September 28, 2010

Where Eddie Long Went Wrong


Many have asked me about my thoughts concerning the Eddie Long issue. I do not know if Eddie Long is guilty of the charges brought against him, though it doesn’t look good and like many of you I have a lot of questions.

I have not condemned him but, as a fellow minister, I do condemn the fact that he spent so much time alone with these young men.

People make mistakes. That includes “Church” leaders. Eddie Long is no different. However, because he is who he is, the greater the condemnation the harder the fall. At the same time, the apostle James warned us when he said,

"Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way." James 3:1 (NLT)


I do know that regardless of what the media or his congregation thinks, he is already guilty according to the word of God. How and why?

The Bible tells us in Romans 14:16 “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.”

I like the fact that Eddie Long has put a great deal of time and resources into mentoring young people. I know pastors in the Black community that do not think that they need to put time and resources into our young people. However, I question Eddie Long's intentions.

Where Mr. Long went wrong was that he took these young men to places and to his home separately and by himself. Where was his wife? Where were the other elders or deacons?

Anyone in ministry knows that this is a big No, No! A minister should always have a credible witness. 

Taking these young men one at a time to his home and out of the country alone, was not wise. These charges alone have already become a stumbling block for the advancement of the Gospel.

I saw the photos that he allegedly sent to the young men. Whether he sent the photos or not, why is a “man of God” so full of vanity, not to mention taking such pictures?

Regardless of what happens, the damage is done. 
  • How many more Black men will now turn from Jesus?
  • How many more young people will stop or conclude that what they thought about “the church” was right?
  • How much harder will it be to win souls? 
The enemy is having a field day with this unfortunate news. The question is how do we fix it?

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