Eddie Long gets some good press… from his own magazine?!

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Above the Fold, Follow up, Networking, Televised Theology and Toiletries
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As those of us who grew up in the black church know full well, things are done a little differently at times.

The Spirit needs to flow more heavily through a family member of the pastor. The big girl is kept in the choir to make it look bigger in some places. And every Sunday is a fashion show that would put ‘Operation Runway’ to shame.

New Birth pastor gets just that on the cover of Gospel Today magazineBut never have I seen something the likes of what Bishop Eddie Long has allegedly been doing in order to save face amidst some much needed PR.

Any Gospel Today subscribers in the house or on the Wall? Before you answer that proudly, check the latest cover story:

Bishop Eddie Long at the center of the scandal that rocked the church world.

According to the story I read in CNN’s Belief Blog, many subscribers were feeling like throwing this publication into the fiery furnace upon seeing – and reading – this article.

Some Gospel Today readers thought the magazine was downplaying  Long’s allegations, and others thought they shouldn’t have featured him at all. The biggest problem readers had was Long’s relationship with “Gospel Today” – he’s the chair of the magazine’s board.

Listen, I realize this phrase may not be in the Bible, but I believe the publication’s CEO “Dr.” Teresa Hairston needs to hear it anyway: “Conflict of interest.”

I’m sure that may have come up in journalism class. If not, then perhaps, “PAYOLA!”

How about that one?

Evidently, it didn’t and Ms. Hairston is popping her neck about this ballyhoo:

Hairston told readers that her magazine did not explore the legalities of the Long scandal, and chose instead to present a “biblical perspective.” Yeah, that’s quaint, namely when you pen this blast from your ivory towers:

Whether Bishop Long is guilty or not; whether the young men are guilty or not, the BODY OF CHRIST must handle this situation according to the Word of God! The mainstream press has painted a hideous picture; some have even called for Bishop Long’s resignation! They’re not even members!!

Sorry. I’ll save that memo for the police and the lawyers of the alleged victims who are seeking justice on their behalf. Because if Long did half of what they accuse him of doing, a resignation is going to be the last thing they ask handed to them on a silver platter.

Write that. Pen that. Quote that.

Mess like this in the hallowed pulpits across America needs to cease immediately. We should demand more of our leaders and not become inundated with a feeling of “Yes man” and “People pleaser.” Our job is to worship the Lord and respect the elders of the Church… not the other way around.

Of course, the light’s on but no one is home unless this is “handled according to the Word of God.” I’m no Bishop, but here we go:

It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit. (Hebrews 2:1-4 MSG)

Yes, indeed. A MEMO to Eddie Long and Teresa Hairston: “Get a grip!” Don’t look at me. It’s in the Word of God.

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Comments
  1. tezcan says:

    Bu aslinda buyuk bir is iyi bir yazi Bu is zor bir arastirma ben gayretlerinizi icin thanks admin very good.

  2. Hey I really like your writing. I really think you’re on to something. I’m a Christian journalist myself, (still in school) and right now I’m working for a Christian production company called “Riot Studios” they’re the filmmakers of “Beware of Christians” I personally would love to hear your perspective on the movie…and would just love to some advice!
    If you’d email me back at Lyndsey@riotstudios.us…that’d be wonderful. Thank you!

  3. boydmiller says:

    Hey scribe,
    It’s being reported by several sources that Fast Eddie is seeking mediation rather than a public trial. Here’s one of them. http://www.bvblackspin.com/2010/12/08/why-is-bishop-eddie-long-attempting-to-avoid-a-public-trial/?flv=1
    If these reports are true I wouldn’t want to be blocking the exit if you know what I mean?

  4. gcmwatch says:

    Ok, so let’s keep this biblical.

    After reading Hairston’s weak defense of the article (which should have never been written)it is biblical for Eddie Long to resign…or in much more biblical terms be removed from office.

    Of course that wont happen, because EL has removed all barriers to him being Lord over God’s property which is unbiblical.

    Teresa Hairston made a jackass out of herself and her celebrity driven magazine with this. And ‘jackass’ is a biblical term.

  5. HAROLD says:

    I was raised in a church that believed it’s leader could not sin.It practiced witchcraft(mind control) by the “Bishop”.I am very familiar with the signs of clergy abuse and the cicumstantial evidence that Eddie Long admits to is very troubling.I read where many quote the scripture”judge not…..”.This is scripture but so is “judge with righteous judgement”.”Read Revelation 2:2″…and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraised those who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and have found them to be impostors and liars.” Galatians 2:11″ 11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned…..v14″…14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all,” If this situation existed today because of Peter’s “celebrity” no one would have said anything to him.1 Timothy 1:20 “…..Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.” The NFL disciplines it’s players.Parents who really LOVE their children discipline them.But not the body of CHRIST.Let us just pray and plead the blood.I am glad my parents just didn’t pray but whipped my behind as a child.

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