A rally calling for Bishop Eddie Long’s resignation is gaining support. The rally is set to take place at Georgia’s state capitol, according to AJC News.
Bishop Prophet H. Walker of True Light Pentecost Church in Spartanburg is the man organizing this rally which will start at 2p.m. on October 31st.
Reuben Armstrong, the controversial talk show host has joined Bishop Walker in his efforts. Armstrong reports that he and Walker have been in touch and Armstrong will be joining the rally calling for Long’s resignation.
Walker said that Bishop Long ” has no right to assume the office of pastor of any Christian church, A pastor should be above reproach,” according to a AJC article.
Long is accused in court cases of the alleged sexual abuse of four young men when they were teens attending the New Birth Missionary Church, according to ABC News. Long is the Pastor and head of this church.
Long is being accused of using “scripture to manipulate the young boys into a sexual relationship with him,” according to the court documents that appear in the Hartford Courant. The court documents. have been made public and can be viewed in a blog in the Hartford Courant.
In part of an alleged “grooming” process of these young men by Long, he lavished the teens with expensive gifts. The law suit describes these gifts as money, cars, and luxurious trips.
Reuben Armstrong wrote a book, “Snakes in the Pulpit” describing this type of sexual abuse in the mega churches. His best selling book came out in 2006 and Bishop Eddie Long was one of the pastors that Armstrong cited as being an alleged “predator of young boys for homosexual purposes.”
Youth pastors from the New Birth Church reached out to Armstrong in 2006. According to Armstrong, they told him that their pastor, “Bishop Long, was sexually abusing young boys in the church.” They were “afraid to come forth with this information publicly,” according to Armstrong. This is when Armstrong took this to the public air ways on his talk show and in his book, but was labeled as starting rumors.” .
Long’s choice of words have been, “I am not the man they are portraying in the media” and “I vow to fight this,” according to the Guardian UK, when disputing the allegations in the court cases. What Bishop Eddie Long is not saying may speak louder than what he is actually saying.
This two forces have joined together and will pursue the resignation of Bishop Long through this rally. This is not an easy feat, Long has a die hard following and many are still standing behind him today.
His Sunday sermons are becoming Long’s his own rally of supporters as Long dishes out his sayings of “I vow to fight” and “this strengthens my faith to a full house.” His congregation shouts out in support and he is met with rounds of applause, according to CNN News.
Reference: Exclusive Interview with Reuben Armstrong, AJC. ABC News, Guardian UK,CNN News, Hartford Courant