Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles COGIC, is being heavily criticized for allowing former president Bill Clinton to campaign from the pulpit.
But the California mega pastor’s son, Charles Blake, Jr. is defending his father and clarifying what happened.
“We were happy to have former President Clinton at our service today,” Blake wrote on Facebook, claiming that Clinton was “not invited” by his father, but rather, welcomed as any other visitor would be.
Blake continued, “President Clinton was accepted as a visitor as we acknowledge any visitor that comes to our services. This was not an endorsement. Bishop has always been a very gracious host and he is not beholden to any political party or candidate.”
While campaigning on behalf of his wife, democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the shrewd and savvy politician appealed to congregants’ fears, warning them that Trump wants to reverse progress and go back to the way things were in the 1960s, when things weren’t so great for people of color.
Although Mr. Clinton got plenty of amens during his speech from attendees, the amen corner was overshadowed by a chorus of dissenting voices on the Internet.
As upset members of the faith community slammed the well-known presiding prelate online, arguing that the sacred desk should be used for gospel preaching and not political speeches, his son tried his best to smooth things over.
“After serving and lifting this community and preaching the Gospel for more than 47 years Bishop Blake more than deserves the benefit of the doubt,” said Blake. “To his critics, I only ask what have you yourself done to help your community or your people? I humbly ask that you examine a situation fully before you speak in judgement. God Bless.”
SOURCE: EEW Magazine – Mitchell Harris