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Eddie Long Victim Of Spiritual Warfare: Condemned As Predator And Monster


Christian Science Monitor

One of the four young men accusing Bishop Eddie Long of abusing his pulpit power to force them into sex has now gone on Atlanta’s airwaves to condemn the charismatic megachurch pastor as a “predator” and a “monster.”

Bishop Long, who denies the charges but admitted from his pulpit Sunday that he is “not a perfect man,” has decried the case on television as “spiritual warfare.”

But even as the heated exchanges multiply in the Atlanta media – in what some observers say could be an attempt to jockey for position ahead of an out-of-court settlement – a more immediate question is looming for Mr. Long: Can his ministry, and his 25,000 member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, survive the increasingly explicit accounts of Long’s alleged misdeeds?

Some who study the black church will be watching to see how his flock reacts when Long passes the plate at Sunday service.

“There’s a lot of theater here, it’s a live chess match,” says Tulane sociologist Shayne Lee, author of “Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace.” “The plaintiffs want to keep the blood flowing, and Bishop Long is trying to figure out how to stop the bleeding. But the longer this goes on in the media, the more [church] members are going to demand cogent responses to the claims instead of vague denials.”

Long became emblematic of an anti-homosexual strain of the black church after he marched in gay-friendly Atlanta against gay marriage in 2004. Part of his ministry is dedicated to “delivering men” from same-sex inclinations. At the same time, the lawsuits allege that some in the church community were aware of Long’s alleged same-sex trysts.

On Sunday, most New Birth parishioners loudly and excitedly voiced support for Long. But for some, Long’s rebuttal from the pulpit fell short of assuring parishioners that he’s telling the truth.

“He wasn’t genuine,” one woman said as she left the church Sunday, ABC News reported. “It was very heartbreaking.”

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October 1, 2010 - Posted by | Current Events | , , , ,

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  1. “..some in the church community were aware of Long’s alleged same-sex trysts”

    You know the black church follows strict Don’t Ask Don’t tell policy.

    I was sitting in the barber shop yesterday and the consensus says he’s GUILTY! So, says the men at the barber shop, so goes public opinion. For those few hours, inside the shop, we are the only judge and jury.:-)

    Comment by dison | October 1, 2010 | Reply


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