In the latest scandal involving Eddie Long, a rally is being organized in an effort to call for the Bishop’s resignation. A rally is scheduled Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, held by Bishop Walker of True Light Pentecostal Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Atlanta radio talk show host, Reuben Armstrong is an activist in the rally, eager to push for Long’s resignation.
Armstrong had early details as far back as 2006 on Eddie Long’s actions within the church. Two youth pastors of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta reached out to the controversial host when they witnessed Eddie Long coercing young men into homosexual relationships.
Reuben Armstrong discusses Eddie Long scandal in its early stages HERE
In the video, Reuben Armstrong describes how two youth pastors confided in him about Bishop Long’s actions towards young boy in their congregation. They knew about the expensive trips, extravagant vacations, and brainwashing Eddie Long showered upon them. The youth pastors informed the talk show host of these allegations in 2006, at which time Armstrong wrote a book titled, “Snakes in the Pulpit,” which centered around sexual abuse of young boys in the church. Bishop Long was one of the men named in his book as someone who abused their power in this way towards boys.
As a result, Reuben Armstrong,was met with strong opposition over his attempts in bringing out facts about Eddie Long. Evidently, a rally for the Bishop’s resignation may have been called for years ago.
Youth Pastors Feared Wrath of Eddie Long
Youth pastors who were witness to these events surrounding New Birth church, feared if they came forward the aftermath would be detrimental. Bishop Long has a strong pull in the community, his connections and political powers were threatening and they feared speaking up. Now that four men have filed lawsuits against Eddie Long, the information Reuben Armstrong had early details on, has been exposed and a rally calling for the Bishop’s resignation is gaining its own power.
A Resignation is Needed Because Eddie Long Won’t Deny or Admit Allegations
Of course, we know Eddie Long isn’t perfect, Armstrong says. The fact that Bishop Long hasn’t adamantly denied homosexual allegations or admit that he has engaged in wrongdoings and seeks forgiveness, make him all the more controversial to carry on his position within the church. His resignation would make the most sense since he won’t admit the truth one way or the other.
Early Details into Scandal – Will Eddie Long Take Address His Own Actions?
Scandals have derived from religious settings over the years. Being head of a church is the perfect position for those with wrong intentions to use the faith of its followers in exerting selfish power. Will Eddie Long admit for deny allegations in this scandal? The more Eddie Long avoids facing the truth either way, the more activists will join the rally against him and the momentum gains its own power.
Sources: WSBTV video
Roz Zurko, Associated Content