Eddie Long’s crimes against the Gospel

I’ve never been a fan of “Bishop” Eddie Long, who, among other self-aggrandizing moves, has flouted Baptist practice by naming himself a bishop. I have detested his gay-bashing and loathed his narcissistic lifestyle. I’ve doubted the theology of his “prosperity” ministry.

Nothing more aptly describes the way that New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has become a cult of personality — not Jesus Christ’s personality, but Eddie Long’s — than the responses by Long and a few of his congregants to allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation.

In a sermon carried live by TV cameras yesterday, Long very dramatically told his congregation he is “under attack.” From the WaPo:

“Please hear this: I have been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know that I am not a perfect man, but this thing I’m gon’ fight,” said Long, who also preached a short sermon on surviving painful times.

“I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet,” the bishop said to roaring applause as he dropped his microphone on the pulpit with a thud, took his wife Vanessa’s hand and left the stage.

If Long were going to compare himself to a Biblical character, he should have chosen Goliath.

Then there was this quote from one of Long’s parishoners:

“The devil always tries to attack the kingdom, but we know that victory is ahead,” said Ian Waite, who has been a member of the church for six years. “We will fight it on our knees with prayer and fasting.

“He’s not a perfect man, but God will fight on his behalf. . . . If it ends up being true, we have to be there on his behalf. He’s just human. In life, we have failure and downfalls, but God will see you through.”

I’m sorry, but New Birth is not “the kingdom.”

We don’t yet know whether Long is guilty of sexual abuse, but it’s clear that he’s guilty of perverting the Gospel.

222 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

September 27th, 2010
8:42 am

“but it’s clear that he’s guilty of perverting the Gospel.”

Says Tucker, Mrs. Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage. Pot meet kettle.

Nancy

September 27th, 2010
8:44 am

have to say I agree on this one

Call it like it is

September 27th, 2010
8:47 am

Hmmmm, when I watched it, it look like a typical Democratic rally. The leaders were spouting nonsence, and the people in the crowd were drinking the kool-aid

Dave from GT

September 27th, 2010
8:47 am

It appears as if Cynthia has finally picked a topic that is not racially oriented. In an attempt to help her keep up that tradition, I have to wonder what percentage of Eddie’s followers are of the white, asian, or hispanic persuasion?

granny godzilla

September 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Huub

September 27th, 2010
8:55 am

Long is a complete and utter waste of time! This “pastor” is perverting everything that Christ taught. Prosperity is excess and excess is sin. Pride in appearance is vanity and vanity is sin. He doesn’t get and neither does his “CONgregation.”

Dennis Moxley

September 27th, 2010
8:55 am

Two words- Marion Barry

josh

September 27th, 2010
9:03 am

This guy sounds like every other gay-bashing preacher out there… GUILTY! Young kids don’t just say they were abused, especially in their young-adult lives, to gain attention… these kids may go after his money, which i would LOVE, but they wouldn’t do it, unless they could prove it. And let’s face it, how many HOLIER THAN THOU preachers take young boys on trips and have alone time with them? Whether it can be proven in court that he did what he did, he’s definitely guilty of something.

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

September 27th, 2010
9:04 am

All I can say is if there is smoke, then there must be fire.

Belinda

September 27th, 2010
9:19 am

I agree with you, Cynthia.

AI

September 27th, 2010
9:19 am

To God be the Glory! I can’t say that the Bishop, Eddie Long has committed all that has been spoken, however I feel he has committed some type of wrong doing related to these boys. Pray for all involved and that the hurt committed and received may one day vanish. If Eddie Long is a true follower of Christ, he would step down in restoration form for a while and do a spiritual inventory. If the Lord called him into the Ministry, God will equip or reequip him with the tools to carry out that task. I am also a Minister of the Gospel, with a theme of, “I am not a M&M Preacher” (Money or Me). The lavishing lifestyles of some of our Spiritual Leader’s are going to lead them into troublesome situations. Men and Women of God can be blessed with a “Word” to save souls, this should be the focus not things. Too much mess is happening from the Pulpit, I feel IRS needs to question(Audit) all Pastors and Bishop’s.

Grumpy

September 27th, 2010
9:22 am

Prosperity gospel is a horrible ideology

lovelyliz

September 27th, 2010
9:22 am

Can anybody explain why the Old Testament abomination of homosexuality, the one Jesus never specifically mentioned and since we are talking Chrisitians here, the New Teament is our guide, is such a modern day moral crime, but the Old Testament abominations of eating shellfish and pork, which Christ did noit engage in being the Jew that he was, are pefectly fine?

lovelyliz

September 27th, 2010
9:24 am

Matthew 6: 24
No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

TGT

September 27th, 2010
9:25 am

UNBELIEVABLE that you–a pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality liberal–would accuse ANYONE of “perverting the Gospel.”

bentleygt

September 27th, 2010
9:29 am

cynthia you made it clear in your first statement that you have never been a fan of bishop, so why would you say anything but something negative about him, that is really objective journalism, you probably are experiencing some sort of self hate and i will pray for your healing. Have you ever attended new birth? if you don’t agree with his teaching or his personality that is find but what does your bible say about judging others

ctucker

September 27th, 2010
9:35 am

bentleygt, I always need prayer. however, you need to understand that this is an opinion. There is nothing “objective about it

Keep up the good fight!

September 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Hmmmm…. he is fighting while “on his knees”?

Of course for those decrying homosexuality…..few, if any, of them have read the bible in the original text (Hint: It was no written in English) to determine what perversions of the translation were made because of the social mores at the time of the translation. There are some who have read the original texts and have stated that the original language is not anti-gay.

But glad to see that all those pro-murder conservatives would say that declaring one particular church to be the “Kingdom of God” are pro-Gospel perversion

ctucker

September 27th, 2010
9:35 am

TGT, please show me what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality or abortion.

ctucker

September 27th, 2010
9:36 am

Peadawg@8:42, please show me what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality or abortion.

Dennis Logan

September 27th, 2010
9:38 am

You’re right on target Cynthia. Someone needs to investigate the boys/students that Bishop “counseled” when he was on trustee board at NC Central U. Remember the scandal two yrs ago when he created a “satellite campus” as another cash stream while there.

Billybob

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Anything to say to Peadawg, Tucker?

itamazesme

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Cynthia you are right and it amazes me how you have others posting how unbelievable that you are accusing anyone of perverting the gospel. Fact is I don’t see Bishop, Rev., or minister in front of your name, and that is where the problem comes in. You are not out preaching to the masses and uses the word of God as your basis. His members are confused in that they forget that it is what GOD says NOT what BISHOP says. You are to be taught the word then study and learn for yourself.

His demise is at his own hands:
Financially (his refusal to disclose financial statements-& his non profit giving some of the money to pay him for all the times he wasn’t paid).

Physically (his vainess – the added hair, the muscle shirts and form fitted suits in the pulpit to show off his body)

Spiritually (his arrogance as to who he is and who he deals with and who he you can’t compare him to as stated in this line from an article in 2005 from the ajc)-”We’re not just a church, we’re an international corporation, ” Long said. “We’re not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can’t talk and all we’re doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around this world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation.
“You’ve got to put me on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there that’s supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering.”

God is a jealous God and NO ONE is before him – if nothing else this will humble him as a man or at least it should.

Peadawg

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

“TGT, please show me what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality or abortion.”

1. And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matt. 19:4.)

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47.)
The Law of Moses explicitly condemned homosexuality.

2. Thou shalt not kill.

itamazesme

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

should be using

Billybob

September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Tucker,

Abortion is murder Tucker, no matter how you slice it

Eddie Longs Cucumber

September 27th, 2010
9:43 am

He is guilty.

The truth shall prevail

September 27th, 2010
9:43 am

If people want the truth, the first step is pray for the truth to be revealed and it eventually will be. Prayer for the accused and the accusers. Somebody has definitely been wronged and it needs to brought to the forefront. Secondly, whether Bishop is a gay basher or not, homosexuality is a sexual sin just as is fornication, adultery, etc. If anyone has quarrels with this, you have a problem with GOD not a particular minister. Thirdly, it’s amazing how people have a problem with a minister or church being financially prosperous, which is a fraction of what true prosperity is about, and not have a problem with entertainers and media outlets, promoting a lifestyle of violence, sexual immorality, self-centeredness, etc………… and these same people don’t say one word about that! I feel that either you call it like it is or proudly own up to the fact we can be biased and hypocritical at times!

Billybob

September 27th, 2010
9:44 am

itamazesme,

You are right, the issue is the bishop. But, pointing out hypocrisy is easy on this blog

Jessica

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

My heart breaks for everyone involved. I will pronouce Bishop Long guilty as I don’t know 100% sure if he is or not. All I know is I hate hearing this kind of news. It’s downright painful for all involved. Because of all the mistakes I’ve made in my life, I can have compassion for ALL involved. I can truly be grateful that my mistakes were not broadcast all over the news and I hope they never are. God bless everybody. We all need it.

Eddie Longs ConnedGregation

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

LOL…these people attending New Dirth have been hoodwinked and the Bishop is sitting with tons of their cash. Give till it hurts new dirthers.

Jessica

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Meant to say, “I will NOT pronouce Bishop Long guilty….”. Sorry for the error.

PearlJam

September 27th, 2010
9:48 am

@Cynthia -

I don’t know Eddie Long, what he’s done, what he preaches.
But I agree with your overall point of preachers who “Pervert The Gospel” via the cult of personality. Happens a lot and the Bible warned against it in I Timothy.

eddy

September 27th, 2010
9:49 am

I do have an issue with some of the mega church ministers who seem to use their position to accumulate stuff ( expensive cars by the numbers, mansions, jewelry, fine clothes costing substantial sums, jets, etc.) I must have missed the verse in the Bible that says “go forth and accumulate stuff for thy own glorification”. I don’t know if he is guilty of the allegations but it isn’t the first time nor will it be the last time that a minister will fall from grace.

Dion

September 27th, 2010
9:50 am

I have so many issues with Long’s message yesterday, but I’ll narrow it down to a few. 1. He created this unneccessary build-up to a statement he could’ve made three or four days prior. 2. If he was the great man of compassion people claim he is, he would’ve asked the congregation yesterday to pray for the four young men who filed the lawsuit (At one time they were part of the New Birth family, right?) Instead he took the stance of an arrogant man, not claiming guilt or innocence, but simply saying he isn’t going anywhere. What BS. He needs to step down simply because he’s full of himself and no longer putting God first. My heart truly goes out to Long’s family, the New Birth church and those brave young men who filed the lawsuit. The congregation should be ashamed for that spectacle yesterday. What message are we sending young people, particularly black men, who seek to cry out if they’ve been abused?

Angry As Hell

September 27th, 2010
9:51 am

It speaks volumes that, despite the advice given him by his attorneys, Eddie Long never said, “I didn’t do these things. It’s a lie.” All he said was,”I’m going to fight these accusations,” and then did his little “I’m David” bull. And it’s typical of the flock to believe and forgive him if it turns out he did do these things to those boys. I’m amazed at how so many Christians are quick to judge others, yet are so quick to forgive their so-called spiritual minister. BTW, by what authority do these formally referred-to pastors name themselves “Bishop”? Bishop of what? Watch. The next thing that will happen when the title Bishop becomes passe, they’;ll start naming themselves “Cardinal.”

PRAISE1

September 27th, 2010
9:51 am

To Ms. Tuckers
complaint about bishop long being called a bishop there is more biblicalc and historical support for the title of bishop which is simply the overseer of a congregation the problem is not prosperity gospel ted haggerty and the catholic church were not prosperity, journalists tend to look for the simplest solution, long did not sin against the gospel the question is why are so many peopel drawn to the mega church, if u listen to some people is that the sermon talks about real things, that in of itself should be be a wake-up to the mainline church (who all have their scandals) to begin making what they do relevant to the lives of people which many today do not. If Bishop Long did this he should step down if not then fight. But on the other hand i do wonder how many people want to shed light on this in order to keep the spotlight off their own stuff including journalists Lastly lets stop trying to hold the “pastors” to a standard that the people themselves including journalists, doctors, lawyers, policeman etc cannot maintain,

Southern Girl

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

And when have any of you ever heard “Bishop” Long preach or march against abortion? Answer: Never.

Say That!

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

I too have never been a fan of Eddie Long. I do not know the man personally, however I grew up in Dekalb County not far from his church. I went vicited there a few times as a teenager. I did not like him then and I do not like him now. I can’t hate on a aman who has 25,000 members. It is there choice where they want to worship. However, try talkin to a memeber of New Birth. All you hear is Bishop this and Bishop that. How in the world can you explain how he self proclaimed himself a bishop ??? I was truly put off by all the whooping and hollering and fist pumping at the service. What if this is true? Should his “followers” also be concerned about the boys and their families?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 27th, 2010
9:53 am

CT et al, man created gods for the very same reason he created hedge funds. ALL religions afford homo sapiens the moral authority to behave in a criminal manner. when they get caught, they can pleade “the devil made me do it” and when they accumulate vast wealth and political power they can say; “…I am merely a humble servant abiding by gods will/scripture”. as with hedge funds; they can edit, manipulate and interpret the law to suit their own needs. remove “god’s (mythical) law” from this equation and Long is just another conflicted self-loathing homosexual on the down low. the fact that he has presented himself as a “bishop” or a man of the cloth is a secular issue in my book. the paleo-neo-Carlinist position is; contrary to the old quip; selling salvation is “the world’s oldest profssion”.

A Lumpkin Resident

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Please hear this: I have been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know that I am not a perfect man, but this thing I’m gon’ fight,” said Long, who also preached a short sermon on surviving painful times.

I little “I did not do this” or “I am innocent of these accusations” would have been more convincing.

I have been accused” and “I am not a perfect man” together say to me, “there is some truth to the allegations”

Gospel?

September 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Ms. Tucker, could you please articulate for us which “Gospel” you speak of? I’m not going to defend Mr. Long, but I’d dearly love to know exactly which “Gospel” you claim he has committed “crimes” against?

Eddie Longs The Bishop of Hip Hop

September 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Angry As Hell

September 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Right on!!

Avenger

September 27th, 2010
9:55 am

gt. Cynthia doesn’t have to make it about race – some clown like you will always do it .

“It appears as if Cynthia has finally picked a topic that is not racially oriented. In an attempt to help her keep up that tradition, I have to wonder what percentage of Eddie’s followers are of the white, asian, or hispanic persuasion?”

Say That!

September 27th, 2010
9:56 am

And another thing…..

If you guys think this is the end and they can simply settle out of court- WRONG !!!!!!!
Psst- The feds are watching !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie & Creflo

September 27th, 2010
9:57 am

We just tell you people what ya wanna hear. Keep giving us your money and we will keep makin you feel good about your sorry selves.

mystified

September 27th, 2010
9:58 am

Props to Peadawg.. Well done.
In addition… Paul was not mute on the subject of homosexuality either.

I really hope the allegations are not true for everyone’s sake.

Mayonnaise

September 27th, 2010
9:59 am

The allegations are true so get your popcorn and enjoy the show.

itamazesme

September 27th, 2010
10:01 am

Actually Peadawg – although the bible does reference the likes of homosexuality as perversion (NOT homosexuality specifically – this word doesn’t service until the New International Version) – Your Matt 19:4 is in reference to marriage and the responsibility of the man. This references the fact that when you are joined with your wife your other family (father, mother, sisters and brothers, etc are to be put second) You would have been more accurate in quoting Lev. 18:22. Which broadly states a man lying with another man as if he would a woman is detestable. As far as abortion, it is not mentioned in the bible. The opinion of abortion being murder lies within we as human beings and the interpetation of when conception begins-with that said using the commandment of Thou Shalt Not Kill would not be relevant. Again, it goes back to studying and learning for yourself.

mystified

September 27th, 2010
10:02 am

Praise1…. Wrong. Pastors should be held to a higher standard. It may not be fair but if you can’t live the standard, you shouldn’t be a pastor. That doesn’t mean sinless; but they should be closer to sinless than the people they are preaching too.