Victor Couzens, pastor of the 5,000-member Inspirational Bible Church – City of Destiny in Ohio, has posted a video in order to ‘show his face’ and let people know he is alive and well after a ‘suicidal note’ was posted on his Facebook page.
The alleged note purportedly written by Couzens was screen-captured by Leonardo Blair and published in the video below. The post, which is quite lengthy, reads in part: “So this is it! I am done! Write this story: ‘HE QUIT LIFE!’ Not because he was guilty! But because he knows that there is more peace in leaving than in staying… So you can call me a coward or whatever you want. But I won’t be here to hear it… I’m done! And if you make it to the other side, please don’t look for me. And don’t cry any fake tears for me. Because you really do not care about ME! Congratulations! This took me out!!”
Blair also published a video purportedly put out by Couzens to show that he is alive and well. On what appears to be his Instagram page, Couzens claims his Facebook account was hacked and that it was later deactivated.
Below is that video.
All of this stems from the allegations against Couzens that he has carried on adulterous and fornicating relationships with multiple women.
In an interview with Larry Reid, 29-year-old New York City model, Andrea Garrison, claimed she had been engaged in a sexual relationship with Couzens since 2011 and planned to move in with him last month, only to find out that she was not the only woman Couzens had been having an adulterous relationship with.
Garrison told Reid, “I felt stupid, I felt used, I’m hurt, [he] publicly humiliated me, tried to lie on me, tried to tell people I got no receipts. I got more receipts than you could ever imagine. Church checks, [evidence] from other women coming at me with receipts. It’s a lie. It’s not cool.” She showed evidence, including photos of the two together this summer, as evidence.” She stood by her claims in a later interview with The Christian Post.
Watch Garrison’s interview with Larry Reid below.
In response to these allegations, Bishop Paul S. Morton, founding and presiding bishop of The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, released a statement regarding the actions of his “spiritual son.” The statement below reveals that, after Morton’s discussions with Couzens regarding his alleged behavior, the Ohio minister “tendered his resignation as the Bishop of College of Elders of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.”
As Pastors, if we are going to preach the gospel, we must practice the gospel as we are always representing God regardless if we are in the pulpit or not.
I was recently made aware of a situation involving one of my spiritual sons, Bishop Victor Couzens, being involved in multiple relationships that caused me concern.
I spoke with Bishop Couzens about his actions as they were not in alignment with the level of character I expect of Pastors, especially one that is my spiritual son. He has repented and tendered his resignation as the Bishop of College of Elders of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Though I understand the relationships were consensual, I want to also offer an apology to the young ladies involved as well as the body of Christ for this situation. People of God, we must maintain high standards. I’m not perfect but I’m determined to present myself to God as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is my reasonable service.
Them will be no further comments made.
There is no word yet on whether Couzens has decided to resign from his position as pastor of Inspirational Bible Church – City of Destiny.
Watch video below from Larry Reid discussing the allegations against Victor Couzens on his show today.
BCNN1’s editors applaud Paul Morton for being the type of man and pastor who would step up and address this difficult, negative situation head-on. However, they say, “If these allegations against Couzens are true, Couzens is a grown man who needs to stand up and publicly admit, confess, and repent of his own sins. If you are a true minister of the Gospel who commits fornication or adultery and does not take advantage of the space God has given you to repent, it is always going to end badly. In Couzens’ case, if these allegations are true, God has allowed everything to be exposed which is what happens when you don’t confess and repent of your sins on your own. If the almost-retired Bill Hybels had to resign and sit down from his church and ministry, if any of this is true about Couzens, he needs to resign and take two seats for these three reasons: (1) He is divorced as a pastor. (2) ”
“Furthermore,” they state, “if pastors who commit adultery and fornication are (rightfully) branded as whoremongers, we need to address the silly-minded church whores who carry on secret clandestine relationships with pastors, and then when it doesn’t work out, the Jezebel vindictive spirit comes out and they want everyone to see them as victims when, in reality, they were willing participants.”