A letter to the supporters of Bishop Eddie Long

I know that many of you are probably tired of hearing about the allegations that are facing Bishop Eddie Long. (I am too in some ways) In the wake of these allegations, thousands of people have come to his defense and shown their support. Over the course of the last few days, I have observed some of the actions from some members of this group that I would like to address.


To the supporters of Bishop Eddie Long, First, I want to commend you for standing with our brother in Christ in what appears to be a dark hour in his life. People around the world know him in various capacities. Some call him pastor while others call him friend. Some of you don't even know him personally, but you support him as a result of his role as a minister of the Gospel.

Many people around the world harshly criticized and ridiculed Bishop Long when the allegations were announced. You quickly came to his defense and spoke out against the name calling and ridicule. I applaud you for these actions.

Over the last couple of days SOME of you have done and said things that concern me. You stand up for Bishop Long, but you vehemently ridicule his accusers. When you call them names and insist that their motives are not valid, you are no better than the individuals that ridicule Bishop Long.

The people that bad mouth Bishop Eddie Long are wrong. Likewise, those of you that bad-mouth Anthony Flagg, Maurice Murray Robinson and Jamal Parris are wrong.

The truth of the entire matter is that most of us don't know the truth. It is possible that the three young men might actually be telling the truth.

I know this may be a painful ordeal for some of you. However, I don't believe that it is God's desire for us to resort to name calling and harassment.

It is possible for you to support Bishop Long without ridiculing his accusers. I encourage you to continue to pray for ALL of the parties involved. Each of them desperately needs it.



OK, so there you have it. I just had to get that out. Post a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • http://thegospelblog.com Cliff

    I don’t think those possessions have anything to do with a person’s commitment to Jesus Christ. As long as he love Jesus more than those possessions. That is the only thing that really matters.

  • Noanalyst

    Fair post. Let's wait for the facts. Understand though that those of us who criticize and ridicule Bishop Long, have been doing so long before these allegations. It never ceases to amaze me how a person can drive a Bentley and wear thousand dollar suits and still claim to stand for Jesus Christ.

  • http://www.TheGospelBlog.com Cliff

    I don't think that his possessions are a big issue. The only issue is if he loves Jesus Christ more than the possessions. That is the only thing that matters.

  • Mike

    And how do you know that may I ask? Is it not by what he does or how he lives? For goodness sake, why would Jesus Christ clearly ask us to watch out for false prophets (Matthew 7:15-20)

  • http://www.onlinefellowship.org Online Fellowship

    Hey There Cliff
    I pray that people will use this as a chance to discuss all areas of sexual sin within the church. There are people sitting in pews every Sunday waiting for someone to open the doors to their healing! This just provides the perfect opportunity to discuss heal those ugly truths we don’t want to talk about!

    Be Blessed Your Friends At Online Fellowship

  • http://www.TheGospelBlog.com Cliff

    I agree, we need to be careful of false prophets. Just because someone drives a nice car, it does not mean they are a false prophet.

  • http://www.TheGospelBlog.com Cliff

    As a church community we have frequently swept sexual sin under the rug. For some reason, people are scared to talk about it.

    I hope this situation begins to spark more conversations throughout churches everywhere.

  • Joecoolfan2

    Cliff, I think this letter was very balanced. Kudos to you.

  • http://www.TheGospelBlog.com Cliff


  • Tracy

    To Mr. Eddie Long, I don't know you personally, but I'm praying for you. I wan't look down on you but I here the spirit say if this is ture just confess it be real about it don't worry about what people may say or think, you only have GOD to answer to. But, I can see some thing in behind all of this some good and some bad. GOD knows and sees all of this but you have to do what our Heavely Father say no matter what human man may say. There is a heaven and a hell. I want to see you do what noother person would ever do. I pray that you will do the right thing. Confess, Repent, Ask for Forgiveness and let GOD do the rest. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  • Cozmykcj

    It is very sad and embarrassing to say.Black people my people are the most gullible on the planet when it comes to religion. It may not be cool to air the dirty laundry but we need to wake up and smell “skid marks”! Not to be vulgar but it is amazing to me how religion can be used to justify anything.we have a big problem with denial when it comes to sexual molestation. We have a big problem with questioning anyone with religous authority.we are always attracted to the flashy and the bling and justify VANITY with prosperity rhetoric…In my opinion the jesus i feel existed is the most misinterpreted misunderstood mysteriously misrepresented revolutionary that ever existed…The jesus i feel existed was a carpenter not a BALLER…In fact many people couldn’t hang with him because they were not able to give up their worldly riches…I believe if Jesus was on earth in the physical flesh he wouldn’t buy diamonds when he knows how many of his poeple are killed mutilated and raped by supporters of a bloody industry.I feel that the “blessed and highly favored prosperity mentality” has created more black people to live above their means.We are among the highest in home forclosure highest in student loans highest in car reposession debt …etc…We gladly give our loyalty and money with our heads burried in the sand just to feel blessed and highly favored.. Slavery has really done a number on us… Perhaps we have struggled so much as a people that the last thing we want to do is die and go to hell but heaven is what you make it and hell is what you put youreself through on our way to heaven…Maybe we should give a tenth of our income to buy books and computers in public schools..elderly care…pension plans…trust fund for our children…hospitals…i can go on and on…i believe that if Jesus was here he would take the money and give most of it to those in need. if he would even take the money..i really feel  in my heart that we as a people need a reality check think seriously about who we write our checks out to !!!!

  • Terry Stuart

    Possessions are OK, but it’s what people do and think and feel about and with them that matters. If they think about them too much and they become idols that is wrong.

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