Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship that ordained Eddie Long as Bishop, has openly rebuked the Atlanta megachurch pastor and called him to repent of any sins committed in sexual coercion lawsuits that were settled last month.
In a Sunday sermon that was posted online earlier this week, Morton called on Long to apologize to his church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and those who have stood with him.
"If you have repented, show me some signs. Show me some humility. You can't just come and tell me nothing. Tell me something. Those that have stood with you, tell us something. Tell your church something," Morton told his congregation, Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, which is located just 28 miles away from Long's church, on June 19. more >>
Evangelist Creflo Dollar wants to take the Kingsbridge Armory in Bronx, N.Y., and transform it into a megachurch.
Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., has offered to gain control of the long inactive building, according to the New York Post, and if he has his way he will have another large center for his followers.
Dollar’s ministries and business ventures bring in millions of dollars per year and he is planning on paying for the development with his own money. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes recently responded to the Eddie Long's settlement in the sexual misconduct, saying that Christians should still pray for Long's church because they have no authority to say anything else.
In September, four young men filed lawsuits alleging Long using his position and gifts to coerce them into sexual relationships. Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the Atlanta area, told his congregation a few days after the suits were filed that he would vigorously fight the charges.
When the allegations against Long became public, Jakes publicly addressed the case before his own congregation, The Potter's House in Dallas, saying, "Christians should just pray." He also told his flock during the Sunday service, "When all this is over, one thing is for sure – somebody, if not everybody in it, is going to need the blood [of Jesus Christ]." more >>
Creflo Dollar recently came out in support of his fellow preacher friend Eddie Long and rebuked those who left Long's church, calling them hypocrites.
"I don't know what is with the church. When you have a wreck, you expect for God to forgive you and everybody else," Dollar said as he addressed his 30,000-strong congregation last weekend.
"Don't let the preacher have a wreck now. Then you become self-righteous and you become judgmental and you're going to leave the preacher for his wreck when you [are the one who had] more wrecks." more >>
The lawsuit between Bishop Eddie Long and the four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct is close to being resolved out of court, said the judge overseeing the case on Friday.
After three months of mediation, the case is within “field goal range” of being settled, said Judge Johnny Panos to reporters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Panos talked to the media with the aim of clearing misinformation being reported about the case.
Since February, the attorneys of both sides have been meeting with mediator Gino Brogden, a former Fulton County Superior Court judge in Georgia, to hammer out a compromise. more >>
When Pastor Paula White came out aggressively last week against a Senate financial probe into her multimillion dollar ministry, she again brought to light the question of whether the government should step in to ensure that churches and ministries are not misusing money.
Dan Busby, who heads evangelical accreditation agency ECFA, said concerns over excessive entanglement when the government brings inquires upon the church are appropriate. But Christians should conduct themselves and their finances in a way that reflects the Lord, he commented.
Busby referenced ECFA’s guiding passages, 2 Corinthians 8: 20 and 21, showing that financial transparency is a fundamental principal rooted in the Bible. “As Christians, we are representing the Lord,” he emphasized. As such, Busby said Christian leaders should seek to comply with the law and govern their finances in a way that does not mar God’s name before the public. more >>