Last fall, four young men filed a lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor of New Birth Baptist Church (Lithonia, GA); claiming sexual coercion. The case was supposedly heading toward settlement via private mediation, however, on Thursday, May 12, the judge in the case told Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News that he is scheduling trial for late summer.
In GOSPEL TODAY’s Nov/Dec 2010 issue, we printed an article that quoted Bishop Long’s statement to his congregation on Sunday, September 26, 2010: “I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that’s being portrayed on the television. That’s not me. That is not me.â€
â€œI\’m going to fight this thing,â€ he said.
â€œAnd I want to add one more thingâ€¦I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.”
In the follow up cover story, Gospel Today publisher, Dr. Teresa Hairston advised that the body of Christ consider a scriptural approach:
â€œBrethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.â€ (Gal 6:1)
The response to this article included a mixture of agreement juxtaposed against accusations of “covering up.”
At this point, How do you think Bishop Long’s case has impacted the BODY of Christ? Don’t just talk about it…blog about it…