Pastor Jamal Bryant took to periscope to discuss Bishop Eddie Long and how the church has failed its victims, referencing the allegations by the men back in 2010 who claimed Long engaged in sexual acts with them.
“I do not know how in this hour, there are those who are crying out and we do not recognize the tears or the cry for help, that the body of Christ has said nothing about ministering to victims. I know people are gonna be upset with me. I know you don’t want to talk about this. But here’s the reality, we didn’t talk about it in bishop’s life … and at this point, many would argue, it is inappropriate to deal with it on the day after his death, and maybe, I don’t know,” said Bryant. “I do know the church has to deal with it.”
“I think many of you think that mercy and grace is a free card that abandons responsibility and accountability. To that end, the church is on trial and I’m not talking about New Birth, I’m not talking about Empowerment Temple. The body of Christ is on trial and you don’t even realize that our testimony is being tainted because we are not speaking the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, under oath,” said Bryant.
“Over the last two weeks, the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been on trial and so far we’re coming back guilty. Guilty of a half-cocked gospel that is not in fact fool-proof to a 21st century environment. We need a 21st century strategy, not a 1970 approach.
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