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Bishop Morton blasts Eddie Long

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Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:00 am

Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF) – the church that ordained Eddie Long as a bishop –  has openly rebuked him for remaining completely mum after settling a sexual coercion scandal involving four young men from his church, New Birth Cathedral (New Birth) in Georgia.

To date Long, who is under a gag order, has not so much as offered parishioners, the community or the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship an  acknowledgement, apology or admission of innocence or guilt about the allegedly licentious relationships.

An audio recording of Morton addressing the matter in a Father’s Day message appears on YouTube.  (Scroll down to listen)

Indicating Long stopped returning his phone calls, Morton said in the recording:

“Tell me something … those that have stood with you.  Tell us something.  Tell your church something.  We all make mistakes and come short of the glory of God, but tell us something … I know there’s a gag order, but you can apologize.”

Morton rebuked Long and said the embattled pastor must repent if he wants forgiveness, based on the authority of scripture (Luke 17: 3-4).

“I can’t forgive somebody that does not repent,” said Morton, pastor of Greater St. Stephens FGBCF in New Orleans.

Members are reportedly leaving New Birth in droves. Bishop Morton understandably wants the pastor he promoted to Bishop to take responsibility for the fall out.

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  • ROSTL posted at 12:32 pm on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    ROSTL Posts: 1

    Amen someone is finally speaking up from the church world. Why is it that leaders feel they can SIN and not be accountable. He needs to sit down and seek GOD not continue to preach as if nothing has happen. What kind of message does he send out to his members .... Totally agree he owes the church an apology. GOD bless Bishop Paul Morton for speaking up while you other tele evangelists won't comment.

  • Ervin posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Jun 30, 2011.

    Ervin Posts: 1

    I honor Bishop Paul Morton for his Godly stance on this matter. Yes we, as members of the body of Christ, are commanded to restore our brothers and sisters who fall short of God's glory, however I am troubled that Eddie Long is so arrogant to not only admit his guilt but to at the very least apologize 1st to the many members of his ministry but secondly to the world. His actions has blackened the eyes of the Christian community and his arrogance is a slap in the face to us all. Eddie Long (and I refuse to attach the title of Bishop to this name) may have asked God for forgiveness, but he owes the rest of us some answers to our many questions. Again, God bless you Bishop Paul Morton.