The following Document is the existing Constitution of Cowan First Baptist Church as
it was given to me in its printed form. (The same constructs as the Constitution
printed by the Harold Chronicle) This is the constitution that was directed during the
October Business meeting to be placed on the CFB website for our members to read and
review. It was never posted and if you wanted a copy you would have to e-mail the web
administrator to send you a copy. I have retyped the document and placed it into boxes. It
also includes the misspelled words and grammatical flaws. These are noted in red ink and
all my comments will be noted in blue ink. In order to assist the reader in understanding
the meaning of terms and words found in the constitution, I have placed in green writing
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of the term and its grammatical usage. The terms
are in agreement with the implied meaning found in the majority of Southern Baptist
Church’s constitutions. I know that this document is several pages but this work that I
have done is to assist those who are truly concerned in the affairs of their church, its
effectiveness, and future fulfillment.
We, the members of First Baptist Church of Cowan, Tennessee, in order that we
may secure to ourselves and those who come after us the rich blessing of
serving Christ, the Son of God, in peace and love; to insure that this church may
be governed in a orderly manner consistent with New Testament teachings; to
preserve the liberties inherent in each member of this church and the freedom of
action of this body with respect to its relation to other churches of the same
faith; to preserve and protect the highest kind of spiritual unity, Christian love
and fellowship which we seek to know and share, ad that we may not forget our
duty to fulfill the “Great Commission” in Matthew 28:19-20, we do declare and
establish this Constitution and these By-Laws.
Interpretation: The words “in order” are used for addressing the security of the end goal
of the constitution. It is the Constitution that establishes blessings, proper governing,
liberties, freedom of action, and preservation of unity, that we may as a final product
fulfill the “Great Commission”. This form of Government is known as a Constitutional
Republic. Sound familiar? Because of the churches forming 501(c) 3 Not for Profit
Corporations, it became necessary for them to be governed by procedures and
documentation that protects them from internal abuse and illegal activity. As citizens of
the United States, we are able to voice our opinion through a process that votes into
office the candidate in which we think will follow the constitution. This method of is
called the democratic process. Contrary to modern thought, the United States of America
is not a Democracy. Thomas Jefferson said, “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep,
voting on what to eat for dinner; Liberty (or constitutional republic) is a well-armed
sheep contesting the vote.” A democracy is a form of government that is motivated by
those who are ignorant of the constitution’s content, is governed by those who are willing
to disobey it in order to gain power and prestige, and is filled with individuals who use
their position in its administration to gain financially for themselves. When our leaders
ignore or disobey the constitution, they use the democratic process to become “majority”
or “mob rule.” This is a core reason that officers in our military are sworn in by oath to
defend the constitution from foreign or domestic attack. The oath states as follows:
"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as
indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support
and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation
freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and
faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me
God." (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.) For if our elected officials turn against
our constitutional republic form of government, the only way they would be able to
control the citizens of the land is through the strong arm of the military. If our officers
are true to their oath, they will stand against the attack on our constitutional
government even if that attack or coup originates from within its own ranks. (Google
the Army General named Smedley Butler)
I. MAME. This body shall be known as First Baptist Church of Cowan,
II. PURPOSE. The purpose of this church shall be to provide regular
opportunities for public worship and Christian fellowship; to sustain
ordinances, doctrines and ethics set forth in the new testament for the
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ; to nurture its members through a
program of Christian education; to channel its offerings to the support
of the objects of the Redeemer’s Kingdom, and to preach and
propagate among all people the gospel of the Revelation of God
through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
Why should we receive the suggestions and input of individuals who do not attend the
regularly provided opportunities (PROGRAM) of the church? Seems to me someone
does not have their spiritual priorities correct with the scripture nor in compliance to
the unity provided by and protected through the COVENANT. Essentially, these
individuals want the faithful believers (those full and in regular standing) to attend
the three services provided by the church and then attend one or two more services
each week to accommodate their schedule. After all, these individuals spend
Wednesday evenings in sporting activities, family entertainment, home renovation
projects, or simply stay at home because the kids have school work to complete. “Mt
6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you.” Heb 10:23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)Heb 10:24And let us consider one
another to provoke unto love and to good works: Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one
another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. What football coach
can win games when his players do not attend all the practices? This is why being at
the practices is a requirement for being on the team. Yet, do we feel that football
is more important our should have a more astringent set of rules than the work of
God? This is why our constitution gives requirements for the membership of the
church. But what about conflicts and obligations outside of church? We may want to
build believers in our church that have the spiritual fortitude to change the leaders of
our community’s scheduling decisions and school’s conflicts that causes hindrances
on the church and its program. Twenty five years ago there were no ballgames on
Wednesday night, Sunday evening, nor were there any conflicts placed upon our
children from the school system. If we continue to allow the world to set our
schedules and priorities then is it not logical that we will eventually become more and
III. ARTICLES OF FAITH
I. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were
written by men divinely inspired and that they are the Christian’s rule
of faith and practice.
II. Thant there is only one true and living God, revealed to us as the
Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, the same in essence and equal in
every divine perfection. (grammar error - number agreement)
III. That man was created holy, innocent, and happy, but by the
disobedience of one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin,
so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.
IV. That salvation is by grace through faith in the atonement and
righteousness of Jesus Christ.
V. That it is the duty of all men to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ and having believed to teach the faith through actively
witnessing in words and deeds.
The Bible is the Christians rule of faith and practice. (Also listed as a Baptist
Distinctive) This will include the commands of what we are not to do and the
commands of what we are to do. If our members are following the commands of
actively witnessing then there will be evidence by their converts. If there are not
converts then it is evidence against them they are not obeying the constitution of
Cowan First Baptist Church. 1Ti 5:24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going
before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 1Ti 5:25 Likewise also the good
works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
VI. That nothing can separate true believers from the love of God.
VII. That believers’ baptism is administered only by immersion in water in
the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
VIII. That there will be a resurrection of the dead when all mankind will be
judged according to their deeds, that the unsaved shall go away into
everlasting punishment, and the righteous into eternal life.
IX. That the Christian ministry is a divinely appointed means for the
spreading of the Gospel throughout the world, and that it is the duty
of all Christians to contribute to its support.
It is the duty of all Christians to spread the gospel, especially those who are in
leadership or receive income set forth for that purpose. Evidence of those who are
obedient to this command is only found in the presence of new converts, baptisms of
new converts, and individuals brought into the fold that are not transfers from another
church. New members added to the roll that have transferred from other churches do
not indicate that the “Great Commission” is being followed or fulfilled. Ac 2:47
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the
church daily such as should be saved. The direction that a church is taking (revival or
entertainment) can be judged by the quality (caliber) of members and not quantity
that are transferring into the church. If they are simply individuals that were not doing
anything for the Lord at their previous church and come here to continue to do
nothing but to “enjoy” the work of someone else, then we see the Lord is not
sending revival to our church. If they are someone who was evangelistic and busy
in the Lord’s work at their old church and the Lord sees fit to transfer them
here…then we know that God is fixing to advance our church toward revival.
As preached from our pulpit on a recent Sunday night, no one wants to have brain
surgery performed by someone who just read a book (or took a correspondence
course). We would rather have someone working on us who has had the proper
schooling, completed an intern program, and had been successful in their residency.
Yet, in Christian work we do not hold these same standards of thought or
discernment. When choosing leaders over ministries we will not base our judgment
based upon years of successful work that is tangible and observable but instead, we
take anyone who has a “strong” desire to serve and put them in a place of authority
over the eternal destinations of souls wavering in the balance. (???)
X. That the church is a fellowship of baptized believers who reflect their
commitment to Christ in every area of their daily lives.
COMMITMENT, n. 1. The act of committing; a sending to prison; a putting
into prison; imprisonment. It is equivalent to sending or putting in simply; as a
commitment to the tower, or to Newgate; or for the sake of brevity, omitting
the name of the place, it is equivalent to putting into prison; as, the offender is
secured by commitment. Individuals that profess, “I come to church when I
feel like it,” or “if I don’t have a ball game” do not exemplify a life that is
committed to Christ. Activities that conflict with commitment to the Lord’s
church such as scrapbooking, yard work, home projects, or jogging through
the neighborhood indicate what priority such “members” have on spiritual
matters. After all, what would Jesus do? Would he attend the ballgame or be
faithful to his bride?
COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]
1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear
some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in
writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.
2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or
the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.
3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands,
prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect
obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.
The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son,
respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.
The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man,
upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the
terms of the gospel.
4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that
they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly
Since we have been brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ
and by the influence of His Spirit to give ourselves up to Him, so we do most
solemnly covenant with each other, that God enabling us,
We will walk together in brother love: This is only possible if the two are in
agreement on the scriptures and the context of this document. . Amos 3:3 Can two
walk together, except they be agreed? Conflicts arise because of ignorance to the
word but once the word is explained…reaction to its message is either submission or
rebellion. Pr 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and
reproach shall cease.
That we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other, and
faithfully warn, rebuke, and admonish one another as the case shall require;
and in all things we will seek to guard the honor and true function of the
Exercise is a strong verb. It implies that this is something we do. In order for the
reader to get the true scope of this part of the COVENANT, it is important that you
get a true definition of the words so carefully chosen by the charter members of the
First Baptist Church of Cowan. These terms are defined in the 1828 edition of
Webster’s Dictionary which is considers to be the paramount work of Christian
Christian Care: CARE, n. 1. Concern; anxiety; solicitude; nothing some degree of pain
in the mind, from apprehension of evil. They shall eat bread by weight and with care.
Ezek. 4. 2. Caution; a looking to; regard; attention, or heed, with a view to safety or
protection, as in the phrase, take care of yourself. A want of care does more damage than
a want of knowledge. 3. Charge or oversight, implying concern for safety and prosperity;
as, he was under the care of a physician. That which cometh upon me daily, the care of all
the churches. 2 Cor. 6. 4. The object of care, or watchful regard and attention; as, Is she
thy care? CARE, v.t. 1. To be anxious or solicitous; to be concerned about. Master,
carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4. 2. To be inclined or disposed; to have regard to;
with for before a noun, and to before a verb.
WATCHFULNESS, n. 1. Vigilance; heedfulness; heed; suspicious attention; careful
and diligent observation for the purpose of preventing or escaping danger, or of avoiding
mistakes and misconduct. 2. Wakefulness; indisposition or inability to sleep.
WARN, v.t. [G.] 1. To give notice of approaching or probable danger or evil, that it may
be avoided; to caution against any thing that may prove injurious. Juturna warns the
Daunian chief of Lausus danger-- being warned of God in a dream, that they should not
return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. Matthew 2.
2. To caution against evil practices. 1 Thessalonians 5. 3. To admonish of any duty.
Cornelius--was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee. Acts 10. 4. To inform
previously; to give notice to. --Warned of the ensuing fight. 5. To notify by authority; to
summon; as, to warn the citizens to meet on a certain day; to warn soldiers to appear on
parade. 6. To ward off. (Not in use)
REBUKE, v.t. [See Pack and Impeach.] 1. To chide; to reprove; to reprehend for a fault;
to check by reproof. The proud he tam'd, the penitent he cheer'd, not to rebuke the rich
offender fear'd. Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor. Lev. 19. 2. To check or
restrain. The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan. Zech. 3. Is. 17. 3. To chasten; to punish; to
afflict for correction. O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger. Ps. 6. 4. To check; to silence.
Master, rebuke thy disciples. Luke 19. 5. To check; to heal. And he stood over her and
rebuked the fever. Luke 4. 6. To restrain; to calm. He arose and rebuked the winds and the
sea. Matt. 8.
REBU'KE, n. 1. A chiding; reproof for faults; reprehension. Why bear you these rebukes
and answer not? 2. In Scripture, chastisement; punishment; affliction for the purpose of
restraint and correction. Ezek. 5. Hos. 5. 3. In low language, any kind of check.
To suffer rebuke, to endure the reproach and persecution of men. Jer. 15. To be without
rebuke, to live without giving cause of reproof or censure; to be blameless.
ADMON'ISH, v.t. [L. admoneo, ad and moneo, to teach, warn, admonish.]
1. To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove with mildness. Count him not as an enemy, but
admonish him as a brother. 2Thess. 3. 2. To counsel against wrong practices; to caution
or advise. Admonish one another in psalms and hymns. Col. 3. 3. To instruct or direct.
Moses was admonished of God, when he was about to make the tabernacle. Heb. 8.
4. In ecclesiastical affairs, to reprove a member of the church for a fault, either publicly
or privately; the first step of church discipline. It is followed by of, or against; as, to
admonish of a fault committed, or against committing a fault. It has a like use in colleges.
GUARD, v.t. gard. [L. verus; wahren, to keep, to last, to hold out; bewahren, to keep or
preserve; bewahren, to verify, to confirm; Eng. ware, aware;] 1. To secure against injury,
loss or attack; to protect; to defend; to keep in safety. We guard a city by walls and forts.
A harbor is guarded by ships, booms or batteries. Innocence should be guarded by
prudence and piety. Let observation and experience guard us against temptations to vice.
2. To secure against objections or the attacks of malevolence. Homer has guarded every
circumstance with caution. 3. To accompany and protect; to accompany for protection;
as, to guard a general on a journey; to guard the baggage of an army. 4. To adorn with
lists, laces or ornaments. 5. To gird; to fasten by binding.
GUARD, v.i. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be cautions; to be in a
state of defense or safety. Guard against mistakes, or against temptations.
GUARD, n. [Eng. ward.] 1. Defense; preservation or security against injury, loss
or attack. 2. That which secures against attack or injury; that which defends. Modesty is
the guard of innocence. 3. A man or body of men occupied in preserving a person or
place from attack or injury; he or they whose business is to defend, or to prevent attack or
surprise. Kings have their guards to secure their persons. Joseph was sold to Potiphar, a
captain of Pharaoh's guard. 4. A state of caution or vigilance; or the act of observing what
passes in order to prevent surprise or attack; care; attention; watch; heed. Be on your
guard. Temerity puts a man off his guard. 5. That which secures against objections or
censure; caution of expression. They have expressed themselves with as few guards and
restrictions as I. 6. Part of the hilt of a sword, which protects the hand. 7. In fencing, a
posture of defense. 8. An ornamental lace,hem or boarder. Advanced guard,
Van guard, In military affairs, a body of troops, either horse or foot, that march before an
army or division, to prevent surprise, or give notice of danger. Rear guard, a body of
troops that march in the rear of an army or division, for its protection. Life guard, a body
of select troops, whose duty is to defend the person of a prince or other officer.
HON'OR, n. on'or. [L. honor, honos.] 1. The esteem due or paid to worth; high
estimation. A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country. Matt.13.
2. A testimony of esteem; any expression of respect or of high estimation by words or
actions; as the honors of war; military honors; funeral honors; civil honors. 3. Dignity;
exalted rank or place; distinction. I have given thee riches and honor. 1 Kings 3.
Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Ps. 104. In doing a good thing, there is both
honor and pleasure. 4. Reverence; veneration; or any act by which reverence and
submission are expressed, as worship paid to the Supreme Being. 5. Reputation; good
name; as, his honor is unsullied. 6. True nobleness of mind; magnanimity; dignified
respect for character, springing from probity, principle or moral rectitude; a
distinguishing trait in the character of good men. 7. An assumed appearance of nobleness;
scorn of meanness, springing from the fear of reproach, without regard to principle; as,
shall I violate my trust? Forbid it, honor. 8. Any particular virtue much valued; as bravery
in men, and chastity in females. 9. Dignity of mien; noble appearance. Godlike erect,
with native honor clad. 10. That which honors; he or that which confers dignity; as, the
chancellor is an honor to his profession. 11. Privileges of rank or birth; in the plural.
Restore me to my honors. 12. Civilities paid. Then here a slave, or if you will, a lord,
To do the honors, and to give the word. 13. That which adorns; ornament; decoration.
The sire then shook the honors of his head. 14. A noble kind of seignory or lordship, held
of the king in capite.
HON'OR, v.t on'or. [L. honoro.]
1. To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative
duties to. Honor thy father and thy mother. Ex.20. 2. To reverence; to manifest the
highest veneration for, in words and actions; to entertain the most exalted thoughts of; to
worship; to adore. That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.
John 5. 3. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to elevate in rank or station; to
exalt. Men are sometimes honored with titles and offices, which they do not merit. Thus
shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor. Esth.6. 4. To glorify; to
render illustrious. I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host. Ex.14. 5. To
treat with due civility and respect in the ordinary intercourse of life. The troops honored
the governor with a salute. 6. In commerce, to accept and pay when due; as, to honor a
bill of exchange.
FUNC'TION, n. [L. functio, from fungor, to perform.] 1. In a general sense, the doing,
executing or performing of any thing; discharge; performance; as the function of a calling
or office. More generally, 2. Office or employment, or any duty or business belonging to
a particular station or character, or required of a person in the station or character. Thus
we speak of the functions of a chancellor, judge or bishop; the functions of a parent or
guardian. 3. Trade; occupation. [Less proper.] 4. The office of any particular part of
animal bodies; the peculiar or appropriate action of a member or part of the body, by
which the animal economy is carried on. Thus we speak of the functions of the brain and
nerves, of the heart, of the liver, of the muscles, &c. 5. Power; faculty, animal or
intellectual. As the mind opens, and its functions spread. 6. In mathematics, the function
of a variable quantity, is any algebraic expression into which that quantity enters, mixed
with other quantities that have invariable values. The “true function” of the church is to
reach the lost, baptize them, the teach them. To increase the church (mathematically) you
could add the number of members that form the church (let’s say 150) then add an
additional group that moves their membership from another church in the area (let’s say
150) then multiply that by the amount of people you reach through evangelism.
150+150=300 (multiply by how many you win to Christ)…if that number is 0 then the
mathematical impact you will make on eternity is going to be….0. (any number
multiplied by 0 will equal 0)
When the Chairman of leadership of the church says me and Amy that “we do not do
church discipline” and that “we don’t care what they do Saturday night just as long as
they come to church the next morning” then that individual and/or group of men working
together are breaking the COVENANT, the PREMBLE, THE ARTICLES OF FAITH,
and the RULES FOR MEMBERSHIP of the church. Sir Edmond Burke said, “The only
way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” This is why in three years I have
not seen any staff member or deacon “Go” lead even one soul to Christ, baptize them,
and get them involved in the ministries of our church. Can you honestly classify this lack
of results as something that is honoring the “true function” of the church?
I would suggest an amendment to the constitution to be placed in this section. I would
suggest it say that no man can serve on paid staff until he has gone out and gotten a
convert, baptized them, and have them faithfully attending church for at least 6 months.
Also, if a staff member does not repeat this act each 6 month period, he is to be dismissed
as evidence of neglect from his calling. Deacons (1Ti 3:8 Likewise must the deacons…)
also should have converts each year or be asked to step down.
That we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together on the Lord’s
Day, nor omit the great duty and privilege of prayer, both for ourselves and
for others, and for the enterprises of the Kingdom of God; to study to show
ourselves approved unto God, workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly
dividing the Word of truth.
If our workmen can and are busy rightly dividing the word of truth then their
approval unto God should be manifested in the visual and productive conversion of
lost souls. The end result of the workmen described in the scriptures is a physical,
tangible, living proof in productivity of maintaining the “true function” of the church.
That we will share in each other’s joys, and endeavor with tenderness and
sympathy, to bear on another’s burdens and sorrows:
Will we share these joys and sorrows through a prayer chain that confuses terms such
as “pallets” instead of “polyps” in someone’s colon, “gull bladder” instead of
“gallbladder,” or addresses a church member as the Qween of Cowan? As church
leaders that are obligated to the organizational documents of our church, we are
responsible to insure that the “sharing” of this passage from the constitution is to be
done without confusion, shamefulness, and embarrassment.
That we will earnestly endeavor to bring up such as are, or may be under our
care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord;
Earnestly endeavor? Is earnestly endeavor a grammatical statement that would
imply that this position just casually be filled with some after thought, fill-in, or fly-
by-night volunteer or would the word earnestly imply that we provide the most
professionally trained, experienced, and financially supported personnel?
What is the age a person should be before they are actively witnessing and making
converts? We have several teens in the youth group that have brought their friends to
Christ, presented them for baptism, and have successfully helped them continue to
grow in grace through faithful church attendance. I believe they know the meaning of
“earnestly.” What type leaders should we have influencing our Youth? Should it
be a married couple who can by testimony present to the teens a proven method of
dating with purity, successfully reaching souls while they were teenagers, and making
choices in life that guard against worldliness? Should we allow those who have had
unsuccessful marriages, a history of substance addictions, and an observed lack of
faithfulness to the services of the church be placed in positions of influence and
leadership over our children? Earnestly endeavor??? Who is making these choices?
What part of youth program should be meant to be entertainment? We are to
instruct in scripture and teach responsibility, work ethics, participation, and
fulfillment in service. If we can make that fun then it is good? Yet, what is the
percentage of this program do we want to invest in entertainment? Do you want 5%
Bible and 95% fun or would you rather have the church provide a program that gives
60% Bible, 20% service and witnessing, and then 20% of the time doing something
fun with those who have invested their time and interest in the established program?
It may be wise to ask those who have been saved over the past three years which
program they would prefer the church would use. (http://vimeo.com/15489308)
That we will seek divine aid to enable us to walk circumspectly and watchfully in
the world, denying ungodliness and every worldly lust;
CIRCUMSPECTLY, adv. Cautiously; with watchfulness every way; with attention to
guard against surprise or danger. CIRCUMSPECTION, n. Caution; attention to all the
facts and circumstances of a case, and to the natural or probable consequences of a
measure, with a view to a correct course of conduct, or to avoid danger. I have copies of
each correspondence between myself and the staff of this church. I believe that I have
fulfilled the covenant of the church in petitioning the pastoral staff to address and correct
several events and people over the past three years. Yet, no phone calls, e-mails, or text
messages have been received in answer to my questions or prompting for action. My
deep investigation into the Constitution and its content was taken when Tim Brown
confided in me that he and Teresa felt there was a coup (take-over) that was being
orchestrated by LZ Johnson in 2010. His observations were taken from the fact that
Trixie had told Tim that LZ could preach her mother’s funeral and that LZ had asked a
deacon his opinion on the possibility of him (LZ) ever being the pastor of Cowan First
Baptist Church. Several deacons had been seduced with his success in military
achievements, business, and material positions. (Please consider the fact that “Friday’s
thoughts” were not his thoughts but instead, they were cut and pasted from TT
Crabtree’s CD of sermons. Plagiarizing to pass a course in school is illegal. Yet, to
plagiarize to make people think you have spiritual insight and experienced doctrinal
knowledge is…seduction on an emotional and spiritual level.)
Tim gave me a copy of the existing constitution, a copy of the constitution with the
revisions made by LZ, and a copy of the committee handbook LZ had cut and pasted
from newhopesbc.net with a few of his own changes. The deacons were meeting
regularly to discuss the changes and Tim asked me to please accompany him to those
meetings. From my reading of the documents, I knew the good and bad that was being
added to the constitution. In the revision, I was pleased to see that I was going to have a
well defined job description even though I was the only staff member that was required to
attend the services of the church. I told Tim if he ever lost his health he would loose his
church and I would loose my job. I had experienced conflict, non communication, and
frustration with LZ’s lack of ministry understanding and experience. This came from my
observations of simply purchasing VBS material and then putting it off on a volunteer
person to organize. I had always been taught that the man of God is to do the work of
God and not to delegate that responsibility off onto a woman. Nevertheless, Tim never
got the three of us together to discuss duties, decisions, or direction. I do not know what
they did with their ministry time but I am able to show you the product of my time in the
lives that were changed and the souls that were saved.
That we will endeavor by example and effort to win souls to Christ, who has
called us out of spiritual darkness into His marvelous light.
Article 1. Membership
Section 1. QUALIFICATIONS. The membership of this church shall consist of
such persons as (1) confess Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord, and
who, (2) after due examination by the church as to their Christian experience,
and, if coming from other churches, as to their letters of recommendation of
statement of faith, (3) have been accepted by vote of the church and (4)
After experiencing BELIEVERS BAPTISM, enter into its covenant.
Section 2. RECEIVING OF MEMBERS. The regular procedure of receiving
members shall be by individual presenting himself/herself as a candidate for
membership at a worship service of the Church, and a vote taken at that
Section 3. DUTIES. Members are expected, first of all, to be faithful in all
duties essential to the Christian life; to attend regularly the services of this
church, to give cheerfully to its support and its causes as God has prospered
them, and to participate in its organized work.
Section 4. RIGHTS. Members who are full and regular standing, and
these only, may act and vote in the transactions of the church.
Notice the duties part of this section: It says that we are expected, “first of all” and
there is not a “second of all” mentioned in this passage. So, we can conclude
grammatically that the statement implies that a member is to “first of all” fulfill duties
essential to the Christian life. (Make converts, attend regularly, give, and participate
in the organized work) If they are not doing the “first of all” items then they should
not be given duties in the church. I did a Google search to see what other Southern
Baptist churches mean when they use the term “full and in regular standing” in their
constitutions. It is evident that charter members want to keep the “hit and miss”
individuals out of the act (work area of obligation and leadership) or vote-decision
making process of the church. I believe our constitution clearly states that those who
are not full and in regular standing can not hold office, influence the decision process,
nor can they vote on any issue. This has been allowed by our leadership (can provide
documentation), cultivated by unruly and disobedient members, blatant and total
disregard for the spelled out procedures of the constitution, and culminated in the
recent coup that has disrupted the evangelistic outreach of CFB.
Section 5. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP. The termination of membership
shall be subject to the following:
Par. 1. When any member in good and regular standing unites with another
Baptist Church of like faith and order and a request is received from that
church for a letter of recommendation such a letter shall be promptly
granted. In the event a member unites with a different denomination, his/her
name will be removed from the church roll during a regular business meeting.
When moving from this community, members are urged to unite with another
church in accordance with the church covenant.
Par. 2. If a member request to be released from his/her covenant obligations
to this church, the church, after patiently and kindly endeavoring to secure
his/her continuance in its fellowship, shall grant his/her request and
terminate his/her membership.
Par. 3. Should a member become an offence to the church and to its good
name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, or by persistent breach of
his/her covenant vows, the church may terminate his/her membership, but
only after due notice and hearing, and after faithful efforts have
been made to bring such member to repentance and amendment.
Par. 4. A person’s membership shall not be terminated (except by letter of
recommendation) by the meeting when the recommendation for such action
Par. 5. All request for termination of membership or action looking thereto
shall first be considered by the deacons, who shall make recommendation.
What will the church body do when it is the deacons and leadership of the church
who are the individuals that are guilty of breaking the PREMBLE, COVENANT,
ARTICLE OF FAITH, and THE RULES FOR MEMBERSHIP? Article 1, Section 4
states “full and regular standing” yet in this section it is reworded “good and regular
standing” which are two different meanings. Yet, since “full” is the term proceeded
by the term “good” then the word good must be interpreted by defined meaning of
“full” in order to justly deal with termination of membership.
Section 6. DISCIPLINE
Par. 1. Should any unhappy differences arise between members, the
aggrieved member shall follow, in a tender spirit, the rules given by our Lord
in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew.
Par. 2. Should any case of gross breach of covenant occur, the deacons shall
council with the offender and strive to rectify the breach of covenant; if such
efforts fail, the deacons shall report the case to the church.
Who will counsel the deacon and leadership if they are the ones who have made the
gross breach of the covenant? The answer is found in part 3, it is the church body.
The term “gross” can be interpreted as action or lack of action that is diametrically
opposed to what is established in writing. It can also be interpreted in the aspect of
time. Example: Gross Negligence which implies something done or not done over a
span of time. Essentially, the gross action or inactions will be something detrimental
to us fulfilling the “true function” of the church. Would it not be logical to judge
these actions by evidence of souls that were saved?
Par. 3. If the church votes to entertain a complaint, which must be made
in writing, it shall appoint a reasonable time and place of hearing and notify
the person in question thereof, furnishing him/her with a copy of the charges.
Par. 4. At such hearing, the accused member may call to his/her aid any
member of the church as counsel. If the accused member shall not present
himself/herself at the time appointed, or give satisfactory reasons for his/her
failure to do so, the church may proceed in his/her absence.
Par. 5. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness
and forbearance, but should and adverse decision be reached, the church
may proceed to admonish or declare the offender to be no longer in the
membership of the church.
Par. 6. In case of grave difficulty, the church shall be ready, if requested, to
ask the advice of an acceptable council from sister churches.
It would be difficult to find those that would not be bias in such a small community as
ours. Yet, it could be possible to obtain a non-bias arbitrator from an organization that
arbitrates disputes or contracts between companies or individuals. They would review
our documents (Constitution) and make judgment on the correct procedures of
handling the case before ever hearing testimony or receiving letters of sway.
Section 7. RESTORATION. Any person whose membership has been
terminated for any offense may be restored by vote of the church, upon
evidence if his/her repentance and reformation.
Article 2. Church Officers
The Officers of this church shall be as follows:
Section 1. PASTOR
As an ordained minister of the gospel, I was voted into the service of CFB on a
Sunday morning by the membership of the church. This process obligates me to the
described requirements and duties listed in the constitution of the church. It also
mutually binds me and the church to follow the written disciplinary procedures
referring to the dismissal of a pastor.
Par. 1. ELECTION. A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church
whenever a vacancy occurs.
A Pulpit Committee consisting of 5 members with alternated shall be chosen
by a secret vote from the membership at a meeting announced for that
purpose at least one week in advance. The member receiving the greatest
number of votes will be the Chairman, etc. The committee shall seek out a
suitable pastor, and their recommendation shall not constitute a nomination.
The committee shall bring to the consideration of the church only one man at
a time. Nominations may be made by any member of the church, but only
one man shall be considered at a time. His election shall take place at a t
meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one week’s notice shall be
given to the membership. The prospective pastor shall not be present at this
meeting. An affirmative vote of ¾ of the members present shall be necessary
Par. 2. TERMINATION. The pastor shall serve until the relationship is
terminated by the resignation of the pastor or by majority vote of the
members present at a business meeting called for that purpose of which at
least one week’s notice shall be given to the membership.
On October 15, Bobby Clark informed me that all the deacons were not happy with me
“refusing to work with a parent committee” and asked me for my resignation. He also
said that I was suspended of all my duties, and that I would get my last paycheck on the
31st of October. As you can see, this is in total disregard of the authority of the
constitution and the democratic process of the church membership. He informed me that
“they” were the authority of the church. For a complete sequencing of this event
among the deacons and LZ, refer to the end of this document.
Par. 3. Requirements.
(1) He shall meet the requirements set for the in I Timothy 3:P1-7.
(2) He shall be a man called of God and dedicated to the Ministry of
the Lord Jesus Christ
(3) He shall be a man of spiritual discernment and insight.
(4) He shall be evangelistic in his preaching, visitation, and program.
(5) He shall be missionary in spirit, seeking to lead the church in every
area to carry out the “Great Commission” (Matthews 28:19-20).
(6) He shall be a tither.
Tim Brown has said from the pulpit on several occasions and each deacon has confirmed
several times to me personally that I have fulfilled each of these requirements. On
September 25th after preaching on a Sunday night, Steve Young, Larry Tims, and Charles
Hix came to me to express that the deacons were 100% behind me and what was taking
place among the teens. Then they mentioned that they wanted to put “the past in the
past.” Yet, I knew of a problem that had been going on all summer with a couple of
deacon’s wives and that the deacons had not taken care of the problem and it would
eventually have to be stopped. Once again, refer to the end of this document for the
sequencing of these events.
Par. 4. Duties:
(1) The pastor shall be the “undersheperd of the church”, giving spiritual
leadership and guidance to the church.
(2) He shall seek to comfort, council, and guide the members of the church in
(3) He shall by council of advice and prayer, aid all church officers in carrying
out their responsibilities.
(4) He shall be ex-officio member of all church committees established by the
church unless the church specifies otherwise.
(5) He shall be the ex-officio head of all church organizations.
(6) He shall be in charge of preaching at regular and special services. He shall
have freedom to proclaim the Word of God as he is led by the Holy Spirit.
(7) He shall arrange for supply speakers, evangelists for revivals and other
special speakers unless the church specifies otherwise.
(8) He shall guide and direct the work of all members of the church staff.
(9) The pastor may have 2 weeks paid vacation each year, and be absent for
2 revivals per year with pulpit supply paid by the church, and have one
day off each week at his choosing. This may be altered by agreement
between Church and Pastor.
An interesting note to make at this point, as a “pastor” I have not been in any meetings
where event were planned. As a matter of fact, I have shown up at the church twice only
to find out the services had been canceled. There are a couple of busy bodies at our
church that know more about what is going on with our schedule and program than I do.
One staff member told me and Amy that we needed to “suck up” to a couple of
influential deacons if we wanted to feel more secure. Our reply was that “we don’t suck
up to anybody; we will just keep leading souls to Christ.” This is why we were not
intergraded into the supper club crowd of leadership.
Section 2. DEACONS. Deacon shall be elected in the following manner:
Note: our constitution does not describe the procedures for dismissing a deacon.
(1) The deacons shall be nominated by a secret ballot from list of the male
resident membership of the church, who as of January 1st of that year, are
21 years of age and above. The men listed shall have been members of
the church for at least one year of the date of the election.
(2) The nominating election will be held during the morning worship service.
Each member present shall be given an opportunity to vote. A committee
composed of the pastor, chairman of deacons, and one other deacon, to
be elected by the deacons, shall count the ballots, interview the
nominees, and present to the church for election the mame (names) of
those receiving the highest number of votes, who are willing to serve, and
who meet the qualifications stated below.
(3) In case of a tie, the member who hast the longest current membership in
the church shall be nominated.
(4) Vacancies shall be filled by election as heretofore specified for the office of
deacon. After being notified by the deacons that a vacancy exist, the
church membership, in business session, shall determine when the
nomination and election shall take place to fill said vacancy. The minimum
number of deacons shall be 7 when that number are qualified.
Par. 2. Qualifications.
(1) A deacon shall be at least 21 years of age as of January 1st of the year in
which the election is held.
(2) He shall have been a member of this church for at least one year as of the
date of the election.
(3) He shall measure up to the requirements given in I timothy (Timothy) 3:8-
13 and Acts 6:3.
(4) He shall live a consecrated Christian life, bring no reproach by his conduct
upon the church or the cause of Christ.
(5) He shall regularly attend church Sunday morning and Sunday night,
prayer meeting on Wednesday night and all special church meetings,
unless hindered by circumstances beyond his control.
I attend each of our services and know who comes to each one. Only a hand full
would ever meet this requirement.
(6) He shall be a tither—bringing his tithes and offerings systematically to the
church for the Lord’s work.
(7) He shall be evangelistic and missionary in spirit, deeply interested in the
salvation of souls at home and abroad.
Deeply interested? How many of our deacons have led someone to Christ in the past
(8) He shall be fully cooperative with the pastor and church in a great spiritual
program of advancement.
(9) He shall be a man who refrains from destructive criticism of his pastor,
and church, willing to settle all difficulties in a quiet and Christian manner,
without hurting the cause of Christ and his church.
I believe there were several meeting in which I was not allowed to attend (by order of
the chairman of deacons) where I was criticized and accused without being able to
defend myself. 1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double
honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.1Ti 5:18For the
scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The
labourer is worthy of his reward.1Ti 5:19Against an elder receive not an accusation,
but before two or three witnesses. This is in total contradiction to the constitution, the
scriptures, and law of ethics. It is evident this group of men have disqualified
themselves of the office which they have held. (There are some men in this group that
protested this coup and voted against what has taken place. These men and only these
men have shown themselves to men of oath to their church’s covenant and
constitution and should be allowed to remain undisciplined in the action the church
body is to take against this group.)
(10) He shall be able to keep I confidence those things which should not
be discussed with others.
(1) In accordance with the meaning of the word and the practice of the New
Testament, deacons are to be servants of the church.
(2) They are to be zealous to guard the unity of the Spirit within the church in
the bonds of peace.
How can a deacon fulfill this duty when his wife is an individual spreading discord
among the body with his submission and cooperation with her in its success?
(3) They shall serve as council of advice and conference with the pastor in all
matters pertaining to the welfare and work of the church. With the pastor
they are to consider and formulate plans for the constant effort and
progress of the church in all things pertaining to the saving of souls, the
development of Christians, and the extension and growth of the Kingdom
What program has been formulated that has had converts (saved souls) that has been
implemented by this group in the past 3 years?
(4) By proper organization and method among themselves, they are to
establish and maintain personal fraternal relations with, and inspiring
oversight of, all the membership of the church. Especially are they to seek
to know the physical needs and the moral and spiritual struggles of the
brethren and sisters; and to serve the whole church in relieving,
encouraging, and developing all who are in need.
(5) In counsel with the pastor, and by such methods as the Holy Spirit may
direct in accordance with the New Testament teachings, they are to have
oversight of the discipline of the church. In matters of discipline they are
to be guided always by the principles set forth in Matthew 18:15-17; I
Corinthians5:9-13; I Thessalonians 5:12-14. The deacons shall be free to
call upon any member of the church to aid in disciplinary action.
What has taken place among the leadership of the church has been in total
contradiction to these scriptures. Remember, they told me and Amy that they don’t do
church discipline and that they didn’t care what someone did on Saturday night just as
long as they came to church on Sunday. Take a look at the verses just mentioned:
1)Mt 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him
his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy
brother. Mt 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two
more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mt 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he
neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a
2)1Co 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:1Co 5:10
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or
extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 1Co
5:11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is
called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a
drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.1Co 5:12For what
have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are
within? 1Co 5:13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from
among yourselves that wicked person.
3)1Th 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you,
and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;1Th 5:13 And to esteem them
very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.1Th
5:14Now we exhort you ,brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the
feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
(6) In case of absence of inability of the pastor, subject to advice from and
conference with him, the deacons will provide for supply speakers. In any
period when the church is without a pastor, unless the church shall
arrange the temporary ministry and take counsel with reference to
securing an interim pastor.
(7) They shall support with their attendance the various activities of the
church including Sunday school, Church Training, unless prevented by
circumstances over which they have no control.
Par.4. Methods of Procedure
(1) The whole body of deacons shall be organized as a unit for consideration
of all larger problems and general policies, and shall meet regularly each
month prior to the regular business meeting of the church. They may
organize themselves into such committees as their wisdom may direct for
efficiency in service.
(2) They shall apportion the membership of the church among themselves, or
make plans whereby the entire membership of the church among
themselves, ro make plans whereby the entire membership may have the
benefit of the services of the deacons.
(3) Each deacon shall confer with the pastor about all matters and cases of
discipline which the deacon’s judgment would be most wisely and
spiritually handled in private.
Section 3. MODERATOR.
Par. 1. Selection.
(1) The Moderator shall be the pastor. When the church is without a pastor
the chairman of the deacons shall serve as moderator. In the absence of
the pastor the chairman of the deacons shall preside; or in the absence of
both, the clerk shall call the church to order and a moderator pro-tem
shall be elected.
(1) The moderator shall conduct all business meetings by the parliamentary
procedure as adopted by this church and in keeping with his constitution
Par.1. Election. This church shall have at least 3 trustees. Trustees shall be
elected for a term of 2 years. After serving as a trustee they shall not be
eligible for re-election for at least one year. The regular time for election will
be at the annual business meeting. The deacons will present to the church
nominees for trustee. Other nominations may be made from the floor.
Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner.
(1) The trustees hold in trust the property of the church bus shall have no
power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any property without a
specific vote of the church authorizing such action.
(2) The trustees act in all business matters as legal representatives of the
church. They shall be subservient to the will of the church in business
(3) The trustees shall maintain and take care of the building and properties of
(4) The trustees shall be authorized to spend without church action for each
repair and maintenance need a maximum of $500.00, unless this amount
exceeds the budget for that year. In case of an emergency to the building
or equipment, the trustees shall be authorized to correct the emergency.
(5) The trustees shall maintain and be responsible for the insurance program
of the church. Any changes or additions to this program shall be
presented to the church for action.
(1) Trustee shall be at least 21 years of age as of January 1st of the year in
which the election is held.
(2) They shall have been a member of this church for at least 1 year as of the
date of the election.
(3) Since a trustee is in charge of the stewardship of the church property,
they shall be a good steward of their personal possessions bringing their
tithes and offerings systematically to the church for the Lord’s work.
Section 5. Ushers.
Par.1. Election. The church ushers shall be elected by the church. The
chairman shall be enlisted by the nominating committee. After election, he
shall assist the nominating committee in enlisting other ushers.
Par. 2. Duties. Church ushers shall be charged with promoting a spirit of
fellowship and friendliness and seeing to the order and comfort of the people
before, during and after church services. Ushers shall be responsible for
receiving the church offering in a worshipful manner.
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Eze 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring
lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and
precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Eze 22:26
Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put
no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference
between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I
am profaned among them. Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves
ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
Eze 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing
vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the
LORD hath not spoken.Eze 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and
exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the
Eze 22:30And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and
stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
God was not trying to call another prophet or preacher to cry against the land. He
simply wanted someone in the midst of all the corruption to speak out, take a stand,
become exiled, and blow the whistle. I tried to be this man and stand against the
conspiracy. Bro. Tim asked for my help with the constitution after what he and Teresa
thought to be a coup being staged within the leadership. After an exhaustive
investigation and documented explanation of the events taken place at CFB, you
should now have the spiritual depth to understand or you are willfully blinded by
skilled and professional subterfuge.