Should Bishop Eddie Long take authority or take a long vacation?

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Above the Fold, Follow up, OMG!, Televised Theology and Toiletries
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I’m under attack.

This was the summation of Bishop Eddie Long’s long-awaited and legally approved response from the much ballyhooed pulpit of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. As if the swolled Bishop had a kingdom resting atop Stone Mountain in Georgia, he gives yet another aged rally cry used from scandalous preachers in the past.

It’s the most ragged page out of their ruddy playbook. You see, it’s not the sin they committed; it’s the fiendish acts Satan has committed against them.

At least, that’s what they want you to believe because why else would the media, the lawsuits and the cries of a rather perturbed country come against the “Mand of Gawd?” See for yourself:

From the Washington Post story referred earlier:

“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.

The story forgot to mention the rose petals thrown at his feet, the serfdom bowing at his presence and the trumpets saluting his retreat in the sunset as well.

Leave the pomp and circumstance aside, it doesn’t take away the fact that this is yet another alleged and shamed preacher who used the power of God given to him for the service of the Lord’s kingdom to use for his own megalomaniacal purposes.

There is another serious problem:

Long never directly said he is innocent, but he made clear that he would not leave New Birth, and church leaders vowed to stick by him. “We stand behind our pastor. And there is a period behind that,” church elder Darius Wise said.

We are but sheep, right? And sheep are known for one other thing, besides providing some sweet sweaters… they love the taste of Kool-Aid. Regardless of the flavor, it all tastes the same. Whatever the Mand of Gawd says it tastes like, that’s the winner.

Eddie Long vows to fight the drama

Bishop Eddie Long, left, embraces a friend Sunday at his Georgia megachurch. 'I am not a perfect man. But this thing I'm going to fight," he said.

The man never avowed his innocence and allegiance for the Lord, only that he will fight for his own kingdom. Doesn’t he realize there is more at stake than the precious TV rights provided him by TBN and Daystar?

He has a family, a congregation, a gaggle of supporters… and oh yeah, the lives of four young men who believe Bishop Eddie Long used his authority in the Gospel to rape them.

That leaves quite the scar on one’s spiritual upbringing, you know. And there’s the tragedy with the megachurch these days.

They are not led by God, just for him.

Man, full of ruddy clay, riddled with angst and heaping with drama run these edifices… and are surrounded by a heaping troupe of Yes men.

Who will tell these dolts, “No.” If they value their job, not a soul. And whose to say what God is saying to these egomaniacs. Not all leaders of huge churches have this personality, but we have seen many that do… and they all follow the same playbook when confronted with scandal.

What’s the harm in taking a sabbatical to properly deal with this mess? Go away, get better and get beyond this drama. Think that will happen… uh, no.

And why? There is no competition for his throne. He has a legion of lawyers to protect him if there is an overtaker among the peons. And you waited a week to deliver your “David and Goliath” speech (of which the lawyers have used in statements as well).

Shoot, I was expecting “Unleash hell” sans the Maximus brutality. “Taking  authority” is his fabled tagline after all. Although I think the dude just needs to take a much needed vacation.

Yet, there he goes, off in his Bentley and a sack of five stones at his leisure. Hope you and your legal team have good aim, Bishop Long. Because if you miss, there are more than 25,000 people who will fall with you.

Comments
  1. Speak to Your Problems…

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  2. jakeelliot says:

    it’s a very sad issue. i do hope he is innocent though.

    I’m cruising online through different blogs and articles trying to find quotes of different ministers, (Eddie long for example). I’ve often stumbled upon blog like this and read a few articles. I’ve started a blog called:

    http://www.preachersaidwhat.wordpress.com

    The point of the site is not to condemn ministers, but to educate people what they actually say. Let their words do the revealing! (Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks!)

    And when compared with other preachers in the movement, becomes more obvious they all just sound the same.
    It’s a middle ground between extreme blogs like this and seeker sensitive ones. Thanks.

    If you can email links to preacher’s quotes on Herescope, I’ll make sure to give credit to their sources. I usually like to go to the actual sources if they are still available. Thanks!

    Feel free to contribute quotes of preachers who have said interesting things!
    Hopefully down the track, preachersaidwhat.wordpress.com will be handy for to collect reliable information from preachers have said.

    Jake

  3. Ron says:

    The “bishop” needs to man up for once in his life and stop hiding behind his lies.He knows he’s guilty,his wife knows he’s guilty,the 4 young men he coerced into having sex with him know he’s guilty.Most of all,God ALMIGHTY knows he’s guilty.What a shame 25,000 sheeple are blinded by all these lies.

  4. Cop says:

    Take authority or vacation?

    We are talking about a MEGA-CHURCH pastor. If they take vacation they can’t right it off on their taxes.

    One day there will be a pastor faced with a scandal that will announce to his church that he is leaving the pulpit to deal with an issue. I just don’t know if it will be in THIS LIFE TIME.

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