Nov 29, 2010

By Dr. Teresa Hairston

Recently, readers of Gospel Today Magazine got the new November/December issue in their mailboxes. One reader wrote back to the publisher:
"I got my latest issue of Gospel Today; with [Bishop] Eddie Long on the cover. I read the article and said to myself hmmmm seem like some sugar coating going on. Turned back to the 1st page and saw where the Bishop of his Church in NC is on your Board of Directors, I looked down and also saw that Eddie Long is on your Board of Advisors, I said all of that to say this. The best thing your magazine should have did was to not comment, but I do understand why you did. God is not pleased with all of the hypocrisy going on with these leaders and the things people will say and print just for MONEY!!!!

"Now since you all know the scriptures so well, print the one about A leader CAN NOT be a BISHOP if he has more than one wife. As the old saying goes what's done in the dark will come to the light. And we can not conquer what we are not willing to confront."

Our response? "The Word of God teaches us that God is love; and far too many times we have been unbalanced and unloving—all in the name of a God who not only loves, but loves unconditionally and restores sinners—us included. Whether Bishop Long is guilty or not; whether the young men are guilty or not, the BODY OF CHRIST must handle this situation according to the Word of God! The mainstream press has painted a hideous picture; some have even called for Bishop Long's resignation! They're not even members!!

Gospel Today did not explore the legalities or the issues; we presented a biblical perspective—something no other outlet gave.

For those who don't want to "deal" with or look at this situation; I encourage you to read this story so that you can have a BIBLICAL perspective to help you "answer" the mainstream perspective. Yes you should pray and speak about the "hope" that you have that God will turn this situation into something that will be used for His glory! Yes, you should respond! You should "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Pet. 3:15).


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