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EDDIE LONG SAGA – TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL

26 Aug

By Terry

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”

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Just when people thought the Eddie Long saga was going away – the pot starts a slow boil – promising to reach a scorching heat. Personally, I was hoping that mediation did not have the last word. I welcome this new stirring of the pot, and give God praise that He gave Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande courage to take a stand. I pray for their safety though, for there are many Eddie Long worshipers who hate them for exposing this evil. If it is God’s plan to use what happened to them to make a difference in this world, nothing will stop them – and no one will harm them.

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For those naysayers who thought this travesty was about four low-life men extorting money from an honorable man of God – well, I guess you have to rethink your position – if you are big enough to own the truth of the matter – especially now that there is a “fifth accuser.” The money is no longer an issue, two victims of Eddie Long are not only willing to risk a law suit – they express disdain for their new-found riches – and would gladly give it all back. Why? Because the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help Eddie Long has not been revealed.


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I can appreciate how Jamal feels, as he has expressed the most inner rage and pain. Your head tells you the perpetrators are to blame, but your soul screams guilt that the victim does not own. Sexual abuse puts a stink on you that you can never wash off. You have feelings that you can name, but don’t understand.  And sometimes you feel, but haven’t a clue what you are feeling. The anger can fuel you to seek justice for the injustice, do self-harm to make the pain stop, seek revenge, or lash out at other innocent persons just to feel some kind of relief. The extreme solution is to take your own life.

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 As far as the money and the closing of the case via mediation goes:

“It’s just not enough anymore. I thought I could cover the pain up. I thought I could move, start over and everything will go away. I was terribly wrong,” Parris said.

“Parris, 24, still bears the scars of abuse he says he suffered at the hands of Long. He is angry and emotional and wants Long to know what he’s done to him.”

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Again, I can relate. The horrible adults that scarred my life are dead. I cannot confront my parents, or my mother’s abusive boyfriends. I sought positive outlets for the pain, after living years with the negative self-destructive results of betrayal. You cannot “cover the pain up.” Some people get stuck in various ways, and cannot move on. There is no starting over. There is no square one to go back to. There is no starting point where you can erase the evil done to you, and regain what was stolen from you – your innocence. You don’t get that back – ever. You can learn to live in spite of the pain, but you never completely heal to the point of feeling whole. A part of you will always feel lost.

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The settlement money did not put this issue to rest like many people hoped it would. Why? Because there is a burning truth to be told – not so much for the airing of dirty laundry, but for the saving of other innocent lives. Can anyone refute the possibility that God is at work in this situation, and that He desires Eddie Long’s wrongdoing to be exposed once and for all? Understand this, where there are five victims, there most likely are more. If we truly believe that God works for our good, then it is quite possible that other young people will be spared the sting of Eddie Long’s alluring sexually perverted snares.

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My mother has been dead since 1984 – I still get angry. When the hidden memories finally come to surface, my pain and anger are rekindled. Even when you don’t want to think back and rehash those painful times, you have no control over when they are triggered to move to the forefront of your mind. Sometimes you may even feel like you are going insane. This is how Jamal feels right now. It isn’t a strange thing that he contemplated suicide. It is God’s grace that kept and will keep him alive, and give him strength to go on. I know – He did it for me.

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Many ignorant people believe that Jamal was showing his true colors when he got arrested. Jamal along with the rest of the accusers of Long, were referred to by one commenter as “clowns.” It is easy to sit back and judge the outcome of sexual exploitation – even dismiss the behavior of those sinned against with criticism. However, unless you have walked in the shoes of innocent children – groomed by the devil’s angels, and betrayed to exchange their innocence for love – you should just be quiet. When innocent youth is interrupted by the wiles of sick demented sexual predators, innocence is forever lost – never to be regained. If you ever watch the movie “Girl Interrupted,” you will understand how devastating to a young soul sexual abuse, or any type of abuse can be.

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God used Queen Esther to save the Jews from annihilation. Divine providence placed her in a high position “for such a time as this.”

“We are prone to shrink from services that are attended with peril or loss. But when the cause of Christ and his people demand it, we must take up our cross, and follow him. When Christians are disposed to consult their own ease or safety, rather than the public good, they should be blamed.” 1

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“There is wise counsel and design in all the providences of God, which will prove that they are all intended for the good of the church. We should, every one, consider for what end God has put us in the place where we are, and study to answer that end: and take care that we do not let it slip. Having solemnly commended our souls and our cause to God, we may venture upon his service. All dangers are trifling compared with the danger of losing our souls. But the trembling sinner is often as much afraid of casting himself, without reserve, upon the Lord’s free mercy, as Esther was of coming before the king. Let him venture, as she did, with earnest prayer and supplication, and he shall fare as well and better than she did. The cause of God must prevail: we are safe in being united to it.”

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Instead of screaming “Touch not my anointed,” the people of God should be fasting and praying for truth to prevail and justice to be served on behalf of the afflicted. How do you know that God Himself isn’t saying to Newbirth Church – “How dare you?” They applauded their leader when he led them to believe that he had “five rocks” which he would use to fight the serious allegations against him. He hasn’t thrown a rock yet. Instead, took the path of least resistance through mediation. And now he wants to sweep it all under the rug and live his life like nothing happened – like no one was hurt – but they were – deeply.

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People may view Jamal’s anger as a catalyst for revenge. But that is not the case. The money should have satisfied that need – but did it? No. There is a bigger force at work here. Open your spiritual eyes and see the hand of God. Did God cause innocent children to be sexually exploited and betrayed so He could show how powerful He is? God forbid. The devil’s signature is stamped boldly upon such evil. Our heavenly Father takes the damaged souls unto Him, and applies healing in ways that no man can name. He won’t necessarily remove the “thorns” in our flesh. But He is faithful in supplying the spiritual balm to cover our wounds so that we can carry on in His name.

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“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, and turn His anger away from him.

Proverbs 24:17-18

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When Eddie Long, and those who operate like he does come to judgment – in this life – we are not to rejoice. It may be tempting to stand up and cheer like his congregation did. But God would not be pleased with that. He loves Eddie Long and all of us, although He hates the sin that we so boldly flaunt in His face. Who is to say that Eddie Long’s sins have not finally “found him out?” God is not mocked.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

Galatians 6:7

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Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande have a chance to release years of pain, at least to the point of being able to move on. They should write their book, in spite of people saying “it is all about the money.” I don’t believe that. There are many painful situations I am writing about in my book concerning my mother. And there are times that I make the decision that it will be for my eyes only. Even writing down the events is embarrassing, and I feel ashamed – not that the shame belongs to me. I guess the shame represents the fact that it was my life, and I often wished I have lived another. Will I ever decide to publish it – I don’t know.  It is difficult to write the sordid details, let alone know that someone besides God, I and the perpetrators will know the truth. So, I really don’t know what will happen to my book. I will let God decide.

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“We weren’t anything more than kids who went to the church to learn about God. What trapped us is we were just addicted to the lifestyle. We were addicted to the love that we got,” LeGrande said.
There are countless children who may have heard that God is a “father to the fatherless.” They walk through the doors of the church house expecting to be received for who they are, and find the love of a “spiritual” father, and family to fill the void in their lives. What these young men found instead was betrayal. If you cannot be safe in the “house of God,” where can you be safe?

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And here is another thing – the “age of consent” in Georgia is “16.” What 16-year old do you know that is ready for adult responsibilities, especially those that come along with having sex? In the case of Eddie Long, not only did he groom four impressionable adolescents to satisfy his sexual perversions – he disposed of them when he had no further need for them. Here’s the thing, Long was not interested in a long term, possible complicated relationship with either of these young men. If he wanted to deal with relationship dynamics, all he had to do was go home – he has a wife. He groomed play things, fantasies, and boy toys for his perverted entertainment. When the older ones got older, he traded them in for new, and younger recruits.

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As I studied the “age of consent” concerning other countries and traditions, I am convinced that many of the age levels were set by sexually perverted old men who desired to have sex with young children. Some cultures marry off daughters once they have their menstrual cycle – how sick is that? But, that is another topic for another time. The age of consent that is lower than “18” should be changed.

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I say to Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande – write your story. If you feel compelled by God to do so – obey. If money was a factor, you would be satisfied with what you have. I do not believe that your desire to write a book is about money – I believe that God will use your pain to help others who are struggling as you are – as I am – as so many more will.

To Eddie Long I say as God says – “REPENT!”

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 3:19

1 http://bible.cc/esther/4-14.htm

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Why people stick by scandal-plagued pastors

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UPDATE – 10/7/11

Eddie Long, New Birth seek to recoup settlement money

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UPDATE 10/20/11

Bishop Eddie Long accused in investment scam lawsuit

“Ten parishioners lost more than a million dollars after investing in a company Bishop Eddie Long endorsed, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in DeKalb County state court.”

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Update 11-11-11

I-Team: Fifth Bishop Eddie Long Accuser Speaks

“I am not the fifth accuser. I’m Centino Kemp, I didn’t accuse nobody of nothing,” he said.

So, why was he in the case? Less than three weeks after the Bishop Long lawsuits were filed, Centino Kemp says he tried to kill himself. He was admitted at the DeKalb Mental Health Center. He told therapists he had been sexually involved with Bishop Eddie Long for years.

“I was in a dark place, I can say that,” Kemp said.

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UPDATE 12-03-11

Bishop Eddie Long’s wife puts divorce back on table

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Bishop Long responds to wife’s divorce filing

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Eddie Long Takes Leave From Atlanta Megachurch Due to ‘Family Issues’

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BISHOP EDDIE LONG MUST GO!

A COPY OF THE LETTER THAT PROTESTORS ARE HANDING OUT

http://www.pimppreacher.com/Bishop-Eddie-Long-Steps-Down.html

PimpPreacher.com 12/04/2011

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Megachurch’s future uncertain after pastor leaves

“Marshall said the church can be healed, but also thinks Long needs to step down permanently.”

“All things can be renewed, but I think he needs to leave,” she said. “Why continue to lead people when you are being dishonest? It shames the church, it shames the followers, and it shames him.”

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Accuser in Bishop Eddie Long Sex Scandal Pens Tell-All Book, Screenplay

Centino Kemp, the fifth accuser in the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal, has written a book about his affair with the megachurch pastor, titling the work The First Lady. The book is co-authored by T. Benson Glover.

He describes the book as a story of “love, lust, power, extravagant living and travel, betrayal, deceit, rape, down-low homosexual lifestyle, molestation, church corruption, secret societies, suicide attempts and religion.”

“The book describes the alleged behaviors of Long that eventually led to the sex scandal that rocked the southern church and gospel community. “The First Lady,” chronicles the incidents that came out of the control and power that this Bishop had over a young boy and how the abuse of that power formed this young mans life. It goes on to talk about the scars that the accuser will carry with him for the rest of his life after trusting a man who allegedly did these things to him under the pretense of God’s work.”

http://elev8.com/news/orethawinston/eddie-long-first-lady-tells-all-about-sex-abuse/

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12/29/11 UPDATE

Eddie Long’s New Birth Christian Academy Closes Down

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Parents scramble to find new schools for former New Birth students

“Channel 2 Action News reporter Jodie Fleischer says that now some parents are left wondering what will happen to the fees and tuition they’ve already paid. The school charged between $6,000 and $8,000 per student, per year in tuition and fees. Some of which is non-refundable, according to the church website.”

“She believes recent scandals involving Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church that houses the school, drove families away. She says the school only had about 100 students left this year.”

“I believe that this last straw with the divorce, the sealed settlement, it just does not look good. I really believe people continued to take their children out as each allegation unfolded,” she said.

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Eddie Long’s Wife Calls Off Divorce

 Updated: Friday, 17 Feb 2012, 6:03 PM EST
Published : Friday, 17 Feb 2012, 4:42 PM EST

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4 responses to “EDDIE LONG SAGA – TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL

  1. delbertdelbert

    August 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This is a terrible act committed by one who is symbolic of righteousness, of all that is pure and without stain; a patriarch for the community and its ills. Yes, all too often the “Cloth” witnesses uncleanliness and must be purged of its sins. If Eddie Long is guilty of the accusations then he must be punished.

    These boys have a legal and human right to make the horror known to share this heinous demeaning despicable act with families friends the community and the public. Eddie Long and others like him, if proven guilty by a Court Of Law, must not remain free; free to repeat the acts the violations the dread of horror.

    How sad to realize that among you thrives a predator whose cunning is too devious to notice whose filthy dripping heart beats only to devastate all who would welcome and embrace him; how awful to wake knowing you trusted this person.

     
    • ssofdv

      August 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Hello Delbert,

      I agree with all said. Unfortunately, Eddie Long side stepped “punishment” from our court system this round. And sadly, he is “free to repeat the horror.” He has followers that still trust him – especially with their children. And many of them will literally take a bullet for him. Christendom is in dire spiritual condition these days. But thank God that He sees it all and will execute Divine punishment in His own time.

      I can certainly understand their need to write this book. It is a way of doing what mediation isn’t designed to do – let the world know the real truth. After all, didn’t this atrocity take place for the entire world to see? Eddie Long parades before his congregation having gotten away with evil, and they applaud his ungodly behavior – shame on them.

      Our twisted society is stuck on the “age of accountability” – ignoring the fact that these young men were groomed as children. The predator Long kept them close until they reached an age where he would avoid going to prison. Anyone who blames these young men does not have a clue how sexual abuse will mess you up – for the rest of your life.

      If he is innocent, why the settlement? The fifth accuser – Centino Kemp – an out of the closet homosexual did not file a lawsuit, but was part of the settlement. What more do people need to see?

      Delbert, as always you have so much to share – thank you!
      Peace

       

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