Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Word for Eddie Long & New Birth

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." Matthew 18:15-17

A brother once shared that the wisdom God gives us in how to handle disputes is very similar to how He deals with us in our trespasses against Him. When there are things in our lives that God does not like, He comes to us directly to put light on those things through personal conviction by His Holy Spirit.  If we do not take heed, He will send two or three witnesses to confirm the word of the Spirit.  If even then we do not turn, He will expose the issue before the church. If our heart is hardened still, we become like the heathen.

Consider how each of these steps illustrates the character of God.  He continually works to turn us from sin.  God is longsuffering, and there is a whole lot of 'stepping over' we must do to go around His commands. He gets no pleasure in damning people to hell, but desires that men repent and live (Ezekiel 18:23-32, 33:11; Luke 15:20-24; II Peter 2:9). Therefore, He gives us plenty of space to do so.

So many are focused on whether Eddie Long coerced young men into sexual relationships.  While this indeed is a serious charge, I would like to bring your attention to the mercies of God.  Our eyes are often too LOW.  The bigger question in this matter is what is God doing?

Mercies are being poured out on Eddie Long as the 'man-made image' built and sustained by false religion is torn down.  Mercies are being poured out on the congregation of New Birth Baptist Church so that the idolatry of Babylon is exposed.  Mercies are being poured out on these young men, so that they can get the help and deliverance needed.  Everything that is an obstacle to people worshiping God in Spirit and Truth is being revealed by God Himself so that man can truly be reconciled unto Him.  This is mercy.

"Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments." Psalm 119:156

Sometimes, I think we forget who God is and what He is doing in drawing all men unto Himself (John 12:32).  It is His desire for all to come to repentance and be saved (Acts 17:30; I Timothy 2:).  God is not some tyrant looking for any and every reason to cast men aside.  On the contrary, He is a sovereign God who so loves mankind, that He gave His own life for us.  He is a holy and just God who gives us every opportunity to be reconciled to Him, so that man will be without excuse (Romans 1:20).

Those who profess the name of Jesus Christ can no longer continue to "play church" while elevating, excusing, and entertaining teachers who soothe itching ears.  How long will men continue to follow the way of Balaam, forsaking truth for the wages of unrighteousness?

Jesus' hand is not so short that He cannot save.  Forget about what you think you look like before men and fear them not.  It is time for each person to search their own hearts and cry out for God to straighten every perverse way, for how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? We should never mistake God's longsuffering for weakness, for mercy can swiftly turn to judgment.

"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever." I Chronicles 28:9

In the following video from Omega Church & Ministries Center, Pastor Gary C. Price does an excellent job addressing this issue and laying out why it is so important to pray during this time.


  1. Indeed!

    I look at this situation and I thank God the mercy He shows in my life.

    I believe that God gave Long ample warnings and time to deal with his problem.

    I pray that he will be delivered of the demonic activity in his life. I pray that a TRUE Christian will go to him and not just people who will lie to him or put a band aid on the problem.

    I know that sometimes we tend to get a inner thrill when people are exposed. It's like getting a bit of juicy gossip. I hope people won't follow this story to get a little self-righteous thrill.

  2. Good point about The Lord not being a tyrant, for if He were we’d be consumed long ago. And with this article I can better see the extended mercies of God.

    There are the good tasting medicines as well as the bad, so saints must take the bitter with the sweet!

    Good article

  3. God is definitely showing his mercy as well as exposing! Good post!


  4. This is excellent my sister!! I pray that Eddie Long truly comes to repentance and the victims get the help that they need (from a true believer of Christ)and repent themselves. Great post!

  5. A word that needs to be heard.

    Thank you for allowing God to use you to bring light to the Word.

    Well written article.


  6. Hello, get comment on the eddie long situation, I'm sorry to see you leave youtube, however I must add that I don't see that it is fair that you are leaving, I feel like we need more people like you analyzing music videos and giving your priceless insight inspired by Jesus Christ. The days are so dark and honestly I feel like you were a light to illuminate the evils of the world. We need more vids like the beyonce' series you completed. Katy Perry was showing more clevage than a video girl on tip drill uncensored on a kid's show. I hope nothing but the absolute best for you, I will keep you in my prayers.

  7. Hi Ciara,

    I agree that these are dark times. Our only hope in these days is Jesus Christ Himself. It is in placing all faith in Him and submitting our will to His which will not only give us light, but save our souls...even while all hell is breaking out in the world.

    In preparation for these times, God has me personally pulling back from a number of things. This is not me moving away from the fight, but about being prepared to be a better battle axe for the Lord. :-)

    I appreciate your prayers and encourage you to keep fighting the good fight of faith.

  8. God is merciful and longsuffering, He knows how to humble His children and bring them to repenatance, deliverance, and healing.

    Romans 2:4

    "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?"


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