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Monday, September 27, 2010

Bishop T.D. Jakes Says Pray for Embattled Bishop Eddie Long


By Mona Austin


Since news broke last week of a prominent Georgia pastor allegedly  using his religious authority to justify sexual relations with young male congregants, people  have wondered why ministry leaders were silent about the accusations--wondering who among his peers had his back.


One of America's leading pastors, Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter's House in Dallas, TX spoke out about the recent allegations of sexual coercion aimed at Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. (CLICK ABOVE TO VIEW THE VIDEO.)


During Sunday morning service Jakes said Christians should not jump to any conclusions, but just pray about the situation.  To those who were expecting him to make a public statement to address the matter, he explained why he didn't saying, "There's nothing to say. You can't make great decisions with poor information.  Until you can separate facts from conjecture there's nothing to say. . ."


Jakes summed up the matter saying "God is in control," and once this court battle is over, "One thing's for sure: somebody, if not everybody in it is gon' need the blood [of Jesus]."


Continued Jakes, "I ain't gon' have no headlines. I'ma tell you right now I need the blood.  If it hadn't been for the blood I'd have been consumed a long time ago."


Christians believe the blood Jesus Christ shed during the Crucifixion for the transgressons and inequities and is ultimately the root of their salvation.


Referring to Long's New Birth as a sister church, Bishop Jakes and the Potter's House family (numbering in the thousands) stood in  prayer asking for God's mercy over the city of Atlanta, those involved in the scandal and Bishop Long and his church family.  Jakes sealed the prayer with a final request for the collective Body of Christ, "When everything is all said and done let the devil know we're shaken, but not stirred."




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Sunday, September 26, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Eddie Long Will Not Resign, Will Fight Sexual Coercion Charges

CLICK LINK TO VIEW LIVE STREAM OF NEW BIRTH CHURCH SERVICE: http://cdn.streamingfaith.com/nbviewer/

By Mona Austin
The Georgia mega church pastor accused of luring young male members for sex spoke to his congregants for the first time Sunday morning.  During the 8 a.m. service at New Life Cathedral, Bishop Long, who some suspected would resign said he would fight the charges and indicated he would remain their leader: "I'll be back next week." Using the same formula as other tarnished public figures, Long walked onto the stage with his first lady by his side while the church welcomed him chanting, "We love you Bishop."

Long  told his members he  first and foremost had a responsibility to his family and them, but would be remiss if he did not address "the world."

"I've been accused, I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man, but this thing, I'm going to fight."

Before exiting the platform after the 20-minute address, although he did not deny the charges directly, Long left the cheering crowd with assurance that he has a strong defense, ". . .I want you to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath, but I've got five rocks and I haven't thrown one yet."

Long will speak in a 10:00 a.m. press conference and at the church's 11:00 a.m. service. Come back to The Slice for updates on this developing story.  These events are streaming live on http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html and www.newbirth.org
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