I had made up my mind that I would give New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s Bishop Eddie Long the benefit of doubt regardingthe charges levied against him. To a certain extent, I am still “there”.
I just have to wonder how so many of his parishoners feel after his so-called address to the congregation and subsequent “press conference” afterward?
The problem I’m having with The Bishop’s message to his congregation and subsequent message to the press is this:
He could have said what he said to both the congregation and the press on day one.
He never stated whether he was guilty or innocent. Merely that he was going to vigorously fight the charges.
I fear the majority of his congregation started cheering and shouting even before he completed certain sentences. However, they came to hear two things, that their bishop was innocent and that he would continue to lead the church in the good works that they are doing.
The latter was mentioned but the former never was.
Five days after the first of four lawsuits was filed claiming he coerced young males into sexual relationships, Georgia pastor Eddie Long took to the pulpit Sunday to tell his side of the story.
Speaking to the massive congregation packed into the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for an 8 a.m. service, Long said that “this is probably the most difficult time” of his entire life, but he intends to fight the allegations against him.
He said his first responsibility was his family, and the members of his Atlanta-area church. However, he joked that he would be “remiss” not to 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,” he said. “But this thing, I’m going to fight.”
Long added that he’s “not the man that has been portrayed on the television. That’s not me.”
“And I want you to know one other thing,” he told the cheering crowd Sunday morning. “I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.” Continue reading…