT, you are in danger and in jeopardy. Psalm 1 is the clear demarcation.

Walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, sitting in the seat of mockers, and you will be burned.

As far as women in the ministry is concerned, we must be very careful about the fruit that manifests. The gift of gab is not the call to preach. Just because you sound anointed, it doesn’t mean that you are anointed. The evidence of ministry is not in charisma. The fruit must be present. Good trees produce good fruit. Bad trees produce bad fruit.

You can’t preach about Jesus and live in the very sin that Jesus died to set us free from.

You can’t preach about holiness and live in sin. You can’t talk about salvation if you are still in the burning building.

Be very careful of the spirit of compromise. If there is an exception to the Bible preached in the pulpit, it is a dead giveaway that a pastor is compromised and honor wickedness over holiness.

 

Bishop Joel R. Peebles Sr. – No Weapons Formed Against You

Pastor Joel R. Peebles Sr. a MUST see video!

November 2014 City of Praise Legal Update

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There have been several developments within the past 90 days that have occurred in our fight to return our Landover (Jericho) campus. It is important to note that Apostle Betty Peebles died in October 2010.  The self-appointed employee board filed suit against Bishop Joel Peebles and Chairman William Meadows days after Apostle Betty Peebles died and before she was buried.  The congregation has filed 4 suits against the self-appointed board.  The congregation WON the records case and we now have both Corporate and personal bank records. The self-elected board has dragged these cases on for over FOUR (4) years.  They have used our tithes and offerings to pay their lawyers. The only ones benefiting from this is the lawyers.  There are currently four (4) active cases.  The statute of limitations has run out.  There can be no new cases.  They have run out of tricks and have boxed themselves in.  They have avoided a jury trial for four years.  Their day of reckoning is rapidly approaching.  It is imperative that we pray for the souls that will be displaced.  It seems that they have stuck their heads in the sand.  Everyone knows that their days are numbered but them.

Dictionary:

Summary Judgment:  a court order ruling when a judge determines that there are no disputed material issues of fact in a case, and the side asking for it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.  As used here, “material issues of fact” refers to any facts that could allow a fact-finder to decide against one side. If the motion is granted, there will be no trial.

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First Case:  Court of Special Appeals Maryland.  The Appeal for the Articles Case:   This case was granted a summary judgment by Judge Jackson on 2/4/2014.  We filed an appeal to the Court of Special Appeals.  The Jericho six (the Defendants) filed a motion to Dismiss the case.

Response from the Court:  11/17/14   Request denied    Trial Date January 9, 2015

Second Case:  The DC Court Case 2013 CA 007115 in DC Superior Court, Robert George, ET AL. V Clarence Jackson ET AL.: The Jericho Six, filed a Motion to Dismiss the case on 12/03/13.

Response from the Court:  04/23/14  Request denied   Trial  2015

Third Case:    Jericho Baptist Church Ministries, Inc. V.  Joel R. Peebles Sr. and Chairman William Meadows: The Jericho Six,  filed a motion for Summary Judgment on June 2, 2014, the hearing was held on October  2, 2014

Response from the Court:   11/26/14   Request denied  Trial  2015

 

Fourth Case:   The Federal Case              Action Pending

Bishop Joby Brady and the Red Hot Inconvenient Truth about the hostile takeover attempt

On Sunday September 22, 2013 Pastor Joby Brady from the Potter’s House North in Dallas, Texas came to the City of Praise church to bring us a word.

 Wow!  We were not expecting this.  What a high praise.

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 Bishop Brady first broke it down, he exposed the Red Hot Inconvenient Truths about the hostile takeover of our church, the firing, the lying, the cover up and the motives of those behind it.  The Truth will set you free.  

Bishop Brady also proclaimed to the City of Praise Church that our pastor has an Apostolic anointing on him and from this day forward he will be called Bishop Joel R. Peebles Sr.

Now run and tell that!

Jericho City of Praise: A 10,000 seat sanctuary with 40 People

               June 2, 2013 WORSHIP SERVICE UPDATE:

 Ever wonder what the Jericho City of Praise worship service under the leadership of the six UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue Employees looks like one year after firing Pastor Joel and excommunicating the leaders & members?  Well Saints wonder no more. This is what you get when the Janitor, the Bookkeeper and the church Secretary do a hostile take over of the things of God.  

Below is a copy of an email recently sent to the UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue 6.   

To:  Clarence Jackson, Dorothy Williams, Denise Killen,

         Clifford Boswell, Gloria MaGruder, Linda Pyles

The link below shows a clip of your service from June 2, 2013. The sanctuary at Jericho City of Praise seats 10,000 people, there are 40 people in the building. This is morally reprehensible and a reflection of your inability to run, build or grow a church. Unless God himself ordains it no one will follow Barbara Colvin-Etheridge, Rodney Walker or any other hireling.
Can you six still claim that this is what Apostle Betty Peebles wanted.  Her vision was to have a 10,000 seat church for 40 people. It’s ok to admit you are wrong and repent .
God grows whatever he sanctions. We have been at Roosevelt High School and run out of space. We are at Forestville High School and in the first week exceeded your congregation for a month combined. The reason is simple we are only concerned about people not going to hell for eternity and not our egos or playing church. We are not concerned about growing a mega church. Lives are at stake for eternity and you all want to play church, fatten your own pocketbooks and use man-made efforts to grow something that is clearly dead, dying and defunct. it is time to admit you are wrong and do what is right.
The entire community should be outraged to see what has transpired. The Jericho City of Praise now has 40 people in the building because you six want to utilize the church to enrich yourselves personally. Shame on you.
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         The hostile takeover of Jericho by the Six UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue employees has temporarily given them millions of dollars worth of property and millions of dollars in the bank. These six don’t care if the church grows or not, they are not in danger of losing any property because everything is paid in full, the church is not dependent on tithes & offerings to pay the bills.  All they have to do is pay the bills because they have plenty of money. The “cash only” parking for the redskins stadium along with the monthly rent taken in at the Jericho warehouse park provides ample ‘Mad Money’ for them. Michael Freeman can’t claim he is helping out this church because Jericho has more money than his ministry.

3 other pictures from the Jericho service:

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From:
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There are two things in the future… good and evil… what you see is what you bring into your present.
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Below,    are pictures from contrasting worship services at the City of Praise Church, under Pastor Joel R. Peebles & Co-Pastor Ylawnda Peebles

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Men responding to the word at the 10:00 a.m. Father’s Day message at Roosevelt Senior High School in Greenbelt, MD 

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Our newly added 8:00 a.m. worship service at the 

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To the Six UnGodly, UnHoly, Self-Appointed, Rogue employees:

Matthew 6:19-21    King James Version (KJV)

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Why Are We Called The City of Praise Church?

Many have asked why we call ourselves The City of Praise.  The best person to answer this question is the one who changed the name of the church from Jericho City of Praise to The City of Praise, Apostle Betty P. Peebles

After the death of Elder John Peebles,  Apostle Betty said during a 2005 New Years sermon, that she was changing the name of the church from Jericho City of Praise to The City of Praise.  So, why have these six self-appointed, unholy, ungodly, rogue crooks  who say they are carrying out her wishes refuse to do this?  They fought against it after she died, they refuse to change the signs, they refuse to support the name change.  They claim that they are keeping with her vision.  How?  You be the judge as to who is actually carrying out Apostle’s vision. Apostle Betty and Elder Joel

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Are the Freeman’s Poised for a Backdoor Attack on this Ministry?

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We believe that Opportunistic Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are attempting  to slide in the backdoor of the City of Praise Church(Jericho)

Like a shark that smells blood in the water. Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman have allegedly been waiting to make their move.  They are alleged to be the architects behind this whole church takeover attempt, with the goal of having the six employees give/sell the ministry to them. The six employees allowed Mike and Dee Dee Freeman to have the FICWFM regional conference at OUR church building in September 2012.  This event was planned well in advance of the Court of Special Appeals decision and took place a few days after the positive decision was handed down.   Pastor Joel, our board and congregation could have stopped the FICWFM conference but since Apostle Fred Price would be in attendance it was thought that if the Freeman’s would listen to anyone it would be Apostle Fred Price.  Apparently he has outgrown Fred Price.  These actions have offended the congregation whose years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets. This is a classic hostile takeover attempt.  First, get control of the board that holds the deed then have them sell/give the ministry to you.  The court of special appeals decision reversed the earlier decision made by Judge Dwight Jackson.  Consequently the six employees are no longer considered the legal board of trustees and do not hold the deed to the church.

Mike and Dee Dee Freeman’s actions are out-of-order.  We the membership have a default judgment against the six self-appointed employees.  A Default judgment is a binding judgment in favor of either party based on some failure to take action by the other party.  Default judgments arise in circumstances whereby one party to a suit has failed to perform a court-ordered action, and subsequently that failure has not only prevented the issue from being presented before the court but also results in the court settling the legal dispute in favor of the compliant party.

The original congregation is intact, alive and thriving under the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and our Board of Trustees led by Chairman William Meadows (chairman for the past 40 years.) The City of Praise church is NOT a new church.  Apostle Betty said during a service before she died that she was going to change the name of the church to the “City of Praise.”  After she died Pastor Joel and the board of trustees changed the name and showed the congregation the video of the service where she made the proclamation.  The church has been called “City of Praise” well before our leaders and other members were excommunicated. We are awaiting relief from the court which the judgment entitles us to. We have asked for a congregational vote to elect our board of trustees and that our church be put under a trustee until the vote occurs.  We have given the court a list of trustees that are acceptable to us. There are at best about 100 members left worshipping at Jericho, including a few elders and ministers. The church is financially solvent and is not dependent on tithes and offerings to maintain its solvency. No outside interference is warranted.  The congregation has not and will not ask Mike and Dee Dee Freeman for help.  On the contrary we ask that they butt out.

It is alleged that Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are planning on using OUR church again for their New Years Eve service. He told his congregation at the FICWFM regional conference in September that they will be back at Jericho on New Year’s Eve.  Again this is offensive to the congregation whose many years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets.   Why is Mike Freeman so interested in what happens to us in court?  There are pictures of him leaving the court-house minutes after the six employees and their lawyer exited the building when Pastor Joel won a case in the spring shortly before he was fired.    He was also allegedly seen going in the judge’s chambers. One question begs to be answered:  Why would Mike and Dee Dee plan a New Year’s eve program at our church when he knew that the special court of appeals had rendered a positive decision on our behalf and that we had a court date on November 30th for an ex parte hearing with a default judgment against these employees? The bible says in 1 Thess 5:22 “Abstain from ALL appearance of evil.”   If Mike Freeman follows his modus operandi, when he is ready to make his move, look for him to address his congregation crying ugly face crocodile tears being consoled by DEE DEE and his family. He will say something like he didn’t want to get involved but they asked him to help save the ministry. And he will only get involved to help sure up this ministry and build it back up and he is doing it as a favor because he loved Apostle Betty and held her in such high regard. LOL. He did not even offer a word at her funeral, they left early and they did not attend the burial.

Corrupt civil leaders are exposed, rebuked and disciplined; therefore, corrupt church leaders must be exposed and rebuked. In 1 Tim 5:20 the bible tells us “Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.” Apostle Betty taught us that all true Christians knowledgeable of God’s Law have the authority to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. Remember Jesus publicly denounced the corrupt scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23: “25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within are full of extortion and excess. 28 even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

The congregation is eager to have the court restore the rightful responsibilities of electing its leaders back to the people of the church and compel these six rogue employees to reveal how our tithes and offerings are being spent. We requested this information from the six employees over a year ago. In spite of it being against the law, they refuse to respond.The ex parte court hearing is rescheduled for Feb 8, 2013.  In an ex parte hearing one party presents a motion or legal action without the other party having representation or notice. We also have a court date on Feb 22, 2013 to force the six unelected employees to turn over the financial records. This entire matter can be resolved in the very near future.