Bishop Eddie Long Sermon 9-26-2010

Bishop Eddie Long Sermon 9-26-2010

Good morning New Birth. And good morning to all our other guests.

And I would be remiss not to say good morning to the world.

You all may be seated in the presence of the Lord.

I do want to remind folk that we’re here at 8 every Sunday morning. Every Sunday morning.

And I’ll be here next week.

First of all, let me thank you on behalf on my wife, my family, for all of your support, your prayers. We are certainly humbled by such a loving congregation. I realize that many have been waiting on me to say something. I have to do … (long applause)

My first responsibility is to my family. My next responsibility is not to address the world before I address my family, New Birth.

Because I’m pastor, I want to talk to you for a moment, make a statement and we’ll be gone.

This is an extremely difficult time for me, an extremely difficult time for my family. It’s an extremely difficult time for you, because many who’ve called you and ask you questions and all of these kind of things. You ain’t never got this many phone calls in your life. It’s a time when you actually see the veil dropped and who’s with you and who’s not with you.

So, as a pastor, I want to help everybody. The first thing, I just want to talk to you for about 10 or 15 minutes. I want to thank all the pastors who left their churches, all my sons, daughters. It wouldn’t be right without the preachers here. All my sons and daughters, pastors here, Bishop Murphy, Pastor Landers, Pastor William Murphy, I can go on and on and on out here … Pastor Davis and all, but I want to help all of us this morning .. if I can do that to say these things and then we’ll move.

This is difficult, difficult for everybody. This is probably the most difficult time in my entire life. And so I thought the first thing I might just say for everybody, I want to talk about how to handle painful and difficult situations. How to handle painful and difficult situations.

And I started with scripture from Psalms 34:19. Y’all did know I was gon’ use my Bible today. Of all days. I just wanna take just a few moments. And then I’ll say what the rest of you came to hear.
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But I gotta talk to my family. Psalms 34:19 says many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of all of them.

Our purpose today is twofold, is to minister to those who are present, and to strengthen the New Birth family.

Above all, this church, the church of the living God and all that is precious and holy in this wonderful moment. And I want you to focus on what the spirit of God has to speak to us, not to focus on Eddie Long. There’s a simple emphasis that I would like to use to minister and was given direction to our church and family in this time of … because you gotta understand the reality of painful situations. You gotta understand the response to painful situations, and then we have to know what the remedy is for pain situations.

The reality of a painful situation, I would refer to Isiah 43:2, just write it down, it says, when you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. And when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Nor shall the flames scorch you. Unfortunately, my brothers and my sisters, life is filled with painful situations that makes the time of joy and happiness not as magnificent as we would like.

As long as man has to deal in life, you will find that life will be unfair, the rain’s on the just and unjust. And we’re all subject to face distasteful and painful situations.

Bishop Long — Eddie Long — and you can put your name in that blank, will have some bad situations. The righteous face painful situations with a determined expectancy. We are not exempt from pain, but He promises to deliver us out of our pain.

Solutions or situations of destruction, pain caused by floods, pain caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, Katrina, those that had to be relocated, lost things in a day, the stress, the challenge of painful situations.

Some in here, situation of disease and sickness, have been to the doctor, got reports that wasn’t favorable, that’s why we do our confessions at the ending of that 21 days to bring you into wholeness; painful situations. Situations of disappointment, hopelessness, situations of unmet expectations; situations of death, there’s parents in here who’ve lost children and people who were suddenly taken away in car accidents and unexpected things. Situations of deception, when one has been betrayed by those that they love; situations of divorce when love turns into resentment; situations, and the greatest pain in life is to love somebody that doesn’t love you back.

Without a doubt there are painful situations in life that are inescapable. Protections from painful situations are absolutely impossible. Trust me, I tried to find them. Preparation is the most important, but the response to painful situations is, also. Matthew 6:33 says seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things will be added unto you.

We can not always control and avoid painful situations, but we can control our response to them. We must decide in the midst of all that occurs, that we will maintain our righteous focus and spiritual witness. Some possible responses as I close and move.

You can curse it, and allow the situation to make you bitter.

You can nurse it and allow the situation to make you a blamer.

You can rehearse it and allow the situation to be relived and make you a worse person because you continue to go over it and over it and live in that pain. Or you can reverse it, and allow the situation, response, to cause you to be better.

We will not allow the present pain to cause us to abandon our righteous commitment and stand.

Someway and somehow we will become better and we will walk through this painful situation.

The remedy for a painful situation is described by David in the best way that I know how to to make it through rough times. Yea though I walk through the valleys and the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You art with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. David, the writer, gives us an insight of how to make it through the rough times. Because he seems to be focused on something higher than the pain. We can make it through these difficult times by the power of our focus.

So I just took the power and took the first letters of that word and this new birth is our focus.

No. 1 is the P for the power of prayer. Not just for me and not just for my family, but also for everyone concerned in these allegations and all that is going on. We must stay prayerful for the nations and prayerful for our president. We have a wonderful opportunity and it’s election time in Georgia and it’s very important. We cannot be distracted and not go to the polls because we’re trying to chase folk down. It’s early voting time. We should go and vote. Because Jesus teaches us we have to love our enemies and pray for them, too.

The next letter is O for outreach. We cannot allow these things to distract us from our mission to seek and to save the lost. We are going after the lost. And some of you who think I’m lost … and your need to see God, there’ll be an opportunity to come down to the altar. We must continue to minister to those who are lost.

The W is for worship. We must focus on the power of worship. New Birth, we have some powerful worship here and we ain’t gon’ stop having it. There’s been healing going forth, deliverance going forth. All kind of things that happen. You just need to focus yourself and look back and see the wonderful dimension of worship that God is continuing to take us in.

The E is for encouragement. We must be there to encourage one another. The Bible says David had to encourage himself. He had to do that because he was alone. We are not alone. There’s a whole lot of folk up in here, up in here. And there’s a whole lot of people that we can use to encourage each other.

And finally the R is for resolve. We must not forget that our strength is not in man, but in the Lord. We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. We have a reliance on the holy spirit. And the scripture teach us that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk….

There have been allegations and attacks made on me. 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.

By the counsel of my lawyers, they have advised me not to try this case in the media. I am not gon’ try this case in the media. It will be tried in the court of justice and dealt with in the court of justice and please understand because that’s the only place I think I’ll get justice, but being in the hands of God.
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Please hear this. Please hear this: I’ve been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man. But this thing I’m gon’ fight.

And I want you to to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.

This Post Has 46 Comments

  1. Warii

    He sure does have the preaching technique of 4 steps in rhyme, acronyms (POWER, FAITH, HEAL, you name it preachers have done it), and final punchline down packed.

    Preaching is like teaching. You just need the lesson plan and if you have charisma, even better.

  2. nene

    you can look-up and read as many scriptures from the Bible as you wish bishop…but it is irrelevent…the scriptures DO NOT APPLY TO A FALSE PROPHET!

  3. Kim

    WOW I’ve always felt in my spirit that there was something not right about that man. This is exactly why it is EXTREMELY important that we grow to know and understand the creator ourselves. It seems as though his congregation has been brainwashed! So sad…OPEN your eyes and hearts people…come on!! This man is a LIE…..and to see them standing and clapping in support of that disgrace of a man is horrifying…I mean really…is Bishop Eddie Long their God or is GOD????!!! hmmm….

    1. Ria

      As you refered to Bishop Eddie Long, saying something is not right about that man. Welcome to this world, nobody is perfect here and also do not judge. To use your own words “This is exactly why it is EXTREMELY important that we grow to know and understand the creator ourselves. Please do God a favour and obey him and concentrate on Him and your short comings, what is actually so wrong about you that you did have to write this even, where you there when God made him? As you offend God with saying something is not right about that man. Would you be able to do all the people in this world a favour and tell us what is so great about you, that you can look down on another sinner, who God loves so much. Have you ever been in a situation where life is tough, do you just not want to be comforted. Satan Conficts and the Holy Spirit Confesses. Kia Ora from Ria Galvin from New Zealand

  4. Karen

    I would first like to say that my prayers are with the entire long family. But to be honest I am not surprise. We as believers are to look to Christ as the author and finisher or our faith. God left Jesus as our perfect example, so therefore we don’t have to go to man, pastor, or bishop. So people start to use the perfect gift that God has left us, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Be Blessed

  5. Jennifer

    I am very hurt because I have been listening to several of his sermons and was comtemplating in joining his New Birth congretation. I was swayed to his carismatic and eloquent style but I realize that it was all a act, show, smoke and mirrors just to gain money and popularity. Now I’m not sure what to believe in, surely not man

    1. Brandy Wine

      I just wanna know have U found and held on to JESUS yet?

  6. Anonymous

    Where is the bible do either of you find it even remotely appropriate to be judge and jury? I can only pray that niether of you profess to be Christians I am not a member of New Birth nor do I know Bishop Long but I pray that he can be tried in the courts and not by the media and people at large. We do not even have all of the evidence and yet the comments…My Lord! My Lord!

    1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

      Many people who PROFESS to be Christians are QUICK to point out the scripture JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED…however that scripture is NOT a license to be WICKED or a PASS to allow wicked people to REMAIN in the church

      Let’s read some OTHER scriptures of PAUL regarding JUDGING

      Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

      For example one who judges a adulterer should NOT be an ADULTERER himself (go back to the days of Clinton/Lewinsky and Newt Gingrich who was blasting Clinton but was an adulterer HIMSELF). But those striving for perfection have EVERY RIGHT to judge the brethren, especially those in LEADERSHIP positions

      Let’s see what ELSE Paul says about the SAINTS judging each other.

      1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

      Does that scripture say that saints should KEEP QUIET about a wicked matter or an accusation? NO the saints/church should be the FIRST to investigate the matter. NOT the media and NOT the court system.

      Eddie Long should go before his congregation and tell THEM the TRUTH of the matter. The elders of his church should investigate and make a righteous judgment. THIS is BIBLICAL

      Jeremiah 7:16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

      God tells us in HIS WORD to NOT pray for wicked people or to make intercessions for them for He will NOT hear you. Eddie Long may or may NOT have abused those boys..but he IS a CROOK. He steals money from the congregation and lives a baller lifestyle. Don’t say GOD blessed him, because the DEVIL pays WELL. Don’t even pray for that man. GOD will judge him

      1. RiverAngel42

        WOW! Thank you for adding supporting scripture to your position!

        1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

          Praise the LORD RiverAngel42. Whenever we speak we must use the WORD to back us up. The problem nowadays is that we rely too much on SOUNDBITES instead of the PURE WORD of GOD

          Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

          2 Timothy 3:16-17
          All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

          Notice in Timothy, Paul teaches us that the WORD is used for DOCTRINE and for REPROOF and CORRECTION..so if we are to “judge” one another as saints of the LORD we are to judge by the WORD of GOD

          May our heavenly Father increase your understanding RiverAngel…in JESUS’ NAME

          1. RiverAngel42

            Thanks Seeker. We Will understand it better By and By

      2. Ria

        Truth seeker? you are what? keep on seeking for your opportunities to judge and slander, while you go and spend all your time in writing nonsens you might never find who Jesus really is, he owns the whole world and all that is in it, he owns all the cattle on the hills. Bishop Eddie Long is his son he is his heir ok? he has probably more than you as he is one of his favorite sons. You sound sour like the brother of the prodical son. Get a life darling, you do not have to seek far you have to seek fair. Ria Galvin from New Zealand

    2. Anonymous

      we are moved by the holy spirit not by the court room so God childrens don’t have to wait on a human judge, because the real judge speaks to the heart.

      1. Barb

        Just what does He speak to your heart Anonymous?

      2. Ria

        Amen!!

  7. An Offended Christian

    I can only pray that niether of you profess to be Christians, you stand in judgement with such apparent distain, how fightening.
    I am not a member of New Birth nor do I know Bishop Long but I pray that he can be tried in the courts and not by the media or the ill informed people at large. I have no idea what this man has done behind closed doors and if he has made poor choices I pray he seek the help he needs and I encourage the world to pray for him in this time and for the healing innocent or guilty this has to be horrible for him, his family, the accusers, their families… the pain I never want to understand such.
    Let’s all remember, we do not even have all of the evidence and yet the comments…My Lord! My Lord!

    If we could each spend as much time taking a look at the man in the mirror and fix him daily rather than getting caught up in the tragedy of other folks lives. We all live in glass houses may we each work to find a way to make ourselves better I promise the road to personal betterment is not in judging the lives of others.

    1. RiverAngel42

      Hello all.
      Innocent or guilty I find it interesting that we are quick to pick a side without having received all the details. HOWEVER now that the issue of sexual sins has been brought to light (Again), how many of our churches did anything to help victims in their church this Sunday? If they didn’t do anything all of us outraged, concerned Christian folk need to go address our leadership and say “WE need to do something, as I am sure sexual sins have affected someone in OUR house” Let’s do something to help. Let’s use this MESS to put to use GOD’s MESSage of healing, love, forgiveness, repentance and the list goes on.

      1. blueman

        its obviouse! u know it, CVUM ON. I STOP GOING THERE IN 2000 I AINT SUPRISED

      2. WALLY

        YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

  8. Unidentified

    I will not believe this is true until I hear it directly from the Bishop… If by any chance that it is true, I pray that the TRUE CHRISTIANS of this world will EMBRACE him and nurture him back to health. I thought that is what REAL CHRISTIANS do.. How many of us are JUST BORN AGAIN and not TRUE CHRISTIANS??? The word christian means CHRIST LIKE… So now, will the true christians STAND UP!!!!

    1. barb

      You guys are soooo holy. None of you holy, scripture quoting saints
      mention those young men or their poor mothers who trusted this man. Do you have love only for “The Bishop”? Why? Examine your motives.

      1. RiverAngel42

        You are correct we need to pray for all involved. They should not be forgotten as I am sure they and their families are going through a very difficult time. One of the things i will continually repeat is that this is a wake up call for everyone to help those who are affected by sexual sins all around the world. Regardless of the outcome it should make us all take notice of what happens and do something to help.

        As a mother it is already difficult to find people who you trust to interact with your children, even the mere accusations makes that task all the more difficult.

    2. Barb

      You will never hear it from his mouth! He will never admit that he took advantage of young innocent boys.

      1. Linda

        so true, because he thought he was getting away with it for so many years. Remember this, God’s eyes are everywhere beholding the good and evil and there is always a pay day……….just ask Jimmy Swaggart……

    3. Ria

      Standing Sir!! but yes that is what I think (Joke), but I am only work in progress, who is not? Nobody can really stand, I rather call myself a son of God, eventhough I am a woman. Christians have spoiled that name so much inclusive myself, because we are just sinners who are redeemed.

  9. barb

    Pray for him? OK, then put him under the jail!

    1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

      You know what barb..this man may actually be “innocent” (of THIS allegation). But he is definitely NOT innocent of….

      1) Having a PROUD LOOK (by wearing those tight shirts)
      2) A LYING tongue (by preaching prosperity to poor folks and living off THEIR hard earned money)
      3)A HEART that DEVISETH WICKED IMAGINATIONS (by sending suggestive photos of himself to those MEN).

      If we read Prov 6:10 we find THESE THREE are part of SEVEN things the LORD calls ABOMINATIONS

      I asked earlier..what kind of GROWN MEN sends pics like those to OTHER MEN (not other women..other MEN). Please answer THIS question those of you who THINK Long is a man of the LORD

      Who is “offended” at the crimes committed against these young men? Not many

      1. Barb

        I am offended!

        1. Linda

          I am toooooooooooo! Power destroys and using money the wrong way is evil ………….Long is deceptive……….

  10. An Offended Christian

    Clearly you all have it all figured out and I pray that you are each using your gift of prophecy to assist in world peace.
    We have no evidence that photos were actually sent to these boys talk about sounbites. An civil litigator is manipulating the domestic idiot box with free rain there has been no discovery by the defense or public refute or slanderous rant. Once again we ae so easily influenced without due process.

    As I said in my initial communication “I am offended” that such ignorance could exist amongst well read bible quoting folks. Yes we will all learn “by and by” but in the meante let’s find the lesson, encourage and lift the spirits ALL those affected and allow due process to try the case.

    No need to respond I will be removed from any future updates. I thought a Christian blog would be different “the world” “the church” same issues just bigger hats, fancy clothes and armed with the weapon of quoting the Bible much more lethal than anything thugs carry on the street.

    1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

      It’s not about “quoting the bible” it’s about LIVING THE BIBLE.

      You tell me with an HONEST reflection that Eddie Long LIVES the BIBLE. You are still trying to defend him. He doesn’t need YOUR defense, he has HIGH PRICED lawyers to do that.

      Have ye NOT READ the scriptures? Or do you THINK everyone on TV claiming to be a BISHOP PASTOR or REVEREND actually works for GOD? SATAN has BISHOPS and MINISTERS too

      1 Cor 11:13-15
      13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
      14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
      15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

      Wow, according to THIS scripture, SATAN has PREACHERS too? Would you be quick to DEFEND the BISHOP if he had a small storefront church or do you ASSUME he is a “man of GOD because he is BALLING?”

      Yes, this BIBLE is a weapon. Christ calls it the SWORD OF GOD. And it will cut down ALL LIES and FALSEHOODS

      1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

        That is actually 2 Corinthians 11. MY BAD..see its not HARD to admit when you make a mistake. LOL

      2. RiverAngel42

        Thank you also for continuing to come by and comment. We hope you will continue to do so. Have any of you joined the site yet?

    2. RiverAngel42

      @ Offended just in case you happen to come by and see this. The views of all of our readers unless vulgar or filled with curse words are always welcome.

      My position is regardless of guilt or innocence this is just a glimpse of what really does happen. My position is that through Fellowship we can all elevate ourselves to a better place and our relationship with God to a better place. My position is that we need to use this situation as an opportunity to help those in our own churches who are hurting as the victim and the abuser. If you read some of my other post on the subject I have made all those points clear as well as the fact that I feel that the media is using information in their favor, to keep the buzz going, boost ratings, put him on trial before he goes to court.

      The comments of the other visitors are how they feel, they are welcome just as you are. I hope that you will visit us again as varying thoughts and beliefs are what make us grow. I appreciate your comments. I also understand that the topic at hand is closer to a lot of people than they will freely admit, meaning you never know why a person might feel as strongly about this subject as they do. Could be they have a child who has been hurt, could be they have been hurt, could be they have been falsely accused, could be as simple as the way they interpret the Bible.

      I wish that as a body we could discuss these and other topics freely with one another in search of understanding God better. I pray that we all keep our hearts and minds open, understanding that even if he is guilty and gets off, or is innocent and is found guilty that in the end we all serve a God who will be his final judge and jury and He will deliver His justice as He sees fit. Just as Eddie Long can not escape standing before Him neither can we. I pray to live my life in a way that when it is my turn before HIM passing Judgement on others will not be one of the strikes on my list.

      Be Blessed if you read this and if you don’t. I pray that this receives you in the spirit in which it was intended.
      RiverAngel42

      1. SEEKER OF TRUTH

        Riverangel, first I want to thank you for allowing me to express my views and share scriptures on this forum. The WORD of GOD is a hard thing for some, it actually divides households.

        The scriptures have always talked about our people. Solomon says there is nothing new under the sun. We have always been rebellious when it comes to hearing the PURE WORD of GOD. Look at Isaiah 30:9-10

        9. That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
        10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us SMOOTH things, prophesy DECIETS:

        We want a SMOOTH and pretty gospel. We want to be LIED to in the church. We want singing and dancing and sweating every sunday morning, but we don’t want BIBLE and we definitely don’t want TRUTH.

        Read the book of 1 Samuel chpt 2 and 3. The high priest ELI had 2 sons that were actually SLEEPING with many women IN THE CHURCH (TABERNACLE)? Tell me that is NOT happening in the black church today? The proof is in the pudding.

        Did GOD tell the people not to judge them? No God actually KILLED those sons of Eli in 1 Samuel Chapter 3
        But again..people don’t wanna read THAT story because they want SMOOTH THINGS about how God has a BREAKTHROUGH for you.

        Thank u again Riverangel and I pray our HEAVENLY FATHER bless you and yours and gives understanding to those who SEEK Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.
        PEACE

      2. Janie

        As the word of God says, he that is without sin, cast the first stone. As the Body of Christ, we are to pray for thsoe who have fallen from grace, not to judge them. God is the final judge, not us. We should be going about doing the work of God, and not pointing the finger. We are living in the last of the last days, and God is separating the sheep from the goats. I say, even so, come Lord Jesus

        1. RiverAngel42

          There is much work to do, far too much to sit around bickering. Even with this subject matter there is so much room for our Father’s work to be done.

          Be Blessed

    3. Barb

      Christians have opinions also. I think for myself. I know that a mature adult man of God does not take pictures of himself in his bathroom, in his underwear, posed like a female model and send them to anyone; male of female. No due process needed for that observation. Some of us have education and common sense.

    4. Linda

      World Peace – how you going to fix the world and your local church don’t even have “PEACE”????????????

  11. blueman

    MAN LOOK HERE I BEEN LEFT THAT GAY CHURCH SENCE SNAPFINGER! MAN I SEE THE GUILT AND HE SHOULD SEEK SOME HELP…. BUT LET ME TELL YALL THIS I LEFT NEW BIRTH 2000 AND IM A PARENT AND PEOPLE JUST DONT SAY STUFF LIKE THAT AND PUT THEY FACE ON T.V LIKE THAT. WHY HE TRYING NOT TO PUT THIS IN THE MEDIA. DONT BE SHAME BE WHAT U IS BUT LEAVE FOLK KIDS ALONE CAUSE FOLK DONT TAKE TOO LIKELY TO THAT CRAP1

    he should just fly around in his jet!

  12. shoshan42

    to all the spirit filled spirit led people of God out there we know what time it is not a time to judge and accuse but a time for serious prayer for all our leaders, it is time for the church to arise from her slumber and act like the church of Jesus Christ. To long have been been putting our focus on men and not on God, if our focus is God we will not join with the workd and acuse our borther until we have all the facts. The scriptures says the man or woman that comes to a conclusion with out hearing all the fcats is a fool. So lets go back to the word and get on our knees and cry out for our leaders and dont waste precious time acting like fools. My heartgoes out to the long family and the church, make God strengthen you and I know that his church should know what kind of leader they have. You set the pace for all the world, lets see what u are made of. And how much Jesus is at work in your lives. God bless you family.

    1. Barb

      Spirit led people are to judge the world. It is time to wake up shoshan42. I am sure you pray every day. Hasn’t God shown you anything? I don’t understand why some Christians of your kind of religion lose all common sense when it comes to these kind of men. Real leaders do not put themselves is such situations. Remember” let not your good be evil spoken of”? Mr. Long put himself in a bad situation. No amount of prayer will keep a leader from doing what he/she wants to do. Mr. Long needs to step aside until this sinful, vile, sick matter is resolved. Taking advantage of youth who are on a quest to find themselves is the worse kind of sin a pastor can be accused of.

      Why doesn’t your heart go out to the young men and their families also? There are 30,000 plus people praying for the church and it’s pastor. I feel for the families of these brave young men. They are innocent but will suffer feelings of guilt and sorrow also. The young men were not afraid to confess their indiscretions. They seem more like men of God than their pastor.

      Please stop telling Spirit filled people to pray only. Tell them to watch as well as pray. When they pray and watch they recognize what is right or wrong and act as the Bible dictates.

  13. Linda Barne- Sherman

    All I know to do is pray . I really think that is the key We need to all pray more this is a very serious situatiion. After all no one is perfect. We are living in very hurting times now.

    1. Barb

      Yes, pray. But we can can also protect our children from predators. We need to stop being so trusting when it comes to who spends time with our children. True no one is perfect, but people who are accused of exploiting our youth do not need the opportunity to continue.
      It is especially egregious when the accused is a pastor. Scripture says “Don’t let your good be evil spoken of.”
      I also believe that I, for the love of truth, would step aside until I proved my innocence, if I were Mr. Long.

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