Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles COGIC, is being criticized for allowing former president Bill Clinton to campaign for his wife, Presumptive Democratic Party Nominee, Hillary Clinton 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, Hillary Clinton, former president Clinton warned congregants 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 applause during his speech there was a lot of upset folks 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.”