Has Prominent Black Detroit Pastor, Bishop Charles Ellis III, Sold Out to Secular and Homosexual Agenda?

“For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” — Romans 2:24

DETROIT, Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Apostle Paul strongly criticized some church leaders of his time whose lives caused unbelievers to look upon the church as having no credibility and, ultimately, rejected God because some church leaders who supposedly represented God were no more morally sound than the average unbeliever.

Paul was clearly suggesting that lifestyle evangelism is key to winning souls and those church leaders whose lifestyle did not reflect godliness were a detriment to the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A strong case can be made that Bishop Charles Ellis III, of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and Presiding Bishop of the Pentacostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) has indeed caused the name of God to be blasphemed or cursed among unbelievers and, thus, should give sincere consideration to stepping down to pursue his secular goals which have become pre-eminent to preaching the gospel to Bishop Ellis.

For the past several years, Bishop Ellis has come under scrutiny for a questionable friendship with a practicing homosexual. In 2012, “Gay Christian Movement Watch” (GCM) did an editorial about Ellis which inquired as to whether he was in a gay church relationship.

They noted how Ellis’ picture and personal Facebook page was listed as a supporter of a homosexual church. Ellis refused to directly respond to GCM when confronted about this association.

Sadly, Ellis continues to open himself up for scrutiny, in light of the fact he currently travels with an alleged homosexual by the name of Rodney Howell, who does his hair and designs Ellis’ clothing.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that, when hundreds of Black Detroit Pastors stood up for Biblical marriage this year and denounced the homosexual agenda to redefine marriage, Ellis- one of Detroit’s most prominent pastors- was curiously silent and declined to stand with those who were defending the gospel.

To add insult to injury, Bishop Ellis is now slated to star in a new Oxygen TV program “Preachers of Detroit”, which is a spin-off of the “Preachers of L.A.” television show,  that came under harsh criticism from Black Pastors across the nation.

In a BET.COM interview Rev. James C. Perkins, pastor of Greater Baptist Church in Detroit and V.P. of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, said that the “Preachers of L.A. would cause people to believe that clergy are “primarily interested in celebrity.” Perkins concluded “I don’t think the show represents the best of the Black Church tradition.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes went on record as identifying the “Preachers of L.A” as “junk” to his congregation.

Suffice to say Rev. Perkins and Bishop Jakes would equally criticize the notion of a “Preachers of Detroit” reality show, which will have the same damaging impact on the ability of legitimate pastors to win souls to Jesus Christ.

The moral of the story is that, in light of Ellis’ refusal to denounce any association with a homosexual church, an alleged homosexual hairdresser and clothing designer, his history of being identified as an empathizer with the homosexual agenda, along with his current commitment to turn the house of God into a sideshow for entertainment purposes, it is time for Bishop Charles Ellis to step down as a pastor and stop causing unbelievers to curse the name of Jesus Christ.

(Editor’s Note: A Gospel Activist and Commentator, Stacy Swimp’s commentaries have appeared in the Washington Times, Miami Times, Orlando Sun, Philadelphia Tribune, Michigan Chronicle, Atlanta Daily World, Pittsburgh Currier, and Buffalo Criterion. Stacy has appeared as a guest on the Fox News Channel, SiriusXM satellite radio, 50,000-watt radio stations such as WHO-Des Moines and KDKA-Pittsburgh, black media such as WVON-Chicago and Lee Bailey’s EURweb, the Westwood One radio network, conservative news outlets such as the Daily Caller and CNS News and internationally on AriseTV.)



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Thomas More Law Center Files Brief Defending Traditional Marriage in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, late Friday afternoon (Nov. 7), filed an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the Court to affirm a lower federal district court decision which upheld Louisiana’s traditional marriage law.

Thomas More Law Center Files Brief Defending Traditional Marriage in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Louisiana’s marriage law affirms the definition of marriage as the union only between one man and one woman and was passed by 78% of the state’s voters. The Louisiana lawsuit filed by homosexual activists sought to use judicial power to overturn the will of the people.  However, Louisiana Federal District Court Judge Martin C. Feldman ruled that Louisiana was under no constitutional obligation to recognize so-called “same-sex marriage,” and that its state law was “anchored to the democratic process.”

The plaintiffs appealed his ruling to the Fifth Circuit.  In support of Judge Feldman’s decision, TMLC’s brief stated:

If “marriage” means whatever a political activist, a cherry-picked plaintiff, or an appointed judge wants it to mean, it means nothing. If it has no fixed meaning, it is merely a vessel for a judge’s will. It is used as a subterfuge for judicial legislation. And as Montesquieu observed: “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

As a part of its national strategy to defend traditional marriage, TMLC formed a team of lawyers to file friend of the court briefs (amicus briefs) on behalf of the National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian leaders.  The team consists of TMLC’s senior trial counsel, Erin Mersino, and Co-counsels William R. Wagner and John S. Kane of Lansing, Michigan. The team is tasked with filing briefs in significant cases dealing with the issue of traditional marriage.

The Law Center’s briefs reflect the view of a majority of African-Americans: that discrimination because of one’s sexual preference is not the same thing as racial discrimination and that tradition and morality should not be discarded as a basis of the law; as the pro-homosexual judges have done in their opinions.

TMLC’s brief is the fourth brief filed on behalf of the National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders. It presents the unique perspective of African American religious leaders that discrimination because of one’s sexual preference is not the same thing as racial discrimination.



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“Historic” Sixth Circuit Ruling Defers to the People; Upholds Marriage Amendment Crafted by the Thomas More Law Center

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) played an instrumental role in a ruling issued late yesterday afternoon in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to preserve traditional marriage, stopping the homosexual juggernaught that had been sweeping the nation.   In its 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit upheld marriage laws from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote the opinion joined by Judge Deborah Cook.

“Historic” Sixth Circuit Ruling Defers to the People; Upholds Marriage Amendment Crafted by the Thomas More Law Center

The Thomas More Law Center played a significant role in crafting Michigan’s constitutional amendment upheld by the Court.  TMLC also filed an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) on behalf of a Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian leaders supporting traditional marriage.

Responding to yesterday’s ruling, Richard Thompson, TMLC’s President and Chief Counsel commented, “This opinion is an historic and elegant defense of the principle of judicial restraint and deference to democracy and the voice of the people.  It could well become the catalyst for the US Supreme Court to finally take-up the issue as well as the basis of an ultimate Supreme Court decision to allow the individual states to decide the definition of marriage.”

The Sixth Circuit ruled that laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman were constitutional, even in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”).  The Sixth Circuit held that deference must be given to the individual states to regulate marriage, and that defining marriage between a man and a woman—as it has been for “thousands of years,” “span[ning] almost every society in history”—is a constitutional and rational act of the states.
TMLC played an intricate part in this crucial victory
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Lansing, Michigan, October 24, 2014- Hundreds of Michigan Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps on the State Capital in Lansing, Michigan to hold a press conference in opposition to the growing movement within the Michigan Legislature to amend the State’s Civil Rights Act- Elliott Larson- to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

We, the undersigned Christian Pastors of the State of Michigan declare our opposition to adding sexual orientation, gender identity or other similar designation to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.”, Pastor Doug Levesque, Immanuel Baptist Church, Corunna, Michigan, reading a pastor’s joint statement.

The Pastors said that legislation in other states that were allegedly intended to protect homosexuals actually ended up discriminating against people of faith, citing the recent case in Houston, Texas, where the sermons, notes, and text messages of pastors were subpoenaed by the mayor.

The homosexual agenda is an anti freedom movement which has led to the persecution of pastors and Christian business owners across the nation, whose freedom of speech and freedom of religion are being taken from them, under the guise of so called gay rights. There is nothing civil about that!”- Minister Stacy Swimp, President, National Christian Leadership Council

Those wanting special rights for sexual orientation are seeking to rewrite the traditional moral fiber of our society,” Tim Berlin, senior pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Warren.

I don’t know of another example of pastors’ sermons being subpoenaed, except for in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. I find it ironic that the first example of that happening in America is from the LGBT community.”, Pastor R.B. Ouelette, First Baptist, Bridgeport, Michigan.

The pastors asserted that the job of the Michigan Legislature is to affirm and uphold constitutionally protected freedom for everyone – including business owners – not pass laws that grant special favors, give special status or guarantee special protections for some while coercing and punishing others.

Swimp concluded, “Let there be no doubt that, if you should decide to go forward with this grave injustice, I, every born again believer I know, as well as every pastor you see here today, shall disobey your unjust law. Here we stand, Black and White together, ready to go to jail!”


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A Message to All Christians: Do Not Identify With Homosexuals and Lesbians!

Dear Christian Americans:

I write this brief note to warn you, out of brotherly love and deep concern regarding the increasing false empathy believers appear to have towards the satanic agenda masked as the homosexual or LGBT agenda.

Homosexuals and lesbians are not seeking equality. They are not fighting against “sexual orientation discrimination”

They are instead perpetuating discrimination against Christians.

They have, out of a reprobate mind, transformed their deep sin into a passion for pride and are now superimposing the orientation of their lifestyle upon the world via unconstitutional (and often violent) attacks on our moral and natural laws, as well as upon our religious freedom of expression.

Please do not identify with homosexuals and lesbians (the false empathy I referenced previously).

Do not allow the god of this world (See: II Corinthians 4:4) to also blind you with lies and deception. Instead, I beg of you to be mindful that the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all homosexuals and lesbians, who “suppress the truth by their wickedness”. 

Moreover, I call upon you to understand and accept that heterosexuals who approve of the homosexual agenda are as wicked,, evil, greedy and depraved as homosexuals themselves (See Romans 1:18-32)

Let those who have an ear to hear do so.

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