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Friday, September 24, 2010
What Should the Church Do about Bishop Eddie Long?
Without all the evidence that may support or contradict that allegations against Eddie Long, I thought the article below captured the essence of what the discussion should be about. The church should pray that the truth comes out—all of it.
I feel a particular burden to respond to this scandal because a few years ago (2006), I was engaged in a back and forth series of emails and phone conversations with a prominent evangelical African American pastor regarding Eddie Long. The prominent evangelical pastor had invited Bishop Long to preach at his conference. I pleaded with him to disinvite Eddie Long because of his outrageously heretical statements. Sadly, my plea went unheeded. My pray and plea for the church today is that God will somehow use this ugly scandal to bring about repentance, a reaffirmation to cling to truth, and a renewed longing for holiness.