Christian Biblical Church of God conducts first ordination

By Mark Farmer

GOSHEN Ind.--The Christian Biblical Church of God conducted its first ordination in its 15-year history the Sabbath of Nov. 14.

Anse Cates, 76, of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, was ordained an elder by Fred Coulter, founder of the CBCOG, who had traveled from California for the ordination, and by Carl Franklin of Dowagiac, Mich.

Mr. Cates and his wife, Ella May, attend a fellowship group in Milledgeville, Ohio, in which they have served for many years. Members of the fellowship group urged Mr. Coulter and Mr. Franklin to ordain Mr. Cates in light of his many years of service and dedication.

After Mr. Cates' ordination, Mr. Coulter produced a small bottle of olive oil for Mr. Cates to use to anoint the ill. The three men then laid hands on the bottle of oil while Mr. Coulter asked God's blessing on it and on those who would be anointed by Mr. Cates.

During one of his messages, Mr. Coulter expressed his belief in divine healing. He reported that four people had been healed of cancer after being anointed and following the advice in The Cure for All Cancers, by Hulda R. Clark, a book he strongly recommends.

About 120 of the brethren from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois attended the service.

Mr. Cates' ordination brings to three the number of elders in the CBCOG. (Mr. Coulter and Mr. Franklin were elders before the founding of the church.)

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