When it is said COGIC is hierarchical we are told it means it is Ecclesiastical, that the Presiding Bishop appoints the Jurisdictional Bishop, who appoints the Pastor. That side of the coin is true.
Abraham told Abimelech king of Gerar that Sarah was his sister. That also was only a part of the truth. That side of the coin was true.
“And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.” (Genesis 20:11–12, AV)
For Abraham, the other side of the coin was Sarah was his wife, it was out of fear he deceived Abimelech but when confronted he told the whole truth.
For COGIC the other side of the coin is LOCAL CHURCH OWNERSHIP. We are not told, in the eyes of the civil court ALL PROPERTY IS HELD IN TRUST FOR THE NATIONAL CHURCH, NOT THE LOCAL CHURCH. This is the way the civil court defines it. Because of a case in Kansas, where the Kansas Appeals Court made a finding that COGIC is hierarchical, therefore it does not matter who paid for it, it does not matter if there were no state or national monies used. It does not matter if you are incorporated, it does not matter if you have your own 501 (c) 3 number. Page 17 of the decision say;
“As this court held in New Jerusalem, “a continual, longstanding, and formal affiliation with the National Church . . . is sufficient to support an implied trust in favor of the National Church.” 26 Kan. App. 2d at 580. Thus, under New Jerusalem, the COGIC continued to be entitled to possession of the property regardless of the corporate status of the local church.”
When the court says COGIC, it only means the National Church.
In the April 2014 General Assembly meeting, a resolution to amend Article III, Section B, General Assembly Section D paragraphs 8 and 9 that the local members would have exclusive ownership of the local church was presented and read by the Constitution Committee. This can be found on page 12 of the April 2014 Minutes, and also found in Attachment H as one of the resolutions presented. Here is the proposed amendment as read and found in Attachment H. Don’t be surprised if some leaders try to change it.
As of this date, January 2022, this has languished after being tabled, and those who control the flow and operation of the General Assembly has not brought it forth.