Just so you will know, I received a letter from Rev. Dr. Odinga Lawrence Maddox,I on Saturday stating that he has removed me from the church's membership role, effective June 10, 2007. There were other commentary in the letter and I will scan the letter into this site for all to see if there isn't a retraction by Friday June 22, 2007. I will give you as members of Mt. Hope Church the opportunity to talk some sense into the pastor, otherwise I will proceed with that, plus another extremely strong action that will absolutely be devastating. It's up to you'll, the pastor, the presiding elder and the bishop. I am as serious as I can possibly be!
Now for the good part, The Book Of Discipline of The A.M.E. Zion Church clearly states on page 120 (CHAPTER VII - General Directions Concerning Trials), paragraph 323 and also pages 110 through 112 (in the 1996 edition) that "No member can be deprived of his Membership without due trial by a Committee, and proper process of law". None of this has happened, so no removal of my membership can take place. Also refer to pages 120 through 123 of the discipline for more points on membership rights and etc. In addition, check page 31 of the discipline.
This is the book of rules that the pastor always cites and that he must be guided by at all times, lest he be put on trial himself. I wonder why he didn't let himself be guided by the discipline before he wrote the letter? Maybe he feels that he is above the discipline. But he is sadly mistaken. Let us see how Bishop George H. Battle, Jr.
handles this breach of the church rules and regulations, which are not subject to interpretation by anyone in Zion.
The letter was e-mailed to the Bishop on Monday. Let's see how this plays itself out. You know the courts are always there to sue for mistreatment, bias, discrimination, cruelty and mental anguish, among other things. I am the wrong person to try and use discretionary powers with and I think all of you know why. People need to be extremely careful here; I think they have a tiger by the tail. You know if you grab a tiger by the tail, you can never let go, less you be devoured by the tiger!
Please check out the comments after each of my postings on the site, click on "comments" and they will open up. Some of them are very interesting and the objective of unknown parties is to attack me personally rather that refute the information that I have provided. They obviously are part of the pastor's inner circle of defense; although no defense can be provided against facts.