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“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions…”

Romans 1:26-27 (New American Standard Bible):

 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing[b]indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

I’ve written about homosexuality in the church in the past, especially as it relates to Eddie Long and his evolving stance on the issue, and his subsequent non-admission admission of his own homosexual lifestyle. I’m not an expert on the subject of “gay Christianity” (my brother DL Foster over at Gay Christian Movement Watch does a masterful job of clearly, exhaustively, and soberly addressing the issue), but a friend recently sent over a video that I felt needed additional attention.

The Vision Church is the latest “affirming” church in the Metro-Atlanta area, led by Bishop O.C. Allen III.  Allen is openly gay, and he and his partner (a/k/a “The First Gentleman”…not “First Lady”, get it?) started the church in their living room – and it’s grown to “mega church” status in the last few years. Allen was recently interviewed on The Word Has Nothing To Do With It Network by Lexi (who seems to love interviewing every reprobate and theologically-challenged so-called Christian she can sink her acrylics into). I found myself at a loss for words after viewing Part 1 in it’s entirety (no need for me to find Part 2), and I ask that you review the entire episode before commenting as well:

Let me be explicitly clear: EVERY church should welcome homosexuals (and ALL other sinners) and expose them to the unadulterated Word of God in admonishing them to turn from their sins and follow Christ. NO church should alter and amend the Word of God to suite the lifestyles of parishioners, ESPECIALLY since those same lifestyles run counter to God’s Word. Here’s a reminder about the qualifications of church leadership – as expressed through God-breathed and divinely inspired scripture (my emphasis in bold):

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (New American Standard Bible):

 1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. 7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

I’ll leave you to the comment thread to get your thoughts, but please remember that there are lost and confused souls in the world who need access to the TRUE & LIVING GOD – not this malleable and contemporary heresy we see at this “church” and others.

Please pray for those who are (a) caught up in homosexuality and all other manner of sin, (b) deceived by this and other “churches” – affirming or not – who distort the Word of God, and (c) for this “bishop” and those who follow him – that their eyes be opened and they accept/turn to/return to the TRUE Gospel and Christ as their ONLY means of salvation (as the Lord wills).

The “Eddie Long is obviously gay” Open Forum

Life is short, folks. None of us are getting any younger – and none of us knows when the Lord will see fit to calls us back home. My usual dose of minuscule patience is getting even more scarce these days.

As such, I find it necessary to cut through all the bull squeeze and innuendo that many ascribe to their discussions/writings/opinions, and more regarding Eddie Long.

Prayerfully, this will be my last article on Eddie Long and his homosexuality – there’s really nothing new to add here but this is my public way of answering the hundreds of emails I’ve received seeking my opinion. So, you want to know my final thoughts on the matter? OK – here we go…

Unless you’ve been in a cave for a while, you should know that Eddie “I’m going to fight these allegations like David fought Goliath” Long settled the lawsuit brought on by for men who accused Long of sexual coercion (among other things).

Yup – he settled for millions of dollars. Some highly placed sources also say the Eddie was asked to issue a private apology, but he upped the money offer instead and the settlement was agreed upon.

The lawsuit is sealed – and these guys can’t sue Eddie for the same thing again (although some are rumbling about other allegations from other men who could come forward at a later time). I know what the legal implications for a settlement are, and I’ve previously written about my thoughts on what a settlement “looks like” to the layman.

So to me, Eddie Long is a homosexual. Yup – it’s that simple, and that settles it.

He’s obviously gay, otherwise he would’ve vigorously defended himself (and his manhood, frankly) against such heinous accusations.

He would have fought to protect the reputation of his wife and children. He would’ve fought to protect those who still attribute some form of clerical respect and admiration to him (for whatever ungodly reason).

But he didn’t…instead he negotiated with his male “accusers” (I’ll just call them former lovers since I’m in such a frank and honest mood) for 6 months and agreed to seal the deal and never speak of it again. That’s the act of a gay coward who isn’t even man enough to publicly admit what he is.

He tucked his tail between his skin-tight biker shorts and sulked back to his “pulpit” where his evil arrogance won’t even bring him to mention anything about his settlement. In fact, this pimp is so brazen that he announces that he’s expanding his cult to Birmingham and Denver (RUN NOW, CITIZENS OF BIRMINGHAM AND DENVER!!!) – AND he’s even warped enough to seek $500-$1,000 from the few sheep he still has to help in the expansion!

I’ve written at length about all of Eddie’s evil – from his nuclear-level pimp money game to his mind-numb cult followers to his confirmed homosexuality (I won’t even waste time typing “alleged” anymore), so you can click here and re-read my solicitations for Eddie’s public repentance, calls for prayer for him and his followers and more.

Oh – and Creflo Dollar’s “sermon of support” comparing Eddie’s homosexual relationships with young men to a “wreck” did nothing but exacerbate tensions outside of Eddie’s cult:

Yup – the money-grubbing scripture twisting minstrel who thinks you can drill a hole to the center of the earth and hear people in hell actually defends his gay “brother”. I know – I fought my gag reflex while watching the video also.

So, no more scriptures from me concerning Eddie – or admonitions to stay away from his cult (why bother). The Lords will be done concerning him and his followers.

I will, however, surrender this thread to you for your comments, observations, etc. Maybe something you say will resonate more than anything I’ve said in the past. So – have at it, folks!

UPDATE 6/9/11: Well, Creflo had the video of his sermon of support for Eddie Long taken down (you can still Google it and find it out there somewhere). Interestingly, Creflo’s not even man enough to support his gay “brother in the Lord” once his taped message of support goes viral :roll:

Attention Ladies: Eddie Long Wants Your Men…

and their money

Given the wealth of information I’ve shared on this blog about Eddie Long, there’s nothing else I need to say. So, feel free to comment in 3…2…1…

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If it walks like a gay bishop, and talks like a gay bishop…

…then it must be a gay bishop.

Eddie Long (the “bishop” pictured above with “Ms. Sophia”, a well-known transvestite here in Atlanta) is apparently ready to mediate with his accusers and provide them with a financial settlement to make this whole sexual coercion and abuse story go away.

I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t think that people seek mediation to settle a case that alleges heinous activity if THEY ARE NOT GUILTY IN SOME WAY.

I wouldn’t even agree to settle a fender-bender if I wasn’t guilty. If someone accused me of inappropriate sexual contact with boys/young men I “mentored”, then I would demand a jury trial and vigorously depose my accusers to defend my honesty.

I mean, if you’re innocent, wouldn’t YOU fight to clear your good name?

And what happened to “I feel like David against Goliath…I’ve got 5 rocks, and I haven’t thrown 1 yet!”? Did I miss something in 1 Samuel 17 – or did David enter into mediation with Goliath?

In his most recent article for Huffington Post, syndicated columnist Morris O’Kelly wrote:

Mediation of sexual allegation grievances is tantamount to an admission of “some” guilt, “some” form of ministerial misconduct. Innocent folk don’t make deals if the claims against them are baseless and untrue. Mediation for the accused is a forfeiture of the right to ever claim innocence, and readers should be absolutely clear on this point.

Did you hear that?

That was the sound of Long publicly admitting to some degree of guilt when he agreed to mediation. The public wanted Long to thoroughly address the allegations. Well, there you have it. He said it all, you just had to have been paying attention to hear it.

In New Birth’s response to the lawsuit (the accusers sued Long and the church), the church’s attorneys seem to corroborate Kelly’s assertion (and my personal belief) of Long’s guilt. The church “understands that Bishop Long often shared hotel rooms with members of the congregation while traveling,” but would not confirm or deny the allegations made by the accusers.

So…umm…a man who lives in a $1M home, drives a $400,000 Maybach (as well as a Rolls Royce) and owns his own private plane shares rooms with congregants on long trips?

For what…to save money?

Yup – that thud you just heard was the sound of common sense falling to the floor.

Unfortunately, again, none of this matters to the sheeple who worship Eddie Long (and those like him). As I said before, Eddie could do the “Dougie” (Google it) on the way to the pulpit holding hands with his male lover and blowing air kisses while snapping his fingers in “Z” formation – and these people would still stand in line to hear him butcher the Word of God with impunity.

Keep praying for Eddie’s repentance, and the will of the Lord being done at Club New Birth.

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Eddie Long is a CEO…NOT a “Bishop”

Please note, this blog is dedicated to exposing false gospels while presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ uncompromised. My goal is to present the true Gospel in such a way that the counterfeiters appear painfully obvious. This is not a blog dedicated to the downfall of Eddie Long, and I look forward to not dedicating so much time in feeding his ego – he just happens to be the wolf-de-jour lately.

That said, when my wife and I joined Club New Birth in 1996, the “theme” for the year was “Putting The House In Order”. This theme was in reference to Eddie Long’s sweeping power grab around 1994-1995. Eddie had been leading New Birth since 1987, and he grew tired of seeking approval from the Deacon Board – after all, he had been the pastor for 7 years…he shouldn’t have to answer to anyone.

Eddie summarily dismissed the entire Deacon’s Board and removed all structure of accountable from CNB – making himself the Chief – and appointed a “board” of minions to rubberstamp his proclamations. More than twenty years later, this board is still rubber stamping Eddie’s narcissistic cravings (even after exposure in a scathing Atlanta Journal-Constitution article from 2005 detailing Eddie’s lucrative earnings from his “non-profit” organization). Eddie revised the church’s constitution making clear that he was/is the Head Negro In Charge.

I clearly remember how Eddie bragged from the pulpit and preened about taking “control away from the Deacon Board” – under the guise of making leadership more transparent. What he did, however, was establish a fiefdom where all power emanated and rested with him and his hand-picked “amorbearers” and hangers-on. Certainly a Deacon Board should not control church operations, but the bible does specifically call for church polity (or government).

Christ is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18 and more…). The Church is to be free from external authority and control (again, Titus 1:5), but two offices were clearly established to help maintain order: Elders (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 5:17 and more…) and Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6).

In fact, if Club New Birth had any polity, they would deal with Eddie’s alleged sex scandal according to scripture (emphasis added):

1 Timothy 5:19-21 (New American Standard Bible)

19Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.

 20Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

 21I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

So according to scripture – you know, the bible…that “thing” that Eddie’s club is supposed to use to govern spiritual matters – Eddie should be protesting his innocence FROM A PEW IN HIS CLUB – NOT FROM THE PULPIT! But what do you expect from an oligarchical pimpistry?

Eddie’s power grab is old history – I saw some of this firsthand.  After reading my community newspaper today recently, however, I was surprised to learn that Eddie revised Club New Birth’s articles of incorporation with the Georgia Secretary of State in 1997 – declaring that the church was now a corporation whose purpose is “to receive and maintain real or personal property”:

No say for New Birth members

Talk this week about whether Bishop Eddie Long might step down from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the wake of the gay sex scandal that has dominated the airwaves, raises a single question.

If it came to that, who can make Long leave his church?

According to New Birth’s restated articles of incorporation, filed with the Georgia Secretary of State on April 14, 1997 – none of its 25,000 members.

In fact, according to those articles, New Birth, the corporation, has no members, and its purpose is “to receive and maintain real or personal property.”

None of its 11 Articles of Incorporation indicate anything about it being a church or propagating Christianity.

That is in stark contrast to the church – Travelers Rest Baptist – that it succeeded in 1984.

As a point of history for all you non-Dekalb County (GA) residents, Travelers Rest became New Birth in 1984 after some members left to follow Ken Samuels, the then pastor (Samuels now leads the gay-leaning Victory Church in Stone Mountain, GA). New Birth hired Eddie in 1987, and the rest is history…

Not much surprises me about Eddie Long anymore – including that dead racoon he now let’s ride atop his skull – yet this revelation blew me away. The article goes on to say:

Article 9 of the restated articles states:

“The purposes for which the corporation is organized are to receive and maintain real or personal property, or both” and “to use and apply the whole or part of income for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes” related to the corporation’s nonprofit status.

Article 6 reads:

“The Corporation hereby elects to have no members.

“Any action which would require a vote of members shall require only a vote of members of the Board of Directors, and no meeting or vote of members shall be required for this Corporation, any provision of the Articles of Incorporation of this Corporation or the Bylaws to the contrary withstanding.

“All rights which otherwise would vest in the members shall vest in the Directors.”

Conversely, other churches in the area include specific language regarding their purpose:

The Ray of Hope Christian Church has members, and no CEO. In its June 24, 1988, incorporation, it states that it is a “non-profit religious organization” formed to “proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Church in faithful response to God’s Will and purposes as revealed; to seek in all persons a faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, to serve the community of which it is a part; and to bring the Gospel message to bear upon society….and in all ways to seek to make known the love of God.”

So we already knew that Eddie Long is NOT a real bishop in accordance with 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, but at least we can confirm that he is officially a CEO – and Club New Birth is nothing more than a company (that enjoys tax exempt status, by the way). Incidentally, this company is artfully skilled at developing managers to spread Eddie’s false gospel in satelite churches, essentially making Eddie a franchise owner-operator. This revelation completely aligns with an article in this weekends Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining Eddie’s “branding power” and how the sheeple at CNB are more faithful to Eddie than they are to God:

Bishop Eddie Long | Brand pastor built fosters fierce member loyalty

ATLANTA — A billboard near an Atlanta highway reads, “Love Like Him, Live Like Him, Lead Like Him.” The motto refers to Jesus Christ, but the smiling face next to it is that of Bishop Eddie Long.

Long built a humble suburban Atlanta congregation into a giant TV ministry on the strength of his charisma and his interpretation of the Gospels, including the magnetic idea that the faithful will be rewarded with wealth. It’s a doctrine the architect and leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church embodies with his own luxury lifestyle, including a private jet, jewels, a luxury automobile and a mansion.

“It’s like the ‘in’ church to be associated with,” said Terry Belton of Charlotte, N.C., who has attended the New Birth church there with his wife. “You feel like you’re going to prosper by being associated with that church. A lot of people go there because of him. We went … because of him.”

Oh, it get’s better (or worse):

“Eddie Long is the embodiment of their way of life, the pathway to their salvation,” said branding expert Goldie Taylor, who lived for years in the neighborhood where New Birth is located and has watched the church’s phenomenal growth.

“If something happens to negatively impact the power of the brand that is Bishop Eddie Long, you have to ask yourself, where will New Birth be?” Taylor said. “If they can’t believe in him, what can they believe in?”

Now call me stupid – but I thought the point of attending church was to express your belief in God and worship with other believers…oh wait, I forgot – Eddie told the State of Georgia that CNB IS NOT a church…forget what I just wrote. I always knew that Eddie was a master marketer, so the fact that he leads a “corporation” makes more sense to me now.

Now, slowly read this tidbit from Carlton “The Heretic” Pearson – I told you, Pearson and Long run in the same circles (literally and figuratively):

“He’s top of the line, one of the best at it,” said Bishop Carlton Pearson, a friend of Long’s for 20 years. “He’s a tall, muscular, well-spoken, handsome black man with power and influence and authority. It’s very intoxicating, both for him, and for those who drink from that same spiked fountain.”

I’m trying to suppress my inner 3rd grader, otherwise I could crack jokes about Pearson’s attraction to Eddie…I’ll just leave his quote with you for a moment… 

Alas, the sheeple of CNB will more than likely stand by their embattled CEO, as dutiful representatives of a company are apt to do:

Whatever comes of the lawsuits, members of New Birth may be inclined to stand by their leader because of how he transformed their church, which Spelman College professor William Jelani Cobb called “the spiritual equivalent of Yankee Stadium.”

“To say that you’re a member of New Birth has a certain cachet,” Cobb said. “When you see the plain size of the grounds and the campus, if you’re one that believes in this idea of God’s elect, that’s the most compelling argument that they must be teaching a valid gospel.”

So sheer stadium size is an indication that Eddie Long and wolves of his ilk are “teaching a valid gospel”? No, it’s validation that Eddie and his ilk are speaking what the tickling ears want to hear.

Thank God through His Son Jesus Christ that He is exposing this wolf (and other wolves) as true enemies of the Gospel of Christ. I ask that you prayer for the people of CNB and that the Lord remove their delusion long enough for them to flee this “corporation”. 

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Manipulation and Spiritual Molestation

This week’s public revelations of Eddie Long’s alleged dalliances brings the topic of manipulation and molestation to the forefront of Christiandom…again.

I intentionally emphasize the word “public” because rumors have swirled around Eddie’s alleged proclivities for years. I saw things I considered strange while I was a drone at Eddie’s club for 6 years – including parades of young men and boys who followed him everywhere he went, ceremonies where congregants pledged their undying allegiance to him, and sheep after sheep quoting Eddie rather than God’s Word through scripture.

As a blogger, I also receive countless emails from people who accuse Eddie (and others) of all manner of illicit evil – claiming to have “proof” of their assertions. I press for the evidence, and they usually stand down. I don’t pass along unsubstantiated  or uncorroborated information, so the rumors remain just that…rumors.

In fact, when Eddie decided to meet with Soulforce (a lobbying group of unrepentant homosexuals) several years ago – later declaring that he “didn’t understand homosexuality” when he preached against it, many (including me) thought someone was blackmailing Eddie to publicly endorse the homosexual agenda. Eddie even offered his church to Soulforce so they could teach courses on human sexuality.

Eddie and his accusers will eventually have their day in court – and the truth will be revealed. Detractors will never believe that Eddie is innocent, and supporters will never believe that he is guilty. Nonetheless, Eddie strode to the podium of his club yesterday in the midst of full fanfare – adoring supporters, swelling music, and “praise” and “worship” hurled in his direction. While reading from his iPad (take that, Jimmy Swaggart – you crybaby), Long didn’t necessarily deny specific allegations – in fact he said “I’m not perfect, but I’m not the man you see portrayed on tv…” – meaning he may eventually cop to some embarrassing revelations during the settlement of the case (while still denying others), and he wanted to blunt a potential future blow.

As I have written in the past, I believe that Eddie is an egomaniac and a master marketer, yet he seemed subdued addressing the sheeple in his club on Sunday. Jamal Bryant could’ve applied the same tact when he addressed his sheeple after revelations of the birth of his latest out-of-wedlock child with a young congregant several years ago. While Bryant manipulated scripture to declare that he was “still the man!”, Eddie sort of tossed out the usual David v. Goliath, Psalms 34:19 references (although a full read of Psalms 34 would make you wonder if someone accused of such troubling allegations really fears the Lord).

In a nod to Jamal, Eddie did throw out a threatning ode to his accusers (“…I’ve got 5 stones, and I haven’t thrown one yet!”), then he gave an omnious stare while putting the microphone down abruptly and walking away…all to the roar of an adoring and approving crowd. :roll:

The bottom line, however, is that these accusations (as well as the flood of litigants waiting to come forward to cast further allegations against Long) continue to illustrate the dangers of power – absolute power – in the mega church.

Eddie Long and his reprobate band of infamous colleagues are spiritual molesters and manipulators. Although the word “molest” generally has sexual connotations, the word also means “to harass, annoy, and interfere”. These minstrels have inserted themselves into the lives of their sheeple for years – with express invitation from those sheeple – and wreaked havoc that takes years to recover from once the victim finally escapes the predator’s clutches.

The video below is a clear example of the effects of spiritual manipulation and molestation (h/t to my brother Pastor Foster over at Gay Christian Movement Watch). How else can you explain the fact that these children are being sent out as lambs to slaughter to defend Eddie Long? Clearly an egomaniac regime would sanction this nonsense:

Did you catch Don Lemon’s revelation of sexual molestation at the hands of a homosexual pedophile? Are you starting to see how serious the parallel is?

Ever since I escaped the church mafia plantation several years ago, I’ve cautioned against the false gospel that these meglomaniacs preach: from complete and total allegiance to them, to ex-communication of former members, to false application of scripture concerning finances and church authority. No matter how egregious these claims may be, there are still mind-numb sheep who will continue to see Eddie Long (and Creflo Dollar, Jamal Bryant, Benny Hinn, Paula White, TD Jakes, and all other manner of charlatans) as anointed doves released directly from God’s palm for their edification.

I do not gloat at these latest allegations (nor the ones soon to come), but I will remind you of a few things:

DO NOT treat your pastor as though he is your “daddy”:

Don’t let your pastor manipulate you into giving – declaring that you’re cursed if you don’t:

Don’t let your pastor manipulate you into leaving your family and friends behind because they don’t understand “the new you”:

Don’t swear allegiance to your pastor!:

Although Eddie has been accused of sexual manipulation, he (and other charlatans) actively apply spiritual manipulation and molestation as a way to persuade their followers that they are extensions of God Himself. I’ll end this public service announcement with the words of the prophet Jeremiah (emphasis bolded):

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (New American Standard Bible)

5Thus says the LORD,
         “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
         And makes flesh his strength,
         And whose heart turns away from the LORD
.
    6“For he will be like a bush in the desert
         And will not see when prosperity comes,
         But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
         A land of salt without inhabitant.
    7Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
         And whose trust is the LORD.

    8“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
         That extends its roots by a stream
         And will not fear when the heat comes;
         But its leaves will be green,
         And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
         Nor cease to yield fruit.

In fact, a full review of Jeremiah 17 couldn’t hurt. Human beings are designed to yield to the sins of our flesh – it’s the curse that Adam and Eve left us with. This is why you should elevate NO ONE to God-like status…NO ONE.

I believe that Eddie Long is as guilty as sin, but that’s my opinion. Clearly he’s failed the test that qualifies him as worthy of church leadership (emphasis bolded):

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (New American Standard Bible)

1It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.

 2An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

 3)not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

 4He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

 5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

 6and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.

 7And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Pray for all parties involved in this mess and other past, present, and future scandal. Most of all, pray that the Lord’s will would continue to be made manifest in these last days.

“Pay Per View” Gospel

 

The ad above was emailed to me a few weeks ago in advance of Eddie Long’s latest conference. While not as marketing savvy as last year’s ad for the same event (or Eddie’s other ingenious marketing ideas), the point is still clear: if you can’t witness this “life changing event” live, then you can watch it on pay-per-view…like a boxing match…or porn. 

I’ll take a moment to address those of you who constantly accuse me of “hating” before I go further: 

  • Yes, I do believe that pastors should be paid for their service to the Lord, but these pimps have surpassed the title of pastor and landed squarely on the title of “entrepreneur”. They write books and own businesses so there is no good reason for them to continue exploiting the Gospel for personal gain
  • Yes, I realize that “it takes money to do ministry”, but they’re already charging people to attend the event in real-time…can’t they account for broadcasting the services at no additional charge? Also, can’t this be classified as “outreach” since they already collect all manner of tithes, offerings, et al from their members already?
  • Yes, I know “the world charges money for wicked things, so why can’t the mand of gawd charge for righteous things?” – but why do we always have to equate ourselves with the world to justify our behavior?

The Gospel message is a burden – primarily because of its controversial tenets and how many either wholly accept or reject it. Paul warned the early church in 2 Corinthians 2 to be cautious of corrupt hucksters who offered a watered-down “gospel” of atonement in return for payment of their message: 

2 Corinthians 2:17 (New American Standard Bible) 

For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God. 

Further, in 1 Corinthians 9 Paul asserted that his Apostolic assignment afforded him the ability to earn wages from his labor for God through His Word. Still, however, he stated plainly that he wouldn’t allow money to be a stumbling block for the message of the Gospel: 

1 Corinthians 9:14-18 (New American Standard Bible – emphasis added) 

14So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.  

 15But I have used none of these things And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make my boast an empty one. 

 16For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. 

 17For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 

 18What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 

Again, I know it takes money to sustain a viable ministry, but there is a thin line between sustaining an earnest outreach effort and financing foolishness. John Piper’s “Desiring God” Ministry succinctly address what they call (and I agree) the “Currency of Christian Hedonism” (emphasis added): 

Since spreading a passion for the all-satisfying Christ is our first and overwhelming aim, we look to Paul’s example of how to remove every obstacle to this goal.[...] In Paul’s day, like ours, some used the word of God to make money. They peddled it. Marketing was the strategy. Money was the goal. Paul was zealous to distance himself from both the motive and the appearance of money-greedy teachers. 

[...] God honored Paul’s commitment to make the gospel free by putting it in the hearts of churches he had planted in other places to help him make it free for others. He won people to Christ by his authenticity and by not charging for the gospel, and the result was that new believers supported this very strategy with their gifts. And these gifts from other churches were not payment for the gospel; rather they were enabling Paul to offer it to others without payment. Paul was persuaded that appearances of peddling the gospel of free grace would put a stumbling block in the way of the gospel. It would make it harder for people to see the true nature of the message and the Savior. 

[...] So we see three motives—or three ways of expressing one motive—that moved Paul not to charge money for the word of God: 1) to remove every obstacle to the gospel of Christ; 2) to increase his heavenly reward; 3) to win more people to Christ. 

It’s bad enough that Eddie and his ilk flog you about the head and shoulders weekly in their churches clubs – shaking you down for coins, let alone via a “pay per view” event. But, what else do you expect from men (and women) who see the Gospel as just another revenue stream? 

BTW – Eddie unveiled his new “look” at this “Focus Faux-cus 2010″ event last week. It appears as though he planted some hair seeds and got a “30-60-100 fold” return…or he bought a new toupee. Is that where some of your $99 went? 

 

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The Cursing Preacher and the $900,000 “Donation”

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I read an article in yesterday’s Washington Post about a “pastor” I had the displeasure of meeting several years ago – which brought to my remembrance a particularly disturbing display of filth in the “pulpit”.

The man pictured above is Deron Cloud, Pastor of “The Soul Factory” – a hybrid church/performance theater organization based in Maryland. The church has a satellite location here in Metro Atlanta, and (not surprisingly), Cloud is yet another infamous “spiritual son” of legendary Alpha Pimp Eddie Long (who is reproducing bastard “spiritual” children across the globe). Back in 2005, Cloud was a guest speaker at a Men’s Conference that Eddie Long hosted in suburban Charlotte, NC. Eddie introduced Cloud as his “gangster son in the Lord”, and warned that Cloud was very direct in his delivery but he was going to say things that we needed to hear.

Cloud walked into the auditorium to thunderous applause (thank God it wasn’t at a church building), and with 4-6 burly bodyguards in tow. Before he spoke, he showed a video presentation depicting the plague of fatherless children in the Black community. Once the video ended, Cloud LITERALLY started cursing like a drunken sailor at the over 2,500 men in attendance. He lamented how men (even Christian men) neglect their own children, and he used words like “motherf*****s, bulls**t, f**k” and more!

We were all stunned into complete silence – you could literally hear an ant breath in the place.

Cloud went on to say how much he loved “Eddie cause he’s a real n****r. That’s a hard motherf****r!” He went on and on about how “Eddie ain’t no punk b***h like so many other n*****s in the pulpit today!”. Then Cloud starts calling “n*****s” to the altar for “deliverance” (thus, the burly bodyguards in case someone was offended by his vile language directed at Eddie Long). After the 1.5 hour verbal assault, Eddie comes back to the mic. Instead of denouncing the vile act we just saw, Eddie essentially blessed the display – and summons an altar call where he does his “if you need a daddy, I will be your daddy” line.

Even though my pimp (at the time) cautioned those of us who came with him to “swallow the fish and spit out the bones”, I was still stunned that such a vile display would be allowed to take place – or continue. Of course, I was a brain-dead drone slave to the false gospel and my pimp, so I didn’t walk out. In fact, NO ONE walked out. Not surprisingly, Cloud instructed the media team to stop recording before his presentation. You can, however, search for him on YouTube to see some of his interesting soliloquies on various topics (and if you’ve ever seen Cloud in rare form live, you can corroborate what I’ve seen and heard with my own eyes).

So here’s the point of this post – it appears that “pastor” Cloud is being sued by two of his former congregants, who allege they “loaned” Cloud almost $900,000 to start the Atlanta branch of his church. Of course, Cloud calls it a “donation”:

Md. couple file suit against church, saying they were swindled

Two former churchgoers say they were swindled out of a small fortune by the leaders of the Soul Factory, a large African American church in Prince George’s County — accusations the church denies.

In a lawsuit filed against the church, the married couple, Jose and Yvette Strickland, say they lent nearly $900,000 under a verbal agreement to the Soul Factory so that it could open a satellite church in Atlanta. The church says the money was a gift.

“It was not a loan; it was a donation,” said Timothy Obitts, a lawyer hired by the church. He said the church is in the process of filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The article goes on to confirm (yet again) that pulpit pimps seek to groom their followers by treating them like VIP’s and “special members” in order to pick their pockets:

According to the Stricklands, they began regularly attending the Soul Factory in 2000. In 2005, the church’s founder and pastor, Deron Cloud, began courting Jose Strickland’s financial help, the couple said, by inviting him to Wizards basketball games, on trips to Las Vegas and other activities and introducing him to top church leaders.

In 2006, the Stricklands say, Cloud asked Jose for $1.5 million to help open a satellite church in Atlanta. A few weeks later, Strickland, Cloud and other church leaders discussed financing the Atlanta church while in a private booth at a professional fight in Atlantic City, the couple said.

Months later, according to the lawsuit, Strickland gave the church $886,500, which Jose, a mortgage banker, and Yvette, a real estate agent, said they raised by mortgaging several properties they owned to a private lender.

The couple acknowledges that Cloud made nine payments to repay the “donation”, but stopped several years ago (read the article in entirety). It appears that the Strickland’s believed the “pay to play” gospel that so many hirelings are selling to the church today, and they felt some obligation to “build God a house…”

Overall, this is another example of how bereft the church is of sound doctrine today.

Lord have mercy…

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Another “Spiritual Daddy” Demands “Submission”

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Self-proclaimed “bishop” Brian Tamaki of New Zealand’s “Destiny Church” is displaying a very frightening cult leader-like posture: recently he held a ring ceremony where 700 men from his church publicly declared their submission to him. Tamaki is one of Eddie Long’s spiritual sons, and several of my blog brothers have written about this odd ceremony (see here and here), but I thought I’d add my own nickle since I have first-hand experience with Eddie Long’s similar excercise 10 years ago.

As I’ve previously stated, I was once a member of Eddie’s church club for 6 years. Back in 1998-1999, Eddie decided to establish classes where men could learn to be “godly men”, under his direction of course. For 6 months, Eddie held classes at his church, inviting such luminaries as TD Jakes, Don Meares, and other charlatans to “speak into his sons”. It was a fascinating lesson in brainwashing. Eddie demanded that no one miss a single Saturday morning session, or they’d run the risk of “losing out on the anointing” – and I was one of the faithful drones who sat erect with pen ready week after week to “receive from the Lord”.

Our apprenticeship culminated with a “graduation ceremony” held at Earl Paulk’s cavernous church (suprising irony) because New Birth wasn’t big enough at the time to hold the 20-30,000 well-wishers who were present. Eddie declared us “Ishmen” who would change the community as representatives of him and God. We didn’t get rings, but we got fancy “letterman”-styled jackets to show off in the community (now he sells New Birth rings and other gaudy jewelry). 

Eddie preached, and closed the ceremony with a “laying on off hands” session. He poured oil on his hands and “laid hands” on over 2,000 men in a little over 2 hours. One by one, man after man fell out along the pulpit – “slain in the spirit” as our new “daddy” touched us. It was a bizarrely surreal sight – bodies stacking up like cord wood around Eddie’s feet. I actually had a video from the event, but I threw it away several years ago. Of course, after the “graduation”, we provided no discernable presence within our communities. The only change was that Eddie’s entourage got larger.

Fast forward 10 years and check out what Eddie’s “New Zealand son” is up to (emphasis in bold):

Tamaki’s 700 ‘sons’ swear oath of loyalty

EXCLUSIVE – The leader of Destiny Church, Brian Tamaki, who not long ago anointed himself bishop of the church he founded, has now proclaimed himself the church’s “spiritual father” and designated the male members of the church as “spiritual sons”.

At a special service during the church’s annual conference in Auckland at the weekend, about 700 male members of the church swore a “covenant oath” of loyalty and obedience to Mr Tamaki and were given a “covenant ring” to wear on their right hands.

A church document describes the covenant as “a solemn oath of commitment that is binding, enduring and unbreakable. You are bound to covenant … Covenant is an irrevocable, undissolvable oath of commitment”.

The document, entitled Protocols and Requirements Between Spiritual Father & His Spiritual Sons, contains the text of the “covenant oath”, the guts of which is that “Above all, we stand here today in the presence of God to enter into this sacred covenant with our man of God, Bishop Brian Tamaki”.

It says: “To you Bishop we pledge our allegiance, our faithfulness and loyalty. We pledge to serve the cause that is in your heart and to finish that work. Success to you and success to those who help you – for God is with you.”

In its introduction, the church document says that proof of a man’s covenant with God is how they “submit to God’s chosen man … We are blessed to our spiritual father through whom this principle is being restored. The fruit of his ministry is self-evident, so much so that his call and influence is discerned at many levels in both the Christian and non-Christian communities here in New Zealand … Spiritual fathers are extremely rare … For us it is about discerning the special anointing and function God has put on Bishop’s life … “

The requirements of sonship, the document says, are to give Mr Tamaki obedience and honour, to imitate him and follow his faith and to give him “your loyalty and your strength”.

This, my friends, is a clear-cut cult move. Click the title to read the article in its entirety – then pray earnestly for mass repentance as the Lord wills. Events like this are a certain sign that His return is imminently near.

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When A Pimp Scales Back…

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“I can’t give you any stimulus money, Eddie – I’m not even President anymore! Cheer up, your sheeple will have more money for next year’s party!”

We already knew that Eddie Long is a master marketer.

We also knew that Eddie knows how to throw a party.

Now we’re reminded that Eddie Long is astute enough in his pimpistry to scale back on his game when his workers aren’t bringing in as much dough as they used to (emphasis added):

Atlanta Megachurch Downsizes Easter Service

Easter in this economy will be decidedly less extravagant for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, as its annual service is leaving the Georgia Dome for the first time in more than 15 years.

Since 1993, the megachurch — which boasts a 25,000-member congregation that is largely black and mostly middle-class — has held its annual Easter service at the Dome, attracting crowds of up to 40,000 that have included athletes, entertainers, politicians and entrepreneurs.

[...] The message commemorating Christ’s resurrection is being tailored to the recession. Sunday’s service will not be the $200,000 production worshippers have come to expect, since revenues are down and many members’ pockets are hurting.

So, Eddie is just now realizing that his sheeple don’t have enough money to lay at his feet twice a week? And $200K may sound like a lot to lay out for a party, but you better believe that Eddie raked in at least 4X that amount from the sheeple who came out to see T.I., Patti Labelle, and Jennifer Hudson. So, in earnest, it was a great ROI.

Long, who often delivers his message draped in tailored suits and diamonds, said this year required a new approach.

“In this time of recession, we had to look at some different ways of doing things,” Long said. “The unemployment situation, the mortgage situation has definitely affected our members. This money could be better utilized to bless more people, feed more people.”

[...] Long said church revenues are off by about 20 percent from last year, a significant drop that has forced his ministry to make changes like cutting back on its televised services and focusing more on online streaming to reach more viewers — and potential donors.

Wait, isn’t Eddie Long a prosperity pimp that promises people that they’ll “be fed” if they “paid God”? Why doesn’t he just “declare wealth in the house” (for the umpteenth time) and wait for the cash to roll in? Doesn’t he know how to “speak those things that be not…”?

This is (yet another) example that the prosperity gospel heresy is a laughable lie that is disproved time and time again.Clearly if we could command riches from God based on our faith, then no one – especially a “world-wide influential ministry” headed by a bejeweled pimp – would EVER suffer ANY LACK, ANYTIME. And by the way Eddie, the money that you’ve been amassing over the past 20 years at Club New Birth could have been better utilized as well – not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars you waste with the City of Atlanta every spring.

Interestingly, Eddie stopped streaming his services online last year because his “donors” were watching him online and NOT coming to see (and pay) him live. Even his “spiritual son” the Pimp of Hampton tried the same tactics. Of course, Eddie and the POH had to resume streaming when they realized that the money wasn’t flowing in any faster. Now, Eddie sees his online pimpistry as a viable revenue stream?

So rather than repenting before the Lord for espousing such a wicked and false prosperity gospel, scaling back on his garishly expensive wardrobe, cars, and jewelry, and telling his sheeple that God is not moved by prosperity pleas, Eddie will continue to roll the dice with other people’s money – and he’ll win far more often than he loses.

And there are still poor people who will give this degenerate their very last dime in hopes that God will bless them with money for their obedience to the “mand of gawd”.

This dichotomy would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.

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A Pimp And A President

I was content with just letting the 2008 fade away and continue preparing a few articles to finish the year out right. My plan seemed to be working until I got an email from Eddie Long:

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Eddie Long is an opportunistic snake-oil salesman who seeks to cast himself as relevant as “a voice of God for the nations” (as he declares from his “pulpit” regularly).  As our brother Independent Conservative eloquently noted a few weeks ago, Eddie has decided that he needed to pimp the new president – in addition to the lemmings who line his pockets weekly – by creating a hybrid “worship service/inaugural viewing party”. Eddie has lined up to the trough for Bill Clinton and GW Bush in the past (famously declaring that he went to Bush’s White House but “didn’t have intercourse”, and bragging about how he “deals with the White House…I deal with Tony Blair…”), so it would stand to reason that he’d try to climb into bed (figuratively) with “No Drama” Obama.

Like the many subway hucksters selling t-shirts, buttons, and magazine covers, Eddie is employing his EXCELLENT marketing strategies to host an “inaugural party” on January 20th – thus the “ticket” you see above.

That’s right, I said “EXCELLENT marketing strategies” because Eddie is a masterful marketer. He has created a brand with his church Club New Birth, so much so that he uses the “goofy trident”symbol as opposed to a representation of the Cross of Christ. Before I fled Eddie’s club in search of my dignity and self respect, I heard him say on many occasions that he wanted “the New Birth brand to be as famous as McDonald’s Golden Arches”. Not to be content with just creating a brand, Eddie even had expensive jewelry designed to replicate the “goofy trident” symbol, and he wears it faithfully. He also has the jewelry replicated so that he can present baubles to various “ministry sons”  as a sign of allegiance…like a thug rapper presents gold chains to his crew.

Eddie is such an excellent marketer that he has created a revenue stream from licensing the “goofy trident’s” likeness to various “ministry sons”. Back in 2004, Eddie charged $10,000 a year to “sons” like Terrell Murphy of New Birth Charlotte and Andre Landers of New Birth South (as seen in this archived site from 2002) so that they too could market the “goofy trident’s” likeness for their New Birth satellite churches. Landers grew tired of paying the annual licensing fee (now well over $10,000 a year), so he broke away from Eddie’s marketing machine to start his own marketing empire (Landers is still Long’s dutiful son, however – he’s just happier pimping his own congregation instead of kicking money up to the Alpha pimp).

Eddie Long is such a masterful marketer. He figured that in addition to launching his own homegrown “ministry sons” from the “mothership” to wreak havoc on unsuspecting sheep, he could establish the “New Birth Family of Churches” in order to collect even more money from lemmings all across the land – so he convinced at least two pastors to turn their churches over to him:

New Birth California

Since the early days of New Birth Church in 1997, our goal has been to reach out to the Bay Area with the love of God and the good news of His Son, Jesus Christ. Early in 2004, this vision stepped into high gear as we became part of the 25,000+ member strong New Birth Family of Churches under Bishop Eddie Long

New Birth Greenville (SC)

July 1, 2006, after much prayer Pastor Getties and Elder Anita Jackson met with the United Christian Ministries Church family to make the announcement official. We will officially become New Birth Greenville January 1, 2007

Eddie decided that he also needed to step up his “television game”, so he appeared on two Atlanta-based reality shows within the last two months: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (a show detailing the excessive lifestyles of wealthy black “housewives” in Atlanta) and “Keyshia Coles: The Way It Is” (a reality show follwing R&B singer Keyshia Cole and here dysfunctional family). On the “Housewives” show, Eddie thinks that he’s marketable enough to be auctioned off (along with his wife) for a lunch date in order to help one of the vapid housewives raise money for her “charity”. On the “Keyshia Coles…” show, Eddie is chosen to counsel Coles’ mess of a sister (in front of the cameras, off course – what a shock!). Yup, that Eddie Long is a doggone marketing genius!

You almost have to (grudgingly) give Eddie Long his due – he is a masterful marketer who rakes in millions of dollars in personal income annually. I say “almost” because you must remember that Eddie Long props himself up to be a minister of the Gospel – which means that he is a degenerate pimp who uses God to attract and abuse spiritually immature “Christians”, all the while extracting cash and property from their possession with surgical precision.

So for Pimp Eddie the Masterful Marketer, there is hardly a better way to attach yourself to the newest marketing superstar – Barack Obama. If you notice the “ticket” above, Eddie’s “goofy trident” symbol is overlayed right on top of Obama’s “hope/change” symbol” – and Pimp Eddie is pictured essentially sitting on Obama’s back. If that doesn’t scream “I’M WITH OBAMA!”, then I don’t know what does. Lets forget the fact the Obama’s personal beliefs (abortion, homosexual unions and “rights”, the irrelevancy of scripture) are enough to make a TRUE minister not even want to be photographed with him.

But we must remember – Eddie Long is NOT a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he’s a balding slick-haired, tight shirt wearing, “watch this” spouting marketing genius…so there is no compromise to speak of.

When you look at the facts, Eddie and Obama have a lot in common:

Too bad the Apostle Paul wasn’t as savvy a marketer like Eddie Long. If he would’ve just co-opted his ministry with the rulers of his day, he wouldn’t have had to live off handouts from the early Christians who desired to know God’s truth. Instead of roaming town to town proclaiming the TRUE GOSPEL, Paul should have marketed himself better, and avoided this testimony:

2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (New American Standard Bible)

24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

Such a waste.

But hey – Eddie Long is WAAAYYY smarter than the early Apostles. He has this whole “we’re here to take over” dominionism/alignment with the “kings of this world” thing all figured out.

Yup, old Eddie Long is a masterful marketer :roll:

Pimps – The Gathering

Eddie Long is an egomaniac.

Besides being a false bishop, he is obsessed with anything that carries his name, advances his church club, and shines the light of worldy admiration on him. He loves to throw parties every spring, “give” publicly so that others can shout of his good works and he can break his arm patting himself on the back.

Eddie usually throws a few “conventions” every year to grease change from the pockets of those who chase “the anointing”, and to teach gullible pastors about how to be a degenerate pimp like he is. The advertisement that landed in my inbox today heralds the near arrival of one of Eddie’s “call for the pimps to gather”:

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I apologize for the size of this photo (and I know how uncomfortable it is to have Pimp Eddie “mean mugging” at you), but I had to enlarge the flier in order to highlight the shear ignorance of this event. Allow me to draw your attention to the highlighted areas above:

  • The purpose of the event is for Senior Pastors Pimps to “develop a kingdom strategy for changing times”. That’s just corporate Christianity talk for “let’s come up with more creative ways to steal/intimidate/beg/threaten/cajole cash from our ho..uh…followers during a recession.”
  • Like any other effective multi-level marketing event, even the visiting pimps have to pay $500 to get in (but it’s worth it to learn how to fleece others out of at least 10 times as much, right?)
  • Eddie is scowling at you while holding a sword (symbolizing his comittment to continually butchering the Word of God), and the reference to Matthew 11:12. Of course,  Matthew 11 (in context) is NOT an appeal to loot for the sake of the Kingdom, but who cares, right? We know that Eddie seeks to advance the kingdom of this world (and unrighteous mammon), not the Kingdom of God.

And let’s not overlook the “prestigious mend of gawd” who are helping Pimp Eddie to facilitate this Pimp-A-Palooza:

Just in case you thought these “mend of gawd” actually studied scripture in order to soberly preach salvation through Christ alone, this is proof-positive that they simply gather to compare notes – and devise new ways to separate you from your hard-earned money.

Heresy: 2 For The Price of 1

Remember when Eddie Long made multiple visits to the Bush White House (multiple times) a few years back – and how “black leaders” responded?

Several speakers, including Jesse Jackson, took aim at a visit that Long and other black pastors made to President Bush at the White House. Long responded good-naturedly, saying he thought it was important to gain access to powerful circles.

Just because we went to the house,” he said, “does not mean we had intercourse.” (source)

Well, it looks like Eddie’s trying to get back to the Obama White House by participating in a little “Obama worship” of his own. Our brother Independent Conservative has an excellent post on how Eddie wants to have a worship service and inaugural viewing so that folks can worship him, Obama (and maybe God):

Eddie Long’s Club Makes Obama A Reason For Worship. Even Partners With A Secular Radio Station To Promote It.

With the economy taking a slump, it seems those who promote false money doctrines are doing whatever they can to keep some attention on themselves. Even if it means partnering with secular entertainment and hosting events that have absolutely nothing to do with the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not even an event that does any service of good works to the community. It’s not giving food to the poor or free medical care, just a free spot to praise Obama

You can argue with me until you’re blue in the face, but those of us who escaped Eddie’s plantation know FULL WELL that this is Eddie’s attempt to:

  1. Shine the light of attention on him by co-opting a “historic event”
  2. Capitalize on the man worship being heaped on Barack Obama, and
  3. Start his “trek back to the House” campaign to flaunt Club New Birth’s alleged “influence with the kings of this world” (that I and others have heard him tout from the pulpit many times in the past)

Click the title to read the rest of this excellent article.

So, Eddie Long IS NOT Involved In A Scam? Say It Ain’t So!

***STORY UPDATED BELOW ORGINAL ARTICLE & ORIGINAL POST TITLE AMENDED***

Now I’m beginning to see why Eddie Long donated $1M to his alma mater. In addition to pimping God’s sheep, it appears as though Eddie Long hosted a non-accredited extension of his alma mater at his megachurch, and now the “graduates” of the school have garbage degrees: 

25 students got no-good degrees from New Birth campus

By CHRISTOPHER QUINN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/11/08

Twenty-five students who attended a satellite program of North Carolina Central University at Bishop Eddie Long’s Lithonia megachurch earned bachelor’s degrees that are not recognized by the school’s accrediting agency. A school spokeswoman said 39 other students were in the program earlier this year when it was shut down. Long and the school, in Durham, started the satellite campus four years ago. They closed it in June after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools learned of it, reviewed the program and refused to sanction it. All extension programs have to be approved by SACS for degrees to be recognized.

Tom Benberg, chief of staff at the Commission on Colleges at SACS, said any degrees earned in the program at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, “would not be a degree from an accredited operation.” Long released a statement saying the church has partnered with various education programs to hold classes at the church. “Regrettably, the university did not seek appropriate approvals at that time prior to launching the program. Last month [SACS] denied approval for NCCU to continue the program offerings at the New Birth site.”

What was Eddie and his colleagues trying to do, start their own Friend International Christian University (a/k/a “Pimp U”)?

What a minute…Hmmm…what a coincidence. Eddie announces that he’s “giving” $1M (in direct violation of Matthew 6:1-4) on a Friday, and the newspaper writes this investigative report on a Monday. Of course, Eddie had no idea that this report was coming out – and he gave that money from his heart right?

Right?

Later in the article, we see (my emphasis in bold):

A SACS report said the program did not prove that faculty was qualified or that it had adequate library and learning resources. The program was unable to measure whether students were adequately leaning the subject matters and it did not provide an adequate financial statement from the program.

No financial statements from the program? Yup, that sounds like an Eddie Long “business arrangement” to me.

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety and pray that the Lord would restore the students who were scammed by their association (even indirectly) with Pimp Long.

Let this be a continued lesson that Eddie Long is a snake pulpit pimp – and he should be avoided at all costs.

***UPDATED 8/12/08 – 9:30AM EST***

The Raleigh News has a more extensive look at this NCCU & New Birth deal, and the details seem to support Long’s claim of ignorance relating to the accreditation for NCCU’s extension at his church:

NCCU operated Atlanta campus

UNC system never approved branch run near Atlanta

Eric Ferreri, Staff Writer

DURHAM – For four years, N.C. Central University operated a small satellite campus at a suburban Atlanta megachurch run by a university trustee, offering a series of programs that were never properly approved by university system officials.

The program folded this summer after running afoul of the university’s accrediting agency, and campus officials are now trying to figure out how to take care of about 50 students whose college careers have been interrupted.

With the demise of the small campus, dubbed the New L.I.F.E. College Program and housed at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., questions arise why a North Carolina public university created an out-of-state branch campus 400 miles away.

“I can think of no justifiable reason why the former NCCU leadership would have completely ignored and failed to abide by the appropriate approval process in creating this program,” UNC system President Erskine Bowles said late last week in a statement e-mailed to The News & Observer. “Such action is contrary to all university policy. To say the least, it is very disappointing. We are working closely with Chancellor [Charlie] Nelms and his new leadership team to examine the various academic, legal, and financial questions associated with this Georgia-based program.”

So, the state university system is trying to rectify the situation. Click the title to read the article in entirety, and you’ll see how the former Chancellor (James Ammons, who is now running things over at Florida A&M) isn’t responding to inquiries – and is hiding. The article also states that the degrees earned through New Birth’s extension of NCCU are valid and will be recognized. That’s good news for the students who earned them.

Also, it looks like Pimp Eddie has some cover on this one:

Long’s role in the creation of the NCCU campus at his church is not clear. It is not clear whether NCCU’s Board of Trustees was ever told about or voted to approve the New Birth program. There is no mention of the program in the minutes of any trustee meeting in 2003 or 2004.

Kay Thomas, the board’s current chairwoman, said recently she has no recollection of being briefed or voting on the program, but added that her board doesn’t routinely approve specific distance education programs.

“I see no problem with it,” Thomas said. “The idea is to get people certified for jobs, even if they’re not North Carolinians.”

Also, we learn through the article that the faculty had reservations about the extension program, but it was pushed through anyway:

A UNC-system official said the program should have been vetted.

“It should have been presented to the [UNC system's] Board of Governors as a distance learning program,” said Alan Mabe, the UNC system’s vice president for academic planning and university-school programs. “We don’t have any records of it being presented.”

It was discussed, at least briefly, by NCCU’s Faculty Senate. The debate was contentious, recalled Kofi Amoateng, a finance professor who headed the faculty in 2004.

“It was not an easy approval; it was a close fight,” he said of a faculty vote on the program, adding that the relationship NCCU would have with a church gave some faculty members pause. “I was not very happy. We never thought it through. We needed time to study, but it got pushed through.”

We also learn that New Birth (and Eddie Long) didn’t make a lot (if any) money on the deal:

It doesn’t appear that the church reaped any windfall. Students paid $888.57 per three-credit course, which was more than the going rate for an in-state student at NCCU but less than a nonresident would traditionally pay, Phifer-McGhee said.

From those revenues, NCCU paid the church $120 per student per course taught, Phifer-McGhee said. UNC system officials confirmed that is the proper way to administer an out-of-state program. The church provided classrooms, equipment, offices and administrative support, helped recruit students and instructors and, on occasion, videotaped courses and sent them to NCCU for evaluation, according to the 2006 memorandum between NCCU and the church.

So what we have is a perfect storm of inept university administrators, a program held together with toothpicks and bubble gum, and an ego-driven “bishop” who is determined to make his church the “spiritual epicenter of the world” (I’ve heard him say that on many occasion when I was a member of Club New Birth).

So I concede the point on this story – Pimp Eddie gets a pass because he wasn’t (apparently) trying to scam anyone. His reputation as a scripture-twisting pimp does make him suspect in most things that he is involved with, however, and he should still be avoided.

Eddie Long Donates $1M To His Alma Mater

I’m posting this article just so that I won’t be accused of “censoring news” and ignoring the good that Eddie Long is capable of doing:

Bishop Eddie Long donates $1M to alma mater

Money will be used to establish professorship


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/08/08

Bishop Eddie Long, the well-known pastor of the Lithonia megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is giving $1 million to his alma mater.

North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., will use the money to establish a professorship named in Long’s honor. Long is a 1977 graduate of the university’s school of business.

“One of the reasons why I love the school so much is, at the time, I wasn’t qualified to go into college if you look at grades or SAT tests,” Long said.

They took him in as part of a program to bring in underperforming students and give them a chance at a university education.

“I started doing very well in college, and I am eternally grateful because they took a risk with me,” Long said.

The school confirmed the gift.

“We are very grateful for Bishop Long’s continued support and commitment to NCCU,” said Chancellor Charlie Nelms in a press release.

“It is our hope that his gift will positively enrich the lives of our students and the wider community.”

Click the title to read the entire article. Long goes on to state where the money is coming from:

“I am not doing anything wrong and I’m helping my school” Long said. “I am making (the donation) from my own personal income.”

He said he dabbles in real estate and also receives income from writing books.

Well enough. I’ve got NO PROBLEM with ANYBODY participating in the free market system – and gaining wealth in the process (if the Lord wills it). I do have a problem with people marketing the Gospel, but you get my larger point.

Oh, just in case you think I’m going soft, I’m not. Eddie would be an astute businessman if he relied on his business acumen ALONE to gain wealth and not the labor of others.

But he doesn’t, so he’s still a pimp because he still shakes down the sheep.


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