Bishop Chandler Owens was a staunch defender of the Church of God in Christ.
He was always very outspoken, especially in situations when he
found it necessary to stand for holiness.
There were reports that Sun Myung Moon and his Unification offered
Bishop Chandler Owens in excess of one million dollars for a pulpit address
to the saints of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee,
in an effort to
mainstream their heretical cult.
Upon hearing the proposal, it is said that Bishop Chandler Owens responded
by saying that "the Church of God in Christ was not a prostitute or whore, and
the pulpit of this church is not for sale."
On another occasion in Chicago, Illinois, Bishop Chandler Owens raised his
concerns openly and vocally that the Church of God in Christ had become open to the
homosexual agenda, but reminded the Church that the COGIC was neither
"Homosexual Central" nor a place where those in the sin of homosexuality
should feel comfortable. He affirmed that the Church should not be open to
nor affirm homosexuality in any manner.
Bishop Chandler Owens said that he had asked the Lord why he had left him
on this earth as long as he did? The Lord responded "I left you here to... bring
the Church of God in Christ back to its original posture and roots, so that we will
become a separate and distinct people." "God said that he called us out from
among other people - not because we're better than those people, but because
we are different, and we're willing to uphold the rules and reglations of holiness;
and that I could not do this alone - I would need the help of all the true saints."
In 1996 Bishop Chandler Owens called on the COGIC to "Rebuild The Walls"
of orthodoxy to prevent the world's unclean spirits from invading the Church.
In many places those walls have fallen. We have allowed the Church to be
too open, and we have been invaded by all kinds of people. Bishop Owens stated
that the Church used to be a sanctuary, now its a zoo. Everything from everywhere
has crept into the Church of God in Christ." "He said the Church has strayed
too far from fundamentals." He said, "we are against same sex
marriages. I don't care what another church does. In the Church of God in Christ,
a man - a real man - a "sho - nuf" man knows the difference between
Old Spice and Chanel No. 5.....The Church of God in Christ won't ordain sissies!"
Bishop Chandler Owens passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2011 at 79 years
of age in Atlanta, Georgia. An Internationally known leader, Bishop Chandler
Owens, for more than 35 years, faithfully served as a member of the General Board,
and from 1995 to 2000 as the Presiding Bishop of the
Church of God in Christ.
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