Zachary Tims Update: No plans to recognize him at National Baptist Convention
While reading the article describing how this week kicks of the annual National Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida with no plans to acknowledge or even recognize Pastor Zachery Tims, my thought was, wow, how short a memory the convention has . Their media relations person states below in so many words that Tims was living outside the will of God. So what does that mean, you can’t recognize Zachary Tims at your convention? ” Well if I remember correctly it was not that long ago that the NBC had a huge scandal knocking on its door with its former leader, Henry Lyons. In fact, it was a three-ring circus that included, sex, extortion and arson. At that time, the Convention was not throwing him out as their leader, they were trying to sweep everything under the carpet until they could not do it anymore and he was sent to Jail.
Then to make matters worse, once he did his time and got out of jail, many in the organization tried to give him his reign back. So come on National Baptist Convention, if you did not throw Henry Lyons under the bus, why Pastor Zachary Tims? Get a hold of yourself, really!
BY JAMES HARPER/ DAYTONA TIMES:
Dr. Zachery Tims Jr. will be on the minds of many of the more than 30,000 attendees to the National Baptist Convention 131st Annual Session being held in Orlando September 5-9 at the Convention Center.
The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. is the nation’s largest Black religious organization, made up of 7.5 million members worldwide, according to the organization’s website.
Rev. Morris Tipton, director of First Missionary Baptist Church of Huntsville, Ala., and director of media relations for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., told the Daytona Times, “While we pray for both his (Tims) family and his congregation, there are no plans to formally recognize him.”
Tims, who led the more than 7,000-member New Destiny of Apopka, located in Orange County where the convention is taking place, was found dead on Aug. 12 in a New York hotel. He was 42. The cause of his death is still being investigated by New York police.
“We, as a convention, pray for God’s comfort through this difficult time. We also fully believe our place as brothers and sisters in Christ is to pray for those that find themselves outside of the Will of God and for God’s love to pull any and every individual that strays from His path,” said Rev. Tipton.
“We also fully believe what the bible says in 1 John 1:9; “If we confess our sins (to Him), He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” he continued.